I am currently banned on Amanda's blog. I think it was because I objected to Candy's sweeping generalization that it was the loving Catholics attacking her family and leaving "vile" comments in her com boxes. I also tried to make a distinction between sarcasm and personal threats, but Amanda would have none of it. So except for my little IP hider, I'm essentially banned.
I did get on there today to find this anonymous comment (all the best ad hominem comments are ALWAYS anonymous) - and I wanted to address it.
Why is it that the majority of people who encounter Elena end up coming to the conclusion that she's, er, "troubled"?This actually has some truth to it. I frequently find that the people I disagree with in great extent do come to the conclusion that I am the one that is nuts.
Now that could be (though I don't think so - I only encounter this type of thing on line and only with adversaries) or it could be that the type of people that I have deep disagreements with have similar thought patterns and all go for the same type of conclusion, i.e. "I'm right, she's wrong, she can' t see it, so she must be nuts." I'm kind of leaning that way.
Does it ever occur to Elena that there is, at the very least, a small grain of truth to that conclusion?No actually I am always surprised and now a bit bemused when it comes up. For example with Amanda -
Me -there is sarcasm in the bible.
Amanda - no there's not - no use talking to you - you're nuts.
Me - Catholics didn't threaten Candy.
Amanda - You have no way of knowing all the people that threatened her and if they were Catholic or not - you must be nuts.
That's a synopsis of course but that's sort of how it goes.
When so very many people are telling you the same thing about yourself and you refuse to hear them, that in and of itself is clear indication you are, at best, suffering from some kind of personality disorder,Yea, I think there has to be some kind of persecution disorder in engaging people of different faiths or political views and trying to logically present my side with the expectation of least being heard. I kind of learned that the hard way when discussing hot topics like abortion with ultra feminist lib types. Then I found out the hard way that it's also impossible with liberal Christians and even worse with ultra conservatives.
But here's the kicker, there must be some type of homing system in my brain that draws me to these places! Show me a pretty little template with talk of home, family, homeschooling and God - and I'm pretty enthusiastic! And yet these are the places I have gotten my butt kicked the most. Hey come to think of it, maybe it's not a mental disorder, maybe I just don't have a very steep learning curve?!
or, at worst, suffering from a true clinical mental illness.Well I am Catholic - while other generations of Catholics used flagellation I continue to try to engage such bloggers in logical discourse. I should probably go for flagellation - it would be easier.
Elena has accosted, attacked, accused, berated, sneered at, lied about, etc., so many people during her tenure at Blogger (among other venues)There's a typo. It should actually read "Elena has been accosted, attacked, accused, berated, sneered at and lied about etc." that would be more accurate. Come on anonymous get your story straight - only been on blogger for 4 years now and even with my own domain I'm still a blogger venue gal.
that she's earned herself the reputation of being a cold-hearted, unkind, unloving, mean-spirited, meglomaniacal loon.
Absolutely. Because if I'm not crazy, then maybe I'm right. And if I'm right... shudder...