I am an ex-smoker. Smoking was rather hard to quit, but not as hard to quit as chewing, especially since part of my chewing habit developed in Asia munching on Betelnut (Betel leaf & areca nut combo). Anyway, sorry, I digress.
Ex-smokers are classically know to be the most intolerant of smokers. Yet my experience says the opposite. Many smokers, including myself, break that rule. I am very understanding of smokers and less condemning in the clinical setting than my “I-never-smoked” medical colleagues.
So, anyone have suggestions why these two types exist? Do they exist among never-smoked folks too. I swear that having smoked makes me more tolerant of smokers because I understand from whence they came.
So, now, on to the analogy: I wonder if this smoker-ex-smoker phenomena exists among atheists: ex-believer vs. never-believed. I would think ex-believer atheists, if they were believers as adults and not just as children, would be more sympathetic of believers than never-believed atheists.
Any ideas ?