damn I didn't know you were this smart. also I can't believe you didn't go off on that anon for mocking you, you're a lot nicer than I thought you were too. ❤
I’m not actually anywhere near as nice as I seem, at least not intrinsically, but I put on a good show of it, and from an external perspective that is often indistinguishable from the real thing.
Being publicly and flagrantly dickish may feel good, but even when I feel it’s warranted it rarely gets me what I want, and it usually brings me more trouble than it’s worth. Being nice, or more specifically, being perceived as nice, is incredibly useful for a wide spectrum of reasons (I highly recommend it, if it’s within your repertoire). When responding to anons, being nice greases the wheels of interpersonal interaction, makes people like me more, makes people more willing to listen to what I have to say - ideally, polite eloquence shouldn’t add any weight to a rhetorical position, but it certainly seems to, so I’ll absolutely take advantage of that - and gives significantly more power to the comparatively rare times that I am harsh or rude. I’m strategically nice, not genuinely so, but most people seem happy with the results of that strategy, myself included.
I’m glad you think I’m smart. Predictably, so do I.