I know I've put this in General Banter when I could have chosen other places, but I just wasn't sure. If it needs to be moved, my apologies, federica.
I've referred back to a the thread on 'honesty being the best policy' quite a bit. Just going through some growing pains with Right Speech et al. Anywho, I recognize that real life examples work best for me and it occurred to me that the last interaction I had might be instructive (for me) if people tell me what they see... places perhaps I would have been better shutting up, superfluous parts, was it a situation best avoided, etc.
So, I was reading a news article that declared "Astronomers discover repeated radio signal'. Under the article were a number of comments and one of them, from a gal named Amy, went like so:
Christ almighty...FRBs are not "repeated radio signals." HUGE difference. Sure, all kinds of possible origins, and technically, extraterrestrial origin can't be ruled out yet...but this is NOT a repetitive radio signal like the clickbait headline would have us believe.
I wanted to respond because some, or all, of the awe and wonder of this might be taken from them because of her cavalier and catty tone. It's just an opinion, but she's using words the average person doesn't and apparently hasn't heard the saying, 'true strength doesn't need self promotion', so she's presenting as if anyone who doesn't know this is so far below her intelligence that it's not even worth talking to them. So, I responded trying to get a message across as kindly as I could. It went like this:
It's the second time ever that we're captured FRB's that were not Earth based. That's pretty cool to me. You and I both know that not only are the overwhelming majority of readers not going to know the difference, but the reporter probably didn't either. We still got the information. You're smart amy, but if you go around resenting the world for not being as smart as you, all that intelligence is going to buy you is misery. Feel free to remind me when I forget.
I don't know if I'm asking such a simple question that it should be in general banter, or if it's something others struggle with. Any insight?