Pick Your Battles

Why is agreeing to disagree so hard these days? 

Politics and religion are the obvious points where people will argue, but I’m seeing it everywhere and it’s getting frustrating.  I frequent a few video game websites and the article comments are riddled with vicious trash talk and insults about something as ridiculous as gaming consoles.  It’s XBox vs. Playstation vs. Wii in some kind of verbal death match.  If you like Wii, then apparently you have to degrade people who don’t and vice versa.  Personally, I play a Wii.  Why?  Because I don’t own a Playstation or an XBox yet.  How shall I ever get a good nights sleep knowing someone out there doesn’t like Mario Kart?  Come on, is this really worth arguing about?

And on a side note, I’m pretty sure all those rude and immature teens on the video game sites grow up and start commenting on CNN and Fox News websites.  You want to see the truly cruel and ignorant side of the American voting public, check their opinions pages sometime.

It’s painfully present in advertising.  If you’ve seen the Mac and PC ads then you know exactly what I’m talking about.  At the end of the day, does it really matter if someone likes Vista?  Are we trained to insist that we feel better than other people because of our preferences?

But I’m not saying I’m any better.  Anyone who’s ever offered me a Bud Light knows I won’t drink it and my default reaction was probably to make fun of you for liking it.  I prefer Sam Adams or Shiner Bock, but that gives me no right to insult something someone else enjoys.  Heck, I’m probably just jealous because Bud is cheaper.  Interesting observation – I’ve only ever seen that scenario played out over alcoholic beverages.  I’ve never heard someone say, “You drink Diet Coke??  What a lightweight!  Come on dude, grow a pair!”

My purpose in pointing out these observations is to get people to think about what they’re arguing about and then ask themselves if it’s really necessary.  I mean seriously, why CAN’T we all just get along?  It’s like we’re preconditioned to be aggressive with our opinions.  If we were all just a little more civil to people who think differently than us this world would be a much more pleasant place.  I’m not talking to the Democrats and the Republicans here (Thinking they’ll ever get along is just silly).  I’m talking to the types of people who drive Chevy’s that make fun of people who drive Ford’s.  Come on guys, just have a Bud Light Sam Adams and relax.

– J

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5 Responses to “Pick Your Battles”

  1. Popgun Says:

    On the other hand, if everybody thought like me, there’d be no trouble… Snort.
    -Popgun

  2. Ali Says:

    I’m not so sure I agree. . . after all, it starts with the gamers. . . then the football (baseball, hockey) fans. . . then the Joker-dressing Halloween rejects. . . and then one sad day, suddenly, I have to be nice. I just don’t think I can handle that level of moral and social obligation! 😛

    In disturbing news, I realized that I could do a really terrifying Sarah Palin for Halloween. Have suddenly become desperate for another idea.

  3. Jon Says:

    I haven’t dressed for ween-day since grade school. I’ll go as a new york business man or something.

    Oh, and Vista’s sucking has nothing to do with preference, just shoddy craftsmanship. I think there should be some infallible standard out there and people shouldn’t be satisfied with junk; whether it be m$ slackware or m$ consoles. Both wii and ps3 have legitimate offerings, be it social or blu-ray; but x-box???

    …and Toyota: Scion is cooler than anyone else …plug, plug…

  4. Jon Says:

    🙂

  5. Jean Says:

    ^~~ Oh, for Pete’s sake.

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