I was once scolded by a senior for writing an article about the absurdity of supporting DS Anwar Ibrahim.
He said I was being "too soft".
"You should whack him hard, exposed him for what he truly is, and make people hate him," he said.
Admittedly the article was not hard-hitting, but that's because I didn't intend it to be so.
I was instead trying to reason with the readers that Anwar is not actually someone they should follow due to his many character flaws.
But I didn't try to explain to my senior why I wrote the article the way it was.
I saw no point in it.
He is the aggressive type who enjoys "whacking" people that he doesn't like in his writings.
It makes him feels powerful, I guess.
You see, the guy is the macho type.
He would go around telling people,
"Have you read my article today? I whacked the bugger really hard, that he surely can't eat or sleep for days."
I was like, okay, that's fine with me, do write what you want, but I'm not going to be like that.
For one thing, whacking people in writing, for me, doesn't serves any purpose other than making one "syok sendiri".
Okay, once in a while is still not so bad....sorts of like letting off steam.
But whacking people everyday?
Will it have the desired effect?
Let's say I'm a BN cybertrooper. Am I really helping BN if I turn myself into a rabid attack dog for it?
For me, people who read my articles will judge what I stand for, based on how I present myself.
If I'm behaving like a rabid attack dog, then the readers will see BN as a dog, at least.
Instead, if I present myself as a nice person who reasons with a certain level of intelligence, then the readers may likely see BN as nice and intelligent too.
I have seen blogs which whacked the supposed enemies receiving pageviews rate by the millions, but who are really the audience of these blogs, actually?
Are such blogs really capable of convincing the crucial fence sitters instead of just being a platform for same-minded party members to whack the enemies?
I don't know about you all, but whacking people seems so stressful to me, especially these days.
I'm now trying to avoid doing that as much as I can.
I doubt it's effective anyway.
The harder you whack someone, the harder it is for people to believe you.
People are not stupid.
They will ask questions such as,
"Hey, the one being whacked is a good person and have done so much good. Why the blogger is whacking him so hard like that? What has the person ever done to the blogger? The blogger got paid ka to whack him so hard like that? "
"The blogger must be jealous of the person being whacked? Otherwise, how to explain all the hate, isn't it? The one getting whacked prettier than the blogger, is it? Terrible blogger. Why BN blogger like that one?"
Well, really, even though I always try to write from my heart, I also think of what ever little insignificant impact my writing have on the people.
I don't want my writings to make things worse like that.
But, as I had discovered recently, those running the BN/Umno machinery at the moment prefer the macho style.
Whack till they die, so it was said.
Maybe they are smarter than me.
In that case, then they can go ahead with it.
Well, it's their party, after all.
Since my reasoning style is not favoured by them, I'm just going to sit and observe.
That's about it.
Okay, I admit that I'm not perfect.
That's why I think it's better for me to try to reason with people rather then telling them how to think.
I'm not necessarily right all the time, okay.
Whatever it is, I'm not going to behave like a know it all diva and whack everyone that I dislike or disagree with.
At least not all the time la.