While I like the sentiment, it’s not entirely true.

You can’t convince people to change their core beliefs. That’s not how deprogramming works anyway. Cult deprogramming starts by asking them to explain and asking questions that let them unravel the problem themselves. Pointing out people’s internal contradictions tends to reinforce them, but when they run in to their own contradictions those absurd beliefs tend to unravel.

@boborhrongar@lemmy.world avatar

please don’t actually

@R00bot@lemmy.blahaj.zone avatar

too late bucko


no, please do, it’s so fun

@FirstMajesticComet@lemmy.blahaj.zone avatar

I don’t have any family members like that, but I do have an aunt who for lack of a better term believes in pretty insane tankie shit, no one talks to her though, technically we don’t invite her for christmas, she just kind of shows up and we let her join because she’s already there, if it were up to me I wouldn’t but my mom doesn’t want to do that to her sister (even though they ignore each other the whole time).


Good advice from an animal? We could name a community after this.

But let’s not.

@Kolanaki@yiffit.net avatar

Suggestion Mammals sounds good.


My highly religious uncle that looks like a literal gnome is the most entertaining one to be around, but only if one can mange to sneak away to smoke weed first. Otherwise it’s just a lecture about how everything I’m doing with my life goes against god.


My religious family gave up on the “you’re a sinner” lecture after I made it super clear that A) I don’t care and B) I’m not going to argue with them about it. If I got mad or tried to fight about it, they LOVED that shit, but being like, “yup!” and throwing some finger pistols their way and they don’t really have a response besides telling me to not sin. But they can only keep that up so long when you’re like, “oh no doubt, Uncle Fuckface.”

I mean, I also don’t talk to them anymore so that really solved the problem, but the cheerful agreement that I’m for sure going to hell got me through my teenage years/early 20s. Surprise, I didn’t get less queer even after all the lectures!


If those kinds of assholes are the ones going to heaven, I’m glad I won’t be joining them.


The ‘Lecture’ stopped bothering me a while ago for the same reason as you, it’s just way more fun to antagonize them about it while high.

@uriel238@lemmy.blahaj.zone avatar

That’s okay, everything he did with his life goes against God, too.

Not that anyone knows what God thinks. Even the Pope has admitted as much.

@unmarketableplushie@pawb.social avatar

First Dog on the Moon my beloved


You’ll never change someone overnight or in one conversation, but every time you say something radically leftist, you’re planting a seed in uncle Jim-Bob that will slowly shift their way of thinking. Deradicalizing conservatives, racists, fascists, etc is hard as fuck. The important thing is that when someone goes to you and intentionally starts questioning their ideals, you’ve been handed the opportunity to change their mind slowly over months/years

@Semi-Hemi-Demigod@kbin.social avatar

"Mommy, what does 'we shall make no excuses for the terror' mean?"


Thank you, Tux. I will take your advice and create new leftists. Should I tell them about Foss too, or should that wait?


Gor The Little beans, give them a few, for the 15 and up crowd, lay it on


For the little beans…


Well everyone’s journey is different. I started with just finding out how cool programming is, learned about foss, and then one day said “why doesn’t everything follow foss principles?”


and the answer, as with all things, is “because developers have to eat”


Tell them about Arch Linux.

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