Kelly's World | Just done di argument
I was hanging out one day, watching, of all things, cartoons.
When I say cartoons, I don't mean Sponge Bob or any of that nonsense children are watching these days. I'm talking about some good old-fashioned Batman, with the dark knight kicking butt and flying away under the cover of night. Great stuff, man! Someone who was also there watching the cartoons started talking about how he loved the Batman comic book. What got me nervous was when he said Batman was a Marvel Comics creation. So I figured it was just a simple mistake. He obviously meant DC Comics. So another fellow and I (tried to) set him straight.
"Hey, mi nah ask unnu nutten, enuh! Mi know wha mi a talk 'bout. A Marvel Comics dat!" he bellowed at higher-than-necessary volume. As we say in Jamaica, him did start get dark and ignorant!
Now there were two ways to proceed with the increasingly belligerent fellow: Get on my phone and show him the facts (Google is the greatest invention ever) or just leave him alone. I chose the latter for three reasons. One is that it wasn't exactly the most important piece of information he will come across in his lifetime. I doubt he's going to be on Jeopardy or Family Feud anytime soon.
Two, there's no benefit to me in proving I'm right. I know the right answer and so did the other bloke. But again, it's not like they were handing out prizes for whoever got the right answer.
And the third reason, which is the most important, I kept my thoughts to myself because some ignorant people (and I mean it in both the formal and the Jamaican sense of the word) just simply do not change their opinions, even if the evidence is staring them right in the face. Somehow, and I could be misjudging the fellow, he just struck me as one of those who would not take my advice.
It amazes me how some people will have zero evidence to back up an argument but fight to defend that argument more zealously than a human-rights advocate. Better yet, they think that shouting will somehow make their position even more right. They think this makes them intimidating or even dominant. Actually, it just makes you look really silly, especially if your 'facts' are as way off as the balance of a person with vertigo. There's also an old Jamaican saying: if fish deh a river bottom an tell yu seh alligator have gum boil, believe him! But for some people, they know more than the fish, even if they've never been in the river. For some people, the very thought of being wrong is akin to hearing that pigs can actually fly.
So do me a favour. The next time somebody 'tells' you something you know to be incorrect, try and let them down easy. If they're not taking it all in stride, leave them be. Trust me, you're better off, both in the short and long term. Jus' done the argument.
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