How to Win Every Argument on the Internet

Winning the Internet

One thing I’ll say for the secret to winning the Internet captured in that meme – “I assume that if someone disagrees with me it’s because they misunderstood me. If they understood me, how could they disagree?” – is that it avoids the need to argue over anything. I just assume that if anyone disagrees with my brilliance it’s because I’m misunderstood and leave it at that, moving on to another conversation. I’ll know the people in the next conversation understand me if they agree with me. If they don’t, then they are merely misunderstanding my brilliance too.

Of course, some on social media appear to think that any disagreement must be met with repeated efforts to convince the other person they’re wrong. And when I say repeated, I mean re-pea-ted. The phrase ad nauseum was made for situations like that.

I confess that I’ve ad nauseated plenty of people on the Internet.

So what are we to do? Paul gave some great Internet advice 2000 years before computers were invented.

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:10, 14, 16-18.)

There it is: humility, gentleness and making the effort to bring peace to every Internet interaction. OK, so maybe that picture above doesn’t quite capture the secret to winning the Internet. But Paul sure did.

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12 Responses to How to Win Every Argument on the Internet

  1. Pastor Bob says:

    Disagree (with a position) does not mean the same as disllike (the person).
    Jesus shared the importance of loving the sinner –
    – but not the sin.

    Same here.

  2. Jeannie says:

    Just a short time ago I saw a Twitter retweet in which the person prayed for the peace that passes all misunderstanding. That just about sums it up!

  3. I used to get into those sorts of debates online. I now, thankfully, steer well clear. I comment only on blogs, and rarely comment to disagree, because… I have a life. And I don’t have an overwhelming desire to argue with people I’ve never met, or to offend people.

  4. saleslady371 says:

    Some people just love to disagree. You give good advice though especially the scriptures you list. Bless and not persecute is my favorite!

  5. Headless Unicorn Guy says:

    The meme up top is a variation on Ayn Rand’s “You obviously do not have a Rational Mind. If you had a Rational Mind, you would agree completely with Me.”

  6. Vashra Araeshkigal says:

    I must admit, I have always had trouble with Paul’s extortion that we should try to do what is right “in the eyes of everyone.” Did he mean all believers? All pagans? Get enough people together, and “everyone” turns out to believe some pretty horrible stuff….

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