posted on May, 10 2010 @ 01:37 AM
After being a member for years and years now, I have had a chance to read many threads and there is an alarming fact that comes up.
Our own egos prevent us from seeing the truth. It doesn't matter if it is religion, the government, whatever, we hate to be wrong and to think
that we have devoted that much time to a wrong belief. With this being said we will fight and argue to the end, even when we know we are wrong. No
matter how many facts are presented to us, we will continue to protect our ego.
Its not just consipracy theories, it is life in general. Take Obama and his healthcare plan. Even if everyone in the world showed him that it was
going to be a major destruction to this country he would have fought to pass it. Why? Because this was his big idea and he was going to stand behind
it to the end. We all do this, the question is why? And is there anything we can do to prevent it?
Many great threads have been reduced to just plain trash because someone knows they are wrong but but are defending their wrong beliefs. It is easy
to tell where exactly it occurs in a post. THe post is going along with a good debate and different sides presenting facts... Tehn boom it happens.
Someone realizes they are wrong but they have to protect their ego. The usual sign is name calling. If you look at the majority of the posts, the name
calling pops up right when one side has proven a point. This is followed by a repeat of the same information and usually all caps for extra umpf. Like
yelling, name calling, or repetition will magically make a wrong idea right.
This is a behavior based upon the fact that most people are non-confrontational. It is as if you can force others to believe something that you
know is wrong but are choosing to believe it to protect your ego.
Since our egos can stand in our way from finding the truths and working together in a healthy debate, the question comes up; Is this a natural part
of our thought process or is it? Or are we conditioned to react this way?
I would love to hear some thoughts on this, I think we are conditioned to act this way. Religion is obvious but there are many others. Is driving
58 miles per hour really any worse than driving 55 mph? When we recite the pledge are we defending whatever the government tells us is good. Look in
the news, the proof of the ego leading to name calling is obvious, ie. If you think this way you are a racist... What? If you are against illegal
immigration you are a racist. If you are pro-choice you are a murderer? If you are a vegetarian or use alternative fuels, you are a crazy dreaming
It is this ego, it allows the for the silence of the people. If someone is going to speak out against something simply attach a nasty name to it
and they will drop it because their ego cannot let anyone look down upon them. Well, its late and I will add more but I would like to hear everyone
else's thoughts on this and lets see if we can keep namecalling out of the thread.