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Say What?!

Anjelica Huston


“What do I think of the Yankees? I’m sorry, I don’t follow football.”

Hey, when was the last time you encountered someone who didn’t share your interests? I would say there is good chance it was today. Besides being out in the real world, social media is in the home from waking to sleeping again, so even if you had the day off at home, you encountered someone who wasn’t interested in your favorite subjects.

Another question. What was your reaction to this? Some can accept this on the face value, realizing everyone is and has the right to be different in their pursuits. Others immediately jump right to ridicule, eager to prove their point of view is superior.

Dictionary.com says Ridicule is speech or action intended to cause contemptuous laughter at a person or thing, derision.

Why is ridicule so popular and so quickly used against others? I firmly believe this has more to do with the state of mind and intelligence of the ridiculer rather than the victim.

Thomas Jefferson: Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us.

This seems to be the polite way of saying what Charles Simmons was much more blunt about: Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool. I guess it’s time to ask ourselves who the real inferior fool is here.

Sports being the competition it is, certainly provides a lot of space for playfully deriding another’s team, but keep it in good fun. The ones who can suffer the most from actual derision are those like Ms Huston, who doesn’t have the background to know one sport from another.

Everyone you meet knows something you don’t. Don’t make fun of them. One of these days you may need some knowledge they have, and burning those bridges may not be in your eventual best interest. On the most basic level, don’t be mean to other people. Seriously, just don’t be mean.

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