An anonymous person left a comment (or two) today that I felt was rude and unnecessary. The same statement could have been made in a more civil manner, but the person chose to express them in a tone that was belittling.
I spent some time drafting a reply to this comment, but decided to delete everything instead - including the post in question. It just seems so much easier to just ignore everything.
I wonder though, at the anonymity of this person. Does the anonymity of the internet allow more people to be rude? Without having to meet the person face-to-face every day, without any actual consequences to the things we say to someone else, do we feel it is "safe" to express certain negative sentiments we might not be comfortable saying to our family, our friends and colleagues?
I will be wrong on this blog, because I do not have the advantage of a professional copy-writer or a fact-checker. When I am wrong, I would appreciate it if someone could point it out politely and patiently. We all live by the indulgences of others afterall. The true yardstick of a person's education and cultural refinement is not what music we listen to, or what books we read - but rather, how we conduct ourselves, the level of respect we give to one another.
Why an isolated incident offends me so much is because while I have been blogging for three years, this is the first time I have ever had a visitor that I found deliberately rude. Until now, I have been lucky, I guess.