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Response to Phillip McCleod (Reply #10)

Wed Apr 17, 2013, 01:05 PM

15. My inner Geek comes out when I least expect it.

 

True, it is complicated, but it might get us all to slow down and think things through before we label anyone.

Most labels hurt after all. And aren't we all using them to insult others anyway because we ourselves feel insulted?

None of us really know each other online. Even in person a conflict is easier to resolve if we don't immediately go to generalizing labels and lump that individual into a category of 'bad group' and me in 'good group'.

When I was younger I enjoyed the fundamentalist baiting. Hell I enjoyed playing intellectually with Hare Krishna's in the airports and on street corners. Now, I generally walk away from such conflict whenever I can. I am not going to win a debate with a born-again Christian convinced that I will burn in hell for not believing in his deity. Nor will I win a debate with an atheist woman dead set on her certainty that all religions suck and that there can be nothing useful and meaningful in the Buddhist teachings.

I do not have conflicts with Christians or atheists or Feminists or whatever. I am in conflict only with self-identifying individuals in said groups. That is all.

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