Why do humans in modern society shy from controversy?

United States
October 22, 2009 3:26pm CST
I mean on a face-to-face level. Plently of people will say anything in the world over the internet. My question is, why do peole almost always refuse to debate their beliefs, whether religious or lifestyle? Why are people afraid of discussing what they believe?
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@maezee (34485)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I don't they're so much as afraid as more private with their beliefs; a lot of people get really into arguing politics and religion and it's just not worth it. Unless you have facts to back up your opinion (which most people usually don't), it's pretty pointless "discussing" touchy subjects like religion or politics because people are SO set in their ways and SO opinionated and these "discussions" just never end up with agreement. It's the "agree to disagree" scenario. I'm one of these people. "Debates" about religion or politics usually cause hard feelings between people because no one wants to be open-minded; they just want to push their opinions on others. And when someone STARTS a discussion about politics, unless it's truly open-ended and TRULY "moderate", the person who starts the discussion usually has an AGENDA and is looking for an argument. That's at least something I've noticed on MyLot as well as in life..Don't mix politics/religion with work, friends, or any other aspect of your life! It's all fine and well to have opinions, and to friendly discuss them with others - but most people are so convinced of their own ideas that they can't just stop at "friendly discussing".
@maezee (34485)
• United States
22 Oct 09
I don't think***