I found this wood cut on The Project Gutenberg web site. Six Lectures on Wood and Metal Engraving by Ariadne Florentina, presented in Oxford, 1872. It is titled, He that Hath Ears to Hear, Let Him Hear. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/27268/27268-h/27268-h.htm#Fig_6
The main subject in this engraving has all manner of portents trailing around and on him. Death is at his feet, evil thoughts are on his shoulder but he can’t, or won’t, see them. He ignores the learned man and the beggar. Neither speaks in a voice he is willing to hear.
I’ve joined quite a few online discussions as of late, writer’s groups, etc. And wading through, I’m finding that there are two very different personalities dominating out there. There are people genuinely interested in connecting and exchanging information. People who are not afraid to be wrong, to discover they are misinformed. Who want to have an interaction where both sides hear each other.
Yay! For those people.
Then there are the trolls, looking for re-enforcement of their beliefs. Couching their questions or comments to affirm their misconceptions.
If you are online everyday, watching this kind of behavior, what is your solution? How do you wade through the bullshit?