Some, in fact most, people don’t like conflict. The majority of us don’t court controversy. However, a lot of us, if need be, will stand up for our views and opinions if necessary. We all have to face situations in our real lives, and Second Lives, that we know will bring us into conflict because of the simple fact that you can’t please all of the people, all of the time. Decisions we make for the benefit of ourselves will sometimes be the decisions that are detrimental for another party who is impacted by the choice we make and this can lead to conflict. We’re decent human beings, we weigh up those pros and cons, make a judgement and stand by those decisions. It is never selfish to do what is right for you.
What I’ve observed is on the flip side of this, especially on social media, are those that deliberately seek arguments. The trolls. We’ve all seen those on social media. When you read something and think “they can’t possibly believe what they’ve just written’ because it’s so extreme, or so unintelligible, that is must be designed to start a keyboard fight. They usually choose big, non personal subjects. These aren’t to be confused with people that are just passionate about a subject, on either side of an argument, and want to strongly voice their opinion. Though it could be said that they don’t shy away from argument or confrontation either. The other type that is seen more often is the person who wants to be controversial but doesn’t quite have the balls to do it. The person that drops hints but never quite comes out and says what they mean.
We live in extraordinary times in rl. I am both fascinated and horrified by the state of the world, often in equal measure. We have major, complex issues to deal with that cross borders, religions, ethnicities, moral codes, ideologies and more. The more complex they get the easier it is to throw our hands up and search for the easiest solution…the one that appeases the loudest minority of people is often favoured and supported. There are no easy solutions to the worlds problems right now…if there were they would have happened already. But, one thing I am certain of…arguing on Facebook or Twitter isn’t going to make the world any better.
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