100% Agree

Pardon me while I ask a rather pertinent question in life these days.

Whether it's in talk shows and news casts, blog posts and status updates, or a conversation over a cup of coffee, there's an alarming trend in communication. It is a simple little trick we use that instantly portrays our stance, our views, and our opinions of "the other side" of the argument. It is, quite simply, the scoff.

What I'd like to know is, how the heck did it become so popular?? Scoffing has become accepted as a means of intelligent conversation in this day and age. You've probably been a victim of it in the last 24 hours. Scoffing happens all. the. time. 

Do you take your coffee differently than the guy in line behind you?

Do you have an opinion that isn't in alignment with the mainstream / hipsters / tea party?

Have you ever told someone you were a liberal arts major?

Ever had the guts to share your findings with someone who considers him or herself an "expert" ?

Okay, so this is cutesy and all, but for real. This is a problem. We've all become so used to dishing out instantaneous judgement [and receiving it, of course] that we don't even think about the fact that that is exactly what we're doing -- passing judgement. We're supposed to be the open-minded generation, right? The educated, caring generation who discusses issues and finds solutions. The future of the world rests squarely on our shoulders, and yet...

when we chat with someone and they do/don't support 
  • our political party, 
  • gay rights, 
  • war, 
  • our religious views,
  • Miley Cyrus, 
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  •   insert practically any existing [or non existing] thing here  

we have to fight a VERY strong urge to pull one of these

since demonstrating how dumb we think they are in that moment is not really an effective means for change, open discourse, and higher level critical thinking. Unless, of course, our goal really is to just make them feel dumb for believing/thinking/feeling that thing, then... by all means. Make your point.

Just know that I'm going to be over there hanging out with people who listen and take the time to discuss before they dismiss my thoughts as irrelevant, uninformed, and unintelligent. You can join us if you want. We'll be sitting down over a beer or a cup of coffee looking like this:

Because having ideas is cool, even if they aren't the same ideas as mine.


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