I don’t comment very often on other blogs. Here’s why:1. I have nothing to add.
The general principle: one should always have something to add to the conversation, to enrich it somehow.2. I’m stupid
– I simply don’t have the information base in which to comment intelligently (i.e. temple experiences). 3. You’re stupid
-- You don’t have the information base in which to comment/post intelligently, yet you do anyway, and I see no reason to affirm your behavior.4. I’m an ass
-- I try only to be an ass to those that deserve it. Luckily, relatively few people fall into that category. The ones that do—see below (#5, #9).5. You’re an ass
-- Towards the end of Back to the Future III, Mad Dog Tannen calls Marty out to make good on the pistol fight. Marty looks around the bar and the patrons tell him “don’t let me down.” Marty stands up and says, “He’s an ass! I don’t care what Tannen says. And I don’t care what anybody else says either.” Because, yes, the best thing to do with asses is to leave them alone to their own assholery.6. Somebody has already said what I wanted to say.
This happens a lot. It’s usually Flanders, too. Stupid Flanders.7. It’s not my place to say anything, part I.
The nacle, like any other community, has it’s own social makeup and cliques.8. It’s not my place to say anything, part II.
I’m not a Mormon. This is a Mormon community—and the expectation is one of either belief or some kind of cultural connection. For instance, a recent thread
on M* asked, “How many kids would you be willing to have before you'd rather have none?” While it’s an interesting question, but one of the reasons I didn’t comment is that my comment wouldn’t add anything to the understanding of the Mormon experience. And, besides, it’d give ammunition for those that believe people like me to be degenerate heathens. (My answer, by the way, is: 2,1,0,3,4…) The way I see it, my value to the nacle is offering an informed outside perspective (see #1)—but that need doesn’t come up all that often.9. It won’t do any good.
The nature of online communication isn’t all that conducive to good discussion. The noise to quality ration is too high. It’s a series of monologues instead of a dialogue. But more importantly, everyone seems so stuck in their ways of action and thinking—myself included. There is no possible way that you can convince me that gay marriage should be banned. There’s no way I can convince D-Train that Cardinals are the most immoral team in MLB. There is no way I can convince Geoff B to let his children watch TV
. Not going to happen—so why try? For sure, there might be some benefit for posterity
, where perhaps something I say could possibly convince someone somewhere…but I’m highly skeptical.10. I’m lazy.
This wouldn’t matter that much if it wasn’t for the above nine reasons. But given the above--