Just a quickie for now: Mad Thinker Scott has already pointed out Mickle's reflexive bit of self-contradiction, so there's no need for me to belabor the point, but after wondering why some of it felt so familiar, it hit me:
Oh yeah, I tried saying pretty much the same thing several months ago, only without calling anyone an "asshat".
And what I got in response were a number of folks trying to tell me that:
- Being nice doesn't work;
- Telling someone to be nice is like telling them to sit down and shut up;
- You need to yell at/be abusive to people to get them to pay attention to you;
- and so forth.