I've been on this site for almost a month. And, it seems to me that the various flavors of Agnosticism can be just as vocal, shrill, unbending, and intolerant of different beliefs and lifestyles as any "religious" group. Not to say everyone here is this way. But I had expected a more "Bohemian" kind of personality to this place. I've been virtually "high fived", and "tied to the whipping post" due to my own cultural lifestyle. And that's ok! But it seems like we could all be a bit more tolerant of the other person's views. Me included. Is this possible?? Is this likely??
Maybe it depends on your view of tolerance. Everyone is free to express their opinion on the site as long as it is not deliberately offensive. That is what I see as tolerance. It would be boring if we all agreed about everything. The most intolerant aspect of the site, I think, is the closed groups that don't allow any discussion. You seem to think we should all be laid back and not feel strongly about anything. That way lies disaster. 'The meek may inherit the earth, but they won't keep it very long.'
I always keep in mind most are just adamant about some topics for a variety of reasons I don't know.
Also that "I'm not telling you what to do, only what works for me"
Insults or slights, when they happen, from random people don't count for much.
No one has to agree or like what anyone else says.
I am a live and let live individual. I will never be tolerant of evil, I will never be tolerant of trying to make fantasy a reality, I will never be tolerant of anyone forcing their dogma on another, I will never be tolerant of anyone causing or doing harm to another. Here I stand.
This is a unique app/site/group/whatever I’m the fact that while it’s Agnostic.com, it’s open to Pagans, Wiccans, Atheists, Agnostics, etc. Due to it being open to so many different groups, there is bound to be some troubled waters.
Agnostics in and of themselves are a diverse group in regards to just beliefs. As there is a ton of different levels of beliefs. Some are sure there is something on the other side, some believe there is something on the other side, some just aren’t sure, some are pretty sure there is nothing on the other side, and others are basically positive there’s nothing there.
Ultimately, yes, everyone could be a bit more tolerant. But sadly, this site isn’t dedicated to just a religious stand point. Politics are discussed, ways of life, hobbies...You get the point. For the most part, I have only come across nice people. But sadly, I’ve hit a few turds. But as Frank Sinatra once said, that’s life.
The best you can do is pick and choose what you’re willing to discuss. I avoid political posts as my views differ from the mainstream and the mainstream are usually the ones that are going to attack you because you don’t agree with them. But I’m sorry you’ve come across some unfortunately aggressive people. Best of luck to you!
I know what you mean. Some people have a fervent intolerance of those that are different from themselves. I prefer the Live and Let Live approach as opposed to the Live and Let Die attitude. Perhaps some Depeche Mode music like People Are People would be helpful. Of course we should be more tolerant and respectful of other people, but many people feel uninhibited on social media sites and post statements that would not be acceptable elsewhere.
NO. There are conservatives, liberals, and people in between here. There are cultural differences not only within the US, but people from different parts of the planet. The old hippie idea of peace and love was pretty much bullshit. All my hippie friends loved people like themselves. They didn't like cops, military people, politicians, the rich, or rednecks. They were just as tribal as most folks. ☺
Any time you get a large group of people together, that kind of "diversity" is a distinct possibility; we are all just regular folk, for the most part. And differences of opinion are going to happen. It happens in families, nuclear and extended.
You can have the most homogenous group you can imagine, and still people will disagree about certain things.
That said, you are spot on about the need for more civility and tolerance (and, like you, I include myself in that statement). My fix is to just block people who rub me the wrong way; not very tolerant I know, but I don't need the aggravation. I'm a pretty easygoing individual, but I have a bit of a warped sense of humor that can turn people off, and if they don't like it, find it offensive, or whatever, then they can block me, but I don't need them challenging me on something completely trivial, and/or said in jest. My response to that kind of effrontery would probably be either a big, "Fuck you," or to block them. And I've probably blocked more people than anybody on this site. I just don't want to put up with what I consider nonsense.