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Oculus Habent's Journal: Dialog 9

Journal by Oculus Habent

Speech made our country great. We started out as a series of letters, articles, and speeches.

Speech made our country progress. The melting pot allowed people to challenge cultural expectations, and speech drove people to act.

The infringement of speech made our country sterile. Limitations on comfortable and acceptable and, worse still, correct took away our dialog. People became sensitive because they were told they should be. People stopped saying things... not because they didn't believe them, but because they shouldn't say them. We sealed our differences and problems away behind a facade of correctness.

The infringement of speech has broken logic and sense. Now that it is wrong to say a thing, it becomes wrong to think the thing. Our limitation of speech has turned into a limitation of thought.

I may not agree with what you think. I may not agree with what you say. I may think your opinion is bad, or wrong, or even dangerous. But it is yours to have.

If I stand by and deny you have a different opinion, I am enabling the perpetuation of your opinion by my inaction. It is only through communication that we can learn. Without dialog, we are stagnant.

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  • Just because no one talk about it, doesn't mean its not there. The next few deacdes of post-political correctness should prove... memorable, if nothing else.
    • At least half of my reputation is due to not buying into political correctness in any way, shape, or form.
      • > At least half of my reputation

        The other half of your reputation lies in being able to endlessly harass your opponents until you declare yourself the victor by no virtue other than you simply never shut the fuck up and, often, you make use of such offensive language with such frequency that no sane person can possibly put up with your shit for any longer. A significant portion of your tactic involves repeatedly using derogatory and defamatory language against your debate opponents such that, should you
        • You must not be posting today from the library. Interesting that. Now to your insults and why I wouldn't consider them insults:

          The other half of your reputation lies in being able to endlessly harass your opponents until you declare yourself the victor by no virtue other than you simply never shut the fuck up

          Which would be true if I did this in verbal mode- but shut the fuck up doesn't apply to the written word. Having said that, I bow to you as the ultimate harasser.

          you make use of such offensive
          • > I bow to you as the ultimate harasser

            What a pathetic cop-out. I spend entire days, thirty or forty posts, putting up with your endless stream of crap and this is the best you give me? Who the heck signs your paycheck? I wouldn't pay you to clean my toilets with your teeth.

            > in Oregon it's perfectly normal to hear this level of "offensiveness" in everyday conversation

            Good for you. All this says is that you, and the people you tolerate in everyday conversation, are a similarly grouped collection o
            • What a pathetic cop-out. I spend entire days, thirty or forty posts, putting up with your endless stream of crap and this is the best you give me?

              Your fault for assuming to begin with, the way I see it. The rest of this is just assumptions that deserve no response from me.
              • > the way I see it

                You're a mentally compromised sack of crap and, as such, your sight is in serious question.

                > The rest of this is just assumptions that deserve no response from me

                I'll repeat: "What a pathetic cop-out. I spend entire days, thirty or forty posts, putting up with your endless stream of crap and this is the best you give me?"
                • Gee, thanks for the quality, on-topic responses. I appreciate the cogent arguments and the personable manner in which they are written.

                  Clearly you have an agenda against Marxist, as you aren't a fan of mine, and followed him into my journal.

                  So, thanks for being the noise in the ratio, and, uh, GTFO.

                  No, really. I've had ulcers that make more convincing arguments. As a disaffected third party in your crusade againt MH42, I think you need to step back and analyze why you do what you do. Your vitriolic flamefes
    • Most certainly. When we start breaking down the walls of "correct" I think we'll see that we've been living in insular little conversations, and the world outside isn't the homogenous sea of like-minded people out inability to converse led us to believe. I shall refer to the impending period as The Great Unreconiliation.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe

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