The “WEIRD-people” from the Weird world may have very weird ideas loving to belong to the Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic world but seem often to be blinded by their politicians, like the present presidents of the U.S.A., Turkey and Russia, who are of the same breed and love the tyranny of a dictatorship where they must play the lead, over a a group of people who are caught up in human doctrines of one of their religions, be it a very conservative form in Christendom, or in Islam, or in Russian Orthodoxy mixed with Stalinism.
We may be asked to calm down, but what happened to our family members, our teachers and friends in the 1930ies and 1940ies is clearly printed in our heads and here in Europe we see history repeating itself.
In Christendom there is also once again a growing hate to those of Christianity. The ones believing in a Trinity got their agricultural fork out again, trying to get down who believe in the Only One True God of Israel, (Jews, Jeshuaists, Non-Trinitarian Christians and Muslims). Those who say they are Christian often do not take on the attitude of Christ, who should be their rebbe and show how they prefer to live without a God Who has given mankind His commandments. They want others to believe we do not have to keep those commandments any more, and do live accordingly a life full of indecent and immoral actions and foul language.
Our best hope should not be on that sort of community but should direct with open eyes for a better world where people of all sorts of culture, colour or race can live together in a global community of loving and sharing people.
- We all have friends who believe things that seem crazy, but we don’t think our friends are crazy.
- People adopt beliefs based on several factors. If those factors are different, then the people tend to adopt different beliefs.
- Differences in factors as: region, economic class, ethnicity, social circles, information sources, + life experiences lead people to different beliefs.
- differences show up mainly in emotion + intuition, which influence our political + moral judgments.
- perhaps half of Americans accept utilitarian + universalist ideas, but also value loyalty, respect for authority, respect for the sacred, individual liberty, + support for the common good.
- disagreements exist + also a few genuine crazies + haters: in a population of over 300 million, that’s inevitable.
Don’t let a tiny minority of crazies and haters blind you to the fact that most people want to be good and to do the right thing – even if their idea of “the right thing” sometimes clashes with ours.
- Screaming at people, calling them names, and dismissing their concerns as unworthy of consideration => on-going conflict + social disintegration.
My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal:
After a bitterly divisive election season, there’s one question on everyone’s mind:
“How can people possibly believe that?”
What “that” is depends on who’s doing the talking. It means one thing to Trump supporters, something else to Clinton supporters, and who knows what to third-party supporters.
We all have friends who believe things that seem crazy, but we don’t think our friends are crazy. So we’re completely baffled. Are the people who disagree with us ignorant? Stupid? Hyper-emotional? Or – this seems to be the favorite – are they just plain evil?
It’s usually none of those things. The true answer is simpler and more innocent.
People adopt beliefs based on several factors. If those factors are different, then the people tend to adopt different beliefs.
In 2016 America, those factors differ a lot – by region, economic class, ethnicity, social…
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