“He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.” – Groucho Marx
To answer a fool or not. That is the question. Proverb 26:4 advises, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” And yet, Proverb 26:5 suggests to “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.”
This page is dedicated to the haters in this world who prefer insult than intelligent and civil discussion. It may be that some who pride themselves in flaming the comments of others and feel puffed up about bullying others with insults will reconsider their tactics. Perhaps … some.
Resorting to insult is the surest way to end intelligent discussion. The insulter shows his impotence to contribute intelligent thought. His thoughts are too feeble to prevail. Failure to achieve the level of intellectual challenge he faces, leaves the ignorant no alternative but to reduce the conversation to the banter of insults. Thus, insults signal the end to having something meaningful to say. So, when insults begin, I know I have won, and there is nothing more to say.
It is easier to mimic well rehearsed insults than to express thoughtful contemplation. For the lazy thinker, insults are attempts to bring another down to the level of feeble-mindedness. The fool takes comfort in having something to say even if it is but brain dead insults. In the words of George Bernard Shaw, “The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.”
The fool feels bigger when he tries to make others feel smaller. He fails to see that he actually makes himself less rather than more. Rather than shamed, the fool shamelessly belittles his target with insults. It is an embarrassment recognized only by those who hear the fool. The fool is oblivious to his public shame. But that is the way of a fool.
For lack of substance but no lack of desire to be heard, the fool will insult. It is easier to say that something is than to prove it. And so it is with pot-shot insults. Too vain to concede and too proud to not have the last word, the arrogant fool is reduced to short quips void of intelligent support. Pot shot insults are cheap shots but safe shots. Pot shot insults are for cowards avoiding the critique of their stupidity. They prefer the comfort of shouting insults rather than engaging in rational discussion. They fail to see that their insults are admission of their failure to contribute intelligent information. Authentication of intelligence is shown in rational and civil conversation. Imbeciles shout insults.
Insults are but popping balloons to the ear. They are nothing but a noisy release of hot air. And one weighty answer is worth more than all the hot air in the world.
Insults in lieu of intelligent dialogue & rational thought explain the basis for your conclusions and comments. My point is made. Thank you.
Here is my advice for you. You need peace in your soul and comfort for your heart. Hatred and bitterness are eating you up from inside. You need to relax. You need rest. Jesus says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins (Proverb 10:12). I forgive you. And I pray that you will find peace in Jesus Christ to soothe your hateful rage.