I used to have this Facebook friend who thought very, very, highly of his opinions, and of the high level of his thinking in general. And whenever I posted an opinion on my Facebook page that was contrary to his opinions, he would invariably respond: “Ace, you stupid fucking idiot. . .”
It irritated him, nay enraged him, that other people had opinions different from his. It was a direct affront to all that he felt was decent and good in this world of ours. And he was forever eager to correct my faulty thinking. Attempts that invariably failed.
It probably never occurred to him that I had already heard, and considered, virtually all of his opinions hundreds of times before from others (originality of thinking was not one of his strong points). But apparently he felt this umpteenth reading of said opinions would finally win me over.
Eventually he concluded I was a hopeless case who was mentally and morally incapable of grasping reality from the true perspective. His perspective. So he unfriended me and blocked me.
I was never sure where he actually picked up this lofty view of his own opinions. As far as I could tell it wasn’t a viewpoint that was widely shared by others. And I can’t recall anyone ever being particularly eager to hear his opinions. And it was highly unlikely that (unlike, say, me) anyone would ever offer him money so they could publish his opinions so that they would reach a wider audience. And yet his high opinion of his opinions remained a deeply entrenched part of his character.
Occasionally I will pass this fellow on the street as I’m making my way across the town of Berkeley. He’ll usually grimace when he sees me, then pretend like he doesn’t notice me, and then hurry on by. . . I guess that’s the real life version of unfriend and block.