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#31 NightHawkSniper

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:19 AM

The sense of freedom, yet we really aren't free.


You either have freedom, or you have security.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:22 AM

"cherished beliefs of the majority of the planet" what a crock...LOL...what an absolute crock.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

I didn't go on a long-winded tirade explaining how foolish the cherished beliefs of the majority of the planet are.


I cherish science, but then again being different from the majority is a good thing.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:34 AM

The defense rests.


"If fifty million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." - Anatole France
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Well I tell you what Heretic..if Tim Tebow becomes Terry Bradshaw I will shave off all my hair, convert to Christianity, go into the ministry and become a preacher.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:53 AM

"If fifty million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." - Anatole France


"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."
- William Shakespeare


"He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know."
- Lao Tzu
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 10:57 AM

"If you put a phrase in quotes, it becomes universal truth."

- Lockout Casualty

Edited by Lockout Casualty, 23 January 2013 - 10:57 AM.

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"It is the Parliament that’s supposed to run the country, not just the largest party and the single leader of that party. I guess that’s a criticism that I've had and that we've had and that most Canadians have had for a long, long time.”

 

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:00 AM

"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."
- William Shakespeare


"He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know."
- Lao Tzu


"Just because I don't care, doesn't mean I don't understand." - Homer Simpson
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Well I tell you what Heretic..if Tim Tebow becomes Terry Bradshaw I will shave off all my hair, convert to Christianity, go into the ministry and become a preacher.


#38 ronthecivil

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:45 AM

A better question would be what's rational really.......
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:17 PM

"Quotes/aphorisms are the personification of original thought." -- Me (<-- That's sarcasm btw, for the people that need it spelled out for them.)
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

Religion



If this is the definition of affection:

Affectation (n): the act of taking on or displaying an attitude or mode of behavior not natural to oneself or not genuinely felt

Then no, religion can't be an affection for it is "natural":

http://www.nytimes.c...yt&emc=rss&_r=0
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:07 PM

If this is the definition of affection:

Affectation (n): the act of taking on or displaying an attitude or mode of behavior not natural to oneself or not genuinely felt

Then no, religion can't be an affection for it is "natural":

http://www.nytimes.c...yt&emc=rss&_r=0


Ok...how many "false" Christians make themselves a nuisance (WBC, etc) while hiding behind bible verses et al...displaying an attitude or mode of behavior (self-righteousness) not natural (hopefully) to oneself or not genuinely felt? I hear people yakking ALL THE TIME about how a "true christian" would never act like that (insert scenario here, whether it be claiming god told them to murder their kids, picketing funerals, holding homophobic signs, etc) so the "false" christians are almost certainly guilty of an "affectation".
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:21 PM

Ok...how many "false" Christians make themselves a nuisance (WBC, etc) while hiding behind bible verses et al...displaying an attitude or mode of behavior (self-righteousness) not natural (hopefully) to oneself or not genuinely felt? I hear people yakking ALL THE TIME about how a "true christian" would never act like that (insert scenario here, whether it be claiming god told them to murder their kids, picketing funerals, holding homophobic signs, etc) so the "false" christians are almost certainly guilty of an "affectation".


I agree with that.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:29 PM

To expand on the ego thing, I think the idea that we matter or are at all relevant in the grand scheme of things is silly. We're hairless apes on a mote of dust whirling through the vast great nothingness. Nothing we ever can or ever will do truly matters in the grand scheme of things. When we die, all that is left is our memory, and shortly after even that will fade. Yet we delude ourselves into thinking we're important. We're some bigshot because we have a big house or a fancy car. We're important because we hold some title in some organization. We matter because lots of people know our name.

Still, I can see why people believe it. The realization that your entire life is irrelevant is depressing, to say the least.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:34 PM

To expand on the ego thing, I think the idea that we matter or are at all relevant in the grand scheme of things is silly. We're hairless apes on a mote of dust whirling through the vast great nothingness. Nothing we ever can or ever will do truly matters in the grand scheme of things. When we die, all that is left is our memory, and shortly after even that will fade. Yet we delude ourselves into thinking we're important. We're some bigshot because we have a big house or a fancy car. We're important because we hold some title in some organization. We matter because lots of people know our name.

Still, I can see why people believe it. The realization that your entire life is irrelevant is depressing, to say the least.


Wow...things I thought other people were only thinking. Right on. :)
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:36 PM

In the end, we are all alone, which is why being true to oneself is all important ..
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:37 PM

^^^ Pretty much what I meant. Also our continuing belief that we are individuals and independent is a direct result of the ego. There really isn't any evidence of that except in our own minds.

/ You know what's sillier than religion?

Arguing about it.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

^^^ Pretty much what I meant. Also our continuing belief that we are individuals and independent is a direct result of the ego. There really isn't any evidence of that except in our own minds.

/ You know what's sillier than religion?

Arguing about it.


Know what's sillier than an argument about religion? 10,000 threads about gun violence. A religion debate actually seems refreshing right now.
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:45 PM

You either have freedom, or you have security.


What is your definition of freedom ?

What is your definition of security ?
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 02:46 PM

^^^ Pretty much what I meant. Also our continuing belief that we are individuals and independent is a direct result of the ego. There really isn't any evidence of that except in our own minds.

/ You know what's sillier than religion?

Arguing about it
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The Real war is not between the east and the west. The real war is between intelligent and stupid people.

Marjane Satrapi

tony-abbott-and-stephen-harper-custom-da

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.

Aldous Huxley.


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Posted 23 January 2013 - 04:15 PM

Homosapiens


Nailed it!!!! .. pretty much makes the point moot .. B)
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Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:29 PM

What is your definition of freedom ?

What is your definition of security ?


The difference between being able to show up at an airport and board a plane over waiting hours and hours just to get into the airport then board your plane.
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