Originally Posted by skylarlove1999
Totally agree with that point. Some people just like to watch the world burn others like you try to make it a better place. Thank you for all your contributions to this thread and for starting this thread
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Is it OK to like it from both ends?
I'm a terrible person, lol.
Originally Posted by Steve Bruzonsky
Bottom line: What is happening now is also a time for reflection, and changes. What I'd like to really see if folks being more caring, nicer to each other, and more respectful of our differences and even different political opinions. Though I have my doubts that the latter will happen. But at least on this forum its nice to see that for the 99% part we are all working to get along.
By "get along" do you mean "try to understand irrational thought", because I will never be able to "get along" with that. And, I don't think it helps the world become a better place, either. So, I can't, "just get along", I need
to do my best to inform people of fact
. To do my best to let my biases be known so you can see them clearly and adjust how you see what I say through the right lens. I'm an open book...more people should be. Love me or hate me, I'm going to tell you you're full of it when I think you're full of it. Better, if you're not, and you're capable of rationally debating me, then, guess what, more often than not, I am malleable. Intelligence wins all the time in my book; thoughts and situations and information changes...regularly! Intelligence is the ability to adapt your thought process to that new information. I "get along" with intelligence -- I shove aside anything else because it's not worth my time. I try my best to figure out if the other side is really "stupid" or just feigning stupidity to further their agenda, but...to be honest, I think they are about the same.
There was a good quote on someone's signature -- I think Toole was the person to which it was attributed...something about science re-checking the theory when data doesn't align and religion questioning the data. We need raw
data, with the most variables assigned with values as possible! ALWAYS! The world runs on logic and reason...on pure emotion and religion it falls apart! That's why AI is such a huge thing...and why tons of companies are using you as their product to collect information and train AI engines (on your backs, for free, without giving you "much" for the...service). But, I don't understand "emotion" the same; I process data, the more the better, and anyone who can clearly give me data (without the BS agenda around it) gets my ear. I don't have to agree on how they weigh the data, but one can be damn sure I'll incorporate the data! I can't "get along" with anyone who is, in my view, incapable of that; they are merely my...entertainment. I suppose I am capable of being kind to those that entertain me...but I'll never really be able to trust anything they say. Worse, it seems I can never convince them to behave like I am capable...possibly because they are just incapable. Regardless, we need more of "me" and less of "them" in times like this; good data analysis wins out. One can gamble on emotion if they must, I'll pass. Emotion makes the world interesting, but it doesn't make it run! Emotion makes great art, and I love great art, it entertains me a lot, and all those artists, I love them...but, I wouldn't let many disseminate data
to me and especially not if my life depends on it. The news runs on emotion lately, well, has been for a long time, emotion and agenda. I can't "get along" with that! I can't "get along" with anyone who just shoves that out into the world without putting a thought into it...they are reacting on emotion alone -- that's not me, never has been, never will be, and in a situation like this, people like ME solve the problem more often than people that run on emotion alone!
Finally, I am so sick and tired of having to "get along" as if everyone's "opinion" is equal! It's NOT! VERY MUCH NOT! And in times like this, even my opinion is "useless". But, I'm not dumb enough to think I have "all the data". Despite that, I do try to collect and analyze as much as I can so I can make appropriate decisions for me and my family. But, I also
(believe it or not) do try
to make decisions even if they'd negatively
; decisions that are globally optimized
! Maybe this is because I don't value myself above others...I think I'm am smarter
(probably much smarter) than most...and I think that'd bear out as fact if given standard tests, indeed I know it would because I know where I am on the bell-curve for most those tests. I don't know if that matters
, though! Plenty of people less smart than me have created and done things I love! However, that, IMO, does not
mean I need to listen to a single bloody "factual" thing they think they are saying. It certainly doesn't mean we need to "get along" when they put stupidity into the world instead of intelligent analysis of a situation; even if it's one I disagree with, at least make it an intelligent analysis based on more than what was read from a single agenda-driven (if even by their ratings alone) news source.
Sorry for the rant...I'm really not a terrible person. I'm just afflicted with too much thought, lol.