Those words

Posted: January 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

At work one of my colleagues and I seem to have different views on every social and spiritual subject under the sun.  My colleagues seems to adhere to the unwavering dogma of his denomination.  At times he will ask me questions and because I am not aware of what a troll is I answer honestly.  What usually happens is a debate that ends with an insult from him towards me my ideas or my life style. Sometimes all three.

I don’t take offense because I understand that when someone’s dogma, spiritual beliefs, philosophy or way of life is not shared by others it can be disheartening.  People take a certain amount of solace or comfort in confirmation of their beliefs.


I would remind them that more often than not the majority is wrong and that being right can mean being lonely.

What I have realized by these conversations is two things.

First a troll is slang for  a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,[1] by posting inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community. In my case the troll is working in the work community and I would be wise to avoid this.

In the Jewish Journal  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach responded to an insult by Karazi about United States troops being demons.  “insults are the last refuge of the intellectual coward.” That is the second thing I have realized when faced with the intellectual debate and afraid of what the answer is it can be easy to run to an insult but be careful when we insult someone what we say about others says more about who we are ourselves, doesn’t it?

So I guess dad was right when he said “at work it is best to avoid religion and politic talk and you know just work”




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