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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Katzpur, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. OutOfTime

    OutOfTime Active Member

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    attention you:

    my new username is 'exploding trousers boy'. and i'm addicted to...
     
  2. Majin Buu

    Majin Buu Warlock

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    Hello,
    I live in sunny Southern California, I am a vegetarian and I too love pets. Hiking and surfing are also two of my favorite hobbies along with classical music and Darkness.
     
  3. ayani

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    hey! my name is Grace / Ayani.

    i've been gone for a while, and hopefully can be on more often... I'm a Christian, and i've recently gotten married.

    God bless you, and it's good to be back!
     
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  4. dawny0826

    dawny0826 Mother Heathen

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    HI! It's so good to see you back and congratulations on your marriage. :foryou:
     
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  5. lunamoth

    lunamoth Will to love

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    Grace!!!! : hamster :: hamster :: hamster ::dan::hug:

    Congratulations on your marriage!

    Blessings,
    luna
     
  6. ayani

    ayani member

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    thank you thank you! hampsters! he's a dear, good man, and i am deeply blessed.
     
  7. lunamoth

    lunamoth Will to love

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    I'm happy for you, and good to see you back. :yes:

    Is he the person you were seeing before you left the forum a while back?
     
  8. ayani

    ayani member

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    yes! that is him. the Christian fellow from India. :hug:

    squish, Miss Luna! wonderful to see you, too. yay!
     
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  9. badger

    badger Hwít éoredmæcg

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    I have returned from a period of wandering, complete with a new (to me) belief system.
     
  10. MSizer

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    Hey, my name is michael. my wife and I have 4 cats, 4 ferrets and many fish. We're vegans. I'm passionate about moral philosophy. I dislike theology. I work in IT, but I am transitionning into a career in writing and photography. I am a huge fan of the philosophy of peter singer (he is rigourously detailed and critical in his thinking). I was born into a catholic family but abandoned those traditions back in my teens.
     
  11. .lava

    .lava Veteran Member

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    nothing to say about me but i might answer your questions if you had any.

    i....((((MIGHT)))) :yes:



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  12. MSizer

    MSizer MSizer

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    Do you live in a part of the world where muslims are majority or minority?
     
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  13. .lava

    .lava Veteran Member

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    i am from Istanbul/Turkey. Istanbul is very cosmopolite city with over 11 million population. Muslims are majority in where i live and in its Eatern side, on the Western side non-Muslims are majority, like in Greece, Romania, Bulgaria..



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  14. Katzpur

    Katzpur Not your average Mormon
    It's My Birthday!

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    You're from Istanbul? Cool!
     
  15. Jayhawker Soule

    Jayhawker Soule <yawn> ignore </yawn>
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    Social liberal and fiscal conservative
    extensive involvement in the Civil Rights / Women's Rights / Anti-War movements of the 60's and early 70's
    union militant and Trotskyist in 70's and early 80's​
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    long-time atheist and religious naturalist
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    Deep and abiding interest in biblical and Jewish studies
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    Prefer Gould to Dawkins, E.O. Wilson to Sagan, and Mazar to Finkelstein.​
    Good with kids ... enjoy ballet and theatre ... love to travel ... intolerant of pretense ... atrocious at sports ...
    Enormously fortunate to have the wife and family that I have!​
     
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  16. dust1n

    dust1n Zindīq

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    Ok, after a couple weeks of pondering - I decided I would try this out. I normally do not like to reveal or talk about myself until the question is asked; then I'm completely transparent (I apply to this to real life situation as well.) Feel lucky - I like this forum:

    My name is Dustin. I grew up in the military at a young age and lived a couple different places before really any consciousness manifested itself in my mind (everything before 13, despite a few really vague memories and the ability to roughly talk, is what I would imagine the non-consciousness we generally have characterized in dogs.) I moved to the outside of Pensacola on the onset of adolescents and basically have (lived IN Pensacola for a bit) all the way up until me now - turning 21 in a few days. I would say that I love Pensacola, but I know I'm not really capable of loving a particular location - only certain events and circumstances do I find myself actually loving, and that wouldn't be fair to give the location their credit.

    My life has been a strange one indeed - an absurdity I just happened to wake up into. When I was in kindergarten - I was put in an experimental class with 2nd graders; I was placed in a 'gifted' class all the way to high school. I learned to hate school - it was too easy, not engaging, and boring - the school boards requirements were obviously a soft indoctrination into a life of contempt apathy, my feelings would be dictated into trivial, illogical relationships and my love guided towards consumer products (what I later learned to be called 2nd level education - one that increases until level 5).

