Feeding the Financial Trolls

Feeding the Financial Trolls

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.

6 thoughts on “Feeding the Financial Trolls

  1. My 2nd and 3rd graders are the same way. It is much easier to whine that the work is “too hard” or “I don’t get” than it is to try and possibly make a mistake or get it right. Some people just want somebody to come in and do it for them. Wish life worked that way.

    1. You are right. I just don’t get why people have to be so nasty and crap on people for a different path. I mean if it works for them let’s applaud them.

  2. I also enjoy some written sparring. I figure, why not troll the trolls. Thankfully the 1500s and others know they have to have thick skin. But, don’t ever think you are not changing minds. Because every once in a while, and you won’t even know it, but there are trolls that do have a light bulb go off and they begin to change their ways.

    I use to be a really bad soccer parent, often yelling from the sidelines. I was a former coach so “knew” exactly what needed to be fixed. It took another parent to put me in my place, but I learned my lesson, became a model parent, and now will be actually coaching that team.

    So keep engaging them.
    cd :O)

    1. Thanks. I will, but I have to admit it is exhausting. I almost feel like I am in the allegory of the cave in Plato’s Republic. The person who is shown the light and then goes back to tell the people in the cave that fire isn’t the true light but is torn apart because they don’t believe him. Just have to keep speaking the truth I guess.

  3. Trolls are definitely a fact of life on the net. The reality is these people can’t even picture the type of success others have had. There responses to you are a defense mechanism not to deal with their own issues. Ultimatly I see this in the real world as well. That’s why I keep my financial status largely to myself.

    1. I can certainly understand that. Being an argumentation scholar and an argumentative person I want to engage them on some sort of intellectual level, but I don’t think that is possible. Thanks for stopping by.

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