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catoismymotor (27.42)

My beliefs are truths. Your beliefs are crap. So says my dogma.

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January 25, 2010 – Comments (9)

My beliefs are truths. Your beliefs are crap. Why? Good question. It is because my dogma's leaders have told me so when I was too young to know any better. Their deeply seeded narrowly focused world view keeps me safe from you and your dogma. If we discover we share the same dogma we can wag our tails happily in unison. If we find we differ then the teeth and claws we have been taught to bear by our dogmas must be  put to use. After all, what good is it to know you are right if you are not prepared to fight over it? Oh, and I always win my fights. Always! It is good to be so right!

 

An thus is the overall tone I gathered from the Very Good/Very Bad $372 yadda-yadda-yadda blogs and comments left on TMF from earlier today. The subject of both blogs went beyond political party, economic theory, vice stocks or the weather. Both went into a subject that is so tender, so touchy, so polarizing that I had a hard time waltzing around the opinions voiced in the comments. I can't imagine any good came from these blogs. I can only see blood pressures rising and gnashing of teeth. Please, I ask, not demand, that we refrain from posting such topics on TMF. It is an elephant that does not need to be brought into this room.

 

Cato

 

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On January 26, 2010 at 12:08 AM, RonChapmanJr (76.22) wrote:

-1 rec

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#2) On January 26, 2010 at 12:32 AM, starbucks4ever (96.89) wrote:

Actually you are right. 

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#3) On January 26, 2010 at 12:35 AM, devoish (98.31) wrote:

+1 rec

For the first paragraph. It was the best reply to come out of either post.

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#4) On January 26, 2010 at 12:38 AM, truthisntstupid (78.41) wrote:

Ok everyone.  Recess is over.  We didn't play nice.  But as I recall...we didn't start it.

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#5) On January 26, 2010 at 12:39 AM, ralphmachio (25.35) wrote:

If other people's opinion bother you so much, it may be your conviction that is lacking.

The very world we live in is formed by nothing more than beliefs. The dollar you hold in your wallet has value because of nothing more than beliefs. The value of human life is controlled by nothing more than belief.

Not the belief of one, or a couple, but the belief of enough people to create reality. 

 That is why it is important that we be able to examine our beliefs, and question the beliefs of the majority, or large groups that have impact on the very reality that we are all forced to share. 

What may annoy you for a few minutes or even days may be the opinion of someone who realizes the impact of something (may be a lie) that many people believe on Everyones life, for their whole lives, and may even be able to envision a much better world if different ideas were allowed to be embraced. 

The most amusing aspect of this is that (in my opinion) neither the Christians nor Muslims nor the atheists nor the Darwinians are correct. For knowledge of the beginning, we should look to the oldest possible texts. The Christians went around destroying these and stashing them in their library, because older civilizations, and the Church, know the truth.  

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#6) On January 26, 2010 at 1:04 AM, truthisntstupid (78.41) wrote:

The whole world lost when the Christians plundered and burned the ancient Library of Alexandria.   We'll never know what they took away from us.

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#7) On January 26, 2010 at 6:04 AM, RonChapmanJr (76.22) wrote:

To give some substance to my -1 rec - 

It has been said that BB's post had no relevance to investing, but I would disagree with that.  Personally, I invest heavily in other countries because I think the US is on a negative trajectory.  I think we are on such a path because we have moved away from our Christian heritage and one of the main ways I believe we have done that is through legalizing abortion. 

So in a nutshell, BB's post has more to do with my investing than 99% of the posts on this site.

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#8) On January 26, 2010 at 9:27 AM, catoismymotor (27.42) wrote:

I want it to be known that I respect the originators of both posts. I have no problems with them or their beliefs. My only issue has to do with the topic of discussion. Too often when such matters are brought up the conversation desolves into a shouting match filled with negativity. And who does that serve? If a change of heart is going to occur on this kind of subject it will not happen while reading a blog or a comment. It will happen while you are driving your car, sitting in a quiet room or faced with having to deal with this in a non-hypothetical situation.

Unless you are prepared to deal with this subject blindly opening a blog on it can be unsettling. Not unlike ordering clam chowder only to find out the unmentioned secret ingredient is wasabi, and lots of it.

Please, I ask you, keep this subject away from TMF. It is the closest thing to shouting FIRE! in a crowded theater that I can think of. There are forums elsewhere established for such subjects.

My best to you all,

Cato

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#9) On January 26, 2010 at 10:58 AM, Turfscape (42.87) wrote:

cato wrote:
" If we discover we share the same dogma we can wag our tails happily in unison."

I...love...this...sentence! As an afficianado of fine prose, I commend you on this post.

In regards to what you wrote, I agree to an extent. I don't believe that we need to keep the topic off the boards all together, but history does show that such discussions grow and consume people. Without working to keep these topics in check, they can overtake the discussions and blogs and will serve to make this site worthless.

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