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Storm last won the day on February 19 2016

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About Storm

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    I was a Christian for the majority of my life. I became really frustated by the church and its "teaching". I was a blind follower for a long time. I have realized many truths and they weren't found in the bible. I am learning a lot about myself and how I hope to live the rest of my days. Its a lot of hard work, but I am enjoying it for the most part.

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  1. BAA

    I also have to agree with you. He left an indelible mark on my life. I never met him, never even saw him, have no idea what he looks like and all I know of him is words he typed on a screen, yet he impacted me so much. It's profound to think that someone I know so little about has helped me so much. I think of him every time I log in.
  2. BAA

    Wow. Words fail me now. I'm shocked and saddened. I enjoyed our conversations and I learned so much from him. I enjoyed the way he challenged me and my way of thinking. His attention to detail and how he carefully crafted his posts and responses will forever impact my way of participating in these forums. Rest in peace, Mark. You'll be missed.
  3. Fair enough. I see where you are coming from and I agree. However, your thinking is likely to be nothing more than a pipe dream. I think we may just have to take it on a case by case basis and try and see the big picture. Your scenario would be the ideal one, but, I suspect that just working with his specific situation is all we may get the opportunity to do.
  4. I have seen all the headlines about how sickened many people are about how the congregation stood and applauded this guy after his confession. I have to admit that I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, this guy did something very bad and he basically got away with it. And while I think he has some remorse, it likely is more because he got caught rather than he regrets that he did it and his "reputation" is taking a hit. So in some ways, I see his "confession" as a damage control issue rather than an attempt to actually make it right. That being said... I also have a viewpoint that we shouldn't be defined by our mistakes. We all have lapses in judgment and we've all done stupid shit that would likely get us in trouble if we lived in the spotlight and people scrutinized us accordingly. While I think he needs to do more to pay for his crime (such as jail time or a conviction, which probably won't happen due to statute of limitations on this incident) I also think that he needs to be allowed to move on from his life and not be defined by something that was obviously a bad decision. I find it likely that his sharing that it hasn't happened again since is probably true, so I don't think that he should be defined by that. But another thing that I want to say is that while I think its easy to look negatively on the congregation standing and applauding after his confession, I think that he should be applauded for admitting he did it, instead of cowering and denying it. While I question his true remorsefulness, the fact that he openly admitted it in public is a good thing. And it should be something that happens more often. We should support people who make mistakes and we should help them move forward and make things right and help them find peace. Our society wins if this happens. I am not saying he doesn't deserve to go through the public shame and deal with the public opinion of him being a prick back then and doing something shameful. The victim in this case deserves her moment to lash out at him and to be upset with him. and he should take it. He should get what he is getting for a time, but then the healing process needs to begin. Just my $.02
  5. Woo Hoo! 666 upvotes! I have officially arrived :58:

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    2. LogicalFallacy


      Lol... that is awesome. What are you going to do now that its 667? :D


    3. Storm


      Happily reminisce about the good old days! :)

    4. Geezer


      Congrats. Hitting 1000 is the next big milestone. 

  6. Well, considering I was in Junior High 30 years ago, I suspect she's been "conquered" and "plundered"...
  7. It is stuff like this that constantly reminds me that life is so incredibly complex. Its so easy to see things as black and white and maybe a little gray in there. But its mostly gray with some black and white. More than anything, I simply miss the social aspect of Christianity. I couldn't care less about the religion itself, but I miss the sense of "purpose" I used to have when I attended church. That old feeling and the desire to have it again in my life is pulling me very strongly. I am contemplating a return to attending church, but I am still really struggling with how and why I am even considering it.
  8. So, based on this response, you're also saying that I might still get to go on a date with Jenny from my junior high school?
  9. Its nice to know that God and the Holy Spirit are consistent. In the past, I prayed to them over and over again and never got answers, and then I comment on this thread asking a question and I get ignored again. I guess its true that God never changes.
  10. God or H.S: Is Omnimpotence a word? Because if not, can you will it into existence so we can add it your list of personal attributes?
  11. Opioid Crisis vs Alcohol Non-Crisis

