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  1. There is a basic, fundamental foundation instilled in each of us. Whether it's from inner personality or our upbringing - this our core. For me, I grew up hardcore Christian (i.e. Pentecostal). I was taught a lot of things earlier that took a while to shake off (bits of racism and hate for LGBTQ, as well as differing religions, etc. Pretty sure Pentecostal hated all walks of life besides Pentecostal). ** To be fair, Pentecostal has come a long way since I was a kid. Hate has transformed into more of a line in the sand type of thing. Progress can be made even in the most extremes of society, I suppose**. Our cores don't just instantaneously change nor do they mean someone is a bad person. It's important to remember that when someone may have an abrasive point of view in your eyes. As I've become closer to Agnostic than Christian, I still adopt a lot of the Christian lifestyle in my core beliefs and not only myself, my parents as well, have become aware that previous generations were only taught the previous generation ideology, in essence : ignorance was being passed down. With that out of the way I just have a few things that I believe are important to the argument. 1) Our experiences, beliefs, interactions do skew our opinions one way or another. Logic will interfere with compassion at times while compassion hinders logical judgement in some events. It does not mean you are more or less right, unless being facetious or hateful about it. 2) In arguments like this - correcting someone on facts can be done without demeaning. This is the breaking point that usually turns a conversation into an argument. No matter how righteous or truthful your viewpoint may be, being a total asshat about it negates your argument for the opposing side. Nobody will be browbeat into seeing your point of view, it has to come gradually over time. Sometimes, an individual's opinion will not change at all SOLELY based on your language or demeanor. How many times have you said "He's an asshole but he's right" compared to "I don't agree with that but I get where he's coming from". And more times than not, the second scenario is more likely to sway an opinion. 3) At the end of the day, we don't know what it's like to see through the eyes of another. That is NEVER a one way street. Even the most hateful of spiteful people have a root area that spawned their ideologies. Those instantaneous remarks that we often spew out without regard are often through frustration of "How can they not understand MY point of view???" are hard to swallow but I truly believe we can get further in these conversations if we not attach ourselves too deeply in conversation. Speaking to myself on this, it's an everyday struggle. I only say that because I can see some tension brewing and I would like to see these conversations without the knee-jerk reaction comments.
  2. Not saying people are evil deep down but in our current climate kids are not taught that you can lose gracefully. Everyone gets a trophy and people can't stand losing so bad or are unhappy with their own life that they want to bring other people down. I know personally that since the last couple of years of hard times, it's much easier to rage put now than in previous years.
  3. Jonathon Morris has a good quote that I try to remember when having any discussion on controversial topics: "The greatest evidence of authentic good will is the way we treat people with whom we passionately disagree with" That being said, I have really no qualms with LGBTQ other than trans and sports. Specifically male transitioning to female in female specific competition. If there were some regulation on hormones and testerone levels I would like to see some research on how level the playing field would be. As of right now, I wouldnt want to see a UFC fight between a male and female, the thought makes me cringe as domestic violence infuriates me and this gives me similar vibes. Other than that, as long as nothing affects someone negatively, I'm pretty much OK with everything else. On a side note, I hate this mob mentality belief system. For example, I lean conservative but I don't stand behind every single belief that conservatives do. I also believe that church and government needs to stay separate. Sin and law are not the same. I believe people lose the ability to think for themselves when they label themself. Also, I truly believe we are in a period of awakening in the sense that people realize that some hate or bigotry that was passed down from older generations was just out of ignorance and we are learning how to be better people. HOWEVER --- our culture has so much hate and selfishness towards humans in general that we lash out and say things that are interpreted as bigoted,racist,homophobic when it is a much deeper problem. You see this in video games a lot. People will get so mad that they will find a weakness in your armor and try to exploit it to break you down. Racist remarks, homophobic slurs.. I believe they come from deep self disdain and the desire to hurt others more than just simply being racist or homophobic and I truly believe this is the root of a lot of problems and conflict in our society today. I'm sure some of you might roll your eyes because of hearing me say some grouchy or mean things sometimes but I realize I have diarrhea of the mouth at times and I do try to apologize when I do and it is something I work on and wrestle with daily.
  4. Looks pretty awesome other than it was built by a lil bish. Lmao! Jk bro, good work! If you do some more fiber optic stuff I'd like to see what you can come up with.
  5. Are we talking comics or movies? I love both equally for comics... the movies are just not even in the same galaxy to me. Marvel movies are well produced and with great acting, usually. DC movies (as of late) seem to have a dark production quality and the storytelling other than Wonder Woman was pretty bland. Justice League was a crazy let down. Loved most of the Batman movies pre-Affleck and the Superman movies have been pretty decent with Henry but I stick with Marvel, generally.
  6. I like a tiny bit or sour cream on a baked potato and home made burritos but it grosses me out in large amounts. . Avocados in any amount will make me vomit
  7. I love ranch on chicken and bacon subs and also with spicy wings but it disgusts me on anything else. Mayo is the worst for me followed by plain mustard. I can't eat anything with mayo I gag thinking about it. Same with plain yellow mustard. Also, Worcestershire is not far behind as a condiment but I do not mind cooking with it as a marinade .
  8. I found this video as a hilarious way to translate how I felt about the final season -- MAJOR SPOILERS --
  9. I'm not disappointed in the who, I am disappointed in the fact of how. The reason I fell in love with Got was because of the complexity of the characters and the unpredictability of the storytelling. This season, characters have become oversimplified and the plots are ultra predictable. I have no issues with who dies in the final season.. my resentment lies in the lack of grand climax for events and characters who have been built up for seasons, only to result in anti-climatic twists and endings. This theme progressively gets worse as the season goes on and it looks to be reflected in the link I posted. Clearly, the production value is off the charts. Music and cinematography is absurdly good. Acting is top notch. The writing, however, doesn't match up. They seemed to have gotten lost and tried to scramble and tie up loose ends at the end. All good things must come to an end I suppose.
  10. Well this pretty much sums it up for me: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/game-of-thrones/s08 "A series that took the world by storm ended with just a whimper"
  11. I've always had good experiences with Epic and their application / store. Their maintenance and upkeep on Fortnite (regardless of your opinion on the game) has been top notch and they react to super strong / super weak items pretty rapidly from what I've seen. It seems that the only negative that will come from this will be the doomsayers and elitists (?) from a super popular brand occupying their niche. Not a big fan of big companies buying other companies normally - see my League of Legends ten cent rants for more - but Epic has been doing good things with their monthly free games and constant work to put out content. I'm actually having positive feelings about this and even contemplating getting a controller this weekend to actually try to get decent at Rocket League (bad timing with Mother's Day though).
  12. As dark and demented as my usual meme humor is - I have a couple of rare gems I hold onto!
  13. It's been a minute since I played OW, although I didnt put much time in it I would be down for some games. Not sure if I'm interested in ranked though
  14. I would think a monthly poll would fit best. In a situation where people really like a game that has won a poll - perhaps continue the won game in the next month's polls and look at a longer-term solution should it win multiple months in a row?