Just had a debate with my mother. She got sore and began belittling my viewpoints. It got me to thinking: it is a trend in how people put others down for standing for differing causes, or for committing certain acts. Do you notice it in anyone else, or even yourself?
I refer to:
ad hominem attacks
doubting for the sake of doubt
baiting with sarcasm or other derogative devices
insulting one's intelligence
avoiding an issue with counter-accusations
deferring to tradition as proof enough to support your opinions
or any combination of these...
It seems hot spots for these methods are rampant in religion, law, general disputes, politics and social change. It's a wonder how the above arguments are made and taken seriously by large groups of people. It's scary. Pointing it out doesn't seem to do the job, and it continues to die hard. Why? Why do people emotionally isolate themselves from others enough to create cycles of hate? Why does it run society? Why is there denial of this? How does it survive?
Is it because the right words are unspeakable? The right actions undoable? What?