jcsuperstar wrote:We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.
- Blaise Pascal
i think this sums up the feeling behind many of the arguments on here...
I think the quote points to the fact that you don't have to be a Buddhist to exercise common sense:
"It is not what others do and do not do that is my concern. It is what I do and do not do -- that is my concern" -- attributed to Shakyamuni Buddha in The Dhammapada.
"There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." -- American humorist Will Rogers