    Over time, yes the pain relief wears off as tolerance builds up for those who deal with chronic pain. Part of the difficulty with pain pill addiction is that it becomes a mental thing after significant tolerance builds up. The person taking it uses the pills as a crutch and as a way to be able to function. In sort of a placebo effect mentality, they start to think and believe "I can't function without the pills". And while the pain may still linger after the tolerance builds up, simply knowing that they took the pills, or have the pills to take, creates a perceived safe feeling. But then after a period of time, the doctor decides that its too dangerous for the patient to continue taking the meds due to the tolerance and the high dosages, so they take the prescriptions away. This often leads the clients to start seeking the pills on the street, or to go to heroin, which is easier to get and generally cheaper to buy. Once they are buying the street drugs or using heroin, their addiction levels are pretty significant and this makes it difficult to get clean. The withdrawal from opiates is intense for a lot of people, and oftentimes people will continue to use simply to avoid the withdrawal more so than to relieve the pain or get the good feelings. This is why medication assisted treatment is popular. Methadone clinics help people "step down" from their high levels of use while avoiding the withdrawal symptoms. But one significant problem with these clinics is that they are often "for profit" businesses and its in their best interest to keep the people on the methadone as long as they can so they can make money. Thus making them legal drug dealers, more or less.
  12. Opioid Crisis vs Alcohol Non-Crisis

    When it comes to much of the stuff I comment on in these forums, I am but an average Joe. However, this particular topic I am actually qualified to talk about. I work professionally as a substance abuse counselor. I took psychopharmacology classes and addiction theory classes. I spent numerous hours learning how and why people become addicted and how I could help them to become clean. I earned a degree in addictions counseling and I work with people everyday who struggle with all sorts of additive behaviors to all sorts of addictive substances. I can tell you without any hesitation that not one of my professors ever made any reference to your claim that opioids are any more addictive or any more powerful than any other drug of abuse. The only thing that they ever emphasized about any particular drug, is that alcohol was by far the worst drug due to the fact that its the only one that can kill you from withdrawal. I also know from personal experience, having worked with addicts for the better part of 11 years, that what you're saying is not true. There is nothing unique about opiate addiction. I will say that the "addictiveness" and the strength of any particular substance is completely subjective to the person who abuses it. Everyone reacts differently to substances and their experiences and their biological reactions to the drug are different. Personally, I have no positive reaction to any opiates, I get no euphoric feelings nor do I ever feel anything other than the cessation of my painful feelings and maybe some sleepiness if I take a particularly strong dose. But some other people get very good feelings, a euphoria, if you will, when they take opiates. The same holds true for people who abuse other drugs. They feel nothing when they take opiates, but when they take meth, their bodies immediately react and they get a very pleasurable high. People also withdraw differently. Some people have very ugly withdrawal from opiates, while others have minimal effects. Others have ugly withdrawal from alcohol, but others have little to no effects. The same is generally true for most people when they withdraw from a heavily abused drug. Experiences differ. I can tell you that, of the many people I have done substance abuse evaluations with, people who abuse meth indicate to me with much, much more frequency that they were instantly hooked than people who abuse opiates do. Most of my opiate abusing clients didn't become addicted until after taking pain pills for months, or even years. Rarely do I encounter someone who tells me that they got instantly hooked on heroin or pain pills. A lot of this has to simply be attributed to the fact that most people go into taking pain pills with a different mindset than people who abuse meth or cocaine or other drugs. When people get prescribed a pain pill, they are using it for a valid medical reason and the majority take the pills as directed and experience a satisfactory return to a workable quality of life. They aren't thinking they are going to get addicted, and they aren't thinking that this drug is going to make me feel good. It is only after they develop tolerance over time and the doctors continuously increase the dosages that it begins to become a problem. People who abuse meth for the first time usually have only one goal in mind: to get high or get energy or to lose weight. Their confirmation bias makes them more likely to react to how the drug makes them feel and they often get hooked much faster because of this. All drugs work on neurons the same way: causing them to fire. The only difference is what receptors they activate and how the neuron responds. And while opiates mimic naturally occurring neurotransmitters, other drugs that are not opiates do the same thing. Other drugs stimulate the neurons to produce abnormally high amount of neurotransmitters. But all of them end up stimulating the pleasure centers of the brain either directly or indirectly. There simply isn't anything special about opiates that makes it more powerful or special, as you claim.
  13. Opioid Crisis vs Alcohol Non-Crisis

    Alcohol is often used as a coping mechanism and a stress reliever before it ever reaches the addiction stage. Most people who consume alcohol do so to "unwind" after a hard week of work. Its also a way to let loose and have fun, or to just get some type of escape from the stress of life. So, while the social aspect is there, it also is used for other reasons prior to the addiction stage. Secondly, while most people do take opioids as a legit prescription prior to them abusing it, there are some who simply do so because they are intrigued as to how it may make them feel or because someone they are friends with or their significant other abuses it. No prior script involved.