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Submitted by powayseller on August 27, 2006 - 8:40am
I am really disappointed in how some people are taking a political exchange of views, and pouting and calling names (PD, comes to mind, but there are others). Why is it so threatening to be exposed to a new idea, I've been wondering?
Today, I found my answer on Mauldin:
"[We feel secure in having an explanation for something] And the behavioral psychologists note that this state actually releases chemicals in our brain which make us feel good. We become literally addicted to the simple explanation. The fact that what we "know" (the explanation for the unknowable) is irrelevant or even wrong is not important to the chemical release. And thus we look for reasons.
And that is why some people get so angry when you challenge their beliefs. You are literally taking away the source of their good feeling, like drugs from a junkie, or a boyfriend from a teenage girl."
I hope some people can grow up a little, and separate their own worth from not only that of their homes, but from their political and religious beliefs.
After all, when you are so pompus as to say "I am right and you all are wrong!", you are like a little kid having a temper tantrum, stomping off to her room and refusing to play. For myself, I won't play with brats. And I regret that we couldn't have a civil exchange about politics, like adults.
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