Something a little different for your Sunday. No news, just a little musing. Don’t you hate it when people take things too seriously? In particular, when you play online games and people just take it so personally that they decide to get vindictive and sabotage your gameplay? You know the types, the ones who turn a simple and fun outlet of entertainment into a fight to the death.
These little vendettas can get a little stressful, and being a man with a temper, Mr President tends to find that his own ire gets raised, the blood begins pounding and he can feel it rushing and creating pressure around his ears. There was once a time where he used to become so obsessed with these little skirmishes, get into the whole “This is war” mentality and it used to ruin his days. Now he’s begun to just let these things go.
Ultimately it’s not worth it. If people are so petty as to turn online interaction into something so personal, that really says more about them than it does about you. It’s not just games either, occasionally it happens on forums where people form a personal hatred of you simply for posting your opinion, and even on blogs, particularly political ones, one of the many reasons Andy started the excellent Political Friends. Go visit.
What started him off on this topic was a little skirmish of this sort with a French guy online just yesterday. You’d think the French would be grateful that us Brits actually saved them in two wars (well, with a little help from the Americans and the Russians but still, without the allies they’d be speaking German). They should get rid of the red and blue on the French flag and just have it be all white, it’d be far more representative.
Mr President thinks people that sad need to be taught a lesson. The kind of lesson that only dangling red meat from their genitals whilst locking them in a cage full of rabid Rottweilers can teach them. Perhaps then they’ll learn the meaning of the phrase “live and let live” and get a life of their own. Although the more he thinks of this the more angry he gets, and that’s not helping. The last thing the world needs is him to go postal.
The only problem is that even though you’ve realised it’s not worth it, and you let it go, there’s still someone out there who simply thinks they got the better of you. Sure, when all’s said and done, it’s just some random stranger on the internet’s opinion of you, it doesn’t really matter, but it irks El Presidente. The other person thinks they “won” and that he lost, and he’s so competitive that winning and losing is everything to him.
He’s yet to really find an adequate solution to this problem. Any ideas?