Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Please Excuse Me While I Attend to Non-Futility

<rant>I'm done talking politics. Not just a "Whew, I'm glad the election cycle is over" done. I'm done talking politics with anyone at any time for any reason.

Five years ago, I was a man blinded by my own preconceived notions, unwilling to even consider that opposing viewpoints held any credence. Over the last several years, I've been on a quest to see things not as I want them to be, but as they really are. It has lead to new perspective on many things, and I've become much less dogmatic on most issues. I've been willing to challenge my beliefs and change them if reason dictates I do so. Having gone through such a process, it is disheartening to see many people I like and respect refuse to be willing to do the same. They will go to their graves holding onto whatever their parents told them to believe or what they have come to believe on their own. They refuse to see that a given belief itself is what is being held onto rather than the things that undergird the belief. They worship the end and therefore accept any means to it, at the expense of critical thought and intellectual integrity.

When one participates in a political discussion, it is for one of two reasons: 1)to attempt to validate a belief by engaging like-minded people; 2)to attempt to sway the belief of people with opposing viewpoints. The first is nothing more than a pathetically-veiled exercise in self aggrandizement. The second only has value when both parties are willing to challenge their preconceived notions. Since I have no need to validate myself by having someone pat me on the back for agreeing with them, and since 99.99% of people are unwilling to even consider the possibility of truly challenging their beliefs, discussions of a political nature have exactly zero value for me. OK, not exactly zero--they have exactly .01% value, which is close enough to zero to call zero.

In addition, a fairly significant number of people are whiny bitches who want the government to take care of them. Since I want to continue liking and respecting people whom I like and respect, I prefer not to engage in discussions that "out" them as whiny bitches. Therefore I will no longer participate in political discussions with anyone. Please don't think me rude if I excuse myself from such conversations.</rant>

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