Internet - The final frontier. These are the adventures of countless men that behave like idiots when they feel attacked about their privileges to act, speak and write like they’re the irrefutable instance of justice.
There were once days when I could open social media without being confronted with a tsunami of disproportionate aggressive reactions by men because a women said/wrote something that doesn’t fit their worldview. These days seem to be over. Social media is no longer dealing with occasional shit storms - it’s confronted with constant bad weather. A shit monsoon.
I’m tired of this. It feels like there’s a whole generation growing up that doesn’t even know the basics of constructive communication - nor empathizing. Even worse - older generations seem to suffer from amnesia in relation to these soft skills.
All those gamers, nerds and dudebros sworn on self-created dogmas should take a closer look on their idols and their characteristics. Do you, for example, think, that Cpt. Picard would ever insult someone instead of trying to find a diplomatic solution? Would he start harassing people because they don’t share his opinion?
I seriously doubt that.
Being an aggressive asshole on the internet by default may bring you some sort of satisfaction - but that’s a temporary and toxic one. Harming yourself and the people around you. Slow, but steady.
In contrast, constructive communication and empathizing can lead to more productive, longer lasting outcome. It may not give you the same kind of satisfaction by instant gained through a contaminated understanding of power and justice, but through opportunities to expand your horizon and knowledge. And that’s also one of the quintessences of Star Trek. Always been.
Stop being a butthead - start being more like Picard.