One thing is to post on boards. You get to say whatever you want (according to the TOS of that particular board) and get away with it (only your ISP and administrator of any board you post can see your IP address) because you post under a pseudonym. At the end of your particular rant, you just log off and disappear on that side of the computer monitor. No fuss, no muss.
However, it’s not like that in the real world. In the real world, we loud mouths have to be very careful how we choose our words. Even so, we are bound to offend somebody. We will offend someone even if we did not mean to do so. In all the wise and deep philosophical books I have ever read, the one reoccurring theme that delicately weaves itself throughout, is this: KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT! After many years of ranting and debate, I finally realized this bit of information is absolutely one of the wisest proverbs I have come across.
Listen, no one wants to hear what we have to say. We have copious volumes of treasure in our hearts and minds that no one wants. Why? Most people don’t like the truth. Most people don’t want to change for the better. Change is hard (for the lazy). That’s what it means when the Bible says: “Give not that which is holy (treasures) to the dogs, nor throw your pearls (treasures) to the swine; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and then turn and attack you.” Pretty straightfoward if you ask me.
There really isn’t a need for arguments. Just nod, smile, say, “I hear you” and walk away. That doesn’t mean you agree. It just means that you’ve heard the completely stupid thing they have just spewed and you don’t care for it. Of course, keep that to yourself. No matter how many times you try to clean up a pig, they will always return to the mud. You don’t have the time or energy to try to convince the idiot that s/he is as flaky as they come.
If you absolutely have to exercise your right to freedom of speech, start a blog or join an Internet posting board, make everybody’s life miserable and get it out of your system. It’s the best therapy out there and cheap to boot.