I'm here because Facebook isn't an efficient enough time-waster
Can't... stop... now... I've got him/her pinned to the wall of reason, I swear...
If anyone here remembers the old me, they would realize that I did change.
That was in part from actually SEEING some of the problems through my job change from military to law enforcement.
The other stuff was from many people on this forum.
More specifically Gysgt
Spending time on here is more for personal growth than conversion of others. My personal experience has led me to further my efforts of understanding the view from both sides of an argument, which many seem to lack or are blinded from doing in some fashion.
There are still some good debates to be had.
"Gold gets dug out of the ground in Africa, or someplace. Then we melt it down, dig another hole, bury it again and pay people to stand around guarding it. It has no utility. Anyone watching from Mars would be scratching their head."
- Warren Buffett
I do not think I will ever change anyone's mind. I have changed my mind about a few issues. Mostly it wasn't because of some poster.Although the exception was probably the view on the alleged bridge to nowhere,jallman convinced me that it wasn't pork.
JamesRage to start waving rainbow flags?
Not all rainbows are gay.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
Engaging in intellectual debate with my girlfriend in real life has swayed her opinions on a few things that I like.. (guns, being the major victory).
Here, I don't expect to change anyone's beliefs to be honest.. but in real life.. through honest discussion, yes it's possible to sway people.
George Washington didn't use his freedom of speech to win the war with Britain... He shot them.
I don't really care about "converting" the fanatic partisans, as they're lost causes. I can definitely say that I've been shifted on plenty of points over the years here.
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.