i don't want to dip into politics, religion, or causes. i just wonder about people's behavior when confronted with an idea. like here in these boards, we share ideas and we have a little wiggle room to disagree- even kid each other. *you liked Bratz:The Movie???? OMG you are a dweeb!* ideas get tossed around all the time here. but outside the boundaries here, it sometimes seems like you can't do that. i think the strict no-no categories and the idea of being decent to each other makes this almost Utopian compared to the real world. still, i wonder, why is it so hard to exchange ideas out there? is it the idea of risking a loss of face- looking stupid to ask a stupid question to finally know? are we too afraid to impose? are we too confined by PC or a new world etiquette to bother? i remember as a kid being afraid to ask a handicapped person why they don't have a leg or why they had burns. (Kinda wish i asked about the leg...woulda worked harder to avoid diabetes.) i know i ramble and let my thoughts flow a bit freely as i try to wrap my head around new concepts, but i don't mind the risk of putting out a thought that is wrong, as long as someone says, "that's wrong" and offers me a a new tangent to follow. Why can't we think like kids? ask a kid to look at the sky and tell you what he sees. he sees a seahorse in the clouds. is he wrong? yep, he saw a cloud that looked like a seahorse. but is it wrong to say it? no. but in time, he will say, "I see a seahorse shaped cloud." i wonder, that's all. how can conversation get so complicated? as i said, this isn't politics or anything specific. just wondering about human behavior. any of you psych or sociology majors out there got a clue? thanks for letting me ponder.