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    Greek language; archaeology; books; musing about life, the universe and everything.
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    Former Christian, now (for want of a better description) Hellenic pagan; married into a fundamentalist Christian family. My wife has finally walked out of the church. Yippee!

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  1. Well, I don't think I come into the category of the sarcastic or inflammatory, but it's true I've not been around much. The issue is as simple as real life getting in the way and catching up with a backlog of posts being a touch daunting. May be the same for the sarky and inflamed brigade - and perhaps they grew up...
  2. I create that which I see. Whatever that, or any of the above, actually means. As I think I've said before - of this I am sure. Whatever "reality" is - there is likely some basis which is both simpler and more profound than any of us realise.
  3. You mean... like this one...? To be honest the social side of things (in terms of a meeting place like the house in the article) is of practically no interest to me, but I agree, others will feel very differently. Whatever floats your proverbial boat, I suppose.
  4. The point of any holiday is time off work. Just ignore all the b*ll*x.
  5. More to the point, from where I'm standing, there's no way for Christians to checkmate me. They can't find a way to get me thinking their king is mine. I'm mostly smart enough to see the logical fallacies in their beliefs, and I just assert the the reality of how their beliefs are.
  6. The main problem for anyone wanting to move to the UK, I suspect, is that there is a distinct whiff of xenophobia in the air. Brexit is just one symptom, and has continental Europeans primarily in its' sights - the approach of most Brexiters I've come across seems to rather favour the anglophone world, if only in a vague and, frankly, rather daft hope that suddenly we will trade with people half a world away at least as easily as we do currently with our nearest neighbours. The Home Office appears to have the capacity to be obstructive to immigrants, if some news reports are to be believed. If you want to live this side of the Atlantic, I'd look first at the Irish Republic. My impression is that it is a far more open and outgoing country than the UK at the moment. I have looked at the possibility of getting an Irish passport myself, but I can't find any suitably proximate relatives, unfortunately. For me, a little house on the hillside of a Greek island, overlooking the Med and with a taverna round the corner seems ideal. I can even get by with the language. But it now seems a rather more difficult proposition, unless sanity returns. I'm not holding my breath.
  7. I wish you well. If that is your idea of fun, then I hope you get a good laugh. Personally, I think I would do the calculation of the relative hardness of the wall and of my head, and decide not repeatedly bashing the latter against the former is the best available headache remedy. Seriously - your biggest problem might be avoiding this turning nasty. Your relative is unlikely to find your questions "fun", unless you present them very carefully indeed - but not being challenging would rather defeat the object..
  8. So, that was Thursday. This is Sunday. Was war declared?
  9. Speaking from the standpoint of regularly saying to the boss words to the effect: "You can give me more to do if you want to do so - but I'm not working evenings or weekends and I already have a backlog, so just tell me the order in which you suggest I do all these things, and which ones to ignore for now", I would echo the thought that, if they are prepared to pay you for drinking coffee, good luck to you. I am considering also the question possibly of reducing hours in a couple of years' time - but that will be linked to my age and my determination not to spend time in full time work all the way to my retirement. If I go that route, and am told my job is full time only, I'll be informing the powers that be that their choice is not whether I work full or part time, but whether I work part time for them or for someone else. I agree, however, there is a lack of imagination as to the best way to keep productivity up and absence down. I have noted an increasing tendency to greater managerial arrogance this last year or two. Fortunately, I'm, nearing the position where I don't have to put up with it at all, and am already able to say "no" with a reasonable degree of confidence.
  10. Mrs E and I have just returned from a trip to a care home to visit her elderly aunt. The undeniably sad part is that she is immobile (her legs don't work any more) and is in a home largely geared towards dementia patients, despite being sharp of mind herself - not ideal surroundings for her. But... This elderly aunt, a long-time fundamentalist Christian of the "old school" (no television, never go to the cinema, no entertainment beyond singing a hymn or two, wouldn't allow a pack of playing cards in the house - you get the picture) was very worried the other evening when the activities at the home involved a magic show. She was also very relieved when she found an excuse to go to her room instead. "After all", she told us, "you never know what people are dabbling in, do you?" Well, stuffed rabbits, bunches of fake flowers and a couple of top hats, probably. Though I don't think my suggesting that has altered her fear of conjuring tricks at all.
  11. I suppose the question is whether synchronicity is just a coincidence, if you see what I mean...
  12. I have a theory that advancing years and the attendant financial, family, professional etc responsibilities that go with it result in a mind that is too cluttered and busy. I find it increasingly difficult to get the background thought process to shut off.
  13. I've known Christians who take what would be, in their terms, the brutally logical approach. Those who know nothing of Christ are condemned because they are sinners, and sin is a matter of human responsibility. I suppose that view may have the "merit" (note quotation marks) of greater scriptural consistency than the "god will let them in anyway" approach. Then again, it does not explain quite how this can be justified in terms of a "loving" god. I suppose it depends on which part of an internally inconsistent worldview the individual believer is most comfortable ignoring.
  14. You can speculate endlessly as to what this was. I tend to the rather practical approach of "might be this, might be that; either way it's an experience and an experience is a thing and is a reality, regardless of its' source". So, what "really" happened, whether in any one instance or, if a general explanation is capable of formulation, overall, is probably less important than what these experiences mean to you. Regardless of whether you see this as a voice of your own consciousness or something external, regardless of whether you see it as hallucinatory, psychological or something else entirely, the point remains that you had these experiences then and you don't now. That tells me that, potentially, you have the capacity to tap into a highly intuitive form of awareness, but the circumstances that permit, or, at least, facilitate that, no longer exist. Can you re-create those circumstances outside of Christian beliefs? I suspect so. Your description of the crystal shop incident suggests that it is possible. It may be as simple as trying to catch the right ambience. Always assuming you want to go that route, of course.
  15. A couple of days back, on a BBC news report of events surrounding the US government shut-down, we were treated to footage of the US president in a room full of his advisors and government colleagues, in a meeting that concluded with a pastor praying for their collective wisdom as they all sat their with heads bowed. At the end, Mr T thanked the pastor, describing his words as "beautiful". In the UK, politics tends to be reasonably secular, with just the trappings of the traditions of the country's Christian past but not, generally, anything like this. I rather suspect a political body that behaved like this here would find its' electoral prospects in free-fall. I found it as disturbing as it was incredible.
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