posted on Aug, 16 2010 @ 09:02 PM
As I have aged, I seem to feel less "passionate" about things that I once did. I do see lots of passion out there, and often, I feel that I can
read between the lines, and just see someone younger, and still a bit more on fire. I tend to not want to spoil their party so much, maybe let them
enjoy it while they can.
My more usual temptation is to sometimes point out what I see as a kind of "religious" fervor, especially when it comes to some of the "hot"
topics, like "global warming". I posted a few on one of those threads the last couple of days, but I really feel like I'm the odd-man-out. And if
I find myself saying things like , "calm down", then I'm labeled as "arrogant"...
At times, maybe it is a bit irritating to see people calling each other "idiots", trolls, etc., when each side is so utterly convinced that
"science" is solidly on their side. Oh yes, I too can relate to your example of arguments involving gigantic numbers, to the millionth decimal
place, and then the charts, etc. Sheesh. And the crazy thing is, they're ALL right!
But, where to draw the line? For me, I feel like things get out of control when there is "too much" of the "absolute". These folks, as
"scientific" as they think they are, seem much more like plain old religionists. They really BELIEVE this, or that, and everyone else is completely
Well, I don't know how much"middle" I really am, we all have things we feel strongly about. I admire strong conviction, don't get me wrong, but
when people start losing control as a result, and forget there is actually another person out there, then I start to see it as morphing into a
"religious" kind of insanity, and I usually prefer to just let them tear each other apart.
What can you do when the voice of reason is so reviled by all extremists?