It’s Takes all Kinds…But Be Careful
Why is it that so many lunatics flock to social media. I mean out-and-out, bat sh-t crazy nut balls who, in a past age, would have either been locked up or hidden by the family in the attic. Ladd Ehlinger tried his hand, rather successfully, in explaining this several months ago.
One John Tiessen, a whack job’s whack job, is trolling Stacy McCain.
The fruitcake has an interesting history that Stacy chronicles here, but the key analysis he provides is one that is more general:
Whether or not Tiessen is really a danger to me, he’s fairly representative of a certain type of personality that is attracted to anti-social protest movements. Tiessen has a lot of frustration and resentment of a strictly personal nature, and his interest in “politics” is not really about electing candidates or advancing specific policies so much as it is about symbolic vindication of his resentments. Amorphous ill-organized protest movements offer opportunities for disgruntled misfits to Be Somebody — to be applauded by their fellow misfits for “speaking out” against their commonly hated scapegoats — without having to do anything to establish their credibility in advance. It’s the Moment of Glory fantasy.
If you’re going to travel through The Ether, you have to be very, very careful who you form a relationship with. This is especially true for most conservative women, who have kind hearts. There are slick psychopaths and sociopaths out there [Tiessen not included] who can ‘romance’ you into letting your guard down.
It’s difficult in The Ether to separate the eccentrics from the 100% certifiable psychotics, so you have to tread very carefully. This restricts one’s enjoyment of the diversity of people found in The Ether — who wants to know only ordinary people? I want to know and befriend people who have something ‘a little off’ about them — but why drag Richard McEnroe into this. I find conformity boring, except on certain, key moral matters.
Researching acquaintances in the key: it protects you from the mentally ill and/or those who are fringe fanatics.
Let a thousand eccentrics bloom, but be always on guard.