originally posted by: Groot
But, it's not like that everywhere.There are places everywhere in rural communities that people engage with one another in an open fashion.
Cities are the root of it and technology.
That is so not true.
Well, half not true.
Sure people out in the country wanna sit around and talk all day, but it's usually about nothing and it's a huge waste of time. They aren't more
interesting than city people and if you dare try to be interesting you will likely get ridiculed and possibly threatened for daring to say/think
something that contravenes their extremely picky and unforgiving illogical belief systems. Same as in the city basically, it's totally randomized.
I don't criticize people or talk crap on their ideas to their face. I play along, and just look for the right moment to escape. I will try 1 time
(maybe 2) to broach an intellectual challenge with someone, and once I realize they are "set in their ways and won't consider alternative views", I'll
not even bother sneaking it in again.
What you just said is a perfect example of what I'm talking about here, you ended your post with this:
"Waiting for Nibiru to come along to reset humanity."
I have met so many people who actually honestly believe in this Nibiru thing. You'd think that after 20 years we'd have come up with at least 1 hard
piece of evidence or at least a viable explanation that can survive some basic questioning right? Well no, we haven't. It's become a highly touchy
religious belief. If I dare question Nibiru than I must suck and be a small minded bigot right?
Look I'm open to good evidence and even just good explanations if evidence isn't available, but I haven't seen anything in 20 years of encountering
this belief everywhere I turn. I don't even really care that people believe in this blindly, I can tolerate that to a large degree. I won't even
criticize it to your face, I'll sneakily change the subject immediately. It's like fanatical religion though - you think you have good reasons to
believe in it, but not a single one of those can even pass my basic skepticism (and I'm by no means a hard skeptic to convince), and there certainly
isn't any "evidence" that amounts to anything especially convincing.
That's why Nibiru is a purely religious opinion. Because the fact I question it honestly and geniunely am curious to know if it's real, is offensive
and upsetting to it's adherents. I'm not going to call you names or insult you for believing in it, but I know you almost certainly will get really
mad and call me names for questioning it directly. If we could have a legitimate conversation where we both honestly investigated the idea together
and looked for evidence and were reasonable in our skeptical approach, that'd be fine, I'd enjoy such an exercise.
But to cling onto an idea that's at best - theoretical - and interpret as this super fact that is indisputable and to actually get mad at someone who
isn't so convinced? It's a huge turn off. Why would I wanna hang out with people like this that get mad over trivial bs? I'm not a mad person, I
rarely ever get mad and when I do I try to be respectful about it still. People are just immature and ignorant, and don't want to better themselves, I
This same exact problem happens with just about everyone at some point, whether it's Republican or Democrat, Mandela Effect theology or someone who
refuses to even consider anything weird at all, everyone seems to be an extremist. Why can't people be middle ground and just think about stuff and
consider things from an agnostic perspective anymore? Religion is like this too, people believe in these weird little things as their central defining
concepts and push them really hard yet when questioned get offended. Especially if you point out it's not even in their religious text and try to read
them a little history tidbit that explains where their misinterpretation originated from.
There comes a point where I just gotta accept the fact I'm gonna die alone and that isn't so bad. It's not the nightmare I used to think it was. I can
embrace this alone thing. I don't have to walk on eggshells around everyone's weird little BS beliefs or pretend to be interested in their sports
teams or put up with their raunchy behaviors. FINE.
I wish it wasn't like this. I wish I could find someone like myself that I could identify with and really build a relationship with. I wish I could
just be chill and speak my mind without fearing a volcano erupting.
All I'm saying is that "people in the country are relatable" is bogus. It doesn't matter where they live really, they're gonna be too stubborn to
consider the possibility they may have it wrong. I understand it's challenging to face one's self, but if I can do it than I at least expect a 10%
effort from others.
I know I'm not perfect, and I don't try to be. I just want people to be reasonable and to actually want to at least try to have fun thinking about the
Universe without getting so upset about things possibly not matching up with their preconceptions 100% perfectly.