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Astreja

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About Astreja

  • Birthday 08/07/1957

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    Winnipeg, Canada
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    Music, writing, gardening, meadmaking, astronomy, sleight-of-hand
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    I'm a cranky and eccentric polymath who, for most of her life, has had a morbid fascination with religion and society.

    If you talk to the left hemisphere of my brain you'll get a skeptical, science-friendly humanist who periodically engages in activism -- I have broken a metatarsal bone in a five-mile protest march; yelled at a prime minister; waved gay-rights signage; and videotaped Laura Secord's cow at Portage and Main.

    If you talk to the right hemisphere, I'll cheerfully tell you that I hang out with the Æsir and Vanir; that my older sister is the Bodhisattva Guan Shi Yin; and that my guardian dragon would like another coffee and donut, please.

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  1. SR is so badly broken he can't even see how badly he's broken. Razzafracking anti-vaxx plague dog trapped in his own "I know something you don't" one-man circle jerk.
  2. I'm not your librarian, SR. Better the pain of facing the real world than the false comfort of religion.
  3. Yes. Here I am, because it's positively exhilarating to discuss with like-minded people the ongoing adventure of trying to liberate our fellow travellers from stupid, archaic ideas that have set humanity back many hundreds of years. I joined this site in 2004, and I intend to stick around.
  4. IMO, the Bible is an anthology of fiction. Given such obvious mythological tropes as 40-year road trips that never happened, a virgin birth, people coming back to life, a boat full of animals surviving a 40-day downpour and a Talking Snake™, I'm always baffled as to why adults take it seriously.
  5. You can't use the Bible to corroborate what's in the Bible. If that were so, I could simply write on a piece of paper "Today, June 18, 2021 at 10:32 a.m. CDT, Astreja K. Odinsdottir strangled Jehovah with his own pubic hairs and dumped his corpse into the sun," and it would have exactly the same veracity that you're claiming for your scripture.
  6. Easily explained by the placebo effect. Not even evidence for Christianity. First you have to prove empirically that gods exist. Then you have to link one of those gods to a "miraculous" event, and demonstrate that the god is also linked to Christianity. Good luck - you'll need it.
  7. Weighing in on the "balanced vs. unbalanced universe" question, I think that's a rabbit hole too far (and this "bunny" should know rabbit holes. ) My thoughts: Balance isn't necessarily a good thing, and imbalance isn't necessarily negative. In regard to marriage, per se, perfect balance is an elusive illusion. It would be nice if it were even close to a 50/50 split, but relationships in general are just too dynamic to settle for any length of time on some ideal balancing point.
  8. And sometimes (and this has been my experience) one goes in with the best of intentions and discovers something about the partner that would have precluded marrying them if that trait had been known up front. "Difficulty" is not always fixable, and there is no virtue in suffering solely for the sake of maintaining a broken situation. "Love is only love until it's gone," I once wrote in a song.
  9. I always though "Hocus Pocus" was a fun song, but now I'm in awe - didn't know that the yodeler is also the keyboard player. That is not easy to do (I know, because I used to play keyboards and sing). On the subject of modern art, I'm actually a fan (faves include Lawren Harris. M.C. Escher, Salvador Dali, Gustav Klimt and a few others). Not a fan of lazy art such as blank canvases or silly-ass "installations" with random objects strewn about haphazardly.
  10. My feelings on marriage: It is a human institution, not a divine one; however, I grant that many people see it as having spiritual aspects. Marriage vows are a contract between two individuals. Any action that violates the terms of the contract (e.g. infidelity) automatically nullifies it, and then it has to be renegotiated from that point forward. It is at the sole discretion of the aggrieved party to decide whether it's worthwhile continuing with the relationship. Falling out of love is a valid reason to end a relationship. If you can't bring all of yourself to the marriage, if your heart isn't in it anymore, if it feels like an increasing burden with no reasonable prospect of improvement, ending it is probably kinder than hanging on for years and years. If you don't want to get married, don't. Don't take those vows unless you intend to keep them.
  11. No, the technology just has to detect something rather than nothing. It doesn't have to be "objectively true"; it just has to be plausible. (As things stand now, I'm utterly baffled why anyone over the age of 5 or 6 actually believes the arrant nonsense in the Bible - it's always seemed more than a bit "off" to me.)
  12. We need some sort of testable evidence. Without it, we have absolutely no reason whatsoever to believe you. To convince us, you have to meet our evidentiary standards rather than yours. Science has developed instruments capable of detecting signals that human senses cannot perceive. We can't hear radio waves, but they're there. A similar advance in god-detecting technology is required.
  13. My exposure to Vietnamese culture doesn't extend much beyond phở, bánh mi and sweet, strong coffee, but when I saw the name Quan The Am Bo Tat I knew immediately that it was the Vietnamese name for my all-time favourite Bodhisattva Guanyin. I'd be more likely to see her, too.
  14. My first thought: A soaring bird (something like an eagle rather than a dove or other small bird). Second thought: Broken chains and shackles lying in a pile. No ancient symbols spring to mind at the moment.
  15. Trust your gut on this one, ZenPaladin. If the idea of going to see your father fills you with negative emotions - feeling of dread, anger, queasiness - respect that and don't go. This person threatened to kill you, and you owe him nothing.
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