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Refusing To Argue A Common Human Trait

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Posted by John Morgan Powell on April 25, 2001 14:22:56 UTC


I don't know how long you've been a defender of atheism, but I've been experiencing some of what has bothered you.

> THAT is what enrages me. Not people who
> disagree with me, not people who argue with me,
> but people who REFUSE to argue and refuse to
> open their eyes.

This is NOT unique to theists, it's a trait common to humans. I think it's because we can do things our own way and sometimes events turn out acceptably well even when we ignore wise advice. Therefore, we've learned that we don't have to pay heed to what other people say, we can usually just ignore them.

Since I was recently in the market for a car I saw this in action. When people would recommend one or more cars or criticize one or more, I realized I could do whatever I wanted despite their advice. I could ignore their advice and possibly still do alright. I might take their advice and end up having a worse vehicle. I tended to rely on Consumer reports, the NADA Trade-In value, and my mechanic to help me determine a good buy.

I think I got a good buy, but we'll see how repair bills come in during the next few years.

Theists figure they've made a good buy and don't seem to be bothered that no one comes back to tell them that they've bought the right philosophy.

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