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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Unrepresented, Jul 11, 2013.
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Are you saying that all topics have one 'true' opinion and everyone who doesn't have it is merely a rowdy dissenter?
I'm going with probably not, if thats the case. And either way, the world would be boring without some dividedness
My interpretation is that there can be multiple view points on a topic; the problem is that people can become emotional - even belligerent - when it comes to discussing certain topics.
I actually saw people in my local music scene become alienated from one another over political beliefs because they simply couldn't personally separate themselves from a certain political position. Like any other citizen interested in their world, I have political beliefs too, but I've always tried to adhere to the "No politics and religion" advice when in polite company. I can discuss that stuff with a cool head, but unfortunately, many people can't. One of those pieces of wisdom I've learned as I've gotten older is that sometimes it's better to be friends than to be right.
kill the sacred cow, then invite folks over for a BBQ and beers
To go along with LiquidMidnight, one of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from my grandfather.
"Sometimes it's best to let somebody else be the coolest guy in the room."
What he meant was that sometimes you just have to let someone else be right, even if they aren't. And sometimes you have to let someone else's story be the best, even if it isn't. So, if some guy is telling a story about jumping off a cliff, and you once jumped out of a helicopter from space, just keep your trap shut and let that guy feel like he is the coolest right then. Also, if he mispronounced the name of the cliff, and nobody else picked up on it, just let it go and let him have his moment of cool. If we all practiced that more (myself included) things would be generally more friendly.
By the way, the rest of you are all wrong and stupid!
I disagree with anyone who thinks he's so right that he needs to raise his voice about it.
As such, I guess I'm a testament to divided people while insisting we live in a world of divided topics. Like, woah man.
well, at least we can all agree that Obama is....is....is....'um
well, maybe that's not the best example...
guns are....are.....well, ok, that's not either
the best bass for metal is undoubtedly....is undoubtedly....
i can't think of a single topic that we, as mature members of talkbass, cannot get behind 100%
I can. Golden Retriever puppies are cute.
Two somewhat conflicting thoughts:
1) All topics are as divisive as we allow them to be. We all will hold conflicting views on everything from the seemingly mundane to the seemingly significant and we as a society determine the ranking of that significance. All societies are composites of individuals with frequently conflicting goals, and shaping the order and frequency of the conflicts is how societies continue to function.
2) Divisive topics are the symptom of the underlying problem rather than the cause of it. It takes significant investment into creating such passion into issues. The creators of the vitriol contribute far more to societal division than the divisive topic itself.
Pee hole ?
Such is the tribalistic nature of the human animal. It accounts for a lot of humanity's woes. Everything from religious hate, to racial hate, to political hate to sports fans killing one another.
It wont change until we evolve out of it.
Or you know, go extinct.
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