Foreword: I can't ratify this as official, as it is not in my power to do so. Just read this like you'd read it if I was some random person. You probably already do that, but I want to be clear.I'm seeing way too many flame wars on EMC these days. Whether they be over religion, politics, or somebody's personal posting preferences, they need to stop. If you spend all your time hating things, you can't be happy. Now, what is the primary source of flame wars?Controversial threads.Controversial threads confuse me to no end. People go into them assuming nothing bad will happen, and then someone just thinks "You know what's a good idea?!? Insulting someone else's beliefs!" Or maybe they just post their own beliefs, in some non-hostile way. Naturally, this erupts into a flame war over some nonsensical point that cannot be proven for either side, and somehow the OP is just sitting there wondering "how did this happen!?"Twitch put it best, oh so many months ago, when he explained that most wars in history are started over two things: Religion and Politics.Oh, yeah, they only caused nearly every war ever, let's go talk about them on the anonymous internet! It's no wonder there is so much hatred brewing on these forums. It's even apparent in this post, which is pretty hypocritical of me. I don't hate instigators, really, but they could do with a book being thrown at them.I love EMC, probably too much, and I love the community even more. I don't want to see people spouting anger and hatred when these situations can be easily avoided. These are your personal beliefs you're sharing, and they're just that: Personal. If you keep them to yourself, the world won't end.While this post is not directed towards any specific person, if you're an instigator, you'd better know it, or else there's a lot less hope for a more cohesive community. Like I said, EMC is important to me, and when you go around making people upset (whether intentionally or otherwise) I take it personally.Hopefully, some day, we'll be able to go a long while without starting massive flame wars, just like we used to. EMC was not always so volatile, so I know it is possible to look for a better future. I don't care too much if this post helps to further that goal, but it's something I needed to do, and so I have done it.