Thursday, November 24, 2016

Batshit Craziness

What is it with some people who go batshit crazy when discussing certain topics, particularly politics and religion? They start off calmly and end up foaming at the mouth, eyes bulging out of their heads, veins popping out of their skins. There's finger pointing and name calling and abusive language and, of course, the sharing of inflammatory news articles (that you just know are fake) and the addition of a lot of capitalized words and bold letters and underlining and many exclamation marks !!!!!! to make a point. Because the MORE you dO that, the MOre BELIEVABLE it makes what you're SHArInG. !!!!!!


I see this every day on social media. In blogs, in the comments of news articles, on Facebook, anywhere and everywhere I visit. A few are bold with their batshit craziness and don't hide their identity. But most are what is referred to as keyboard warriors. In real life, they would never behave this way but hidden behind their computer/tablet/smartphone they feel brave and empowered and become abusive and aggressive with their posts and comments. This is not bravery. This is bad behaviour. And cowardliness. I would dare any one of these people to repeat in the real world the horrible things they say anonymously online. Anyone? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Everyone should...


...and learn to listen more and talk less.


Have a great day, everyone.
And Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.

41 comments:

  1. what's the world coming to really

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    1. I know. I wish people would live peacefully together.

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  2. Well said, Martha!
    It is good to listen......

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    1. It's one step toward good communication. And less misunderstanding.

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  3. Thank you for the thanksgiving wishes :)

    So true what you wrote. Those who have the option of leaving anonymous comments on blogs, etc., I think are the worst with their "batshit craziness."

    betty

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    1. They do that because they don't have to expose their true identity. It's very cowardly.

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  4. Parents in 1996: Don't believe anyone on the internet

    Same parents in 2016: Freedom eagle facebook page says Hillary Clinton invented AIDS

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    1. I see a lot of fake stuff on Facebook. People I know share them all the time. They don't check to make sure it's true. It's quite alarming!

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  5. I simply could not blog if I couldn't use capitalized words and bold letters and underlining and many exclamation marks!!!!!! But I do try to use them for good, not evil.

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    1. As long as it's for good, Debra! I've got my eye on you :)

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  6. It seems like there's been a rise in bad behavior. And it doesn't help that a lot of folks hide behind their keyboards....if you're not brave enough to say it to someone's face, don't say it at all.

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    1. That's right, Linda! The ones that do behave that way certainly aren't brave.

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  7. My father-in-law is a lovely lovely man but when the discussion is about politics... well... is it a good or bad thing he is the same in person as he is online? He does NOT hide behind a keyboard lol. I have unfollowed him on Facebook and he knows that I will literally walk out of the room if a political discussion gets heated so he usually doesn't go that far now. But sometimes he does because he loves getting worked up and yelling at his two sons. Even when they agree with him! His partner (he's a widower) is a conspiracy theorist so she's even worse, I guess they are made for each other.

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    1. Being the same keeps that relationships going. Imagine the chaos if they were opposites! They just wouldn't be together!

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  8. I think people get passionate about things BUT with some people the minute you don't agree with them or share their thoughts they get angry and abusive. I've been treated ridiculously by bloggers I've followed on FB or Insta and ended up unfollowing because at the end of the day they're dickheads.

    I'm actually more polite online. I was raised with manners and I try to keep them, but in my own space, as on my blog, I let rip with how I really feel and that is EXACTLY how I am in real life. I express my opinion, don't need anyone to agree, but jesus, if you disagree, don't abuse me for my opinion, just express your own on the subject.

    I've also noticed that for example, a facebook magazine or tv show page will ask people a question, 90% will reply to the question, the other 10% will abuse everyone else for what they said. It's pretty damn bad when they get abusive for no reason other than they don't agree with people.

    I've also had people call me all sorts of names and tell me I'm a bully while actually bullying me. Irony!

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    1. Sometimes I read the comments left after a news or magazine article and I'm stunned by the nasty things some people say. Most of them are anonymous, of course, but a few aren't. Your point isn't more valid just because you become abusive or use bad language. In fact, it is less so because it shows you can't put forward an intelligent argument but rather use bullying tactics. Fail!

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  9. I think that with some people you cannot discuss politics, religion, money and more.
    Years ago my wife lost a friend because of a disagreement about politics. My wife suggested they just agree to disagree and drop it. It did not work.
    My brother-in-law lost a friend over which ketchup was better, Hunts or Heinz! Can you believe it?
    I was taught that everyone is entitled to his own opinion whether you agree with them or not.

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    1. Wow, that's incredible! I guess your wife's friend preferred to maintain a relationship with bitterness and anger. And that ketchup argument is unbelievable. One of those 'too crazy to be true' stories! I tell you, you meet all kinds.

