Great thread BH, and I certainly agree with your premise.
I've never felt that way towards a person who simply had a different belief, unless ofcourse if they acted like they were better than me because of
However, I can see in your example, how a pro-lifer and a pro-choicer can be at odds and how it can have a profound effect on a friendship.
Those specific issues, abortion, religion, civil rights among others are the "hot button" topics of our time. The media continually spins a story
of division and seperation about any of these topics.
This is why the 3 letter news agencies all have their own "flavor" of the news. It's to cater to one specific demographic. I think it's somewhat
human nature, or perhaps programmed behaviour to be aprehensive about those who do not 100% agree with you.
I built my social circle around people who mostly disagreed with me, simply because I am of the school of thought that if your beliefs and opinions
are never challenged, you'll never learn anything.
The internet has played a big part, I think we see more of that hate/hate relationship because of the anonimous nature of the internet. The no fear
zone that exists online in public forums like this, which give the user the ability to say whatever comes to mind, without really needing to provide
It's far easier to hate on somebody than to take the time to properly educate when they are wrong about facts, or attempt to debate the matter
without allowing personal emotion into the fray.
Edit: Grammar & Spelling...
[edit on 4/18/2010 by tothetenthpower]