"I would agree as well, but I think mira is confusing respect with something altogether different, something much broader and/or basic like simply agreeing with something that somebody wrote."
--That's not me you're talking about! You're making a generalized judgmental statement and give no evidence to support it.
"I think respect IS something you earn. Much of that respect is based on how you feel about that persons opinion, or their actions/reactions."
--We'll have to agree to disagree on that one.
"Mira, along with others here, accused me of being a shill or working for BP right off the bat simply because I questioned some of the ridiculous claims on this forum."
--I never accused you of being a "shill" or working for BP. If you read through my posts, you'll find that to be true. I rarely resort to name-calling, although I did find a post of yours where you called me "mean" and other posts of yours whether you've posted images of things like a person with their head up their a** etc. When I first came on this forum, I immediately noticed that you seemed to be continually trying to discredit posts and posters that you disagreed with. I've asked you why you sometimes make judgmental statements about people. What you consider to be their "ridiculous claims" may actually be the truth. To me, it's not your opinion or mine or anyone else's that matters. What matters to me is having a public forum where information is given and discussed.
"Instead of engaging in a normal conversation and trying to find out the basis for my opinion, mira immediately took a defensive role which appeared to be based on popular opinion."
--Again, you tell me I'm defensive but offer no evidence. You also insinuate that I'm not thinking for myself. You're incorrect on both counts.
"This immediately caused me to lose much respect for mira and others."
--To me it sounds like you're holding a grudge, which will probably end up hurting you more than anyone else.
"I still read what they write, but reading their opinions, and RESPECTING their opinions, because of how they've portrayed themselves to me, are two VERY different things."
--This forum is not about you vs me, or you vs others. To me it sounds like you're taking things personally. I'm not a bad person, you're not a bad person, "others" are not bad people - we're all individuals, we're all learning, I think we can all get along - really!!!