I'm a fairly easy-going sort but some people get under my skin. There's no need to be rude or insulting, no matter how much you disagree with someone. Unfortunately, that's just the sort of behaviour that gets me reciprocating in kind. This is maddening in a way because it makes me do the sort of things that I disrespect in others - insults, flaming and dismissive sarcasm.
It's a hard thing to walk away when someone insults you. It's hard when someone responds to a reasoned explanation with dismissing rage. However, sometimes, you have to grow up and be the bigger person. You have to choose to be the peace-maker and stop an argument. Sometimes you just have to respect that someone doesn't share your viewpoint and considers your viewpoint invalid to the point of it causing them rage.
I don't want to be the cause of fights. For this reason, I've hidden a few of my comments because of the reaction of the artist and what I presume is a friend/party follower. I did this out of respect for the artist's space but, more importantly, because I realised that they weren't willing to listen to my explanation for the comment or my reasons for making it. I'm sure that they will perceive this as a 'victory' but the more I think about it, the less I care about that.
The point is that I refused to throw the next punch. I refused to utter the next insult. I refused to continue a fight that never really had must point in the first place.
I'm just trying to be a better person.