James, on 26 August 2009 - 09:50 PM, said:
It's funny, Dopamino, because most of the things you say tempt me to respond in a negative manner, but I generally avoid doing so in the interest in maintaining a certain amount of stability on these boards. Unfortunately you seem to have Sutton Syndrome, in which the afflicted lash out against those they see as higher than them on some sort of imaginary internet heirarchy. What you can't seem to come to grips with is the fact that, because I've been posting on these boards for longer than you have (not to mention the fact that you're kind of a douche), I have established friendships with a lot of the prominent posters on these boards and you have not. That's life, and it's how forums ALWAYS work.
Honestly, I never believed that there was any "hierarchy" like Sutton does. In fact I tried to tell him that that there wasn't some elite group that you were blocking him from, and that "TRUPUNX" was a mockery. Even if there was a hierarchy, I wouldn't give a shit.
It's a shame really. When you joined I definitely had high hopes for you and did not expect you to turn into the person you are now. I mean we're the same age, you seem pretty intelligent (minus the fact that you can't seem to form a valid political opinion for the life of you), and you just generally seemed to have interests relevant to mine. However, for some reason unbeknownst to me, you seem intent on being oh so contrarian regarding everything I say. Are you trying to somehow dethrone me from some position that you think I hold, or do you just feel threatened by me because people respect me more than you?
I actually felt the same way, you seemed like a cool guy. Then you started being an asshole to anyone who didn't think like you. Idiots bother me, but assholes I can't stand. I'm not threatened by anyone, nor do I care about hypothetical thrones. I'm "contrarian" to things you say because I find your lack of respect for other people disturbing.
Stop getting so asshurt because I, like you, call people out on these boards when they have conflicting views with me. This includes the kind of excessive idol worship we've been seeing lately from some members; something I see as unhealthy and an embodiment of this ridiculous celebrity-crazed culture we've come to live in. Aside from that, I think Anti-Flag is overplayed, overrated, and past their prime. They're no longer relevant in today's punk scene, much less today's music scene overall and I'm getting tired of hearing about them.
I don't care if you call people out. What bothers me is when you're an asshole about it.
I realize that that is MY problem because I'm posting on the Anti-Flag Forum, but that doesn't mean I can't call people out for being obsessive, creepy, or anything else for that matter. I'm not mocking the casual listener or even those who claim Anti-Flag to be their favourite band, I'm mocking those who take their obsession with the band to such ridiculous extremes that they end up following them around for multiple tour stops and subsequently advertise to us all about how awesome it was/will be.
Again, you don't have to be a prick about it. Some people at my school enjoy hunting, and everyday they wear camo and Browning/Mossy Oak/Bass Pro Shop shirts and talk about hunting. I think hunting is outdated and irrelevant in urban America. Do I mock them for wearing shirts that look like trees everyday? No, because I respect that they enjoy different things than me.
Traveling and going to shows are both fun things. Some people like to do a lot of both at the same time. Pretty much the only way to do that is follow a band or festival around. If that's how someone chooses to get their kicks, who am I to tell them they're crazy?
In short, or tl;dr for all you who aren't e-tarded, change your attitude, political stances, confrontational tendencies towards me, and your overall personality and we'll get along just fine. Until then, deal with my so-called 'superiority complex' because you've given me no reason to think I'm not better than you.
Thank you and have a wonderful evening,
The reason I don't have firm political stances is because this past year I've decided to reevaluate all of my beliefs. You'll notice that I don't tell people they're wrong if I disagree with them, I ask them questions about why they believe what they do instead. That's because I don't want to subscribe to some way of thinking without hearing all of the angles first. I think that's reasonable.
Have a bit more respect for other people and we'll get along better.
P.S. Thank you for being polite. It was a nice change of pace.
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