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HowieDidit
4th June 2011, 04:23 PM
Hi fellow Atheist peeps...

Niceto meet you all...

A long time friend of my parents just posted this to me on Facebook after not seeing me at all for the last 20 or so years...

"Hi Rich, It was indeed a joy to see your face on the face book.
Let me tell you very lovingly I cannot accept your declaration that you are an atheist! You were born to be a child of God and there is definitely the hand of God on your life."
Where do I even begin....
The ignorance is awesome isn't it?

Sometimes you just gotta laugh..."the hand of God on my life"
What the hell is that? Christian lingo and terminology is offensively arrogant sometimes.

Instead of going into smack down mode with my old friend- I decided to add him on my Facebook account...
Now he is forced into receiving all my atheist wall posts for ever...He will either have to delete me or read Dawkins quotes!

Love to all

PS - Does anyone on here ever get together for coffee?

Rich
Adelaide SA

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4th June 2011, 04:32 PM
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Bolero
4th June 2011, 04:46 PM
Hello and welcome!

We do indeed have get-togethers from time to time, but I can't speak for The Radelaide Mob. Still, hang about here for a while and it's kind of like having coffee with mates anyway... except the coffee often gets snorted onto the keyboard.

Loki
4th June 2011, 04:47 PM
So tell them very lovingly that they make the baby cheese cry by being prideful and ignorant and are therefore a sinner, and they should stop if they want to go to the imaginary toga party in the sky.

and welcome.

Atrax Robustus
4th June 2011, 04:53 PM
G'day Rich - Welcome to the forumz!

Most people here will accept your declaration! Hope you enjoy he shenanigans!

C U round.

Sir Patrick Crocodile
4th June 2011, 05:09 PM
Welcome. Tell this facebook man that he is a sinner and if he continues this path, he will go to hell where the strippers have STDs and the beer is stale. If he accepts His Noodly Appendage in his heart and lets His Noodlyness work through him, he will be granted eternal life in heaven where there is a beer volcano and strippers.

Praxis
4th June 2011, 05:09 PM
Howdy Howie :)

Good stuff re your fundie friend having to see all the atheist stuff on your FB wall. Indeed the 'child of God' stuff is vomitous. I like your style already ;)

Hope you enjoy our little corner of cyberspace here.

RealityRules
4th June 2011, 05:27 PM
the hand of God in your life

Maradonna is your god-father??

Lilith
4th June 2011, 06:23 PM
Maradonna is your god-father??

Be worried if it's a Black Hand (http://godfather.wikia.com/wiki/Black_Hand) - Go to the mattresses!


And welcome, Rich :)

Darwinsbulldog
4th June 2011, 06:30 PM
Hi HowieDidit,

I never go on faeces-book, it is so inane.

Stubby
4th June 2011, 06:52 PM
Gudday and welcome!

As to this:

.....and there is definitely the hand of God on your life."

It sounds vaguely dirty.

wolty
4th June 2011, 08:59 PM
Howdy HD, welcome to the forums.

4lan
4th June 2011, 10:08 PM
Niceto meet you all...


And you. Welcome.

4lan.

robertkd
4th June 2011, 11:40 PM
Welcome Howiedidit so the hand of god (http://www.intriguing.com/mp/_sounds/ml/gawk.wav) you say,..

http://www.intriguing.com/mp/_pictures/life/iii-hand.jpg

RockLobster
4th June 2011, 11:57 PM
I know a fundie who's wife is soon to deliver a baby, and she posts all sorts of nonsense on her Facebook wall.

Things like "god will deliver this baby with his own hands"

Creepy stuff.

Bolero
5th June 2011, 12:21 AM
Could be worse, HowieD. When I "came out" as an atheist to my Xtian soon-to-be-ex-hubby, his response was something like "Well, once god puts his hand on you, he doesn't let go, so I guess he never put his hand on you after all. And I was so sure you were going to heaven...." Bleurgh.

Sir Patrick Crocodile
5th June 2011, 12:54 AM
I know a fundie who's wife is soon to deliver a baby, and she posts all sorts of nonsense on her Facebook wall.

