Hello ATS members! This post goes out to all of you, as I feel I have changed quite a bit since I came to this website, and the reason why? I was
treated with more tolerance than other places, here I found patience, logical reasoning,empathy, and more. I think this is how the world, myself, and
everyone should be - More accepting and understanding of others views.
I used to be a hardline conservative christian - Anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-liberal, fox news watching, all of it... but over the years I've
changed, I've come to accept things I didn't used to accept, I've even come to embrace different idealogies, different ways of life, and taken
entirely different stances on topics I never thought I would change my mind on. I still have my religious beliefs, I still have my own moral code and
standards I follow as a result of religion - But if I've learned anything on here, it's that not everyone else needs to be the same as me, and in
fact, the world is a better place because of the diversity that can be found. Not everyone needs to be the same way, not everyone needs to agree on
everything - We just need to understand and reason with ideas even if we can't find it in ourselves to fully identify with those ideas.
Please try to take a moment to understand someone, even if they go against everything you believe, try to reason with them, try using logic,
statistics, empathy, try narrating things for them in a way that can connect with them, rather than simply bashing on them for holding a view that you
personally find intolerant/stupid/etc. I'm not saying being this way will help in every instance - I know there's pigheaded people on all sides, with
all different views, morals, stances on all different topics, but I do know treating others kindly goes a really long way - I know it did for me, and
I know it can for others.
I challenge anyone reading this post to find a thread where they vehemently disagree with the OP, and try to just have a conversation with this
person, let their be a dialogue and an exchange of ideas ( where possible ) . I can't act like I know what the result of this challenge will be,
perhaps frustration xD perhaps you will learn something - perhaps the OP will learn something.
In close, I wanted to thank the members of ATS that have helped me become more tolerant and understanding. I've had so many moments in the rant forum,
I've been through so many threads on so many topics and I really feel like my new state of mind is more at peace than ever. I don't feel in conflict
with the world all of the time because they aren't living like I am, or like I used to. Thank you, truly.
Hope everyone is having a good weekend, let's continue to deny ( and change! ) ignorance.
As an edit, I want to make sure others understand that this isn't a "my way of thinking is better" It's definitely not! It's me expressing that many
ways of thinking can co-exist with each other in peace, and conversions/reasoning can also occur where you may not think it can.
6-11-2015 by deadlyhope because: (no reason given)