Originally Posted by Frisky
I have no idea which astral plane I'm generating right now. But arent you also being critical of me, and which astral plane are you generating with that criticism right now??
I'm not suggesting that you ought not to be critical, or that you should remain silent when someone is behaving in a way that doesn't work well for you. And criticizing a particular person's behavior does not equal insulting and stereotyping an entire group of people -- or "most" of them -- and it doesn't have to disrespect the person who is doing the behavior, as insults and stereotypes tend to. What I intend to generate with my criticism of what I see as your insulting stereotype of atheists is a stand
for courtesy: that I'm not going to let such insulting stereotypes go unremarked upon, anymore than I would a racial joke or slur.
But I see your point, I will digress and say only the atheists I encountred were highly condescending and arrogant. I'm sure there's plenty of intelligent, nice ones also. Perhaps they are in the majority as well??
If you go around asserting that atheists are highly condescending and arrogant, I think many atheists are going to respond to you in a way that occurs to you as highly condescending and arrogant. By making that judgement, you tend to powerfully create a reality filled with highly condescending, arrogant atheists.
It's kind of like people who say things like: "Why are all the men I meet such jerks?!" or "I prefer to be friends with men rather than women, because women are so catty and b*tchy and petty, and only want to talk about shopping." In these people's evaluations, that occurs as reality -- really, that's what they really do see when they look at the men and women they encounter. Is it The Truth about men and women? Well, it's THEIR truth -- it's how things really are in their model of the world.
So, do you think you might get different results in your survey of atheists if you were to do, say, a 30 day trial of generously listening to atheists and really understanding their positive purpose? Do you suspect that if you were to use a presupposition that atheists are cool, you might be more attractive to cool atheists? (I'm not suggesting you do a 30 day trial, by the way; only asking you to speculate about how your attitude skews your results.)