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Old 07-15-2002, 01:44 AM   #1
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what do you think "free your mind" means?

I'm not only asking because I'm curious, but also to use against you the next time you let presumptions guide your post
(just thought I'd be honest about that)
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Before i think about giving a answer, i want to know what it means for you.
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Old 07-15-2002, 04:18 AM   #3
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I think there are 3 types of posts that will appear here at interf. There are posts made from ignorance of a subject, the poster will attempt to find out what something means, or they are simply curious about other perspectives on a given matter.
There are threads/posts made that attempt to incite a debate or discussion about issue where all sides are given and discussed as to why they think that etc. These are usually good too as ideas are shared, new thoughts are offered and people may be able to 'free their minds'.
The 3rd group are posts or threads where the poster's opinion is already set. Whatever the cause is for that person to reach their conclusions aside, the outcome of their thoughts is decided and debate or discussion can prove fruitless.
I honestly think majority of topics discussed in here are based on opinion alone. Problems arise when people are so determined they are right, all contrary opinions are picked apart or basically brushed off. This is where I think you as a mod have a very hard job here. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being steadfast in your beliefs, its a good thing this place is filled with able thinking individuals who stand by what they believe in. But where do you draw the line at what is acceptable and what is not? Apart from everyday common curtesy that we apply to real life situations, you now enter a very grey area.
I dont think anyone has a right really to belittle someone's opinion, or belittle the person themselves. Outright abuse for reasons set out in a healthy debate have no place in any discussion. Insults and derogatory remarks, patronising and the general implication that someone is wrong simply because of a belief should not be tolerated. They should never be posted in the 1st place, but how do you as a mod moderate this? Where does it cross the line of interpretation and become something that is unacceptable behaviour?
Im not criticising you personally at all Slomey, I hope you dont take it as such, its fairly clear what you intend this thread to be. But I know I have been taken out of context before, I dont think I would be the only one. The best solution to this is for everyone to reclarify etc. Everybody has an opinion and everybody has a right to speak theirs. Differing opinions should be tolerated a lot more than they are in many themes of debate in here.

But anyways...I personally fit into all the categories I think. There are some things I cannot change my mind on. Some things I think are great debating material, and others that I may not know a lot about, or simply want to hear different opinions on. I believe there is room for everything in here. It is only a problem when someone tells another they cannot be right based on what they actually think.
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FYM- id say it means to give your opinion or view on a subject & be able to debate something with somebody- but not get nasty or have a fight!

I dont think any of my posts here have been bad- I've been good
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great post Angie!
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I think this is a forum for learning, perhaps more than any other forum on these boards. When I hear "Free Your Mind" I always think of The Matrix, when Morpheus repeated those words over and over. FYM is a place where all kinds of people are giving all kinds of truths, and while you may or may not like them, you can hear them and decide for yourself--without fear of retribution.

(At least I hope that's true.)
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Basically, I tend to agree with Angela.
I think "Free your mind" can have certain "active proposals": Free your mind like "Say whatever is on you mind", or like "This place is free, you may say anything you want" (nearly anything) or "See how the other contributors can free your mind".

Oh, and I dont think were constantly high here, so we may be in need for the Lypton Village chillout room. I saw a real hippie!!!
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Old 07-15-2002, 10:14 AM   #9
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FYM=
Vent your anguish
Display your ignorance
Show off your intellectualism

a free venting forum.


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Old 07-15-2002, 10:22 AM   #10
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At its best, Free Your Mind - the forum, can be a stimulating debate environment supporting the promulgation of a variety of ideas and opinions and the finding of middle ground.

At its worst, it can be a warground for dogmatic angry attacks that accomplish nothing more than the hardening of already ideological ideas and the alienation of those who hold different opinions.

Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case more often than the former.
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Originally posted by Lara Mullen
FYM- id say it means to give your opinion or view on a subject & be able to debate something with somebody- but not get nasty or have a fight!
I couldn't have said it better myself
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Old 07-15-2002, 10:49 AM   #12
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a free venting forum.


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That basically says it!
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Old 07-15-2002, 11:20 AM   #13
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At its worst, it can be a warground for dogmatic angry attacks that accomplish nothing more than the hardening of already ideological ideas and the alienation of those who hold different opinions.

Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case more often than the former.
I feel you, sula.

Maybe we can change that a little.

::looks around::

::mumbles::

Now that, uh, ya know. I'm a, uh...well. You know.
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Old 07-15-2002, 11:23 AM   #14
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lol. I just noticed that. Congrats (I think) and good luck. You'll need it.
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Old 07-15-2002, 11:25 AM   #15
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I think Sula and Angela got it pretty right so far
For those who do not agree..do ya WANNA FIGHT about it?
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