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Posted on 2012.01.09 at 09:20


pcofwildthings at 2012-01-09 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Something about the second sentence in the second to last paragraph makes me prickle. I think it's the introductory phrase followed by the term "wholly agnostic." I feel like a pretty tolerant person but I wouldn't consider myself wholly agnostic. An agnostic theist might be a better fit at this moment in time. I still think "live and let live" is, by and large, a good thing. Am I deluded then? (rhetorical question). Aren't we all? If you want to have a drum circle three nights a week on my street and play into the wee hours, my tolerance would quickly evaporate. Apparently, the answer to the question, "Can't we just all get along?" is a big no.

Sometimes voicing disagreements doesn't work. People become more entrenched in their own philosophy. In extreme cases, war results. I have friends with whom we agree to disagree. If they ask me to pray for them, I absolutely will...but I won't vote Republican. I still love 'em, though.
ehowton at 2012-01-09 23:48 (UTC) (Link)
They way you mention it? Absolutely. I've found that writing third-person ain't easy. Hopefully I corrected it. I do so try to keep fairly terse, which oftentimes results in what we have here.


And thanks for pointing that out - I'd be embarrassed for everyone to think I was being so closed-minded about the close-minded :P
pcofwildthings at 2012-01-10 00:24 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it does! I get what you meant now.
ehowton at 2012-01-10 00:33 (UTC) (Link)
People become more entrenched in their own philosophy.

Coincidentally, the first sentence of my next post in this series, so to speak begins: "Presupposing for just a moment that everyone in the world I may ever interact with breathes air, is beholden to the laws of physics, and can articulate why they hold a belief..."

Logically I *know* voicing disagreements don't always work, but I find the psychosis psychology behind it fascinating. Perhaps I'm just lucky that my folks were always willing to discuss what they were thinking and the motivations behind their actions? At least when I asked them. And I've always been somewhat inquisitive.
michelle1963 at 2012-01-10 01:11 (UTC) (Link)
I was very fortunate in being able to discuss anything with my parents too. It was only later that I realized how unusual and what a valuable lesson I'd learned.
ehowton at 2012-01-10 01:27 (UTC) (Link)
I guess I'm still figuring that part out.
dentin at 2012-01-10 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
There's a lot of TED (www.ted.com) talks on decision making and social behavior related to this topic. If you're looking for quick overviews on various psychological bugs/features of people, those may be a fun way to accumulate info.

I often watch them with Fionna so we can talk about them during/after. There are a lot of psychological problems in her workplace.
ehowton at 2012-01-10 20:28 (UTC) (Link)
I used to watch Penn & Teller's Bullshit for the same reason. Fun!
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