Did something I have rarely ever done on Facebook today; unfriended someone. I posted a piece I wrote about how anti-vaxxers are, well, wrong. They're just wrong. The facts are not on their side. They are incorrect. Not right, is the point I'm making here.
Anyway, this one woman came back with a poorly thought out (and even more poorly written) attempt at a rebuttal. I replied, as kindly as I could. I really try to avoid ad hominem attacks in an argument; my thinking is that once you make a personal attack on someone, you've lost.
Then she doubled down.
I again tried to explain, as nicely as I could, that personal belief is not the same as fact, and she has no more right to inflict her dangerous beliefs on the rest of us than I do to drink a big bottle of expensive gin and drive a car really fast around Kawasaki City.
Then she doubled down again, with the tired old "Well, at least we still have the right to disagree" angle.
Fortunately, a very good friend of mine got there first, and said, in effect, "No, you fucking well don't. You are provably wrong, the scientific data doesn't support your claims, and you ideas threaten the survival of the species."
At that point I blocked her and locked the thread.
For. Fuck's. Sake. Why is it that people think just because THEY personally don't understand a concept, they can just make up their own answers? That's NOT how things work. I am personally crap at tax law; this doesn't mean I can scrawl "US GUMMINT OWE ME FIVE HUNNIT DOLLA LOL" on my 1040 in crayon and mail it in. No, it means I go and FIND AN EXPERT, someone who is trained in this field.
But no, this cretin was convinced that anything with so many big words in it must be poison and cause autism or something, plus the government wants us to do it and right now the government is run by a (whisper it) brown person, so we must be ever vigilant, or something.
At that point I realized: I barely know this person; in fact, I've seen her twice since I was in eighth grade. She is the sister of a guy I played soccer with in high school. I seem to recall she was a bit of an idiot back then, and she certainly hasn't gotten any smarter, so why waste a single moment of the fifty years I've got left on the planet arguing with her? I got in a really good, high-quality argument two months ago with the Dean of my university and a UN expert on population density. That was a FUN argument.
So, I cut her off.
It felt GREAT.
Not so much that I'm going to do it all the time; I'm not a mean guy, plus I like having people around with different perspectives, so that I can check mine.
But it was really nice to just say, "Fuck it, you're a moron. Goodbye," and walk away.