Inquiry: The are making themselves more stupid than they are

 

They are making themselves more stupid than they are. (And that is not OK.)

The folks who happily and deliberately cross taboos of some Muslims, and yet get upset when some Muslims cross their taboos.

  1. True?
    Yes. I can find where it feels true, and stories saying it is true.
  2. Sure it is true?
    No. It is just an interpretation.
  3. What happens when I believe that thought?
    • I get annoyed. They have obvious double-standards, and I assume they must be aware of it themselves and deliberately make themselves more stupid than they are.
    • Since it is uncomfortable, I avoid news stories about it.
    • I support my belief by elaborating on it:
      • They are OK with deliberately hurting Muslims by publishing Mohammad caricatures, defending it as “freedom of speech”. And yet, they pretend to be offended when some Muslims cross their taboos, for instance by saying not-so-nice things about homosexuals.
      • The same Muslim guy said that publishing the Mohammad caricatures may lead to violence. To me, that is an accurate analysis of the situation, but some pretended it was a clear threat or a plan, again making themselves more stupid than they are.
    • Why do I think people make themselves more stupid than they are? To hurt others. Offend. To act on their emotions, untempered by reason.
    • When did I first have that thought? About how people relate to Muslims, several years ago. In general, in elementary school. I remember getting into a discussion with some distant Christian relatives about (a) they are just adopting the religion of their culture, so (b) how can they know it is “right” or the best fit for them, and thinking they are making themselves more stupid than they are. Why not admit they are just adopting Christianity for convenience sake, and that they would have adopted another religion if they were born into another culture?
  4. Who would I be without it?
    • Clear. Receptive.
    • Open for different interpretations. For instance, they may be caught up in emotions, and forget to notice the inconsistencies in their views. I do the same, at times.
    • Sense of working with the situation, rather than against it. Sense of us.
  5. Turnarounds.
    • They are not making themselves more stupid than they are.
      • No, probably not. They are most likely caught up in emotions, forgetting the inconsistencies and taking a closer look.
      • We all do what seems best in the moment, even if we later may see it as stupid. I certainly know that from my own life.
      • They have a good point, and they do reflect their culture. In Norway, it is fine to say anything about religion or religious folks (since few are), but not OK to put down homosexuals. That is my instinct as well, but I can also see it from a larger perspective.
    • They are making themselves smarter.
      • Hm. Are they?
      • Yes, by expressing their views, they get to see them more clearly. They are in a position to find more clarity around them, if they are receptive.
      • They make all of us smarter, potentially, since they embody beliefs many in our culture has. It gives us all an opportunity to find more clarity around it for ourselves, if we are receptive.
    • I am making myself more stupid than I am.
      • Yes, when I have that initial belief about them, I do. I know it is not entirely accurate. I know I pretend it is true, even if I know it most likely is not.
      • I recognize that I often make myself more stupid than I am. Whenever I pretend a story is true, I make myself more stupid than I am. Whenever I pretend I am less familiar with something, or know less about something than I do, I make myself more stupid than I am. (And I often do just that.)
    • My thinking is making itself more stupid than it is.
      • Yes. When it tells itself that a story is “true”, it makes itself more stupid than it is. It gets caught up in defending that position. Elaborating on it. Make other viewpoints wrong. Not being receptive to the validity of other views. Acting as if the story is true. Creating stress because reality does not conform with the story.

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The folks who (a) support printing Muhammad caricatures, and (b) pretend they are upset when Muslims say not-so-nice things about homosexuals. First, they deliberately set out to hurt. Then, they pretend to be hurt by anti-gay sentiments no different from that of many Christians (which they are happy to ignore). It is OK to hurt others by crossing their taboos, but not OK for others to hurt them by crossing their taboos. That seems to be the message, and they definitely appear to make themselves more stupid than they are.

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