I’ve started to notice in my online debates (I know, I’m so cool, right?) that I tend to send mixed messages as far as my actual viewpoint on the topic. I somehow manage to defend and oppose both sides of the argument at the same time, which causes some confusion. If I defend religion, or a religious person, in a debate, people assume that I am a religious person, at which point I have to clarify that I’m not really, but I’m interested in religion and religious debates. In philosophical debates, I am often labelled as a solipsist because I pull the solipsism card alot. People then go on to try to disprove solipsism to me, at which point I have to clarify that I’m not a solipsist really, but I think that solipsism is very possible, and so has to be taken into account when debating the nature of existence. This has caused me to attempt to sit down and actually define my beliefs, which has been harder than it sounds. It seems that most people (at least most bloggers) have a very well-defined set of beliefs that they defend in all of their posts and comments, so when they read something, they say something along the lines of ‘You are wrong or right for these reasons.’ But I find that most of my comments usually start with ‘I think…’ or ‘Maybe, but…’ or something along those lines. I try to steer clear of asserting my opinions as facts, despite what my schoolteachers taught me about how to write an essay. This may be my natural aversion to confrontation, as I find most blog debates quickly get heated, and then people just start animalistically defending their own point without actually debating the topic. But the more I think about it, the more I’m starting to think that I just don’t truly believe that any one viewpoint is correct. I have theories about the world and how it works, but I could be completely wrong, and I accept that fact. I don’t think that just because something could be wrong, I should ignore that viewpoint entirely, as I could learn alot from considering it. I don’t ‘believe’ in any one religion or religion in general, but I want to learn as much as I can about each one, because who knows where I’ll come across an answer to a question I have or a thought I may never have had before? I’m not a solipsist, because I don’t deny the existence of objective reality, but I don’t think it can be entirely proven either, so I have to frame all of my assertions about objective reality through the lens that I may actually be talking about nothing. I think that in order to consider all viewpoints, we can’t simply find the reason that one is wrong and then cast it out. In order to gain anything from the viewpoint, we have to consider the implications that it makes about the world around us, and who knows, maybe we’ll learn something by doing so. Just a thought, I’d love to hear yours below!!