reply to post by darkbake
Yes, absolutely. MANY times. One big example for me is when people express certain interests or opinions, and then when I try to have a normal
everyday conversation with them by asking them what they enjoy about so-and-so or why they believe in such-and-such, they tell me they don't know,
they're not sure, etc etc... So when I try to question further, they get angry and refuse to talk about it. Now, I have to point out that during this
process, I'm not being condescending in the least. Here's an example of conversations I've actually had:
Me: Oh, I see you're interested in Christianity; would you like to talk about it?
Them: Um, sure
Me: So do you consider yourself a Christian?
Me: Ok, well what are your core beliefs?
Them: I don't know
Me: Well could you think about it and tell me?
Them: Um no, I don't have to explain myself
That could of course be explained by psychology. The person could be afraid of offering an opinion or a belief which is in contradiction to another
person's, and by refusing to discuss it they are thereby avoiding potential conflict. Or, perhaps they claimed to be a Christian in order to achieve
a sense of belonging they enjoy from their family and friends, but aside from that are not really invested in the religion. Or maybe they're just
that unintelligent that they think claiming to belong to a religion is the height of involvement in it... A scary thought.
But my experiences with this topic get worse.
I'm starting to become convinced in those holographic universe/matrix/virtual reality theories and that some people aren't controlled by conscious
minds, but rather computer programs that aren't written properly.
One conversation I had with my mother went like this:
Us: blah blah 9/11 blah blah
Me: Did you know the government had a plan called Operation Northwoods to carry out attacks against the US itself, including hijacking planes, in
order to blame the events on terrorists?
Her: That's not true, people on the internet made that up.
Me: ...No, look, you can read all about it right here. It's public knowledge.
Her: (After looking at it) No, that's not true, the government wouldn't do that. People made that up on the internet.
It was like her mind just turned off and was running on some autopilot program. It's scary.