Things like "god will deliver this baby with his own hands"

Creepy stuff.Maybe God has a fetish for women giving birth?

RockLobster
5th June 2011, 12:57 AM
Maybe God has a fetish for women giving birth?

Maybe that's why he knocked Mary up.

Annie
5th June 2011, 03:52 AM
PS - Does anyone on here ever get together for coffee?

Rich
Adelaide SA

Howdeedoodee Howiedidit!
You may have to move interstate or start mobilising the adelaidians yourself. Freakytown, perth, and melbourne are 'happening' kinds of places. Sydney tries hard to catch up but hey, you cant have a bridge and exciting people. :-)

As for Adelaide, They are a sleepy little lot. Town of churches I believe? Explains a lot I guess.

Welcome to this madness. :-)

RL: who's to say Mary didn't jump his bones when he wasn't expecting it? He is god afterall. :-)


Tapatalking

RealityRules
5th June 2011, 07:33 AM
Maybe that's why he knocked Mary up.

Rape, Adultery, Incest, or a combination?

Sieveboy
5th June 2011, 09:56 AM
I know a fundie who's wife is soon to deliver a baby, and she posts all sorts of nonsense on her Facebook wall.

Things like "god will deliver this baby with his own hands"

Creepy stuff.

I always wonder what the midwife/obstetrician thinks when a fundie drops that shit? Insulted or an ego boost.

cyclist
5th June 2011, 10:05 AM
I always wonder what the midwife/obstetrician thinks when a fundie drops that shit? Insulted or an ego boost.

Personally, I would be insulted.

We recently put a new system live and I was the Technical Lead. One of the guys associated with the project is a theist (he knows I'm an atheist). He wasn't working on the go live weekend, but I half expected him to say that he was praying for the project's success.

He would have copped one hell of an earful if he had said that. I would have seen it as belittling everyone's achievement on the weekend.

Not that I would wish upon the woman in question (or any expectant mother), but how do they rationalise the child dying during delivery, especially if later on, it comes to light that the midwife/obstetrician were found to be negligent.

James

Worldslaziestbusker
5th June 2011, 01:04 PM
PS - Does anyone on here ever get together for coffee?

Rich
Adelaide SA

Hello Rich
There will be some Adelaide get togetherness this Tuesday, with the well heeled Twodogs and my almost healed self, among others, turning up to hear atheists and theologians debate the topic "There can be good without god":

Tuesday 7 June in lecture theatre North 3, Social Sciences North, Main Campus Flinders University from 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM (Hall availability has set the time and date)

I'm a bit wary of launching into real life interactions and generally wait till someon's made a couple hundred posts before deciding whether or not they are 1) human and not a Turing test, 2) not a theist pretending to be an atheist to push an agenda or a knife on me, 3) willing to buy me a drink, before marking myself out in a readily identifiable way in public.
There's still time to sort these three things out and perhaps catch up for that free drink on Tuesday evening. I have red socx and they make the celery overheart (Turing curve ball that most attempts at AI can't deal with).
Cheerio
Matt

RealityRules
5th June 2011, 01:09 PM
God the Father
Doing the Fritzl before Fritzl ever Fritzled.

Hehehehehehe. dig at the illogic of the virgin birth to a married woman herself conceived of some fanciful immaculate conception, not a laugh at the expense of Fritzl's daughter or to make light of abuses or crimes

RockLobster
5th June 2011, 02:06 PM
Rape, Adultery, Incest, or a combination?

All that + that god is an invisible spaghetti monster.
= Incubus.

youngmoigle
5th June 2011, 04:21 PM
Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends; for the hand of God hath touched me. (Job 19:21)

FSM
5th June 2011, 04:32 PM
Hi fellow Atheist peeps...

Niceto meet you all...

A long time friend of my parents just posted this to me on Facebook after not seeing me at all for the last 20 or so years...

"Hi Rich, It was indeed a joy to see your face on the face book.
Let me tell you very lovingly I cannot accept your declaration that you are an atheist! You were born to be a child of God and there is definitely the hand of God on your life."
Where do I even begin....
The ignorance is awesome isn't it?

