Note posted on February 18, 2021

There will always be folks, real or online, where engaging with them only leads to exhaustion. They could be too set in their ways, don't care about listening, or they simply want to exhaust you (known as sealioning).

An example of what ill-intentioned sealioning looks like on the topic of face and racism.

This may or may not be their intention. They could be good or bad people. I've probably been like that at different points in my life.

But the best solution is always walking away, for your own sake. This doesn't mean you don't keep learning and rethinking your position. But it's never because of the bad-faith arguers or the sealions.

Unless you're an emotional masochist. In which case, throw on that ball gag and head to the comments section.