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ihavenobias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-31-08 05:04 PM
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74. The Bottom Line
Edited on Sat May-31-08 05:20 PM by ihavenobias
These terms are all very vague.

"Love conquers all" could many any number of things. What is love? What does love conquer? What does it mean to conquer something? It's too vague to argue in the abstract.

To decide that a particular belief or set of beliefs is irrational and should therefore not be followed or used to influence behavior (because those beliefs are not supported by logic, reason or facts) makes perfect sense.

Again, there is a difference between respecting someone's right to believe in leprechauns and Greek mythology if they so choose and respecting the actual beliefs themselves. I think it's absurd to say you MUST respect everything that someone believes simply because that person believes it.

What if someone believes the holocaust never happened? Should I respect that belief so as not to hurt that person's feelings?

No, obviously not. But of course I won't force that person at gun point to stop believing it, or throw them in jail if they do. I would however refer them to some history books and documentaries with factual accounts of the situation (as opposed to having them take my word for it).

Acceptance, IMO, is not generically saying that everything that could be believed must be respected.
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