Lately there have been several folders on the sewing sites touting the empirical knowledge of one or more persons. And there have been folders where people's opinions have been belittled because the original writer doesn't agree with the subsequent posters. Every time I finish reading one of these discussions (I'm learning not to participate because you can get your head handed back to you for having an opinion!) I think all the most vocal poster wants is "to be right" and to be patted on the back for it!
No matter that these are sewing boards and most of what people write IS their opinion based upon their experiences…those opinions are criticized, denigrated and generally kicked to the curb because someone else IS RIGHT! As long as the opinion is expressed respectfully, why is it necessary to batter the writer?
If we take away the ability of people to express themselves what are we left with? I hate the “opinions” expressed on quite a few of the articles on Yahoo about President Obama…but I would fight to the death so that the writers could continue to express them…even though they rile my blood...because one of our freedoms here in the United States is freedom of speech. But you wouldn’t know that on some of the internet sewing sites!
So why is it necessary to club to death anyone who disagrees with someone else on a sewing site? Why is it necessary to pound them into the ground with “your” facts? Why is someone’s opinion so devalued? Why can’t we just agree to disagree?
Now I know I’m gonna piss some people off with this post. But I don’t care...my blog, my say! I’m tired of people manhandling others. I’m tired of civility being a thing of the past. I’m tired of people who are always right and know better than others! And I’m tired of people feeling smug and superior because of a few half million words written on a subject. Seriously, it is just clothes. It is just fashion – it ain’t world peace!
But when you make a person feel small because of their experience…when you feel the need to “educate” everyone because you know best…and when you blatantly call another person stupid but use big words to do it…I’m done. I don’t care if you have researched the subject to the nth degree…or if you understand economics…or even if you know a better way to perform the task, a little respect for your fellow human being is not too much to ask, is it?
So talk amongst yourselves. I’m sure that you will have a lot to say...or maybe not! All I ask is that no profanity is used and that we are civil…because I value your opinion with or without the supporting statistics to back it up!
p.s btw…I damn well know the earth isn’t flat but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have an opinion about it!