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Latin has great beauty, which is why it endures.
Lawyers routinely use it, even though there are English equivalents.
The Latin construct of the tricolon remains a powerful form of statement.
From Obama’s eulogy for Mandela - And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, when our best-laid plans seem beyond our reach, let us think of Madiba and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of his cell: “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged [with punishments] the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”
The beauty of these latin original constructs is timeless.
You probably would not take issue with using ‘flora and fauna’.
You could instead say plants and animals, but flora and fauna retain their utility, and are less prosaic and more literary.
It would seem that goal here was to pedantically assert an error, rather than simply enjoy another valid way that may be a bit more artistic. Celebrating beauty is more fun.
Certain posters here are remarkably well-versed in the act of gaslighting, as manifest in the extremes to which they practice it.
A related technique is to concurrently accuse their target of the very abuse being visited upon them.
The latter aims to confuse third party observers. This misdirection is to provide cover, and avoid scrutiny.
Reviewing some of those posts above, it’s pretty obvious what’s happening and who’s doing it.
There’s plenty of textbook evidence here of this illicit practice. Many of the keywords in the Wikipedia article on topic are in fact used in their posts.
The abuser calls their targets insane, delusional, liars, and makes the attacks quite personal.
The abuser hides behind a pseudonym, whereas the target is a real named entity, staff, and address. This asymmetry of identity is central to the tactic.
Anonymous accusations made against a public target make clear who is doing what to whom.
Hadn’t researched this before being accused, but the technique is well-studied, and the correlation here is rather striking.
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim's belief.
Instances may range from the denial by an abuser that previous abusive incidents ever occurred up to the staging of bizarre events by the abuser with the intention of disorienting the victim. The term owes its origin to the 1938 Patrick Hamilton play Gaslight and its 1940and 1944 film adaptations, in which a man dims the gas lights in his home and then persuades his wife that she is imagining the change. The term has been used in clinical and research literature, as well as in political commentary.In the story, a husband attempts to convince his wife and others that she is insane by manipulating small elements of their environment and insisting that she is mistaken, remembering things incorrectly, or delusional when she points out these changes.
Sociopaths and narcissists frequently use gaslighting tactics to abuse and undermine their victims. Sociopaths consistently transgress social mores, break laws and exploit others, but typically also are convincing liars, sometimes charming ones, who consistently deny wrongdoing. Thus, some who have been victimized by sociopaths may doubt their own perceptions.
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An aside -
dabikahuna is a paying customer, who likes to speak his own mind, and is very keen about principle.
He will criticize or defend based on whatever he objectively thinks is true and fair.
He’s obviously not shy of responding to statements with his own lengthy reply. If someone picks a fight, he clearly won’t roll over.
In looking at his record of posts, there is one thing that stands out -
It matters who initiates, and who responds. These lengthy back and forth debates have a genesis, outside of him.
He pushes back when someone asserts what he sees as untrue, based on his own direct knowledge as a user.
We’ve not seen him argue where there’s no assertion.
For the initiator to blame him for his response - that seems a bit contrived, and unfair to him.