I could be described as a curious skeptic. I want to understand why people believe what they do, so I’m willing to listen to people talk about their beliefs – within the constraints of my time and patience! However, I won’t accept that something is true without adequate evidence.
“I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them”
– Baruch Spinoza
My mischievous pseudonym Eshu is a deity of the Yoruba mythology.
“Eshu is a trickster-god, and plays frequently tempting choices for the purpose of causing maturation. He is a difficult teacher, but a good one. As an example, Eshu was walking down the road one day, wearing a hat that was red on one side and black on the other. Sometime after he departed, the villagers who had seen him began arguing about whether the stranger’s hat was black or red. The villagers on one side of the road had only been capable of seeing the black side, and the villagers on the other side had only been capable of seeing the red half. They nearly fought over the argument, until Eshu came back and cleared the mystery, teaching the villagers about how one’s perspective can alter a person’s perception of reality, and that one can be easily fooled.” – from Wikipedia.org
In another version of the story the villagers are allowed to destroy each other over the argument – but I think that’s taking a practical joke too far.