Yes it took a few more posts than usual but sadly turned to the playbook. Hitler and Taliban you can almost write the script.
Actually, he is right. There were some of those characteristics exhibited in this thread.
Compromise as weakness
Unmoved by facts
Undeterred by new information
Intolerance of dissent
I'm actually happy to see how self aware he is.
Are you calling me out? Please tell me no, just PM me and tell me you aren't. Heck, I'll even post in this thread and say I'm afraid to take on the great Thrawn. I'm a nobody. I came out of the shadows because I felt K-dash put himself out there and he deserved somebody to give their opinions on it. I don't need people on the internet to validate my opinions, and I don't want to be a personality on the internet. I know basically any discussion you involve yourself in on the internet is a waste of time. You can't get an honest debate. And the discussion, particularly this one, doesn't matter. I'm in no position to affect the outcome to this problem, if there is one, even if I do and I doubt anyone on this board can. Yes, my vote counts in the upcoming elections, but this possible issue isn't really being discussed.
And I'll say this. Am I a self aware person? Yes I am. The problem with that is, while it would seem you'd be the perfect person to evaluate yourself, you're not. You know who you are and what you believe in, but is impossible to accurately evaluate yourself. And outside people (observers) can't either. The truth is a mix of both opinions. I think I can say these things about myself. I'm very pragmatic, which helps me do my job well. I know the difference between fiction and reality, and how that affects peoples' responses. Fiction requires the writer to smooth out the impossible reality that humans aren't completely logical, so their reactions to things can't be predicted exactly, but in fiction they have to, based on the persona of a character written.
I have a talent that makes me a great devils' advocate. However, I'm extremely susceptible to falling for a cause that requires a hero to set out on a fool's errand, crusading. Something that never ends well. For me.
I'll happily admit the only time my opinion matters is with my clients. And that's not a case of them admitting I'm right, glorifying me. It's this agonizing burden to make sure they aren't going to be hung from a figurative lamp post by their reviewers.
So, if you're calling me out to debate, fine. I don't want to debate you Rich, you're not at the top of your game. But if you want to go toe to toe, fine. You have to accept we'll have to set ground rules for it. You have to answer when I ask you to answer a question, none of your trademark dodging or saying you don't have time.. You to defend your position with actual facts I can dispute, none of this I can provide them, but Don't thingy. As will I. We agree to the topic specifically before we go at it and have a moderator for the debate. Otherwise, just let me fade to the shadows.