Should I be a jackass?

Originally posted via twitlong, 22 Sept. 2014

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sbk47n

I’m using the word “jackass” here since practically any other applicable word has lost its meaning. By being a “jackass” I mean haranguing people, being uncivil, levying threats implied or explicit, refusing to acknowledge the fundamental humanity of others, using uncharitable arguments, and otherwise acting in bad faith.

So, ask yourself: should I be a jackass?

Short answer:
http://i.imgur.com/ronoaf6.jpg

Long answer:
http://i.imgur.com/gtXXhia.gif

Unsatisfied with that answer? Okay, let’s break it down. Let’s say you see someone who may or may not be a “concern troll”, for example. Now, they’re either a concern troll or not, and you can either be a jackass to them or not.

1. If you ARE a jackass to them and they ARE a concern troll, congratulations, you’ve been successfully baited and your own jackass behavior can and will now be used against you and everyone else to validate arguments against us.

2. If you ARE a jackass to them and they ARE NOT a concern troll, congratulations, you’ve successfully pissed them off, probably chased them away, and validated arguments against yourself and everyone else.

3. If you ARE NOT a jackass to them and they ARE a concern troll, you’ve provided them no ammunition to use against us and made yourself a case example of their own dishonesty.

4. If you ARE NOT a jackass to them and they ARE NOT a concern troll, you’ve made yourself a case example of opponents’ dishonesty and are helping convince neutral or moderate parties to join us.

As you can see, being a jackass has only NEGATIVE consequences, and NOT being a jackass has only POSITIVE consequences. You have NOTHING to gain from being a jackass, and EVERYTHING to lose. So, don’t be a jackass.

As for my part, I’m beyond belief I feel compelled to explain why being a jackass to people is a bad idea.

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