posted on Mar, 25 2010 @ 11:12 AM
I think you are right on, and I wish more people could approach the problem of sharing their “alternative” information this way.
Waking up is hard to do; waking up is deeply uncomfortable. Our minds have powerful and vital defense mechanisms, and whenever our dogma is
threatened we go into a safe mode where we'll automatically reject whatever is forced upon us, no matter how much reason is contained in the words a
person is shouting at us. And worst of all, not only is it ineffective at spreading our point of view, it's profoundly unhealthy for us. We become
the unpleasant, frustrated, paranoid, peculiar cranks they expect us to be.
Our quiet, reasoned confidence is strongest argument; the degree to which our beliefs and knowledge are well integrated and show fewer signs of
inconsistency and strain than theirs.
When I talk to people my approach (now) is never to confront, never to be judgmental, never to deny their reality. I usually just begin a
conversation with them about the topic, and in the course of the conversation I may see a natural opportunity to ask them a relevant question which
has been on my mind, a question which isn't answered by the “official” story, which requires and stimulates thought. My responses, reactions,
questions are always genuine. I don't claim to have all the answers, and many of the answers I have may be wrong. I see myself on a journey with
everyone else, we've all got pieces of a great puzzle and I don't know who has the next piece I think we (collectively) need. I don't think
someone who believes X or Y is an idiot, they're probably a lot smarter than me about Z and Q. No one is universally stupid.
I know some people are too passionate to take this approach, and that seems a pity because I think they would be happier and would ultimately see more