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Beware your ideals. Not everyone agrees with you, especially if they hurt or oppress others. Usually a common ground can be found if you actually try to find it...if you WANT to. Listen before speaking. The other(s) may be suffering more than you.

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thelevel
Interesting point. It's also good to embrace that a lot of people have numerous ideas mixed in with their self identity. So it can feel painful or like they are being attacked if certain beliefs are challenged. It's really strange and I've noticed the default response is to fire back at your identity. Like saying "your dumb" or something along those lines.
James MarshallAuthor
I admire your observation. Though I often wonder why people have a habit of attaching ideals to themselves like that, I still have the decency to careful approach certain subjects and even drop those thoughts entirely depending on the way a person interacts with me. Some things are easier to discuss publicly than one on one, and vice versa. I guess it's just one of the complexities of human life.
thelevel
James Marshall, our brain has a construct of beliefs. Stacked up in some configuration. Self identity tends to be vaguely defined. It can be tied into someone's method for income/wealth, which is an interesting one. People will turn into animals over that one. Essentially it seems to do with people mixing with their brain. Mixing themselves as a being, with the contents of their brain. So when you challenge an important belief, youre not challenging an idea they have. Youre challenging them. Or at least it seems to be perceived that way. This is the only way I understand why people attack what they perceive about the challenger's self identity.
James MarshallAuthor
Jason, If that's the case, our entire species just might be doomed lol That's a conflict driven existence when you really think about it. With all the different views and ideals coming from 7.2 billion people, we're left with just tribalism, infighting, war, and extinction.
thelevel
James Marshall, no, that's just the way our brain gets set up by default or for survival. Building actual understanding from what we can know escapes the seeming trap from this.
James MarshallAuthor
Jason, I wonder if the bulk of us are mature enough to accomplish this. It's easy for you and I to say, difficult for most others to demonstrate. Maybe I'm just cynical.
thelevel
James Marshall, you know, I was reading about a man who lived a few cities away from me. He died in the 90s and was very successful in his writing career. But one thing that just came to mind about him was a concept of seeing that people are wonderful. Especially when thinking of people in groups or on scale. They want friends, to be loved, to reach their goals, etc. Just like we do. It's just that the way they try to get these things can get screwed up occasionally.
James MarshallAuthor
Jason, I didn't share his life experience. I see a lot of darkness in our species. I once believed that until I noticed more and more problems and prejudices.
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