Thank you for writing this article. The experience you describe is similar what has happened to me. For a few years I saw how people would get eviscerated just for going against the prevailing view. Then three years ago I was reading messages on social media saying that anyone who disagreed with them on anything that they should not follow them anymore. So I posted a status saying that surely the best way to convince people of your stance on a topic, was to engage in discussion and cordial debate, not unfollow them. A herd mentality developed in the responses to my opinion. I’ve no problem with people disagreeing with me. But the responses were so vicious just because of disagreement, that responding would have made things worse. It was like piranha targeting a wounded animal. Since then, I only engage with people whom I know I will have engaging debate and conversation with, regardless of whether our views oppose each other.
Secondly, the whole left wing-right wing paradigm is a fallacy as far as I’m concerned. I would say that I am neither of those two dichotomous positions. I agree with views on both the left & right and those can vary at times, based on the topics that are been discussed at the time.
However, in this instance, I do feel that not only is the left refusing to engage in discussion unless in agreement, they are far too reactive, are based their opinions on feelings not facts and are justifying reprehensible actions towards the ‘other’ based sorely on that they think they are correct in what they are saying.
Finally, this short video sums it up very well https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLG9g7BcjKs