Sometimes you just gotta laugh..."the hand of God on my life"
What the hell is that? Christian lingo and terminology is offensively arrogant sometimes.

Instead of going into smack down mode with my old friend- I decided to add him on my Facebook account...
Now he is forced into receiving all my atheist wall posts for ever...He will either have to delete me or read Dawkins quotes!


PERFECT response!

Dave.

HowieDidit
6th June 2011, 12:12 AM
Hi Protium.. Thank you very much for the welcome...:)
I was surprised to see so many posters getting into the forum and welcoming me also..
How cool... i feel like I am a part of the majority - not minority here- yay
Im trying to get more involved and active on a local level...Will be going to my first atheist get together tomorrow- so excited!

Cheers for the support!

Rich

HowieDidit
6th June 2011, 12:13 AM
Thanks very much Dave! :)
and cheers for the welcome too...

HowieDidit
6th June 2011, 12:17 AM
Cheers for the welcome Bolero

Bolero
6th June 2011, 08:55 AM
Cheers for the welcome Bolero
Pleasure.

DanDare
6th June 2011, 01:36 PM
I just love that accepting the friend request is the perfect slap down. "Be careful what you wish for..." and all that. :p

Its embarrassing having friends that have an arrogant twit side.

Logic please
6th June 2011, 10:17 PM
Hi HD, welcome to the forum, hope you enjoy the community. :)

I know a fundie who's wife is soon to deliver a baby, and she posts all sorts of nonsense on her Facebook wall.

Things like "god will deliver this baby with his own hands"

Creepy stuff.
Yeeeuuch. Will one of those hands be the same one as HD allegedly *has* on their life, whether wanted or not? :eek:

Hope there's some heavy duty handwash around, if so... ;):D

DanDare
8th June 2011, 05:59 PM
Yeeeuuch. Will one of those hands be the same one as HD allegedly *has* on their life, whether wanted or not? :eek:

Hope there's some heavy duty handwash around, if so... ;):D
Indeed. Statisticly most deaths, infections and complications in maternity wards can be attributed to poor hand hygiene.

Blasphemer
9th June 2011, 03:03 PM
Christians are a group of Zombie Cults that cannot agree with each other about how to worship a Zombie, so of course they say stupid things because they are basically stupid.

Blasphemer
9th June 2011, 03:36 PM
Stupid is as stupid does. Belief in a Zombie is stupid. I would say stupidity is self evident in a person's beliefs. Harsh or not it's axiomatic.

wolty
9th June 2011, 03:38 PM
Stupid is as stupid does. Belief in a Zombie is stupid. I would say stupidity is self evident in a person's beliefs. Harsh or not it's axiomatic.


Ah, personal opinion then. :rolleyes:

DanDare
9th June 2011, 03:46 PM
It is unscientific to hold something as true that has no supporting evidence, makes no valid predictions and makes assertions that can be shown to be incorrect. I don't know if it can fairly be said that all people who hold such beliefs are stupid. After all, there are scientists who hold nonsense beliefs outside their own field. They are not stupid.

Sometimes high powered intelligence can be its own worst enemy. A highly intelligent person can defend any corner, even wrong ones. Their own ability to argue can trap them, since they may not see the need to explore beyond their current position which they have defended so well.

Blasphemer
9th June 2011, 03:47 PM
And I say again:

Stupid is as stupid does. Belief in a Zombie is stupid.

Blasphemer
9th June 2011, 03:47 PM
It is unscientific to hold something as true that has no supporting evidence, makes no valid predictions and makes assertions that can be shown to be incorrect. I don't know if it can fairly be said that all people who hold such beliefs are stupid. After all, there are scientists who hold nonsense beliefs outside their own field. They are not stupid.

Sometimes high powered intelligence can be its own worst enemy. A highly intelligent person can defend any corner, even wrong ones. Their own ability to argue can trap them, since they may not see the need to explore beyond their current position which they have defended so well.


So its OK to believe in a Zombie?

Worldslaziestbusker
9th June 2011, 03:52 PM
So its OK to believe in a Zombie?

