Originally Posted by Top_Cat
It's fairly usual for just about everyone to have extreme points of view initially or if they're generally in their own head. That is, until they share them, hear other points of view, examine their own and maybe find reason to moderate them to more accurately fit reality. Most people I've known who say "I can't say what I really think on this." say so to avoid exactly that. Almost always a cop-out.
No idea whether that applies to TH, of course, but I've heard a lot of people say that over the years and it's usually a way protect said view regardless of any evidence to the contrary. Don't respect that sort of behaviour at all, tbh.
I have found that the mere stating of some beliefs pretty much kills any chance of debate.
I've also debated these sort of issues (well, "big issues" in general) so many times and never gotten anywhere (where can you get, anyway?). It's in my nature to hammer away at a point of view and flesh out the issues, I disagree entirely that I'm someone who doesn't do so.
Generally speaking for a few years now I'd say I've been suffering from a sort of fatigue about debating my views on "big issues". I think I've got to the same point when discussing cricket with cricketweb members as well. It's become more fun to make pithy remarks.