Do you have attitudes and beliefs that seem to contradict each other?
By The Horse
Walnut Creek, California
December 6, 2015 12:25pm CST
For no particular reason, I was reflecting on my attitudes and beliefs this morning, and realized that some of them are contradictory. For example, I'm an animal lover, and sometimes prefer giving a dog a good scratch or a horse a treat over interacting with humans. And yet I eat meat. I love sports, and will never miss a chance to play catch with anyone, be it softball catch with an adult buddy or football catch with a kid. And yet I smoke now and then, and never go near a gym. I'm a pacifist, and have the ability to calm even inmates (in one of my former jobs) and engage them in constructive conversation. And yet I'm pro-death penalty (if it could be less expensive), and am for much harsher sentences for violent crimes than currently exist. Do you have attitudes or beliefs (I guess I should add "behaviors") that are contradictory?
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• El Paso, Texas
6 Dec 15
That didn't really sound contradictory. Humans are all born omnivores not herbivores so eating some meat is normal and to love nature and animals is also normal. As for smoking, well, I used to and would advise against it especially since you seem active. There's a huge difference between being against violence or war and wanting those who commit heinous crimes to be put out of our misery, I don't find that contradictory at all.
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• French Polynesia
7 Dec 15
@TheHorse Yes people do love animals and a lot of people will eat them. I personally don't eat meat. I will eat chickens but for some reason the ones I raise and feed I hate to cook them and eat them. I also raise rabbits. They are my babies and I love them a lot. My partner wants t kill them to eat them. I refuse to allow this one to happen. I know I have a giant aquarium full of tropical fish. I don't have a like or dislike one way or the other. I know I love fish and I do eat fish. But in some ways I don't feel lilke this is a conflict in my life. Not sure why. I just think about the fish I put in my aquarium and they would not be found in the ocean. Now if I had salt walter this one sure would be different for me.
• United States
7 Dec 15
This is controversial, but I am anti-abortion yet pro-choice, although I am completely against late-stage abortion. If the woman cannot decide within a couple months, then clearly she can take a couple more months to carry the baby to term.
Well for eating normative food (Not seeing any individual as "Food") in the 21 century it is consider to be something very strange. That's fine for me, though not always easy because I feel pain for all these poor individuals people see as "Food".
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
@TheHorse yes; the example I've been dealing with recently ... I'm a Christian--baptised as an infant, confirmed Catholic (son of St. Jude)--but don't necessarily "believe" a historical Jesus Christ existed (as portrayed in the Bible), and don't believe that prayer does what Christians say it does.
• Walnut Creek, California
@mythociate Good example. I'd say...what SOME Christians say it does. Prayer does not heal Grandma oIr help a team win the Super Bowl. But it can put someone in touch with their personal spiritual center. Like you, I'm open to the possibility that Noah's Ark, Moses's parting of the Red Sea, and Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection are all just lovely metaphors, or parables, or stories...whatever they might be.
• Manila, Philippines
7 Dec 15
a lot. sometimes I think i'm dr. jekyll and mr. hyde -- although that speaks of a medical case. i think it's normal to have contradictions within oneself. like yin and yang: one part of you telling you to do this while the other part tells otherwise. although sometimes you need to be more consistent to be credible.
• Manila, Philippines
8 Dec 15
@TheHorse Methinks as long as you can control your inner contradictions -- i mean, as long as people don't see you as a mental case -- you will be fine. There is a bubbler who writes about these things, Dark Age Prophet. I wonder if he made it to MyLot.