On the odd occasion my writing can inspire people to, themselves, write. But today I hope I can inspire someone to think.
Toidi Foorp wrote:
Getting back to the contrarian’s article – the thing that got me angry was this statement by him : Much of my remaining arrogance is a byproduct of my philosophy in debate with people I don’t know: treat everyone like an idiot until they prove themselves not to be one. Respect, after all, is earned.
I work with underprivileged kids, mostly from broken homes, who were abused or rejected by their parents. These kids struggle daily with their emotions, and are regularly stereotyped. Broken home, poor black child = CRIMINAL. Not so!! When you get to know these kids, you are in absolute awe of the human spirit. How these kids just rise above these circumstances and try to make the best of all bad situations. People treat them like idiots daily, and I know that was not what the contrarian was going for, but why be so arrogant? Treat any person like an idiot? Not all folks have access to top class education, these kids were at some times deprived of their basic needs, like food, so Education wasn’t even an option. So should they never enter into a conversation or debate, risking humiliation by some arrogant “know it all”? No, these kids take every opportunity to learn and educate themselves, even when it means the “teacher” sometimes lacks humility…
The following statement also got me a little bit hot under the collar - My Facebook page has received many personal messages of heartfelt sincerity, thanking me for my contributions and imploring me to never be silent – When somebody believes that humans have no effects on global warming, I wonder how important these “contributions”, which received so many heartfelt messages, were. To me, a contribution entails much more than spewing your personal opinion and then insulting a person not agreeing with you.
It’s so ironic that this heading was “stop stereotyping atheists”, when this article does exactly that…
I’ll explain myself by borrowing from one of history’s greatest teachers:
“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” – Aristotle
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