View Poll Results: What Has Influenced Your Thinking?

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  • Parents

    37 58.73%
  • Childhood Experiences

    33 52.38%
  • Tragic Events

    23 36.51%
  • Current Events

    37 58.73%
  • Rational Thought

    51 80.95%
  • Friends/Lovers

    26 41.27%
  • Other

    37 58.73%
  • Nothing

    2 3.17%
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    As has been said 'all of the above' but, i would add different things, at different junctures in our lives influence a person differently, at different stages in our life

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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    All of the above and many of the teachers that I have had. Even the ones who I disagree influence me because they make me think over what I believe and make me tweak what I don't like based on what I know. But most people I would guess would vote for all of the above.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Who the heck put nothing??? It doesn't show up when you click for voters...
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Debating my views has had more influence on them, more than any life event. Sometimes the debate hardens my positions and/or affirms my experiences, other times it has softened or altered my opinion.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Who the heck put nothing??? It doesn't show up when you click for voters...
    Guests can see and vote in the poll section of our forum. They will not show up on a public poll.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
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    Wow.....I personally hope that person stays a guest...
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    For me several things stand out.

    I was very fortunate, though I didn't think so at the time, to have limited contact with other kids my age growing up. This wasn't a planned thing, just a matter of the neighborhood we lived in. The result of this was that I realized something that I don't think a lot of my peers did. That is, the older people weren't stupid -- stupidity was a luxury most of them couldn't have afforded in the 1930's and 40's, and youth, being perforce inexperienced, was more likely to be in error.

    That led to the conclusion that Conservatism, being based on ideas that had been tried over many generations would usually present more functional solutions than Liberalism, with its embrace of "new," or more often, new-seeming ideas.

    I also take pains to consider the opposite poles as it were, of Human Nature. So when a political or social approach is suggested to me, I carefully consider not only how it might operate for the ennobled members of Society, but what opportunities it presents for the debased.

    Experience has taught me that nobility in each individual fails at one time or another, but debasement is tireless.

    Another thing that has shaped my views is a revulsion with moral stands that cost the one who espouses them little or nothing, but create detrimental results that will fall on others.

    An example of this is the oh-so-grand position taken by certain people that persons known to be withholding information about planned terrorist attacks should not be forcefully interrogated. Such people hold a position that they think virtuous, in the near certainty that if someone dies in the planned attack, it won't be themselves.


    There is more of course, much more really. But I think I've given the flavor of the process that led to my political beliefs.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by repeter View Post
    Who the heck put nothing??? It doesn't show up when you click for voters...
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    All of the above, of course.

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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    While I'm tempted to put "all of the above", it has to be Rational Thought.

    Using logic and reason naturally leads one towards being more liberal, so that's where I ended up.

    Although, even in my youth when I accepted religion as rational, the teachings of Jesus also pointed me towards liberalism.

    Honestly, the only things I can fathom that would lead one to America's current version of conservatism is fear, greed, or a twisted religious dogma.

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