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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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KT's ban is not lifted.

One reason I asked the question about the Huddle being diverse.

The Huddle does have diverse middle class white guy posters here, but all views are ridiculed with great venom.

 

Fixed that for you. 

 

There are a few very vocal posters on the left and the right who are not afraid to tell you when they disagree.  Most everyone else falls somewhere in the middle and are generally less active posters

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Oh Hai grits, you racist pedo retard. 

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Smooches. 

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WELL FINE THEN

 

waiting!

 

edit: catofwar, you too

 

and zod actually

 

 

really everyone. i think mostly the polarizing people are the most interesting, trying to draw correlations between their experience and beliefs and understand how the former shaped the latter. 

 

edit v.2.0: nanuq and mav1234, you guys always have well-grounded perspectives on things, i'm interested in your contributions to this as well.

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personal experiences are part of it but the ability to empathize with others is p important as well. as i said, i grew up lower-middle class as an apolitical libertarian*; empathy developed later and here we are. i have no doubt that you could place, say, madhatter in my position and he would still manage to reach the same dumb conclusions that he's always reached. he lacks the ability to empathize with those who struggle; the only legitimate struggles are his own.

 

 

 

*note: many of the leftists i know were either adamant randians as kids or, like myself, apolitical but resistant to acknowledge class struggle and privilege

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Don't want to get into my whole history, but... started out being somewhat religious.  In my teens I was a theist, believed that God had to exist, though I don't even know why I felt that way anymore.  I researched a whole slew of religions trying to find one that "fit" me and I never did.  I realized my problem was not finding a religion to fit me, but a lack of faith, so that did that in.  I've always been far too questioning for any one faith to fit me.  Nothing ever did "fit," I never could take anything on faith, because I just don't have any.

 

I grew up in an upper-middle class family that experienced some extreme medical emergencies in both immediate and extended family that drained all of our savings in an extremely short period of time and left my household's primary breadwinner (my mother) unable to work.  She eventually ended up on state aid in addition to disability.  I dropped out of high school, had all sorts of issues, but got a GED, did some work, went to college, got invited into a science PhD program due to my abilities.  So that covers my life? :P I guess.

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^ cool. what do you do now? i seem to recall you mentioning working as a biologist in some context.

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