Yesterday I got told off for being rude on a Facebook thread because I used sarcasm in response to somebody dismissing people because they spell skeptic with a K instead of a C. The person, who seems to harbour a deep hatred of the letter K, actually has bigger issues with people being all rational about ghosts and whatnot. They’ll deny it because they sometimes attend their local Skeptics in the Pub events (Really). They is all down with that doubt shit, innit?
This seems to be the point we’re not supposed to talk about though, and this is an attitude I’ve often encountered with certain “old school” ghost hunters who do not like fresh faces rocking their boat.
These youngsters coming around with their doubtful minds and throwing their messy skeptical thoughts over the tidy paranormal conclusions that people have laid out comfortably around them for so long. These youngsters acting as though they own the place – who do they think they are putting a K in their skepticism instead of a C like the old days? The sKeptics pushing their beliefs onto other people – we have to be mindful of them doing that, but it’s okay if we do the same because we’re not sKeptics. Who the effng hell to do they effing think they are? Shun the non-believer! SHUNNNN!
It is seriously tiring when individuals think it is perfectly okay to dismiss a whole group of people based on the way they spell a word, and it’s funny too. I can’t imagine being so closed-minded that my only defense is to reject en-masse anyone who I think it speaking a little too loudly against the things I believe in, in any way I can, (e.g. the way they spell a word).
Yesterday, when my sarcasm got me labelled as rude, the statement I objected to was made by another member of an organisation that I (now reluctantly) belong to called the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena. The individual who objects to the letter K explained that some members were concerned that the Association was moving in too much of a skeptical direction and that, while it’s okay to have sceptics as members, people ought to be mindful of skeptics throwing their weight around in training sessions and other events.
I countered this by pointing out that skepticism isn’t a bad thing, but was told rather bluntly that ‘Being a skeptic is bad, yes, Hayley. However, being a sceptic is good.’ To this I responded with a sarcastic ‘Congratulations, you’ve missed the point completely. *Applauds*’ which is rude, apparently.
I find the accusation that skeptics are making members of ASSAP feel uncomfortable at events because of their non-belief and “agenda” hilarious considering the fact that when I attended the ASSAP conference at the beginning of September I was made to feel extremely unwelcome by a large number of people simply because I regularly express opinions they don’t like. I almost didn”t return on the Sunday, but did out of duty because I was speaking on a panel. A number of people that I know and respect made the weekend a good weekend, but don’t think the sneers and pointed staring went unnoticed. I didn’t blog about it though because I wanted to support ASSAP and help encourage people to attend the training, but now I’m not so sure…
‘Whether ASSAP is moving too far is a very important thing to be concerned about. I know of members who’ve left the organisation for this very reason. I’m not saying that things have necessarily moved too far yet in my opinion – but if they did, I can assure you ASSAP would lose more members …’ – The K hater
…and you know what? Yes, I was rude with my sarcasm, but it’s ruder to dismiss people for spelling skepticism with a K instead of a C while pretending you’re being open-minded and concerned for the organisation member numbers when, really, you just don’t like people who don’t agree with you.
There. I said the thing we’re not supposed to talk about.