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People ask me how I stay patient on Twitter when talking about so many controversial topics and engaging in so many debates (Thread)
First, I wanna say, I am not an expert, nor am I the paragon of patience I wish I was.
But I try. I truly do try.
The key, I think, is to understand that the very fact that we all have the freedom to speak to each other about ideas is a miracle.
As Jordan Peterson says, the alternative to speech is violence.
We have a great thing, and we must be grateful for it.
But from there... it gets messy. There are so many things that we wonder about, debate about, think about to the point where we /feel/.
I speak logically as much as I can. But it's not easy. It doesn't come naturally to me.
I am a deeply emotional creature. I really am. I cry easily. I love easily.
So what helped me to free myself to enjoy the exchange of ideas, to let go of those extreme feelings of frustration and sometimes anger
It was a "letting go"
Letting go of the idea that someone hating my ideas was not the same as hating ME.
I said this to others, sure, but sometimes I forgot it for myself. Hypocrisy. Who doesn't struggle with hypocrisy?
When you criticize an idea, have it in your mind that you could have a cup of coffee with the person you're ranting at. Almost always.
Because when you do that... you realize. You speak with a bit more kindness. You give the benefit of the doubt.
And when someone is calling you names and telling you you're stupid... remember that they are probably just forgetting the humanity in youZ
I forget all the time. It's an exercise. It's a continuing practice.
I don't say this in a hippie sort of way. I don't believe you just always be nice.
But I do believe this: do everything in love. If you have a spirit of love, in what you do, you will find yourself speaking better.
Call out evil. Mock at times. Do not fear truth, even if it hurts.
But remember that other humans are important. Even the dumb ones.
I guess I'll shut up now. Goodnight everyone. I love y'all.
And one last thing: not everyone likes these topics as much as I do. It's okay to take breaks and joke about pizza. I do it too.
I find big ideas endlessly fascinating, and I find being fascinating energizing
Sometimes I have to remember that it's okay to read a Dan Brown novel or play a pointless phone game. That's one of my flaws.
Last thing, promise: I also am sure I sound like a pretentious idiot, but I assure you, I'm just a regular idiot
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