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Do you think it is necessary to try to change people’s perspective about their beliefs or just get on with you own life and respond from your own position when you engage with other people

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Planting seeds works wonders.
So does emperical evidence.
Rather that trying to tell some one that they are wrong and stupid for thinking so, it is IMHO and experience that I will tell them What I understand to be true, and back it up with some published notations, or papers, or many other ways.
Then let them decide for themselves. sometimes just the right seed can grow a giant tree.

Attacking them only makes you the same as they are, and where then is the progress in that?


don't try too change other people's beliefs--it won't work and it will only antagonize them and stress you out

Berkeley Level 5 Sep 30, 2018

Do you even have to ask? One of the more obnoxious manifestations of Religion are the In Your Face confrontations with those who think they can convert you. For Fucks Sake, don't be that person but only coming from it from the other side of the coin.

exactly what I think on the subject.


If religious people can't change our minds, then we shouldn't expect to change theirs. It's annoying when a religious person gets all up in my business. I wouldn't want to do that to others.

joeymf86 Level 7 Sep 30, 2018

Live and let live.


Proselytizing and trying to convert is the least of the issues I have with theists as it is just an annoyance and can be stopped fairly easily. However, the day to day force feeding of religion in the lives of others via governmental rules and laws is another issue and must be resisted at all costs.
VOTE in November.

jlynn37 Level 8 Sep 30, 2018

Beliefs do not change without inward change. Reason and logic have very little to say or persuade most people. Get on with your own life. You can't change others. But you can prod.

Seeker3CO Level 8 Sep 30, 2018

There's no point in trying to change anyone, but I have no problem pointing out incorrect information if the conversation permits.

Byrdsfan Level 8 Oct 3, 2018

Beliefs are individual no one should ever try to persuade another we all find what we need to get by no one else truly knows what that is only you know what works for you


I don't like to have someone proselytize at me, and I don't do it to others. Unless someone directly asks or makes a comment I consider so stupid I have to respond, I keep my lack of belief to myself.

Exactly my point of view.


I only give my opinions when they are warranted. When someone engages me directly, or when I see something I want to respond to on a public forum. In person I am less likely to do it. I go out to have fun, not argue with people. Don't harm me and I won't harm you. Even when I do give my opinion it's to just get it off my chest and/or point out the truth or what I think is true, or if I feel someone is wrong or being deliberately obtuse. It's basically a form of entertainment and/or catharsis. I don't really care to change their opinions because it's almost entirely futile.


Most people are comfortable in their beliefs. Any attempt to change that will be met unpleasantly. Just get on with your life and respond from your own position. Any change of this type has to come from within.

moonmaid Level 8 Oct 1, 2018

To try to change peoples beliefs?
Let me know how that works out for you.

oldFloyd Level 7 Oct 1, 2018

If I engage in that kind of behavior it’s only with folks who are interested if talking about those things and I never set out to disprove or change anything they believe, but rather to make them think.
Most people believe what they believe because in their head they question and achieve a final conclusion, but it’s not in our nature to do so. Most folks believe something because they can’t find the flaws in their arguments. It’s just how it is. All I ever aim for is to make them think about their beliefs in a neutral way.

PS: this was written at 4am, so I apologize if I’m a rambly cunt XD

kasmian Level 7 Sep 30, 2018

Live and let live, unless they start their b.s. with me


I’m rarely interested in changing someone’s mind about anything.


well, that would depend on the circumstances, my mood, how much of the other person's stance involved interfering with MY life, the venue and possibly the weather!


genessa Level 8 Sep 30, 2018

Necessary? I think it is inevitable. People's beliefs are not materialized from thin air; they are injected and influenced by those around them. If so, it is better to attempt to propagate benign beliefs and to reduce the malign ones (for example, racist or misogynist beliefs). There are smart ways of doing it and dumb ways of doing it. I think the question is not whether, but how.


I don't push my beliefs because that's what THEY do. And I won't become that.


No one care what you or I think just as we don't care what others think. So I would keep it to myself.


I think the fight is not with the individual but with the town/state/region/country to create a better educated and PROPERLY informed populace. I don't really care if you believe in god, I do care if you don't believe in climate change and a myriad of other things because you're stupid.


Live and let live. Be yourself and don't make apologies. Teach tolerance but don't preach about it,

Dwight Level 7 Oct 1, 2018

You should try to get more people on the path of enlightenment. They will be better it off. My new journey on path of enlightenment has help feel better about myself. However, don't cram it down there throat like the religious fools due with there fairy tales,etc.


I was not the one telling telling others that Santa Claus was not real when I found out but would share my knowledge is asked

Jk1960 Level 7 Oct 1, 2018

It depends on how twisted they are and how receptive they are to alternate perspectives.

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