My first thought on this is – how can you be so sure that your beliefs are actually so different from those of others?
We only have one real way of knowing what another person believes about something, and that is based on the information they choose to tell us.
There are plenty of things we can surmise, assume, etc, but unless someone specifically tells us something, we won’t know what they think (and even then, we won’t know it to be truth.)
Now, I do happen to know that I have a belief that is radically different from most of my peer group. I believe that no person has the right to judge any other for anything they choose in life.
I don’t mean in the biblical “Judge not, lest ye to be judged” sense where people have to strive to turn the other cheek and all that.
I mean that only person we have to answer to on this planet is our own self, and we should focus on defining and building our own character, not break down anyone else’s in that pursuit.
Other people tend to go to the ridiculous when trying to grok this – like “so, you’d have dinner with a mobster, a pedophile and a murderer like nothing was amiss?”
My response is always – “No person is just one thing, except human.”
Originally Posted: https://www.quora.com/Do-you-hold-any-beliefs-that-radically-differ-from-whats-typical-for-your-peer-group
Originally Posted On: 2015-04-27