Being nice to monsters

On one hand, I try to be nice and considerate to everyone. Whether in person, or online.

On the other hand, there are some kinds of stupidity and evil I just can’t abide, and I can be pretty nasty when exposed to it. Especially when those espousing the stupidity and/or evil are nasty about it first. Statists wouldn’t be statists if they didn’t embrace stupidity and evil.

The moments I am most proud of are those when I don’t respond in kind to the nasty, stupid, evil notions being promoted by statists. When I treat them with more respect, understanding, and kindness than they deserve. I don’t always manage it– I’m only human, and flawed– but it is something I strive for.

My hope is that treating nasty, stupid, evil statist ideas as “worthy of consideration” will inspire the same consideration of civilized behavior from those promoting those statist ideas. When given serious, honest consideration, it is obvious that mutual consent is always superior– ethically, morally, rationally, and pragmatically– to coercion, theft, and aggression. People just need to be exposed to the idea.

Some percentage will still reject it– it doesn’t fit with their ideas of how “society” works, and they don’t see how some things can be provided without forcing others to go along. They are wrong. Period. There is simply no excuse. But it’s probably pointless to waste breath on them once they’ve expressed an unwillingness to be civilized. Some monsters enjoy being monstrous.

And, yet, I still want to be nice and considerate. Which means walking away and leaving them to their barbarism– with the understanding that I may be forced to defend myself from them in the future.

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