posted on Feb, 13 2010 @ 08:58 PM
I'm not sure if I put this in the right spot, so I'll understand if it gets moved.
First, it's not my intention to make anyone angry, so let me get that out there. Having said that, I can't tell you how many times over the past
two weeks I've opened up threads with interesting titles, only to find rude, flaming, or just generally hideous remarks toward the poster.
I don't care if you're pro/anti-gay, pro/anti-military, pro/anti-government, pro/anti-God, black, white, Asian, Indian, purple, cat-haters/lovers,
dog-haters/lovers, tree huggers/choppers, mystics, prophets, pro/anti-UFO, aliens, big/little foot lovers, young snots, old farts, demons, angels, or
satan/God himself, (hopefully, I didn't leave anyone out - I'm sure I'll be reminded if I did)....I DON'T CARE what you are, what you believe,
what you've seen, what you've dreamed, what you've experienced, where you live, how you tie your shoes in the morning, or whether you eat Fruit
Loops or Frosted Flakes.
What I'm trying to say is, it's YOUR life! LIVE IT! Say f-you to the world and live your life, for God's sake. You can make some of the people
happy some of the time, but you'll never make all of the people happy all of the time, and not everyone will agree with all of your life decisions.
Be happy and secure with your decision and don't push your lifestyle or your opinions on others, trying to prove yourself. Respectful debate is one
thing....shoving opinions is quite another. If someone doesn't agree and there's room for healthy debate, fine....have at it. I'm all for healthy
But the thing I'm growing weary of in my age is this....just because it's your life, doesn't mean I'm required to make it mine. Because at that
point, it wouldn't be my life anymore, it would be yours.
What I choose to respond to or believe in is my business. It doesn't make me weird or any less intelligent. If you don't agree, it doesn't make
you weird or any less intelligent to me. I just accept that we have had different experiences that have formed our belief systems, and that's that.
But I am entitled to what I believe, and can express that without being disrespectful, hateful or rude. If the debate is going nowhere, I generally
just leave the thread.
But the past few weeks, I've opened up quite a few threads that were very interesting (I thought), only to find the poor poster had been ridiculed by
20 people already. Was it really necessary? If it's not interesting, why post at all?
What bothers me most, is that I specifically come here to read things/news about stuff that intrigues me and excites my imagination, regardless if I
walk away convinced or not.
Aristotle said: it is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
I happen to agree wholeheartedly. So I urge everyone to grow a thicker skin, but not in the traditional way. Don't grow a thicker skin to take
ridicule. Grow a thicker skin to be secure enough in your own beliefs that you don't have to prance around the forum, puffing out your chest every
time someone challenges life as you know it.
Just be cool, and don't forget there are real faces behind all the words.