“Downloading music is the same thing I used to do: I used to record all the songs in tapes, the hits, the songs I liked from the radio. I don’t care. I hate seeing all those big rock stars complaining. At least they’re paying attention to your music, moron, and they’re paying attention to you, you know? You should appreciate that, fuck. Why are you complaining? You have 5 fucking big houses, so shut up.”— Liam Gallagher (via catredshoes)
“According to these authors, virtually universal characteristics of cranks include:
-Cranks overestimate their own knowledge and ability, and underestimate that of acknowledged experts.
-Cranks insist that their alleged discoveries are urgently important.
-Cranks rarely, if ever, acknowledge any error, no matter how trivial.
-Cranks love to talk about their own beliefs, often in inappropriate social situations, but they tend to be bad listeners, being uninterested in anyone else’s experience or opinions.”—Wikipedia’s definition of a “Crank”
The tricky thing with idiots is that they have endless energy to be belligerent. This is because they are too stupid to realize when they’re tired or in the wrong or when the fight is over. The stupid will always beat you in a fair fight because they are relentless and without mercy. All your reason, all your courtesy, all the rules of engagement you strive to follow: these things mean nothing to an idiot who has made up his mind to stand in your way. They are the immovable object, the unstoppable force.
The only way to really beat them is to remove yourself from their proximity. Don’t play in their sandbox. And please, for the love of god, do not taker it upon yourself to see them publicly shamed. The stupid love nothing better than to be the loudest and the most profoundly hurt, and you’re giving them exactly what they want with your attention. Just walk away. Say what you need to say so that YOU can sleep at night (this is, of course, different from saying something for the purpose of changing their mind. This can’t be done…) then walk away. Let them think whatever they want of you. Let them get the last word in, that snide little jab that’s meant to hook you back into whatever base argument they’ve decided to pursue. Let them think they’ve bested you in a battle of wits. Let them think you’re the idiot, that you’re a coward and a fraud and that they, with their obviously superior logic and principles, proved something. Let them think they’re better than you.
This might seem counter intuitive, but it’s actually the best thing you could do. Because, after all, who gives a fuck if an idiot thinks he’s won? He’s an idiot and you’re not. You can believe whatever crazy thing you choose to believe and it doesn’t make it true.