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Where do you draw the line with your convictions?

Asked by Nially_Bob (3844points) August 12th, 2012

We as a species are innately prone towards bias and conviction, you can witness it first hand with almost every one you know and meet. People have their little passions, be they kept secret or spoken through a megaphone. The question I ask is at what point do you personally feel that acting on your convictions and pursuing the acknowledgement of your beliefs goes ‘too far’? Are you wary of joining protests for fear that you’ll be pushing your ideology on others too strongly? Would you only stop when physical violence has come as a result of your opinions? Why do you feel this is your “limit”? Do you enjoy discussing your strongly held opinions at all? Please share and discuss your thoughts on this.

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Nullo's avatar

Convictions are the line. Or at least the pen that draws it
There convictions governing its convictions, and a healthy mind has arranged them all so that they don’t conflict. For example, there are people who feel a conviction to protest, to “push their ideology” on others.

athenasgriffin's avatar

There is only one belief that is strong enough in me that I would force it upon others: Freedom. I would protest for it, I would do pretty much anything for it. I would never feel guilty for allowing someone to be free. Once they’ve been liberated, they’ll be free to go back to how things were if they wish.

augustlan's avatar

So long as my convictions don’t harm anyone (or, in some cases, don’t do more harm than good) I will act on them.

mattbrowne's avatar

I try to remind myself that as Daniel Kahneman’s research clearly shows that we are all prone to cognitive biases and universal thinking mistakes.

basstrom188's avatar

Russia blames the west for everything so the west responds Quid Pro Quo

ucme's avatar

I usually take the middle ground, therefore I guess my line is drawn somewhere near the equator…..which is nice & neat.

filmfann's avatar

I am a Christian, and as a Christian, I would like others to also believe in and accept the Lord.
I also recognize that most Christians who are direct and forceful about this usually drive others away, rather than helping them find faith.
I try to be understanding, accepting, and forgiving. I hope others will see my actions, and want to be like that.

GracieT's avatar

@flimfann, I so agree with you- GA!

Shippy's avatar

I don’t have to shove any of my beliefs or ideas on anyone in order to justify them. I am them.

Sunny2's avatar

I’m a quiet person and rarely voice my opinions or beliefs loudly. I may speak up briefly, but bow to other, more vehement, positions. I don’t like to argue.

Nullo's avatar

@Shippy Have you considered that the “shovers” may not be seeking justification?

Shippy's avatar

@nullo. What do they seek then. I can’t type question marks if anybody knows where they are on blackberry.

Nullo's avatar

@Shippy Converts, recognition, power. Protests, for instance, are often put on in hopes of changing someone’s mind.

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