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originally posted by: TheRedneck
Charity is one of those teachings, but must be completely voluntary or it is not charity... it is taxation. Therefore, taxing for charitable purposes destroys the very reason Jesus established charity in the first place.
originally posted by: pirhanna
Totally feel the OP. Im center libertarian-ish and have a similar experience both on the internet and in RL. Theres some dumb crap on both extremes but I find more new liberal stuff in my face telling me what to think and say. And the racism witch hunt which is doing a great job creating racism and driving a wedge into our society. Some people that I guess are still friends now do nothing all day every day except talk about racism and who they hate and who you should hate. These are people that were doing just fine before...
And I dont agree with the religious right either...but hell, this new breed of liberal is feeding the religious right and feeding racism.
I resign from society. I have no more time for any of this negativity. I really shouldnt even reply to discuss it - I feel like even that is feeding it at this point.
originally posted by: BlueAjah
a reply to: deadlyhope
Take heart. The whole world is not like that. Probably the only people that stick around on a forum like that are the ones who are building a little bubble where everyone agrees with them.
Anyone who dislikes the atmosphere is probably leaving. That does not make them the minority. It just means that they are living outside of that bubble and don't want to bother with the idiocy and abuse.
I have been realizing that more intelligent people are generally calmer and more reserved, and less likely to flip out in discussions. I think the ones who are quickly angered and attack are using some kind of defense mechanism. I have not figured out if that is due to an inferiority complex, or due to the inflated egos they get from existing in their bubble.
Living in such a bubble does not make people smarter or more informed. It is quite the opposite actually. It is calm discussion, even with those with opposing views, that opens peoples minds to ideas they might not have considered previously. Being attacked does not do anything other than turn people away from even trying to listen.
Unfortunately, it seems that colleges and universities are becoming such bubbles. I hope that the silent ones are watching and learning.