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  • Rational Thought

    51 80.95%
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    My parents mostly since majority of my friends have opposite political view points with the exception of some social issues.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Rational thought and education to make informed decisions.

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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Interesting that a lot of people say that rational thought has influenced their thinking / views.

    I will go out on a limb here and say that "feeling" has influenced my thinking / views. Rational thought does not exist in a vacuum - it is influenced / affected and brought into play with the feelings, as well.

    To my mind, there's a strong interplay between the two.

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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwendoline View Post
    Interesting that a lot of people say that rational thought has influenced their thinking / views.

    I will go out on a limb here and say that "feeling" has influenced my thinking / views. Rational thought does not exist in a vacuum - it is influenced / affected and brought into play with the feelings, as well.

    To my mind, there's a strong interplay between the two.
    I will agree. We all have shaded ideology from our parents, schooling, etc... But one may claim, as I have, that at this point in my life, I live with a completely open mind and utilize rational thought of facts to shape my political and philosophical views and opinions.

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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gwendoline View Post
    Interesting that a lot of people say that rational thought has influenced their thinking / views.

    I will go out on a limb here and say that "feeling" has influenced my thinking / views. Rational thought does not exist in a vacuum - it is influenced / affected and brought into play with the feelings, as well.

    To my mind, there's a strong interplay between the two.
    I don't think that's going out on a limb. I think many people are influenced by their feelings. Most in fact.

    That doesn't necessarily mean that there are not others who are influenced by rational thought and reject their emotions when developing their views, though.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    I spent the first five years of my life in an isolated logging camp 50 miles from much of anything, and with no other kids with which to interact other than my sister. I wasn't at all socialized at an early age, and never did just accept much of anything simply because others did.

    I think that probably helped shape my subsequent views more than anything.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gardener View Post
    I spent the first five years of my life in an isolated logging camp 50 miles from much of anything, and with no other kids with which to interact other than my sister. I wasn't at all socialized at an early age, and never did just accept much of anything simply because others did.

    I think that probably helped shape my subsequent views more than anything.
    Yeah, and why you are not very social!

    But seriously, do you not think that you have changed some of your views due to rationalization one way or another?

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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    Yeah, and why you are not very social!

    But seriously, do you not think that you have changed some of your views due to rationalization one way or another?
    Now that you mention it, I suppose I'm not a COMPLETE curmudgeon.

    I've changed many of my views as I have aged, though, that's for sure! I've also noticed some views tending to shift among the populace in terms of what defines liberal and conservative, and so mine are looking more moderate accordingly.

    In general, I think I'm a lot less reactive than I was when I was younger, since I see reactionaries as allowing others to shape them. I think it might have to do with the Vietnam war, but when I was a teenager, I was your typical anti-American leftist brat. All my friends were antiAmerican Leftist brats. They all said the same things, they all thought the same things, they put subtle and not so subtle pressure on each other to do the same, and for people who prided themselves on being non conformist, they sure did conform. I guess I was just enough of an individual to notice and to distance myself from it.
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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    That doesn't necessarily mean that there are not others who are influenced by rational thought and reject their emotions when developing their views, though.
    For me, I probably prefer to "acknowledge" rather than reject my "feelings" when developing my views. Doesn't mean that the feelings will take over, just that those feelings help me to garner a bit more understanding about my own views, and why I have those views. I think that the "subjective" is still in operation / play even when we think we're being "totally" rational about things.

    Just because we "reject" feeling, doesn't mean that it's not still affecting us / affecting our views about things / on some other level that we may not be aware about.

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    Re: What Has Influenced Your Views?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    That doesn't necessarily mean that there are not others who are influenced by rational thought and reject their emotions when developing their views, though.
    It is impossible to reject emotions when developing views. Emotions and views are the same things. See my sig quote.

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