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Response to Silent3 (Reply #22)

Tue Feb 28, 2012, 07:05 PM

23. I've generally stopped trying to reconcile others' opinions with my own.

 

It's a no-win game, and it leads straight to judgment and prejudice. I prefer not to diminish others if I can help it.

I've changed beliefs any number of times myself, including my previous belief in the value of judging others by their beliefs. Because of the changes I've seen in myself I don't regard beliefs as a permanent feature of anyone's inner landscape. Most beliefs come into a person from the outside - they are learned from other people or the general culture. Any particular belief might be more or less useful in particular circumstances, but all beliefs are useful under some conditions - if they weren't we wouldn't hold them in the first place.

I have yet to encounter a belief that was "right" or "wrong" in any absolute sense - not my own, and not anyone else's. This all makes judgement a rather pointless exercise, IMO.

To go back to the OP, not judging others' beliefs makes it much easier to get along with them.

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