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    I guess this means you won't be supplying a definition.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I guess this means you won't be supplying a definition.
    "Unusual, physically intimidating response to a non-violent overture on the street" Is that not enough? A normal and sober person would not react the way he did.
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    I think it's obvious to everyone concerned that this was a setup. Etheridge knew it, the two guys with the cameras knew it, the press certainly knew it, and all of us know it.

    That being the case, Etheridge responded to the setup (which he recognized as such at the time, we can tell from his conduct in the video) in an inexcusably stupid manner. To give his opponents sixty seconds of video to go viral on Youtube... to quote Talleyrand, "It's worse than a crime--it's a mistake."

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    I think it's obvious to everyone concerned that this was a setup. Etheridge knew it, the two guys with the cameras knew it, the press certainly knew it, and all of us know it.

    That being the case, Etheridge responded to the setup (which he recognized as such at the time, we can tell from his conduct in the video) in an inexcusably stupid manner. To give his opponents sixty seconds of video to go viral on Youtube... to quote Talleyrand, "It's worse than a crime--it's a mistake."
    End thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    End thread.
    Same thing I said two pages ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    "Unusual, physically intimidating response to a non-violent overture on the street" Is that not enough? A normal and sober person would not react the way he did.
    I don't see his response as that out of the ordinary. It was an overreaction, but that alone doesn't make it "weird". That's why I'm asking for a definition. It seems you really want to emphasize how "weird" this guy is, but I'm just not seeing it.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I don't see his response as that out of the ordinary. It was an overreaction, but that alone doesn't make it "weird". That's why I'm asking for a definition. It seems you really want to emphasize how "weird" this guy is, but I'm just not seeing it.
    Lay off, you two. It's just partisan bickering now on BOTH your parts.

    (I'm as partisan as the next guy, but this topic is essentially exhausted.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Same thing I said two pages ago.
    Except this time, it actually is the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Grabbing a stranger's wrist, getting in his face demanding to know his name, and then hugging him close so he can't get away = unusual, kinda creepy behavior. Would you say that was a normal reaction? I'd be freaked the fuck out if someone did that to me if I asked him a question on the street.
    And what kind of vengeance would you want exacted upon his person for your mental anguish? Emotions are a tricky subject, and often times behaviors that seem unjustified or unusual are founded on some relatively common aspect of human behavior. As an example, many things that most of us would do when jealous would be classified as creepy or unusual by those not emotionally involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Lay off, you two. It's just partisan bickering now on BOTH your parts.

    (I'm as partisan as the next guy, but this topic is essentially exhausted.)

    What's partisan? I am a registered independent, and I don't even know if Lateralus votes. I was taking issue with the combativeness. He has it in for me now for some reason.
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