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Why Do You Believe What You Believe? - - a thread to expound on your ideological background and how it has shaped your belief system(s)

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Wtf are you people doing to this nice thread

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No arguing in the tinderbox

 

Damn right.

Deleted social status semantics olympics.

 

Keep this nice thread nice.

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Both sides.....

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you almost got jumped by 45 guys?

Being jumped by more than 25 guys? Twice actually..once...After a basketball game..maybe 30 guys.

It was a mini race thing where a kid got kick into a major roadway in front of the school, couple of concussions and guns pulled out. This is 9th grade btw (junior high)

This is where my half-asianess helped me out...had a few guys say your puerto rician so you good...I was like "Si' gracias!" And walked with my Korean metal friend home..

Second time bc I got in an infamous fight with a "well connected" wanna be gang member. I happened to be at the mall and got caught there as i saw a guy in the window gesturing I see you and you going to die!

I was thinking this will be weird fighting three guys at a mall with my friend(who was really high at the time).

A few army guys walked in and gave me a head nod(to help me..thank god..true american heros) as they overheard guys screaming "we got him!!"

Then suddenly there were about 25 guys hovering outside the mall's Mcdonald's and my friend literally started to weep..lol he was too high..

The mall cops broke it up and the police came in and offered to drive me home..nothing ever happened after that.

Fayetteville is a unique experience to grow up in. It is a diverse community..with a lot of violent crime and made up mostly of military.

I guess it is what makes me really empathetic to people from all cultures, economic standing..bc I have been a part of or experienced most sides of living experiences.

In terms of race it was always funny. If I was around a bunch of clean cut white guys I was considered Hawaiian. If I was around any minoritys I was Mexican or Purteo Rician.

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Being jumped by more than 25 guys? Twice actually..once...After a basketball game..maybe 30 guys.

It was a mini race thing where a kid got kick into a major roadway in front of the school, couple of concussions and guns pulled out. This is 9th grade btw (junior high)

This is where my half-asianess helped me out...had a few guys say your puerto rician so you good...I was like "Si' gracias!" And walked with my Korean metal friend home..

Second time bc I got in an infamous fight with a "well connected" wanna be gang member. I happened to be at the mall and got caught there as i saw a guy in the window gesturing I see you and you going to die!

I was thinking this will be weird fighting three guys at a mall with my friend(who was really high at the time).

A few army guys walked in and gave me a head nod(to help me..thank god..true american heros) as they overheard guys screaming "we got him!!"

Then suddenly there were about 25 guys hovering outside the mall's Mcdonald's and my friend literally started to weep..lol he was too high..

The mall cops broke it up and the police came in and offered to drive me home..nothing ever happened after that.

Fayetteville is a unique experience to grow up in. It is a diverse community..with a lot of violent crime and made up mostly of military.

I guess it is what makes me really empathetic to people from all cultures, economic standing..bc I have been a part of or experienced most sides of living experiences.

In terms of race it was always funny. If I was around a bunch of clean cut white guys I was considered Hawaiian. If I was around any minoritys I was Mexican or Purteo Rician.

 

 

it's good to be able to move fluidly between social groups...  very handy thing to do... especially if you can do it racially...

 

 

crazy stories, i was gonna say, the only places in NC i can think of something like that happening is Fayetteville or Jacksonville...   

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Similar cities..except Jacksonville is light years nicer..

Only scenic thing in Fayetteville is Pawn Shops and tatoo parlors.

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Similar cities..except Jacksonville is light years nicer..

Only scenic thing in Fayetteville is Pawn Shops and tatoo parlors.

 

oh, i know fayetteville... my mom was from the lumberton area and her whole family was down there.

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I was raised an upper middle class white girl. By the time I was twelve my parents worked so much they kind of forgot about me. I stayed out of trouble and followed their rules for the most part. Now days we're a pretty close family and I think we all learned over time that being close to the one you loves is the most important thing in the end. I could write a book but that pretty much sums it up.

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welp while i wait i'll go further and ask you about the feelings in your field re: the impact of social media on ideological formation. never before has an average person had the ability to tell millions of ppl with the click of a button that he's just gonna day drink and then jerk off all day and not only find an audience somewhere, but also receive validation from other like-minded ppl all around the world (for example: the lovely ladies forum). a lot has been made of how facebook and twitter are magnets to narcissists (iirc there was yet another news article floating around the internet about this just a few days ago), but i don't recall seeing anything about how resistant to change ppl can become when they are virtually surrounded and roundly supported by internet friends in a way that never really occurs in real life.

 

politically and socially (going off topic a little here), i'm very interested in the implications of mass, instantaneous dissemination of media, some of which we're experiencing this very second (patriot act, nsa data mining, wikileaks, tor, syrian war porn, slacktivism, etc).. this actually might be a good paper topic(s) for any aspiring social scientists out there, though i'm sure someone's producing tons of research on this topic somewhere right now and (of course) disseminating it instantaneously through online databases and news media

 

i have much to say about this (and many more questions to ask and seek doors through which to travel and explore, as i have only just begun to do the question justice) and i'll reply at length when i've got a little more time on my hands.

 

do you have anything in particular you were thinking of when bringing it up?

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I was raised an upper middle class white girl.

No way, me too!

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oh, i know fayetteville... my mom was from the lumberton area and her whole family was down there.

I went to UNC Pembroke and was an intrmural basketball superstar and fled to UNC Charlotte after one semester..

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