Not without evidence, but neither is it okay to condemn an entire segment of the community to the stupid bin because they have faith. I can think of some very smart theists. Their beliefs regarding the supernatural aren't smart, but the whole person is.

This wouldn't be a zombie forumite I'm communicating with, would it? Have you been a member here before?

wolty
9th June 2011, 03:53 PM
What's the definition of stupid again?

Blasphemer
9th June 2011, 03:55 PM
Ah, personal opinion then. :rolleyes:

Belief on anything - Zombies, Unicorns, little green men from Mars, is stupid because there is no evidence to support such a belief.

No it is certainly NOT personal opinion, it is a statement of fact that people who believe in something that does not exist, and for which there is no evidence and never has been any evidence of any kind whatsoever, is absolute stupidity.

That goes for Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and fairies at the bottom of the garden.

If you have no evidence for them and you believe in them - you are blatantly and obviously stupid.

Have I made myself clear?

Blasphemer
9th June 2011, 04:00 PM
Last chance.


Show me the proof!

Once more with feeling...

Seems a bit of a harsh generalisation to assert all christians are stupid. Have you got any papers to back that up?

I suggest you check the name of this thread.

Christians say the stupidest things....

Now why is that?

I believe, and I have overwhelming evidence to support my belief, that Christians say stupid things because they are stupid and believe in a Zombie.

There is no evidence for the existance of Zombies. If you have any please present it. I suggest you do not, therefore, anyone that has a belief in a Zombie, without evidence, is basically stupid.

wolty
9th June 2011, 04:08 PM
Zombie count= 18

Edit 19 actually.


Stupid count= 11

Edit 14 actually.

Voltairine
9th June 2011, 04:16 PM
Shaun (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0670408/): As Bertrand Russell once said, "The only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation." I think we can all appreciate the relevance of that now.
Liz (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0038918/): Was that on a beer mat?
Shaun (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0670408/): Yeah, it was Guinness Extra Cold.
Liz (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0038918/): I won't say anything.
Shaun (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0670408/): Thanks.


[From Shaun of the Dead]

BlueDevil
9th June 2011, 04:57 PM
I suggest you check the name of this thread.

Christians say the stupidest things....

I would also suggest that you check the name of the thread. "Christians say the stupidest things...". The thread title makes no claim that christians are stupid. Seemingly intelligent people can say things that are stupid, but that doesn't make them a stupid person!



I believe, and I have overwhelming evidence to support my belief, that Christians say stupid things because they are stupid and believe in a Zombie.

We are still waiting for your "overwhelming evidence". Have a look through this list of Cognitive Distortions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion) and see how many apply to your way of thinking:

Many cognitive distortions are also logical fallacies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_fallacies); related links are suggested in parentheses.


All-or-nothing thinking (splitting) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splitting_%28psychology%29) Thinking of things in absolute terms, like "always", "every", "never", and "there is no alternative". Few aspects of human behavior are so absolute. (See false dilemma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma).) All-or-nothing-thinking can contribute to depression. (See depression (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depression_%28mood%29)). Also called dichotomous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichotomy) thinking.
Overgeneralization Taking isolated cases and using them to make wide generalizations. (See hasty generalization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_generalization).)
Mental filter Focusing almost exclusively on certain, usually negative or upsetting, aspects of an event while ignoring other positive aspects. For example, focusing on a tiny imperfection in a piece of otherwise useful clothing. (See misleading vividness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misleading_vividness).)
Disqualifying the positive Continually deemphasizing or "shooting down" positive experiences for arbitrary, ad hoc reasons. (See special pleading (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_pleading).)
Jumping to conclusions Drawing conclusions (usually negative) from little (if any) evidence. Two specific subtypes are also identified:

Mind reading Assuming special knowledge of the intentions or thoughts of others.
Fortune telling Exaggerating how things will turn out before they happen. (See slippery slope (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slippery_slope).)


Magnification (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exaggeration) and minimization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimisation_%28psychology%29) Distorting aspects of a memory or situation through magnifying or minimizing them such that they no longer correspond to objective reality. This is common enough in the normal population to popularize idioms such as "make a mountain out of a molehill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_a_mountain_out_of_a_molehill)." In depressed clients, often the positive characteristics of other people are exaggerated and negative characteristics are understated. There is one subtype of magnification:

Catastrophizing Focusing on the worst possible outcome, however unlikely, or thinking that a situation is unbearable or impossible when it is really just uncomfortable.


