I’m curious what motivates people to start and/or post in various controversial threads. Threads such as gun control, religious beliefs, partisan political beliefs, etc. Most people, I believe, especially those well into adulthood, are pretty entrenched in their beliefs. As such it is very difficult to change people’s opinions. So why do you start/post in such threads?
- Are you attempting to change other posters opinions?
- Can you just not let your opinion of ignorance go unchecked, so you want to get your own opinions in the thread for the record of others that may just be reading the threads?
- Do you just love a good argument, so it is for your own entertainment, and you enjoy the battle of words and putting others in their place?
- Are you practicing with the teeming millions for that conversation you know you’re going to have with Uncle Charlie, right before Thanksgiving dinner this year?
- Something else?
For me it’s probably some combination of a few of those reasons. At the end of the day, I believe everyone is entitled to their own views and am glad that Americans live in a society where having deep seated convictions on either side of an argument is okay and that we are free to express those opinions. I have friends that live in other parts of the world, where such freedom of expression does not exist and can get you in a lot of trouble if you attempt to exercise it.