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Here’s a sign of the times. I think Facebook is pure fluff (and confirmation bias for every paranoid conspiracy advocate in the world), but there are special interest groups that cater to hobbies, whether model building, stamp collecting, knitting, and so forth. I joined one for Lionel model trains, since I have a large train layout.

For a couple of years I enjoyed the posts and sometimes put pictures of my own work on there. But for months, I’ve received no notices so I checked it out. The site has been suspended by the administrator for any new posts at all permanently, because members got into political arguments and name-calling that had nothing to do with the intent of the site. The administrator was weary of settling things, so packed it in. I can’t blame him.

This “arrogance of opinion” saturates everything we do, removing all enjoyment. I recall someone showing a photo of a boxcar with “Trump” on the side of it, and someone else immediately attacking. This is a moral narcissism that is frightening to behold. It’s not just that someone disagrees, it’s that they feel you’re not allowed to even hold or express a differing opinion.

That’s where we are today: I don’t want to listen to you because if you don’t agree with me you’re wrong and inferior. I’m that smart.

No, you’re not. You’re just smug.

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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