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Originally posted by jpm1602
I never saw that dog take off on something like that in my life. He definitely wanted a piece of it. I spilled half my coffee down my shirt. It was surreal.
Originally posted by Lasheic
reply to post by Evisscerator
Regardless if the folks here post with something we don't necessarily agree with, we should respect their right to their opinion, even if we don't agree with it.
I agree that every poster should be allowed their freedom to form their own opinions. As a wise man once said:
"Anyone who denies another person of this right, makes himself a slave to his own opinion, because he prevents himself from being able to change it."
However, that being said, if I'm of the opinion that a fellow poster's opinion sucks, shouldn't I have the right to criticize or refute it? To deny this right to the community would equally enslave the opinion holder to his opinion as it prevents them from hearing opposition and thus, potential reasons to change their opinion. It would be one thing if the moderators were actively shutting down threads in an attempt to limit the expression of opinion regardless of whether or not it violated the TOS. Dog piling on someone who's opinion is contrary to the majority isn't suppression, as it doesn't stop the poster from expressing said opinion. What it does is let the opinion holder know why others refute their opinion, in which case he must refine and redefine his opinion to clarify and present it to the forum. In this process, he may learn something or come to a realization that they did not before which may alter or change their opinion.
Just because you respect the right of others to have their own opinions does not mean you have to, or should, respect the actual opinion being presented.
I often see people here parade around the fact that they have an "open mind" to all opinions. I don't necessarily think this is such a good thing as people would like to promote. The popular analogy of a mind and a parachute (it only works when open) is faulty, IMO. Or rather, incomplete. A better analogy would be that the mind is like a window. This window allows in light and fresh air into your room (mind). However, most windows come equipped with a screen to keep out the bugs and other nasties. This screen is called reason, and it helps keeps your open mind from being polluted by misconceptions, fear mongering, superstitions, lies, and paranoid delusional fantasies.
It's of my opinion that reason should be exercised here more often, especially when I all too often see mere beliefs being passed off as facts and truths.
[edit on 23-8-2008 by Lasheic]
If you cannot sit down and have a decent discussion without resorting to name calling, yelling, screaming and using colourful metaphors to express yourself, it is truly a sad state to be in.
- Robert Anton Wilson
"Is", "is." "is" — the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.
Originally posted by Evisscerator
Trashing folks because you don't agree with their opinions makes one look really bad. If you cannot sit down and have a decent discussion without resorting to name calling, yelling, screaming and using colourful metaphors to express yourself, it is truly a sad state to be in. There can be no communication when this occurs. Hurling insults only adds to the injury of disbelief. Folks are "entitled" to "own" their own opinions, regardless of whether or not you agree with them and often attempting to argue with them over it only leads to further aggression.
Originally posted by Unlimitedpossibilities
reply to post by Sonya610
I think he/she was just stating in general that people should never insult others for their opinions because it just deepens or perpetuates the argument resulting in nonproductive thread.
Originally posted by riggs2099
reply to post by jpm1602
See these are the posts I am talking about.
If this is happening so damn much then why are only a few able to see while the majority(sane people) do not.
Have you ever had any medical tests done to prove for a fact that it is not a mental condition. We need to get out of the imaginary world and work with what we can see, feel or touch. People who are interested in this subject concerning the paranormal, serious people, need proof of some kind to validate these subjects.
I would love to be proven wrong about everything I am skeptical about.
We need to rule out delusions or just get rid of the people that are looking for attention, maybe then these topics can get taken seriously.
I would have no problem believing that you saw something, but then to go on about seeing these things continually makes it hard for me to believe. You are seeing things that others are unable to see, which smells of delusions and may need some help. It's like the Billy M. case, he may have witnessed something at first but than began to fabricate footage and photographs. Who knows why he did this, maybe he felt special, needed attention or just thought he could get money from this. This is what drives me crazy; I want to find out what is happening but it will never happen as long these ridiculous stories keeping coming.
[edit on 24-8-2008 by riggs2099]