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  1. I just got them from the shop on Monday afternoon. What do y'all think?
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  4. I'm trying to figure out how end fancies himself the winner. I think in essence what he is saying about his personal spiritual experience as a Christian and Josh's general definition of spirituality are in essence the same. However Josh isn't presenting it from a purely biblical perspective. And it seems to me thats where the line is drawn with end. End is wanting Josh to describe how he is spiritually superior as a Christian. Which can't be done because Josh is not a Christian anymore. What End can't comprehend (from what I'm seeing) is that other religions and forms of spiritual
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  5. Thanks. But it wasn't a vacation. 10 days of agony with a disgruntled, mentally ill tenant threatening to sue us over a contract that was poorly worded and we didn't know where we stood legally. It still isn't over, but looks like it is swinging our way. Hmmm. Speaking of cockroaches!
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  6. Yep. It is now mostly, if now nearly completely, defend what I believe, and not seek out what is true. No real point to engage, unless they are hurting those I care about with promoted ugly social norms, or laws that make those I care about "less than".
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  7. @tiredofwork, I can certainly see the indecisiveness part. In my end, I need to be less of a pushover. It doesn't mean I'm not nice, just need to learn to say "no" more and not feel like I'm letting people down.
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  8. As a libertarian, I related to this video. Reminds me of the thought behind the non-aggression principle. Or Lao-Tzu's Daoist philosophy of the ideal ruler being one with a very light touch. Applying both to the individual and to society. Even as a thought process, it seems to make sense to me, i.e. decentralization. As long as there is a shared basic set of principles, complex systems can emerge from the "chaos" that benefit everyone, versus if it is imposed from above. I think the hard part is agreeing on a basic set of commonplaces (i.e. shared understandings, almost like the golden rule, t
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  9. This is a really cool Alan Watts lecture followed along with a sketch artist depicting the content and context of the lecture as it proceeds: Very good questions raised. Who determines this virtue??? Who determines what is correct and incorrect for everyone else???
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  10. I'd say worship can be (not is) defined as remembrance + connection + emotional (somber or exuberant). A form of emotional bonding to a perceptual past-state that involves a first, second, or third-person narrative structure that ties the self to that past perception. I.e. "ancestor worship" being more about remembering the dead departed (potentially turning into the more modern version of worship we are familiar with after succeeding generations build elaborate beliefs/rituals around it).
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  11. I think the biggest thing I'm trying to cultivate in myself is more imagination, and also more cynicism/pessimism. Also decisiveness. I also am very lazy, and trying to understand the limits of human willpower - essentially the opposite of self-help/confidence boosting books/lectures/etc. I don't buy the hype about "grit, hustling, increasing willpower, positive thinking, growth mindset, etc." Just trying to build a mind that appreciates my mortality, limitations, and the mortality and limitations of others, and to make the most of my go around in this life, and what I can do to make others ha
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  12. I don't think either won the debate simply because no one can win such a debate. It's akin to debating about "How long is a piece of string?"
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  13. Weez, We all known the answer to that one. Cockroaches would rule. Since God is a fantasy, as you know, mankind would eat shit in that scenario -- otherwise, hope you had a good vacation or travels my friend.
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  14. None of the above. God'll just start over again - look at Venus & Mars. As they say, third time's a charm!
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  15. I don't know, but it reminded me of a shirt I finally had to throw away after many years of service. It said, in large letters, "Jesus Loves You" and in smaller type, "But I'm his favorite."
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  16. Aside from anatomy and physiology, is there a difference?
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  17. My 2 cents, if transgender is seen as mental illness, then wouldn't homosexuality also be? For years it was classified that way and "treated" horrifically. Are fetishes (unusual things that people find sexually stimulating)) illness or just biodiversity (nature rolling the genetic dice to see what adapts best)? Some like to pretend they are animals, some like the look and feel of latex, some like articles of clothing, some like popping balloons. Most fetishes stay hidden, so we don't tend to talk about them as issues. I have friends who are gay, lesbian, trans, bi, queer (a sort o
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  18. Some days you just can't win, and it is better to remain silent than even broach the topics we see daily. I'm facing something similar regarding the violence in Portland. We had protests over legitimate concerns about police violence become hijacked by anarchists who like to break windows and start fires. Police and federal troops used that as an excuse to flood the area with tear gas, beat and arrest journalists, beat black homeowners in the area who complained about the tear gas harming their children, etc. I ranted online about this being an evil thing since a small part of the group were e
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  19. I may be over-estimating myself (wouldn't be the first time.. LMSAO), but I believe I've learned when to let it go: somewhere near the 'hello' point. So much of the scope of natural human tendencies and behavioral traits is amplified and greatly aggravated by this new age of instant communication and digital connection. Everything wrong with human beings as a species is now laid bare for all to see.
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  20. Hi All, I've been ex-christian for about 13 years, I posted my exxtimony back around that time too, and have been an on and off lurker/occasional commenter ever since I have been enjoying reading the various discussions and debates, however I notice a theme whereby trying to reason with a religious person is like trying to reason with a toddler.. Ie it's impossible.. Lol And the more I think about arguing/debating xtian apologetics, the more I think it's like banging your head against a brick wall lol It seems pointless in many ways to argue religion.. Like trying to argue ab
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  22. Got it. I shall no longer attempt to reason with you.
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  23. I think it's worth a try to reason with someone; but know when to let it go and walk away.
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  24. Haven't been on these forums in awhile, thought I'd login just for the hell of it. Glad to see the site is still around and acting as a resource for those in need. Also, congratulations everyone in the US we avoided a complete fascist theocratic take over of the Republican party and we're poised to make it through this pandemic, it's been a fucking crazy past few years. Cheers to everyone here at the Ex-C forums, stay strong and never stop questioning!
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