Emperor Roland Posted May 15, 2014 Report Share Posted May 15, 2014 Okay, this thread is intended to make people think, to make them argue, respectfully of course, to to challenge the way people think. See, I want people to disagree with me, because I am very secure in the fact that... 1, I do not know everything... and 2, while I may hold an opinion, that does not mean that I can not tolerate people who disagree. In my humble opinion, it is dissent that makes us stronger. If we all agreed, it would be a pretty boring world! LOL. But seriously, if someone has logical arguments as to why my opinion is wrong, I may end up changing my opinion. Changing one's beliefs is not a bad thing... it is a great thing. Something to be celebrated, because it means that you have grown as a person. When we stop growing, when we stop learning, we die inside. MY physical body is doing a good enough job of dying, but I will never let my mind, my soul, my very being die... simply because I become arrogant enough to believe that I am right, and there is no other possible opinion out there. Ok, now that I have gone all high and mighty on my soap box, lol, let me explain what I intend for this thread. I will sometimes post things in here, that I WANT people to disagree with. I welcome it. It is an opportunity for you to try and change my mind, and a chance for me to try and change yours. I am sure that sometimes I will have lots of people agreeing with me, but for those that do not, PLEASE, post. Explain why you disagree. Give all of us the opportunity to grow with your view point. We might not change each others minds, but will we have a good discussion on it, and perhaps, find out we are not as different in our views as we may think. Now for the rules. Remember Rule number 1. Juan says... "Play nice... or else!" What do I mean by that? It's simple. You can disagree with someone all you want, but the second you start name calling, start trying to belittle someone for expressing their opinion, or generally trying to insult someone, that is crossing the line. That will not be tolerated at all. Let me give you an example. I am sure that anyone who has read my posts realizes that I am not a fan of President Obama, or for the Left Wing Liberal establishment. However, I still respect them for the position they are in. I may disagree with their policies, with what they do, and how they do it, but that does not give me the right to belittle the person. Disagree with? Yes! Degrade them, No... that is not acceptable. And yes... some people seem to have forgotten that you can disagree with someone with out personally attacking them. If you disagree with something I say, I do not take it as a personal slight against me, why should it. Millions of brave men and women have fought and died, have given the ultimate sacrifice to make sure that you have the RIGHT to disagree with me, and I will NEVER disrespect their sacrifice, simply because I may not be man enough to admit that I may not be right. Someone made the comment that they were afraid that what they posted on the board may get them banned. IT WILL NOT! Not as long as I am running things around here. There are very few things that will get someone banned from this board... disagreeing with someone is NOT one of them. Two of my favorite quotes are: "He who is different from me does not impoverish me - he enriches me. Our unity is constituted in something higher than ourselves - in Man... For no man seeks to hear his own echo, or to find his reflection in the glass." ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Corollary: For no man seeks to hear his own echo, except the Tyrant who will brook no discension. “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life's exciting variety, not something to fear.” ― Gene Roddenberry Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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