Isms suck

Not that I condone fascism, or any -ism for that matter. -Ism’s in my opinion are not good. A person should not believe in an -ism, he should believe in himself. I quote John Lennon, "I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me." Good point there. After all, he was the walrus.

I could be the walrus. I’d still have to bum rides off people.

— Ferris Bueller

It is often considered fairly lame to quote movie stars or characters to make a point.  But that often misses the point. A lot of times, people are quoted because what they say is actually good, and the above example includes not one but two examples of that.

Isms remove the essential power of any argument and package it into a meta package that you have to be knowledgeable of in order to defend your own opinion, or leave the field to your adversary. 

Isms rely on shorthand and inside knowledge of the topic to hammer a point home without actually explaining the thought process behind the point.

Isms rely on labels that may or may not be slanderous, but who can tell if one doesn’t understand it?  Quite often, the person using the labels relies on that befuddlement to win a cheap victory.

It doesn’t matter what the ism is – conservatism, liberalism, feminism, Catholicism, atheism, nationalism, etc – when you rely on the ism to form your opinions for you, you cease to matter as a spokesperson for it.

When engaging in an argument about something you care about, TREAT it like something you care about and give it its full measure.

If you don’t, then don’t expect it from your adversary, either. 

You surely won’t deserve it.

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Posted on June 24, 2013, in Geek culture, Meta. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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