WARNING: THIS IS A RANT! If you don’t like strong opinions — stop reading now!
Oh how bold we are when safely hiding behind these screens! How accusatory, how rude, how darned arrogant and belligerent some can be!
Recently I have received several accusatory, inflammatory and insulting emails from those who don’t like something I have written about on this site — they don’t know me and proceed to assume what I meant. This indicates they didn’t read the article in question in its entirety. Rather than share why they disagree with what was supposedly written, they threaten and name-call. (These emails make it clear I still have my work cut out for me.)
When folks approach me in this manner, I know I have hit a nerve by somehow making them feel bad about something they did incorrectly. My intent is not to make someone feel bad; but to inform. Rather than be smart and understand that we all have things to learn (as long as we’re alive BTW) they jump to email me with verbiage I know they wouldn’t dare say to my face.
You can go through any of my sites and not find anything not based in experience with not one single word that is personally targeted at any individual. But I don’t mince words wither. (Are they reading my site in their safe place?)
When corrected, the “I have the right to free speach” (Yes, they don’t even spell speech correctly!) claim is spewed without even understanding the true meaning as though that is an excuse to do what one wants without consideration.
So, let’s get that straight shall we? Thanks to our government schools, I am in the position on a pretty regular basis of explaining to these uninformed emailers what the right of free speech as offered by our Constitution really entails.
I’ll make it simple… What the Constitution says is that the GOVERNMENT cannot interfere with your free speech. It doesn’t mean you can email anyone anything you like and not expect there to be consequences — or a negative reaction.
Forward your friends political commentary they don’t appreciate and you’ll hear just that from them. E-mail strangers you don’t know with your opinions about something they supposedly typed without providing context or mature discourse and you risk looking ignorant and contentious. But hey, you have your “free speach.”
When you have a difference of opinion, always be sure to reference what you disagree with and state your points without threats, name-calling or arrogant diatribe. Mature adults can agree to disagree.
Otherwise, know that folks like me who get email from folks like that, just shake our heads right before we hit the Delete button.