I'm always surprised at people who are eager to shut themselves off from any competing points of view. Often I get comments from readers who say that since I published something they disagree with, they will never read a word I write any more. Of course, people have the right to read whatever they want, I'm not disputing that. Anybody who doesn't want to read my blog should feel free to do so. I'm just wondering about the nature of many people's fear to be exposed to anything that conflicts with their preconceived notions.
As for me, I regularly read blogs by people who hold different political convictions. If Tom Carter happens to read this, he can testify that I regularly participate in discussions on his conservative blog. Izgad can confirm that I visit his heavily Libertarian blog. I also read websites of climate change deniers, Republicans, and all kinds of people I disagree with. When I comment on those blogs, I never stoop to insults of the "up-your-ass" variety. Albeit often emotional, my comments are always respectful and constructive. I don't think that there is absolutely nothing to learn from people of competing political convictions. If nothing else, talking to them, engaging in discussions allows me to see blind spots in my own line of reasoning.
I'm curious why so many people are terrified of being exposed to competing points of view. Might that be because they are not all that sure of their convictions and are afraid that hearing something different will make them doubt what they always believed?
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