I hope this isn’t going to be about me, but about how the internet and social media in general becomes a place where people go to read the opinions of like minded people only. Anybody who write anything different are either ignorant, trolls or anti-TYP and should be ignored, banned, or insulted.
IMHO it is important to be open to other ideas than those you have been feed for years, either by media, schools or the people around you.
It could be that someone with a different background and experience know something that you can learn from.
Likewise, to accept new ideas and new technology, but not uncritically.
When you travel to new places, with different culture and religion etc. it is important to be willing to see and try to understand their ways of doing things, not just dismiss it as wrong, or even stupid.
When I left Norway for the first time, pretty accurately 60 years ago now,(actually in May 1959) at the tender age of 15, I had been fed the mantra that Norwegians were “the best seamen in the world” and that people in other parts of the world that looked and behaved different from us Scandinavians/Europeans were somehow inferior.
For the first couple of years I sailed mainly together with other Norwegians that had much the same attitude, but then I came on a ship were half the deck crew were from Galicia in Northern Spain.
I spent a lot of time with them and learnt to speak a bit of Spanish (with Galician accent). The C/Mate used that fact to make everything into a completion between the the “Norwegian gang” and the “Spanish gang”. I became part of the Spanish gang.
My attitude started to change, at least towards Southern Europeans
I realised that they were as good, if not better seamen than the Norwegians and had a different attitude to both alcohol and people from other parts of the world.
From 1974 onward I have worked in the Offshore Marine Industry all over the world, with people of all different races, religions and nationalities, until my retirement in 2016.
I hope that people can understand that I have nothing against America, Americans, the USMM, or anything else American.
I strongly disagree with some US policies, past and present, but that is not to be anti-American.
But back to topic.
IMHO it is important to voice your opinion and to argue your case as forcefully as you can, backed up by facts and other similar opinions, if you can find them.
But be able accept other peoples opinion and admit that you can be wrong, not trying to shut out any opinion you don’t like, or agree with. (Or with throwing out insult and swear words)
PS> I thought c.captain was enjoying some hard banter, but apparently misread that. I’ll try to be more gentle in the future.