We look at trolling with this big groan, as if the act of starting a fight or drawing attention to your opinion is grounds to dismiss the content of your opinion entirely. Trolling wouldn’t work if that was the case. Trolling is effective only when it touches on conversations we don’t want to have because we’re insecure about how accurate our own opinion actually is.
Robert Pirsig describes this more eloquently in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance:
You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in. No one is fanatically shouting that the sun is going to rise tomorrow. They know it’s going to rise tomorrow. When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any other kinds of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.
If we were convinced that motherhood and being a wife was…
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