Yeah, things have cooled down a bit, and it helps that we get into arguments a lot, we're still buds, and we apologized.
First, yeah, he's expressed interest in Zen Buddhism recently, and I'd assume that's where he get these arguments from, and although I'm glad for him that he's found something to believe in, I have a hard time when someone isn't good at defending those arguments with their own words (mainly because I used to jump between ideologies and ideas at the drop of a hat, and get angry whenever someone disproved me, and obviously I still tend to do that).
This guy has had it a bit rough to be sure, and for a while his life wasn't looking that great, smoking weed, not really doing anything with his life. He is now though, which I think is a great improvement, but that's also one of the reasons this whole thing ticked me off. The arguments he used were too much like his old way of thinking and got me worried (I should point out, as well, I still found the arguments in themselves annoying regardless), so to hear him spout this depressed anti-society dogma made me worry he's considering going back to the way things used to be.
I think the main reason for why I got so angry was because it was a punch against exactly the kind of stuff I'm doing, and will be doing in the future. Right now I spend hours every day reading, debating and thinking about these issues, and for someone to come spout biased, unfounded and misguided ideas about it made me really, really angry.
I should get out more.
Thanks for the support guys, although I admit that I don't really feel like this is something that should've, or could've been won. I just wanted to vent my frustration.
We do figure-studies together on Mondays, so I'll speak with him face-to-face about it.