03-07-2013, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by rockhound
In the interest of further propagating the humor in this thread and establishing my perspective, I'll say my piece.
Justifying your correctness based on your apparent ability to learn and obtain knowledge at ridiculous speeds is about as effective an argument as insulting your opponents. Oh wait, you are doing that too. You repeatedly deny scientific evidence and the experience of people who are likely to be much older and much more intelligent than you. That just screams egotism, ignorance, and naivety. Even when an appeal is made to share your knowledge, you simply spit from the top of your ivory tower. Are you afraid to fall while frantically defending your inherently flawed ideas?
I can empathize with you. I once felt the same way. I was naive, an egotist, and an idealist--utterly intelligent and flawless. I looked down on everyone else, dizzied by the heights when looking down from my ivory tower. But then one day someone managed to climb that tower and shared with me the information that I needed to truly understand how not to fear the fall from the tower. To avoid the fear all I had to do was simply climb down the tower, to join and embrace all the people around me. I had to listen and engage with all perspectives, not just my own. To truly unlock my potential, to truly understand the universe around me I had to climb down. That first step down was the scariest. My world was upended and strange. I entered a foreign realm.
I know where you're coming from OP because I have experienced it. I doubt you are much older than a teenager. I'll establish early twenties as the upper limit. If you are to learn anything from this forum or anywhere else, you are going to have to accept two things:
1) There are many people here (and everywhere else) who have more experience in fishkeeping (and anything else) than you. These people know what is best for your fish's well-being.
2) Many perspectives exist, but no perspective can be taken seriously without it being well-reasoned and presented in a civil manner. This is especially important in a place such as this. The fish we keep are well-documented scientifically. Behavior, health, and preferences are all cataloged based on objective evidence and reason rather than belief and conjecture.
Whether or not you decide to read this or take any of it in realize one thing: you are free to care for your fish however you choose. The members of this forum will vehemently defend and advocate for the proper care of your fish. It would be wise to listen, but you are free not to. If you choose the latter, I'm sure no one would miss you. I hope you like it on top of that ivory tower.
Wow i wish i had the time to take out of my day to write that, i didn't even read all that garbage. I am off to live life now!