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12-18-2012, 09:33 PM
Dangles McGavin
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Originally Posted by Epictetus View Post
It's best to just keep these things to yourself, particularly your religious beliefs (or lack thereof) and personal politics.

I made the mistake twice, actually.

One started when I refused to eat meat at a family gathering, since you know, I am a vegetarian. I cited this reason multiple times. It turned political when I was asked "why" and stated that I don't view animals as any different than human-beings, and so would not like to participate or be a part of their commercial slaughter.

The second started when we were talking about Hurricane Katrina, and my aunt said something like, "God will take care of them". And then it made me think of the Problem of Evil: If God is omnipotent, beneficent, and omni-present, then why does evil and suffering occurring and on such a frequent basis? I basically stated this...and it did not turn out so well.

It's not worth it to argue your personal philosophies amongst others, particularly when it can harm relationships and deeply offend the other person. Being "right" isn't worth it.
That's what it comes down to. And like you said- people hold onto their philosophies so deeply that it only leads to intense arguments, pretty much every time. It's near impossible to have a civil conversation about it.

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