It’s a really self-righteous, annoyed, argumentative world. And I loved it. But I don’t wanna engage with people. I think you look crazier when you engage with someone who doesn’t have a fully formed argument.
-Lena Dunham (creator/writer/director/lead actor of the HBO series Girls), first referring to attending class at the liberal-arts institution where she received her education. Quoted in Esquire magazine.
That one last statement is the philosophy on which many of my own personal interactions are based. It is not worth anything – or at all productive – to argue with someone who in essence doesn’t know what they’re talking about. You engage with a crazy person and they’ve already won half the battle.
You know how you win at three-card monte? Get someone to play.