reply to post by kiwifoot
People need to stop judging other people and trying to force their own belief systems on others and just concentrate on how they are doing.
If one is happy with their own religious beliefs and sexual preference good, live and let live - as long as the person next to you isn't hurting
anybody leave him/her be and myob.
Most humans are stubborn beyond belief and unwilling to REALLY LISTEN to someone who they disagree with.
I'm so tired of blogs where people say "___ is the only way". How can you reason with a person who has such a closed mind and proud heart?
You can't don't even try.
I have found that once someone has developed a "core belief" that they cling to that belief come hell or high water.
Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth or the only truth. Author: Charles Anderson Dana
Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes. Author: Voltaire
Opinions have vested interests just as men have.
Author: Samuel Butler
A man is getting along on the road to wisdom when he begins to realize that his opinion is just an opinion. Author: Source Unknown
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Author: Marcel Proust
The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbor as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate
ourselves. We are tolerant toward others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others
when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves. Author: Eric Hoffer
Human diversity makes tolerance more than a virtue; it makes it a requirement for survival. - Author: Rene Dubos
Most people have a very definite opinion on homosexuality and religion. These are what I call "core beliefs" and nothing can usually change them,
this is more so the older we get. We get set in our ways and maybe that is why it is good the old die and newer younger minds that are more open and
flexible come along.
Myself, I'm staying away from the two above mentioned threads - it's just not worth it.
So many people on ATS have a thinking mode much like mankind did in the dark ages when it comes to religion and homosexuality. No amount of reasoning
is going to change someone's core belief and everyone is a know it all and believes their way is the only right way. Again, in my opinion people
that come across as "my way is the only right way are small minded and pompous.
As a human you almost have to go through something, (walk a mile in someone else's shoes) before you can really empathize and learn.
If mankind is really going to move forward, he needs to become more open minded and less ridgid.
What is scary is we are all inner connected and those of us that just refuse to become more open minded and tolerant of different beliefs are holding
the rest of humanity back.
We as a species are not going to progress forward holding onto medieval concepts.
So many people have been "programmed" into their beliefs and they don't even realize they've been manipulated into a certain way of thinking.
A closed mind and proud heart gathers no knowledge.
[edit on 20-7-2009 by ofhumandescent]