Belief is a form of safety, and by challenging someone’s beliefs, you are literally threatening their safety.
If you don’t want to hear it, or are afraid it might make sense and break your heart, stop reading.
If you’re on your last thread connecting you to God, and you want someone who believes in God to say the stuff “out loud” you’re not allowed to even think, I’m your guy.
If you want to talk one on one, I’m not that hard to reach. If you ask me a question in person, and I notice my answer is making you noticably agitated, I’ll stop right there. I’ve noticed peoples beliefs are often tied to real world actions. Like you married someone, or you chose your profession, or you moved to another country, because of what you believe.
I can be guilty of spilling my guts in a single sitting, or in a blog post, regarding something it took me ten years to wrestle with to it’s conclusion. On a blue moon, I might not realize I’m laying waste to a particular belief you have, with unforeseen emotional consequences, simply by talking out loud about my own feelings, not realizing the other person is actually being persuaded. It’s happened before, so I’m more careful about that now.
If you want the blue pill, stop here. The red pill is is in my blog post, where I’m probably talking about religion, philosophy, and politics, and I linked you here to warn you before you proceed.
How to read
There’s a difference between reading, and hate-reading. Reading is where you look at all the words, comprehend them, and only ascribe to the author what he actually said. Hate-reading is where you blindfold one eye, and pour rubbing alcohol in the other.
The problem with the internet, is that people will often comment before they read, or they will hate-read. What makes things worse is that the only way to find out if they fall into either category, is to engage them as if they did read the text in question.
My foreign policy, if you will, is to never debate someone who failed reading comprehension as a child or someone who claims they “don’t test well.” It’s a very elitist thing to say, but I say it to save both you and myself the time.
In the words of wise King Solomon, “This also is vanity and a great evil.”
If you skimmed my article, or haven’t read it all yet, or hate-read it, please don’t comment. I will find you out eventually.