I’ve been accused of this by a friend and I wanted to see how you would address it. We were discussing religion in an email chat we have set up. And my friend became upset and said I sounded condescending and came across as saying if you don’t believe what I say, you’re an idiot.
I’ve never intentionally sounded like this. However, I do not say constantly things like “I personally believe that…” I will say for example, “Jesus did not start a bible, he founded a church” instead of “My personal belief is that Jesus …”
I tried to explain to him that I think it would be pointless to discuss true “opinions” like my favorite colour, etc. and I also don’t believe that two contradictory statements of truth can both be correct. He said my comment about two contradictory statements really mad him upset. I said if I’m discussing fact, I pharse it like “this is how it is” (actually he said that’s how I phrased it).
I even told him I respect his beliefs and I believe 80% of what he does. I also said if he wants to disagree with me, then he can.
I’ve gotten this a couple of times. Does anyone know the problem. I do think there is a general problem in society where everyone just wants to believe anything and have others affirm them in their believe and we’re all just a happy family.
Anyway, he seems rather upset at me.