It is a beautiful World we live in. If someone says something I disagree with, I can change the channel, look for a different website, unsubscribe from a newsletter, leave a Facebook or WhatsApp group, or even set the place on fire. I have options.
Someone told me that I’m thin skinned and needed to be in a place where different views are being held to either strengthen my arguments or allow different kinds of information (that I may not have) to change my mind about my stance.
This is difficult. Am I supposed to engage with:
- Flat Earthers?
- NAMBLA (North American Men/Boy Love Association?
- Slave owners?
- Climate change deniers?
- Science deniers?
- Religious nuttery?
The list is a mile long. But here is my response,
No thank you.
If I don’t stand up for the things I believe in and refuse to engage with people whose arguments flaunt the basic tenets of human rights and shun science. I’m sorry if that makes me narrow minded, but I think I’m okay with that.