Emotional reasoning Assuming reality to reflect emotions, e.g. "I feel it, therefore it must be true." (See appeal to consequences (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_to_consequences).)
Should statements Patterns of thought which imply the way things "should" or "ought" to be rather than the actual situation the patient is faced with, or having rigid rules which the patient believes will "always apply" no matter what the circumstances are. Albert Ellis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Ellis_%28psychologist%29) termed this "Musturbation". (See wishful thinking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wishful_thinking).)
Labeling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labeling_theory) and mislabeling Explaining behaviors or events, merely by naming them; related to overgeneralization. Rather than describing the specific behavior, a patient assigns a label to someone or himself that implies absolute and unalterable terms. Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded.
Personalization Attribution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribution_%28psychology%29) of personal responsibility (or causal role) for events over which the patient has no control (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusion_of_control). This pattern is also applied to others in the attribution of blame (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blame).



There is no evidence for the existance of Zombies. If you have any please present it. I suggest you do not, therefore, anyone that has a belief in a Zombie, without evidence, is basically stupid.When you describe someone as "stupid" you are labelling them. Labelling is unhelpful since it is rarely accurate and represents a distortion in thinking.

If I have a bag of fruit which contains apples and oranges it is totally inaccurate to "label" it as a bag of apples, since that doesn't reflect the reality that there are also oranges in the bag. Similarly labelling someone as stupid because they say something that is stupid is assuming that the person is totally stupid and fails to acknowledge that at times they may say things that are very intelligent. As has been pointed out there are many theists who also have very intelligent ideas.

The following quote (http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/library/Articles_and_Essays/Rational_Thinking/Cognitive_Distortions.pdf) is aimed primarily at assisting people with psycholoigical problems arising from labelling but I am sure you are smart enough to adapt it to the situation of calling people 'stupid' just because they say (or believe) something which is stupid. In particular take note of the section that deals with labelling of others.

Labeling
Labeling is an extreme form of all-or-nothing thinking. Instead of saying 'I made a
mistake.' you attach a negative label to yourself: 'I'm a loser.' You might also
label yourself 'a fool' or 'a failure' or 'a jerk.' Labeling is quite irrational because
you are not the same as what you do. Human beings exist. but 'fools,' 'losers,'
and 'jerks' do not. These labels are useless abstractions that lead to anger,
anxiety, frustration, and low self- esteem.
You may also label others. When someone does something that rubs you the
wrong way, you may tell yourself: 'He's an S.O.B Then you feel that the problem
is with that person's 'character' or 'essence' instead of with their thinking or
behavior. You see them as totally bad. This makes you feel hostile and hopeless
about improving things and leaves little room for constructive communication.

Atheos
9th June 2011, 05:49 PM
I would also suggest that you check the name of the thread. "Christians say the stupidest things...". The thread title makes no claim that christians are stupid. Seemingly intelligent people can say things that are stupid, but that doesn't make them a stupid person!





We are still waiting for your "overwhelming evidence". Have a look through this list of Cognitive Distortions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_distortion) and see how many apply to your way of thinking:

Many cognitive distortions are also logical fallacies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logical_fallacies); related links are suggested in parentheses.


All-or-nothing thinking (splitting) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Splitting_%28psychology%29) Thinking of things in absolute terms, like "always", "every", "never", and "there is no alternative". Few aspects of human behavior are so absolute. (See false dilemma (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_dilemma).) All-or-nothing-thinking can contribute to depression. (See depression (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Depression_%28mood%29)). Also called dichotomous (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichotomy) thinking.
Overgeneralization Taking isolated cases and using them to make wide generalizations. (See hasty generalization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasty_generalization).)
Mental filter Focusing almost exclusively on certain, usually negative or upsetting, aspects of an event while ignoring other positive aspects. For example, focusing on a tiny imperfection in a piece of otherwise useful clothing. (See misleading vividness (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misleading_vividness).)
Disqualifying the positive Continually deemphasizing or "shooting down" positive experiences for arbitrary, ad hoc reasons. (See special pleading (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_pleading).)
Jumping to conclusions Drawing conclusions (usually negative) from little (if any) evidence. Two specific subtypes are also identified:

Mind reading Assuming special knowledge of the intentions or thoughts of others.
Fortune telling Exaggerating how things will turn out before they happen. (See slippery slope (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slippery_slope).)


