Are we responsible for what we believe?

It seems like people get offended if another person believes something they find undesirable. Yet we dont get mad at people for acknowledging some unpleasant fact. For example, we would not hold a scientist responsible for acknowledging that arsenic is poisonous, or a historian for acknowledging the holocaust... show more It seems like people get offended if another person believes something they find undesirable. Yet we dont get mad at people for acknowledging some unpleasant fact. For example, we would not hold a scientist responsible for acknowledging that arsenic is poisonous, or a historian for acknowledging the holocaust happened.

Like with religion, people assume if someone believes a certain doctrine or principal, that they want to. Such as the idea that Fundamentalists want to believe in eternal damnation, or that Buddhists want to believe life is suffering. Or we can do that with predictions of the future, where someone who expects the worst is seen as a cynic, while someone who predicts the best is an optimist.
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