Posted Jun 18, 2012 8:58 UTC (Mon) by dgm (subscriber, #49227)
In reply to: On meritocracy by nix
Parent article: On mocking
I'm not claiming magical insight into human nature, or anything else for the matter. But you will be with me that when you deal with a big group of loosely related people, the probability of eventually having to deal with someone in an unfriendly way (even if it's just because he's had a bad day) approaches 1. "Refusing to accept" from some pretended higher moral ground is not going to solve the problem, but exacerbate it. A thick skin prevents a full scale conflict developing, and thus is a great thing to develop.
Don't confuse my words. I'm not saying that mockery is the best way to solve conflicts (go re-read my earlier posts), but it's useful sometimes. I know, I have been there many times. I did something stupid, and I was called stupid as I deserved. It's hard to swallow, specially for somebody as stubborn as myself, but in the end every time I learned a valuable lesson.
For these reasons I do not believe that mocking on somebody that deserves it is any kind of deadly sin. It's a tool to be used with caution like any other dangerous tool, and only with well defined purposes.