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  10. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAmen! There I emphasized. I completely agree with you. I was raised in one of those religious groups that believe in only one way. Alberta has had some publicity shone into the cowardly behaviour.

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    1. Sadly, there has been some shameful behavior across Canada recently. I hope it stops right there and doesn't get worse.

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  11. You certainly hit the nail on the head! I am sickened by it. My parents taught me to behave better than that and also warned me never to discuss politics nor religion.

    Blessings. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I try to avoid these topics as best as I can, Gail, particularly with people I know will lose it once you get started. Peace and quiet is what I need in my life, not drama! I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  12. Bat Shit Crazy... Poor bats.
    I can easily blow up at the stupidity of my students, several times a day.
    But I never get hypertension or high blood pressure....
    Maybe I just enjoy being angry.

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    1. It's only the bat shit, not the bats. Bats themselves are very cool.

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  13. Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes, Martha! I do wish people would learn how to express themselves more civilly.

    By 10:00 in the morning I had run a 5K Turkey Trot *and* gotten my first political discussion of the day in (before even Thanksgiving dinner)!! A gentleman standing beside me while the door prizes were being awarded was wearing an old Bernie sticker on his coat. I asked him about it, and it turned out he had been to the same Bernie Sanders rally I had attended in Mason City! I enjoyed talking with him. And it was a real treat to me, as a conservative, to see him (obviously a liberal) laughing by the end of our discussion.

    It's really too bad people often have to avoid the "hot topics" of politics and religion simply because they don't know how to handle them without losing their tempers.

    I guess that's one of the reasons I really like you, Martha. You and I have different perspectives on some things, but you're a genuinely nice person. You're willing to love people even if they believe differently than you do. And I really appreciate that.

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    1. I love that story, Bethany, about you and the Bernie Sanders supporter. It's all the more amazing because you are so different from one another in some of your opinions and beliefs. However, I believe that we have more in common with our fellow humans than we realize and we should concentrate on that. But somehow we have this tendency to notice differences more often and magnify them, which often leads to conflict. I stand by a firm opinion that solutions only come as a result of focusing on areas where we agree and by working together toward mutual advantages. At the end of the day, we all want to be happy, to feel safe, to be appreciated, respected and understood. And everyone thrives on love and kindness.

      I can’t tell you how much you made my day with that lovely compliment and just how much I appreciate it. It is exactly my description of you. Yes, I know your views are different from mine in some ways but I don’t care. What I do care about is the kindness that shines right through you. For years I’ve read your posts, your comments on your blog, my blog and many other blogs, and there is no question just how thoughtful and respectful you are with everyone. That is something you should be very proud of. It will serve you well in life. I hope we continue to be blogging friends for a long time to come because I look forward to watching you grow and experience the different stages of your life. (That’s the mom in me! :)

      Thank you again, kiddo. You are a good soul!

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  14. People don't like their belief systems challenged. It frightens them, and that comes out as anger. Boy, are we sure seeing that these days here in the US. Having said that, batshit crazy is definitely one of my favorite expressions.

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    1. That is so true, Sharon! I think it's because you start to poke holes in their logic, which can be quite overwhelming. That is definitely fearful.

      On another topic, did you shut down your blog?

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    2. I did. I realize I don't have a lot to say. I'm much better at reading blogs than trying to write one.

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    3. Aw, I really enjoyed your blog and I'll miss it. But I understand. Sometimes it just doesn't work for us anymore.

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  15. I don't understand the extreme anger that so many people have when they express their opinions. It doesn't help them make their points.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. No, it certainly doesn't. I'm guessing their blood pressure doesn't fare well either ;)

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  16. The amount of people that went bat crap crazy just recently was beyond normal.

    No thank you!

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    1. And if I were in person, I would say it even louder than just one of these !

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    2. It's mob mentality. I hear about it all the time. All kinds, all over. It doesn't take much to get people into this mode.

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  17. I like your sentiment ... just chill out.
    Good advice

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan. I hope you are enjoying a nice weekend!

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  18. This is another example of how much you and I think alike. I agree with you 150 percent. People need to chill out and accept that others have a right to their opinions and neither side should expect the other to convert to their way of thinking. I often read the comments of news reports as well as blogs and I am amazed at the nastiness of the comments.

    What possesses people to be that hateful is beyond me. Another thing that has recently left me scratching my head is the number of blogs that are posting hateful rants about various religions. I understand that not everyone has a religious belief but WHY openly attack the religions of others? I just don't get it.

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    1. I wish I could answer all this, Cheryl. If you are not religious or don't like the idea of religion, that's okay. Everyone has a right to their opinion. But being mean about it, taking cheap shots at different faiths and being a real ass about it is not acceptable. I am very far from being religious but my mother is very much so. She is the kindest, most loving women you'll ever meet. When someone takes a shot because of her faith, you take a shot at my mother. And I take that personally.

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