Through out the various threads I have taken part in, I have noticed that often when you describe a persons behaviour or opinions using certain words, it can cause offence even when that word might be the best word to describe what you have noticed.
For example, The word Ignorant actually means - lacking knowledge or information. If you say that someone is Ignorant on a certain topic, they seem to get offended as though you were calling them an idiot rather than pointing out their lack of knowledge on the subject.
Another example is the the wor "Bigoted" or "Bigot", I have described a few peoples behaviour as being Bigoted which has caused them to get angry. I just wanted to clarify what that means.
Bigoted is simply- having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others
the key words there is "prejudiced" and "obstinate"
"obstinate"- stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to persuade one to do so:
"Prejudice" is - A preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience:
The people that I have called Bigots or described as having Bigoted opinions, all have opinions which they believe are superior (which in itself is not a bad thing, if you were able to change those opinions based on evidence) but these opinions are preconceived and are not based on reason or actual experience, they are normally based in some religion or sterotype not facts, and they are stubbornly held regardless of the evidence.
The counter point they normally bring up is that I must be equally bigoted, because I am showing strong opinions on the topic.
I think the big difference, is I am willing to change any of my opinions if I were presented with evidence to show I was wrong, all my opinions have a question mark on them , and I actively seek evidence from the other party by consistently asking them you show me why they hold their opinions, and how I am wrong.
They do not make such efforts to test their beliefs, instead they offer logical fallacies, circular arrguements and red herrings even after it is repeatly pointed out, they activtly avoid engaging the nuts and bolts of the arrgument in an effort to maintain their position, despite the evidence against it.
I think the failure to test your own beliefs, is what leads to bigoted opinions and there is nothing wrong with pointing that out when you notice it.