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Feb. 27th, 2006

I take real offense to situations where a person condemns a book or person or refuses to read a book for the sole factor that it might "change their beliefs."

That's crap. If your beliefs are so flimsy that a book is going to change them, maybe they need to be changed. You shouldn't stay away from something on the pretense that you might LEARN something about your religion or otherwise that contradicts past thoughts. The bible was a book that was condemned by many, but it's just one book. If your belifes are so strong in the bible that nothing should be able to change them, then you should have no problem reading books that are contradictory. And if your beliefs aren't that strong? Read up on many things. Make an educated decision. If something is going to change your beliefs or influence you thoughts, let it. Otherwise you're just not growing as a person.

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aoibhinn
Feb. 27th, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Well, I personally am I huge detractor of Dan Brown, not because his books call my beliefs into question, but he gives other people false ideas about my religion. People who have never attended a Catholic mass in their lives are pretending like they know the intimate secrets of my religion, and that offends me.
shaynester
Feb. 27th, 2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't say I take personal offense to it, but I agree. I think the only way to truly believe in something is to learn about it from all points of view, even those that oppose it. I definitely learned a lot about my religion through reading about it from a more objective point of view.
_lionhearted_
Feb. 27th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
I believe in Hitler because I read Mein Kampf.

Yea I agree with you, people are dumb and its sad that someone would be afraid of a book. It shows how easy it is to convince people.
tevarin
Feb. 27th, 2006 07:42 pm (UTC)
I tend to agree. I mean, thinking that other people are weak minded sheep who must be protected from dangerous ideas is a good foundation for book-burning, but considering yourself a such weak-minded sheep is a whole 'nother level of weirdness.

Why not just superglue your eyes shut for fear you might see something that could change your mind?

Hm.. If reading this book means I might exchange my (good, truthful) current view of the world for a (bad, false) one, then clearly I cannot trust myself to distinguish between what is good and bad, what is truth and what is a lie. But, if so, then I cannot trust myself to know that my current view is really good and true, because I may have been tricked into believing it also.

If you can't trust your own heart and mind to make good decisions now; on what basis do you trust yourself to have made good decisions previously?

I think you have it right. Avoiding knowledge doesn't help; you have to change and grow with what you learn.
emoboygenius
Feb. 28th, 2006 12:53 am (UTC)
hahaha
oh man, I mean I know there are people out there that are so adverse to change and weak minded as to be like this, but to be either dumb enough or clueless enough to actually admit to it in such a almost non-chalant way
gah
people make me laugh
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