There Are No Divisive Topics, Only Divided People.

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Unrepresented, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    [del]Argue[/del] Discuss.
  2. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
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  4. 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
  5. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    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. :meh:
  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    kill the sacred cow, then invite folks over for a BBQ and beers
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    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! :spit:
  8. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    Are to
  9. Dissenter
  10. Dale D Dilly

    Dale D Dilly Monster

    Jul 1, 2008
    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.
  11. well, at least we can all agree that Obama'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.... know

    i can't think of a single topic that we, as mature members of talkbass, cannot get behind 100%

  12. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I can. Golden Retriever puppies are cute.
  13. mehh
  14. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
  15. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Dee two.

    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.
  16. Ziltoid


    Apr 10, 2009
    Deep three.
  17. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Pee Oh.
  18. Ziltoid


    Apr 10, 2009
    Pee hole ?

  19. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    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.
  20. Ziltoid


    Apr 10, 2009
    Or you know, go extinct.