Let’s Discuss X.

A messy state of affairs…

I comment on a lot of articles on this site.

Then, I delete those comments…

NOTE: Or, “posts”. Sorry. And, “I respond to a lot of…” not, “comment” if we’re being technical. Yet, for the sake of this post/article, I beg you to let me use the words “articles” and “comments” for the entirety of this aimless screed.

(The italicized NOTE section above is for general reference purposes. Now, if you have read the italicized NOTE section, understand it, and are willing to indulge my pitiful pleas, please return to the top of the article, skip the italicized NOTE section — skip because you have already been briefed on the terminology I intend to use — and these instructions, if you can call them that, so that you read the sentence below after the sentence: Then, I delete those comments…)

The comments seem like such a good idea at the time;

Like, “Oh, I have a game-changing argument to make with respect to bitcoin and fiat currency…”

And I make the argument. I post it. I re-read it.

Most of the time, I say:

“My god, am I really this angry?”

My comments are usually sarcastic and are likely to be interpreted and understood as “mean” or “disrespectful” or “some-other-negative-word.”

When I write my comments, I am convinced that I am right about whatever it is I am commenting on. At the same time, I want to make sure that anyone who disagrees with me is well aware that they are wrong.

Why?

This is why I delete my comments.

Or, it is one of the reasons. There are other reasons too, such as:

  1. I am not quite sure what I am talking about.
  2. I am totally right, but nothing I say will convince the person who is completely wrong that I am right. Therefore, why even start?
  3. I am drunk.

And there are others, but I don’t want to bore you with a 30 page list of reasons why I delete comments. The topic of “why do I delete comments” is not only boring, it is self-centered and pointless.

Still…

There is a problem of words.

So many words mean different things to different people, and the meaning of words can be tailored instantly, impulsively, immediately, etc (easily?) to support any argument. It is the, “well, if you understood what I meant by X” tactic, where any counterargument can be dismissed by simply stating that the agent putting forth the counterargument cannot possibly argue a point because they do not understand what your argument is; the counterarguer has failed to grasp what the words in your argument mean.

But to then classify whatever word-based interaction is occurring as being an “argument” is absurd. There must be a common understanding of assumptions, terms, conditions, and rules for an argument to occur.

There can be no discussion of anything when losing an argument equates to being exposed as a failure at life. None of us want to be exposed as failures at life, so losing an argument becomes something that cannot happen.

Is it really that difficult to understand why nothing ever gets resolved?

And what do I mean by these self-righteous statements?

Nothing.

You win.

However,

I still love you.

Person.

Who just won.