Letter to the Editor: Your online opinion is metaphorically ‘gay’

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OPINION — We only have male-ended attachments when it comes to our opinions.

I can finally make this metaphoric statement because of the reader participation comments from all of our favorite news and media sources show what I’ve long suspected.

The data is available and everywhere. It is on Reddit, Facebook, even St. George News. The data is clear. Everyone has an opinion to input but no one seems to be equipped to receive another person’s opinion.

Male-ended opinions. 

I didn’t make up the female/male binomial system. I didn’t come up with the analogy deciding that every outlet or tool that takes the insertion of another is a female-ended apparatus, or that every one that inserts into another is a male-ended apparatus.

But under those rules, there is nothing to plug into because all our opinions are male-ended. All our opinions are ready to input but none are ready to receive. So, throughout the course of debate, where most opinions are metaphorically male-ended, most opinions are metaphorically gay. There is no compromise. No middle ground. No mitosis, so to speak.

Online media has finally revealed our ultimate weakness. Our opinions can only be echoed and reduced into meaningless catchphrases. Some opinions are perfectly punctuated and other are pompously poor grammatically speaking. But they’re all male-ended opinions. There is no thought procreation.

Why are you reading this now?

Some folks read articles for vindication and others read for the conflict. Digital shouting matches on message-boards are the modern age’s coliseum, and we all get to be gladiators from behind our screens.

There is even what’s called a troll, who only read things to disagree — you know who you are — and your opinion is “metaphorically” gay. I don’t mean gay as anything less than hetero. I mean gay as unable to create.

None of us are interested in listing to opposing opinions when we debate. None of us have ever message-boarded up an idea and reached some understanding or left a comment and underwent personal change.

The problem: Donald Trump, Immigration, LGBT, or anything contentious.

The problem with having mono-directional opinions, is that throughout history human-kind has always been wrong. It starts like this: “Trump is good,” or “Trump is bad.”  Soon the name calling starts: “Ignorant.” “Uninformed.” “Bigoted.” “Leftwing.” “Rightwing.”

We engage but nothing is said, and nothing is heard. Your opinion is male-ended and so is mine. So, I can’t help but chuckle when people disparage the LGBT community so steadfastly. Our opinions cannot combine—your opinion and mine. It’s why everyone has just one type of an opinion. An opinion that under long ago established terminology, is metaphorically male-end.

Human-kind will fail if we can’t start to conceptualize the ideas that we don’t already have. We will parish in conflict if we can’t find compromise. The problem is so bad that I don’t expect this to be received as a concept that might be followed by an enlightened exchange of thoughts. I just wanted to share my own metaphorically gay, male-ended opinion to piss people off.

Submitted by QUINTON BRADLEY SMITH, Washington, Utah.

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8 Comments

  • AnnieMated July 27, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I won’t say whether or not I agree because it doesn’t matter but I will say that I am looking forward to the comments! 😀

  • NickDanger July 27, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    One of the worst metaphors I’ve ever read.

    Here’s a tip to the writer: If you have to spend the next 11 paragraphs explaining why your metaphor was valid, it wasn’t. You shouldn’t have to explain a metaphor at all, it should contain its own explanation.

    As for the gist of the letter, I tend to agree – no one wins an internet argument. As the old joke goes, arguing on the internet is like running in the Special Olympics; even if you win, you’re still retarded. No offense intended.

    HOWEVER, the writer here is missing a very important fact about the human thought process: None of us alter our opinions instantaneously. I’m still right until I change my mind, and I’m not going to change my mind over the course of a single argument. You could verbally beat me into the ground, make a complete fool of me over the course of hours of debate, prove me wrong over and over – but I am not going to change my mind then and there.

    If you did convince me of something, I’ll be thinking about it later. “Hmm, maybe that guy was right! Dang it.” Then next time I’m arguing with someone about that same topic, I feel differently than I did before. Maybe I’ve done a complete turnabout. Maybe some of the points you made against me are now MY points to make against someone else. Changing my mind at this later time, when you are gone and the argument is over, doesn’t cost me anything. I can admit to myself that you were right, and act on new knowledge without having to admit I was wrong.

    The best way to view internet debate is this: I may not walk away from the argument as the big “hero” who made you back down in defeat. But if I’m making valid, lucid, coherent points that conflict with what YOU think, you ARE going to process that information. That’s why it’s important for people of good conscience to continue confronting people with wrong ideas, even if it seems pointless at the time.

    Anyway, interesting point, terrible metaphor. In fact, this letter should be submitted to the Metaphor Police immediately.

    • Real Life July 27, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      I do believe the writer of this article tried way too hard.

  • Carpe Diem July 27, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    LWL’s lose arguments, spout ad hominems and produce straw mans, and that’s why Trump won.

    That said we really do need to beef up our Mental Health institutions, TDS is becoming a dire affliction.

  • dodgers July 27, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    NickDanger-your comments and insight were great. I got more out of them. Thanks for sharing the wisdom.

  • dodgers July 27, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Nick-your comments and insight were great. I got more out of them. Thanks for sharing the wisdom.

  • comments July 27, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    The others are right. This guy is trying way to hard..

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