There is just one question that defines the basest of human mentalities when social interaction is considered. What is your strongest emotion and what do you stand up / fight for without question every time at the slightest provocation. While there are many people who answer that they’d stand up for the things they like or the people they support, nothing comes close to the unassailable temper that comes when they consider the things they hate.
Yes, there are many arguments and contradictions to that particular sentence. I feel love strongly than I feel hatred. But is that really true? Is love the strongest emotion every human can express? Take for instance the fans defending their favorite actor. This is where the hatred game is stronger than anywhere else in the current day and age – it is a simple thing, really.
At the outset, the above example might seem the very antithesis of what I am trying to say. Yes. Fans support the actor they love with a devoted vengeance. But that is hardly the point. What matters is the way they spew hatred over anyone who dares to go against their conformed views. More than supporting the actor or star they love by saying he has worked well and is a good human being or whatever good qualities he or she has, some people go to an extent where they try to insult and demean anyone who is not a fan and openly criticizes the actor.
There is an innate need among humans to reply to insult with even more insults and that is how the hatred spews and develops. So someone speaks against someone or something you love? Better react by insulting them and their tastes, sensitivities, the whole family and their distant ancestors for good measure. Best do it in view of the whole wide world on social media even if the person who originally criticized has stopped arguing their side.
The hatred is the only fuel that temporarily dulls the other senses and it does not subside until after the target of the hatred is completely humiliated and their point annihilated. This is a common enough scene on social media these days and hence it might not even raise an eyebrow to see all this specified as a post here. But this becomes a post instead of a private rant because an earlier post on this blog ridiculing a movie (a day ago, not even 24 hours has passed since) invited a wrath of few fans of the leading stars and the director of the movie who proceeded to demonstrate their intelligence by ridiculing another movie review I had done a year previously and questioning my qualifications to review a movie.
But this becomes a post instead of a private rant because an earlier post on this blog ridiculing a movie (a day ago, not even 24 hours has passed since) invited a wrath of few fans of the leading stars and the director of the movie who proceeded to demonstrate their intelligence by ridiculing another movie review I had done a year previously and questioning my qualifications to review a movie.
Thankfully, this was done away from the glare of social media and the fans preferred to actually call me up so the narm was, in some way, lesser that it would have been otherwise.
I was not really aware that there was a special entrance test I had to pass to be able to become a Certified Movie ReviewerTM . It was made even funnier when I put forth the negative points of the first movie in question and they were not able to give convincing answers. The ultimate joke came when the so called fans had to see many reviews which poked fun of the said movie and called those actually professional reviews as ”paid reviews designed to tarnish the image of the movie / actor / director”
Nice. I also had no idea that anything that goes against one’s view is considered either untrue or unnecessarily malignant and targeted at ruining the reputation one has been working so hard to maintain. I don’t know what to laugh harder at – the fact that these people actually leave the important things that need their support and strength and fight for frivolous things that have no depth or meaning, or the fact that even the stars themselves would not have cared this much.
This is the story of how the post that was triggered the many posts that will be.
Enough, yaar, no one cares to even respond anymore. And thank you so much for this idea that becomes another post. I am finally a Certified Movie Reviewer because I can elicit strong (though negative) emotions from the readers. Isn’t that the purpose, after all?