I don’t know what it is about me but I get sucked in by random things on the internet. You see I am one of those people who will comment on articles that you can find on the net. Now don’t worry I am not a troll, but I have to admit I am probably guilty in feeding them. Maybe it is because I teach and write about argumentation, but I feel compelled at some level to do battle with people online and in some respects it stresses me out.
My latest battle happened to be from an article on CNBC about a couple that had saved $1 million and “retired” at 43. You can read the article here. Even better I encourage you to read the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. 1500 over at 1500days.com one of my favorite personal finance blogs.
What set me off were the comments basically stating these people were frauds or there was no way that this could be real or whatever. Mr. 1500 has written a similar post, as well as Jim Collins over at his blog about these trolls, but even though I know I am probably never going to change anyone’s mind I want to engage these people in verbal combat at some level.
I just can’t understand how so many people can basically shit on other people for things that they could accomplish if they just put a little elbow grease into it. Why is it so hard to believe that you can become financially independent and you don’t need to be stinking rich to do so?
Yes, I know it goes against the societal norms of consumption, but shouldn’t we be applauding these people? Adopting their best practices? Encouraging them to publish their stories more and they should be the ones we should emulate. Yes, Taylor Swift is right we should just “Shake It Off” but internet trolls need to be taken down a notch.
Yes I know that my comments won’t take them down a notch. Yes I know I am probably not going to change their minds. I mean they are going to hate no matter what. This is probably more about me than them with regards to the comments. It is somewhat cathartic for me to make these comments and verbally spar with others.
So I guess I will feed the trolls a bit more than others. It is kind of nice to realize that I am onto something that they couldn’t/wouldn’t want to do in a thousand years.