Magnification (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exaggeration) and minimization (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimisation_%28psychology%29) Distorting aspects of a memory or situation through magnifying or minimizing them such that they no longer correspond to objective reality. This is common enough in the normal population to popularize idioms such as "make a mountain out of a molehill (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Make_a_mountain_out_of_a_molehill)." In depressed clients, often the positive characteristics of other people are exaggerated and negative characteristics are understated. There is one subtype of magnification:

Catastrophizing Focusing on the worst possible outcome, however unlikely, or thinking that a situation is unbearable or impossible when it is really just uncomfortable.


Emotional reasoning Assuming reality to reflect emotions, e.g. "I feel it, therefore it must be true." (See appeal to consequences (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_to_consequences).)
Should statements Patterns of thought which imply the way things "should" or "ought" to be rather than the actual situation the patient is faced with, or having rigid rules which the patient believes will "always apply" no matter what the circumstances are. Albert Ellis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Ellis_%28psychologist%29) termed this "Musturbation". (See wishful thinking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wishful_thinking).)
Labeling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labeling_theory) and mislabeling Explaining behaviors or events, merely by naming them; related to overgeneralization. Rather than describing the specific behavior, a patient assigns a label to someone or himself that implies absolute and unalterable terms. Mislabeling involves describing an event with language that is highly colored and emotionally loaded.
Personalization Attribution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attribution_%28psychology%29) of personal responsibility (or causal role) for events over which the patient has no control (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusion_of_control). This pattern is also applied to others in the attribution of blame (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blame).


When you describe someone as "stupid" you are labelling them. Labelling is unhelpful since it is rarely accurate and represents a distortion in thinking.

If I have a bag of fruit which contains apples and oranges it is totally inaccurate to "label" it as a bag of apples, since that doesn't reflect the reality that there are also oranges in the bag. Similarly labelling someone as stupid because they say something that is stupid is assuming that the person is totally stupid and fails to acknowledge that at times they may say things that are very intelligent. As has been pointed out there are many theists who also have very intelligent ideas.

The following quote (http://www.smartrecovery.org/resources/library/Articles_and_Essays/Rational_Thinking/Cognitive_Distortions.pdf) is aimed primarily at assisting people with psycholoigical problems arising from labelling but I am sure you are smart enough to adapt it to the situation of calling people 'stupid' just because they say (or believe) something which is stupid. In particular take note of the section that deals with labelling of others.

Labeling
Labeling is an extreme form of all-or-nothing thinking. Instead of saying 'I made a
mistake.' you attach a negative label to yourself: 'I'm a loser.' You might also
label yourself 'a fool' or 'a failure' or 'a jerk.' Labeling is quite irrational because
you are not the same as what you do. Human beings exist. but 'fools,' 'losers,'
and 'jerks' do not. These labels are useless abstractions that lead to anger,
anxiety, frustration, and low self- esteem.
You may also label others. When someone does something that rubs you the
wrong way, you may tell yourself: 'He's an S.O.B Then you feel that the problem
is with that person's 'character' or 'essence' instead of with their thinking or
behavior. You see them as totally bad. This makes you feel hostile and hopeless
about improving things and leaves little room for constructive communication.

Great post, it educated me on some matters, thanks

Aldaron
9th June 2011, 06:46 PM
There really are times when you want to say to someone: "Please stay off my side..."

*sigh*

Xeno
9th June 2011, 07:49 PM
I saw some of Blasphemer's posts early this afternoon. Already, he has been suspended, at which I am not surprised.

How time buzzes past.

HowieDidit
9th June 2011, 10:16 PM
nice post Blue Devil - wow