Elliot, pls Elliot, stahp
I got a lot of hate yesterday, and it all basically stems from believing that people should be respected, regardless of their opinions. Their stupid, stupid opinions.
I am a firm supporter of evolution. In fact, I love it. My interest in evolution was the only thing that got me through my boring zoology courses.
However, I know many young-earth creationists who are well-versed in evolution, because they’ve grappled with it. Despite believing something that I could never, EVER believe, they understand the basics of evolution moreso than many who have Darwin magnets on their car. It’s like how many atheists know more about the Bible than people with Jesus fish magnets on their car.
My MO in everything is loving others despite their opinions, beliefs, actions, social class, sexual orientation, or anything else that defines them. That means that if a group of people are stereotyped and ridiculed, I’m against it. Yes, I do believe creationism is stupid. But a stupid belief does not a stupid person make. Take Steve’s belief that Quizno’s is superior to Subway. Steve is still a supremely intelligent human being.
I have stupid beliefs, as well, like that we can all get along and we can look past each other’s differences and we can set aside our stances to connect with other human beings. The accusation that I’m stupid, then, is totally accurate. I would submit that, perhaps, we’re all a little stupid. And if we’re all a little stupid, is it safe to conclude that we’re all a little smart?
For me, none of this is about evolution, or creationism, or Republican or Democrat, or rich or poor, straight or gay, pro-life or pro-choice. Everyone should be loved, all the time. I fail at this, of course. I barely love people I agree with, let alone those I don’t. I’m a selfish, narcissistic douchebag sometimes. But my video yesterday was to show that there is hypocrisy everywhere; there is judgment everywhere. The sooner we realize this—that hypocrisy is a plague—the sooner we can try to change it. And I believe that the only way we can eradicate judgment is through love. Not coercion.
And as a side note, yesterday’s video was me defending evolution (I addressed it being a “just a theory,” the common misconception of “coming from monkeys,” and the separation of science and religion).
In conclusion, there are 2 t’s in my name, I have no problem being anyone’s least favorite, and I have no problem continuing to defend people I don’t agree with.