Atheist vs. Christian, Muslim vs. Christian, Lakers vs. the Rams, seriously, what is all the fuss about? I think they ought to just delete the religion forum as all people do is fight on here like cats and dogs.
That's kind of how it used to be. It's only since the change of format in the front page of the forums that all this trouble has started.
I'd really like to see the "latest posts" section split in two, just like the forums themselves - so you'd see "latest posts" for all the Hub related threads, then a separate "latest posts" for the By Topic threads.
Why are people so serious here? Really it was just a suggestion. I don't expect the site to follow my wishes, it was just an observation. I actually left Beliefnet because I got tired of reading that type of thing! No need to jump down someone's throat just because they have a different idea about things .
Everyone defines reality. We all exist for the most part in what is known as a "consensus reality". We all agree that a certain wavelength of light is blue and another one is red, for example. We all make these agreements everyday otherwise it would not be possible to co-exist in the manner in which we do.
Part of growing and learning in infancy is sorting out what things, experiences, states of conciousness and phenomena are excepted parts of this consensual reality. That consensus can and does change over time and through discovery.
Chat rooms are virtual reality because people get highly worked up about things written in here, but in reality this is all small stuff. People get upset over nothing, and start fights with people who have no wish to argue. If you cannot touch me, it is not 100% reality!
No not weird, what is weird is people have no respect for differing opinions here. Once again I said several times I am not going to alter your site, I do not own it you know . The personal attack stuff is kind of weird because I did not call any of you names, but you are all jumping in to flay me alive. Anyway, no worries, I would never venture into your precious religion thread. When I was a kid I learned to say to people well I do not agree, but I respect your opinion. It is really as simple as that LOL.
Reality ~ People tend to argue faster than they will ever agree. I think it is just human nature. And sad to say, it is very easy for people to 'hide behind their words' or hide behind text...to say things they wouldn't say face to face. I think that's why people do it (and in an odd, sick way...enjoy it!)
really? never heard of that place. there's ugly all over the worldwide web, actually. this place is pretty nice in comparison.
i am pretty candid i think, and freely express myself here and in real life, and i don't think i am any different. the people who 'hide behind their words' are the ones who swear at people and threaten them, IMO. as far as people tending to argue faster, if someone pokes me, i ignore them, and i do that in real life too.
I agree though because of the religion thread no one goes on other forums and TALK nicely to one another. All it is is forums about religion with people fighting. It's annoying in my opinion. I start a forum just to talk and hardly ANYONE goes on there to just talk nicely.
I was always told to avoid talking about three things when in engaged in a conversation with someone: religion, politics and money. Keep those thoughts on those three subjects to yourself and everyone will get along just fine.
the Big three...ehh, I tend to crash into them head-on when meeting someone. My theory on that is...if you can get through THAT conversation, then you can talk about anything. And if you can't talk about everything, then why the hell would I want to talk to you in the first place?
Oh, I agree with you 100 percent...people are sensitive about those particular topics and it does start arguments. I think it is ridiculous but true.
I disagree with avoiding the topics altogether. I'm not going to bypass a topic because people are sensitive about it. (shrugs) If that's the case, should we really talk about anything? I'm sure there are other topics people are more sensitive about. So, how do we know what to talk about?...Heck, lets just do hand gestures, smile and be on our merry way!
So, noooo...I disagree here. I respect and understand your outlook on it, but I'm firmly against it.
Actually, I think it's healthy to talk about politics, religion and money. The problem to me is the territorialism, and the ever-present potential that such conversations will somehow threaten a person's beliefs or values system. If we could get past those egotistical things, there are some very poignant and relevant thoughts on all these subjects in the forums.
That's an assumption that shouldn't be made, until proof can be obtained.
Calling people sockpuppet or anything else, other than what their screenname is is out of the question.
The word "troll" shouldn't be used, to label other people's actions. Some people speak up when they feel like it and some are just extremely rude, when they do speak up.
Sometimes, the religious threads can and do have good conversations going on in them, but then two others hijack the thread in using insanity to confuse the discussion. The thread starts moving faster and it gets more difficult to follow along.
These people are damaging the good use the forums can be used for, which is civilized discussions. Insults in and of themselves are subjective to oneself's bias. If you think you've been insulted, get over it and move on. They are only written words on a computer screen.
It reminds me of the one thing my parents taught me- stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
If you get insulted or feel insulted, re-evaluate yourself. Words do NO harm. They are just letters? When spoken- just sound?
For an hour or so a couple of days ago, I actually wondered if there is power in words, literal power in literal words. Of course, it's the intention and attitude behind the words that actually matters. Words CAN hurt, emotions count, but we have to remember to always act, not react.
My granddaughter did something mean to her brother, my first inclination was to okay it for him to be mean back. Ridiculous. That's not him, HE'S not a mean child and all that would teach is revenge and to act according to others' actions instead of his own true self.
hmmm, you sound like my mother. And believe me, that is a compliment. I love her dearly, but it's a total 'old school' way of thinking. If someone wants to 'spill out' their private matters, then why is that wrong? To harbor your feelings and keep such matters to yourself because you're afraid of how it may offend others is...chaotic.
They are only personal matters because 'you' make them personal matters.
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