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This may sound hypocritical to some, but I find it frustratingly difficult to deal with ideologues. An ideologue is a closed-minded, binary, absolutist when it comes to “beliefs” that he/she is passionate about.

Experts don’t think, they know (just like BD00).

As soon as you start to question assertions from an ideologue or suggest an alternative idea/concept/belief, in the blink of an eye you automatically become an enemy to be annihilated. The rhetoric starts ratcheting up and personal attacks may start spewing forth. Unless you’re the Buddha, it’s incredibly easy to get sucked into the vortex and start playing the ISTY game with an ideologue. On the up side, if you deal with ideologues often, with a little self-awareness, you can get better and better at handling interactions with them more gracefully.

Being a passionate person myself on topics that are near and dear to me, I can definitely empathize with ideologues. I “believe” that if you’re not passionate about something, then you’re living an incredibly boring and unfulfilled life. But hey… it’s just a BD00 “belief“.

I believe that there is such a thing as objective truth, but a lot of people have an objective truth that differs from mine. – Cynthia Tucker

  1. PNeumiller
    November 9, 2011 at 9:24 am

    This is a rather philosophical post Tony. I do “believe” in binary, but I also know those bits are really analog signals down there. If we don’t build out our own scaffolding of truth and beliefs, what do we build upon?

    • November 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Did I say that we shouldn’t build our scaffolding upon our truths and beliefs? Did I even imply it?

  2. PNeumiller
    November 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Maybe I just inferred your tendency to go all “post-modern” and destruct everything in your path into a nihilistic pile of grey goo?

    • November 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      D’oh! I didn’t understand a word you said – and that’s prolly a good thing for me.

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