|A troll dressed like an |
angel is still a troll.
I wrote about trolls and tattletales last week describing several as being like "moths to a flame" flapping around my blog. Before I continue, let's define the noun troll and the verb to troll:
verb: to antagonize (others) online by deliberately posting inflammatory, irrelevant, or offensive comments or other disruptive content;...to harass, criticize, or antagonize (someone) especially by provocatively disparaging or mocking public statements, postings, or acts.
noun: one who does these thingsI've stopped posting comments by trolls since they add nothing to the conversation as you'll see by the two most recent comments. They mostly engage in ad hominem attacks. I guess they figure if only they throw enough rocks or shoot enough darts, they'll knock you down and metaphorically kill you off. Fat chance!
But let's digress for a moment into the world of logic to examine another definition: the ad hominem fallacy. (Why don't they teach logic these days?) Sad to say, many people seem incapable of making a reasonable argument and engage in nothing but strings of ad hominem attacks. The ad hominem is a logical fallacy defined thus:
Ad hominem ("At the person") An informal fallacy in which the object of attack is not the merits of some position, but the person who takes that position. When the attack is on the character of the person, the fallacy is called an "abusive ad hominem"; when the attack is grounded on the special circumstances of some person, the fallacy is called a "circumstantial ad hominem."Really folks, if you are an intelligent person, please swear off the ad hominem attacks and argue on the merits of a case. If you disagree with someone's opinion, debate the issue, don't get out your blowgun and poisoned darts. Embrace Socrates as your model! Be prepared to defend your position logically with evidence and ask your opponent to defend his. People of good will can disagree without being disagreeable.
Now here's the logic test for the day. As you read the two troll comments below, identify whether they are "abusive ad hominems" or "circumstantial ad hominems."
I obviously hit a nerve with the tattletale troll who sent this message on Easter Sunday morning. (Really! Didn't she have anything better to do on the day we celebrate Christ's Resurrection?):
You a(sic) truly are a sorry excuse for for(sic) a Christian, you will never win on any of the hot button issues you select promote(sic). Never!!! The evil one ( TRUMP) will also not be President in just under seven months.So you better get ready. TRUMP is currentlty(sic) not the majority and neither are you PRAISE GOD!!! You are the moth to the flame going from hot topic to hot topic as the typical participant in what is known as white privilege MAGA! And you will leave this life bitter, privileged, not revelant(sic), and as a sinner who lacks remorse, compassion, or empathy for anyone who does not share your wicked/evil/Godless point of view. But there is good news its not too late to repent of your sins...Wow! Her fingers must have burnt holes in the keyboard! While I didn't post her comment, it made me laugh and shake my head. Is that an argument?
Ah, Troll, this exposed you more than, perhaps, you wished. You are a Trump hater, probably a Democrat which means you are most likely pro-abortion. Your comment is filled with name calling and insults. I said a Hail Mary for you when I read it and offered my rosary and holy hour for you as well. I also prayed for you at the drive-in Easter Sunday Mass I attended in the afternoon. I hope, after you calmed down, that you were able to have a blessed and peaceful Easter Sunday with a family who loves you. Thanks for the laugh! May God bless and keep you.
|Calling all trolls. Stand on the high ground and fling rocks |
and abusive ad hominems at everyone you disagree with.
Now just maybe you can have some empathy for the people in the Amazon who have no priests to say Mass or administer the Sacraments. You didn’t care about them last year and now you are suffering their fate. Interesting how things work out. Your blog is so angry and hateful. You are preaching only to those who already agree with you. You do nothing to help spread the Good News of salvation. You just turn people away from God. I actually do feel sorry for you, Mary Ann. I hope Our Lord works a miracle in your life to take away your anger and hate.Goodness! Trolls are all "Johnny one note." They bang the same discordant "tune," beating the drum accusing you of rage and hate. You hear it from Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Maxine Waters. Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo, AOC, etc., etc. -- not an original note among them.
My brother Ray actually loved trolls. He welcomed them on his Facebook wall. They made him laugh. Just goes to show we share the same genes. Ray, please intercede for the trolls that they will study logic and knock off the ad hominems.
I think every time I write a post I will ask myself: "Did you argue the merits of the case and provide evidence to support your position?" It's a good question. I don't want to engage in ad hominems either. (So maybe I'll stop calling liberal loonies liberal loonies.)
And please, readers, pray for the trolls. I'm sure their mommies think they are cute and lovable even when they're having tantrums.