    I was also a black sheep amongst children. That is to say, I did hang out with children, even in groups time to time, but I found myself out of place - in a different loop. When my parents divorced at the age of 13 (and all the crazy details in that) I began to fall even more out of sociability. I will say, that I never believed in god since I asked my Dad since 8, but somehow got caught up at a youth rally (on my school grounds; Pace High School - sued by two students with the help of the ACLU for infraction of religion and state, thank god.) Some somewhat popular Christian band played, and at the end, that good ol' fashioned if-you-are-saved-raise-your-hand...-if-you-are-not-saved-come-up-here-and-pray-blah-blah speech we have all accounted sometime in America. At the time, being very lonely and friendless, a couple of friends from class were present, was extremely vulnerable to just be told, "I was saved." Because I was crying heavily (as if you only reason you cry is from a lack of God), I became somewhat convinced of what I was being told. I attended for 2 years, made friends, decided to get baptized after a year. It was mostly just a social event - somewhere to hang out with people I knew and thought I was funny. I didn't know that this was going to be the avenue of some of the most important revelations in my life. Exposure to the questions of morality made me, myself, question morality. I began to see the hypocrites, a kind of 'not good enough' atmosphere. I found my first love in this time period, I lost my first love in the same period. Jesus could not save me from the depressing realities of the human condition - the patriarchy, the apathy to the world, the self-indulgence, what it truly meant to hurt. I grew liberal progressively; began to read books - Fahrenheit 451,1984, A Clockwork Orange.. digest concepts minutely. 1 day, I thought of the contradiction of free will. It was of my perspective, that an omnipresent God could view the exact detail of path in my life, and make me according. My free will was subject to God's creation, myself interacting with my environment actually like he knew I would. I grew numb, distant, depressed - Thus begun the unset of my childhood identify crisis. Where I had previously through out time mistaken identity for the environment I was in, I had now learned that the identity is something eternal. Me being personal and honest with me. It didn't last long before I found some stigma, or something ****** up about the situation I was in. Near the end of my high school - I found out that it was true identity I was always missing, one self reliant, independent, nurturing and gratifying. Ever since has been an adventure- a world where one can truly experience the chaos of the world. A slow progression of exposing my own ignorance to myself.

    I've met a girl, and my world really changed - it was what I waited for - someone who really like me for me and vise versa. The judgments were made in pure observation of each others characters, something we got specialized out more everyday, and our judgment reflected this. I have to say it is exhilarating, constantly learning about yourself and another person. We dated for a year and half - then she moved to go to school in Miami. I got a job down there shortly after, quit my job here and prepared to move down there, but my drug test came back positive. Those 2 weeks of traveling of back and forth with all the **** going on was absolutely soul crushing - but everyone knows 'soul crushing' makes for the best artistic fodder.

    I have a few good friends that I would die for.

    I went to UWF during my senior year in high school, and became very interested in philosophy - particularly metaphysics and aesthetics (I learned to love them all). I will say, that the only two things I found worthy of studying was science and art.

    I love art. All art - the true human expression.

    I started playing music in church (bass), and moved up to guitar. Began to play in bands around town, (all sorts of music) slowly picked up the rest of the instruments I encountered. I still play music and am working on a solo acoustic album.

    I love reading - I try to stay disciplined on how much I read - I tend to punish myself when I let my mind stagnate. I began writing poetry, and then began working on other things. Short stories, and I'm working on a screenplay, a graphic novel and a documentary about the military industrial complex; hopefully they will all be done in two years.

    I love art; though I am terribly bad at it and rarely attempt, I do love going to art museums (the best is the Erotic Art Museum on South Beach) and to local galleries; I do occasionally try to make something - I have all the supplies.

    I love watching movies, a great art medium to convey large complex ideas, I did work on one before it went out of production (PA).

    I have learned to love theater (ex was an actress), and have really enjoyed reading a lot of plays, but rarely get to see any. Also, really have enjoyed ballets.

    Generally, the more original and truly inspiring concepts in the art, the better.

    My philosophical beliefs tend to align with the absurdity perspective. That is to say, there are questions that are deeper than our understanding (God, objective morality, purpose, etc.) that are unknowable, and thus irrelevant to the human, who only experiences a relative perspective of the world. Speculation just be just that; speculation.

    Politically, I am an anarchist-communist (aka libertarian socialist); though it is debatable as whether or not it is possible, there is no argument after exploring all options that it is the philosophical ideal of existence - near perfect utopia - where equality and personal liberties live as one, and thus, I acknowledge the validity of the ideal. I do not vote in the American political system - it is a joke and not even worthy in participating in. I tend to go towards the left in decisions, but really dislike the majority of legislation and 'representatives' from either side - they are in it for the career. I am extremely against the slow privatization of every single entity in existence since Reagan's office - And I also extremely against war, which has historically been unjust, ruthless slaughtering of civilians that happens to make the elite extremely wealthy.

    Statement to the Federal Court, Cleveland, Ohio, upon being convicted of violating the Sedition Act (18 September 1918)

    Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind then that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; and while there is a criminal element, I am of it; and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free.

    -Eugene Debs


    I am interested in mainly every scientific or artistic subject - particularly anthropology, politics, sociology, psychology, etc.

    I'm basically a factotum and have trouble keeping jobs due to the unbearable nature of work.

    I am going to school again to be a physical therapy assistant, work for a year, and moving the **** out of this country.

    Um.. I don't know what else to say? If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
     
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  17. ChildrenOfMen

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    Lol, I guess i should really wait for a while Haha.
     
  18. LyricalDutchess

    LyricalDutchess Chi-Alpha Daughter

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    I joined in July of last year. And never looked at it again until today. So today was my first interaction with people. Young black christian woman who longs to do music ministry full time. Im married, and i find this to be the best religious forum ive been apart of.
     
  19. tumbleweed41

    tumbleweed41 Resident Liberal Hippie

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    OK, all about Tumbleweed...

    Raised in eastern Oregon.
    Joined the Air Force in 1985.
    Lived in England, Germany, Egypt and Canada.
    Left the Air Force in 1990.
    Cook, baker, pool and spa service and repairman, bartender.
    Former Southern Baptist Deacon and Youth Leader.
    Left the Christian religion at the age of 30 after questions led to much study and research.
    Registered as Deist Minister in Colorado.
    Love to brew my own beer.
    Other hobbies include religious study, scientific studies, reading fiction, and camping/hiking.
    Married to the same sexy lady for 20 years. Four great kids, one gorgeous granddaughter.
    Donated to a wonderful Lesbian couple two years ago. Now the godfather to a beautiful little girl.
    Politics: Socialist Democrat.
     
  20. dust1n

    dust1n Zindīq

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    Good timing.
     
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