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Has a fluther question, answer, or pm ever caused you to seriously reconsider some of your beliefs?

Asked by Adirondackwannabe (36630points) September 10th, 2010

This question came about from Simone’s question about belief in God. I got an answer and a pm that really struck me in a very deep way. I was a complete nonbeliever. I die, I’m wormfood. Then I get the answer, and it really makes me stop and think. I’m having to do some real soul searching. Has this ever happened to you?

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lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I know what I think and why….and have for a long time.;)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille Do you believe in Santa Claus?

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I have recently had to reconsider my stance on whether or not it is safe for motorbikes to ride between lanes of traffic.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe-I believe in ham sandwiches ;)

iammia's avatar

None…. but it has opened my eyes to other opinions, but not changed my own.

gailcalled's avatar

I find the opinions, lifestyles, and behaviors of other flutherers interesting, particularly when they are very different from mine.

But I have spent all my adult life (a long one, so far) distilling and refining my belief system. So the new data is more grist for my private mill.

Cruiser's avatar

My belief’s are steadfast and really my only belief to ever change was about religion and that happened a lifetime ago. But what has happened as a result of some discussions here is my line of thinking especially about my own mortality. Little seeds were planted each time I read the words “Life is too short” posted here…at first they rolled off me like water off a ducks back and then last November it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Seek's avatar

I was already an atheist before I came to Fluther last year, but it was social discussions online that helped me into realising that I was no longer a believer, and coming to terms with the implications of losing that belief.

Oddly enough, it was a religious question that turned me on to Answerbag. I was searching Google for new hairstyles for long hair, when I came across the question about why Apostolic Pentecostal women don’t cut their hair. I’ve been hooked to Q&A ever since.

There just came a time when, while debating with dear friends for ages, I lost the desire to continue making excuses for things that made no sense.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr It was similar for me. I decided independently that Christianity wasn’t my idea of truth, but some very kind and patient atheists on my previous Q&A site helped me through the extremely difficult transition period.

ucme's avatar

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… it hasn’t.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

This isn’t meant to be just about religion. I’ve come across answers about sexism, behavior, depression, etc that have caused me to step back and think. Please don’t limit your discussion to relgion. I believe in Santa Claus. He lives in a little part of each of us. Why couldn’t God? I’m still getting my mind around the issue.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

Yes, questions and answers on Fluther have caused me to think long and hard about some of my most fundamental beliefs. If they didn’t, I would simply be living in some kind of denial.

wundayatta's avatar

I do not believe my beliefs have changed. Or maybe they have. In a weird way. I think I believed in belief when I first got here, but since then, I’ve decided belief is unnecessary. It’s what the evidence supports, or in absence of evidence, what a reasonable theory suggests. If the theory or the evidence or both change, then there is a new model.

So for me to say, “I do not believe my beliefs have changed,” is somewhat discombobulative. I don’t quite know how to parse it, given my new theory. I guess I would say that I can think of no instances where my beliefs have changed. There are two reasons for this. First, I don’t have beliefs. Second, even if I did, I couldn’t think of a case where they have changed.

Ergo, both the evidence and the theory suggest my beliefs haven’t changed. I had none at the beginning, and I still have none.

Jabe73's avatar

I’ve seen different viewpoints than I’m used to. Most liberals I knew were way different than the ones on here. I have never considered changing my viewpoint on anything however, not even close.

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