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originally posted by: enlightenedservant
a reply to: Abysha
Exactly. I've lived in large metropolises (1 million people plus), small cities (less than 40,000 people), and medium sized cities. The ways of life are vastly different because the needs are vastly different. The first time dealing with real smog will change a person's perspective on pollution, just as traffic jams on 5 lane highways (per side) will change a person's views on infrastructure requirements. And most stereotypes about other demographic vanish because you're actually in contact w/people from those demographics. So it's easy to see that the reality doesn't match the rumors.
For example, one of the biggest reasons I came to support LGBT rights is because I've gone to school with LGBT students, had LGBT teachers, and had LGBT coworkers (and at least 1 supervisor). You quickly realize that they're just people who want to live their lives and that they deal with the same bs that everyone else does (like bills, relationships, going on diets, getting into fights, debating good movies, etc).
I'm the same way with religion, having known people from various religions, creeds, and non-religions. After a while, you start to realize that all of them are just people with everyday issues to deal with. My life experiences w/people from random backgrounds is why I generally believe "as long as it's consenting adults and you do no harm to others, it's none of my business what you follow, eat, or are attracted to".
originally posted by: comfortablynumb
originally posted by: chr0naut
a reply to: 1337Kph
Empires run their course and crumble from within.
Sometimes it's just better to let them slide away silently...
I kind of agree. However, it won't be silent, but violent.