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Sean Martin

I know that every generation arrives with a sense of self-important arrogance, but it seems the current one really has outshined the rest... and I cant help but feel that the internet, in large part, is to blame. You can go online and find support for any crackpot theory you want. You can go online and find an echo chamber for your terribly hurt feelings. You can go online and do or say or hear just about everything that will convince you you're completely and utterly right and everyone else is wrong and so there... (written with a stamp of the foot and a sticking-out of the tongue).

I've endured (and there is no other word for it) conversations with people like this with alarming frequency of late. They know everything there is to know about changing the government and making the world safe and creating something where everyone will love love love everyone else — and if you disagree with their ideas, even because of sheer practicality of process, youre clearly a troll and a "HATER!" and the level of the conversation descends to one appropriate to middle school, if not lower.

Folks like that dont want mentors because they dont need mentors. They can change things through sheer force of social keyboard justice warrior action. They will post to Facebook! And Twitter! And it will be done! Because they said so! A lot!

Honestly, people like that make me almost giddy knowing my time on this rock is almost over.

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