Trolls, not the kind Bilbo Baggins or Harry Potter knew, but those we have all seen on the internet.
Reading some comments on a news thread this weekend I was struck by how many of these trolls are actually uncouth, rude, mannerless. With the weekend theme being mnners I was perhaps a bit biased towards looking at things in terms of manners and not just a real or imagined psychological basis for behaviour.
I realised these trolls appear to want to seem superior to others, but in failing to do so, turn nasty. Pretty much like a schoolyard argument. The badly brought up child who falls short on logic resorts to taunts or violence.
This all took me back to where do people find their ‘locus of morality’. More and more I see people who can only operate in society with externally given rules, enforced by punishments for infringements.
Are humans really such that they can not think out values for themselves? Is it stupidity, laziness? I wonder….