I love comments. Lots of comments. Comments are good for a writer, and I generally don't respond to comments because I was taught as a writer that criticism makes me stronger and that I should learn from them, and that I should make my writing clear enough that comments aren't necessary.
Yet, I have noticed, and a lot of bloggers have noticed that allowing comments tends to bring out the worst in people. They get ignorant. The very worst we call trolls, the nasty little monsters who crawl out from under the bridges and harass people.
My harangue about the doctors and hospitals brought out some trolls and some really ignorant comments. Most people thought those posts were an indictment of the healthcare system.
For the record: I never talked about anything but doctors and hospitals. If you or your loved one ain't a doctor (you know, with MD behind your name) I wasn't talking about you.
I love nurses. I'm married to a nurse. The woman I call Milady, the victim of the latest medical incursion, my wife, has been a registered nurse for 27 years.
I love EMT's. When I'm standing on the side of the road, holding a victim, calling on radio for help and the ambulance rolls up, I breathe a sigh of relief. EMT's do tremendous work under horrible conditions. I love them like brothers and sisters.
Now, on to the trolls: Chris, in SE TX, says: I'm an engineer. My wife is an EMT.
Cool, Chris, give her a hug for me. I love EMTs. They do great work. I distrust doctors and hate hospitals.
Chris continues: I'm an engineer. When was the last time your car mechanic came by your house to make sure your car is still running good? When did he invite you to dinner??? Actually, Chris, my mechanic and I ate supper together last week, after we dropped a transmission in the front yard. My mechanic makes house calls. Doesn't yours? Oh, I forgot, you're an engineer. Most good mechanics don't want to associate with engineers. It might rub off and lead to a loss of third-grade skills. I personally don't let engineers in my yard. They're tough on the grass.
Chris rants: I'm an engineer. Do you f****** think I invite people I deal with PROFESSIONALLY to my house for dinner? Why the f*** would I do that?? Oh, Chris, you keep claiming to be an engineer (another one of my least favorite professions) yet you can't read. You're upset because your wife is an EMT and you read things into my posts that weren't there. Yet engineers are supposed to be precise. Well, Chris, use your precision to read this. Doctors. Hospitals. That's all I was ranting about. Oh, and using the F-Word in someone else's blog is considered ill form. I was taught that use of profanity is indicative of a poor vocabulary. Evidently you never learned to read or speak, which I've found is a common trait among engineers. Go back and do third grade over again. You'll be all right.
Chris continues: I don't know what you did for a living, but I seriously doubt it that you invited all kinds of NON-PAYING clients for dinner with your family. And, BTW, an EMT in LA makes about $8-11 per hour, a Paramedic about $14, a lot of times without benefits, no retirement etc. I'm a working cop, Chris, which you'd know if you read the sidebar. But, an engineer can't be expected to actually read something. For the 3rd time, Chris, I love EMT's. I was ranting about doctors and hospitals. Is your wife a doctor? Is she a hospital? I'm sure she is a caring, dedicated individual. I'm also convinced she is married to an idiot.
And yet, the parting shot. Chris sez: Oh, and BTW, to smear the reputation of ALL the health care workers because of LIMITED experience(s), is not exactly intelligent. Oh, Chris, you must have been the backwards child. I said nothing about healthcare workers. I said doctors. I said physicians. I said hospitals. I really think that a reading course would do you a world of good. No, actually, a reading comprehension course. Which I understand most engineers failed in third grade. Actually, Chris, in your case, prehaps you should quit your job and go back and do the whole elementary experience over again. Then, when you're ready, come back and we'll talk about engineers. I've got some great rants saved for engineers, but knowing how to read, and being precise in language will be a great asset. I'd rather not be accused of writing something I didn't write.
Chris is an idiot.