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    I have indeed left rural settings in order to...

    I have indeed left rural settings in order to pursue both educational opportunities and employment opportunities not possible in a village or small town. I've also had the chance to return to a rural...
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    Poll! I didn't know that; my grasp of this part of...

    I didn't know that; my grasp of this part of history is sadly thin.

    If I may twist the terms 'evolution' and 'creation' a bit: What matters most to me is the creation that we ourselves make by...
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    Important! Poll! I think abortion is a damn silly contraceptive...

    I think abortion is a damn silly contraceptive and a poor choice. But the risk of (US) government intervention is far riskier. This simplest solution is also the best: if you find abortion to be...
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    Poll! Two things come to mind: First, I never...

    Two things come to mind:

    First, I never understand why a theory of evolution has to stand contrary to a belief in a created universe. If someone holds that god created the universe, it's perfectly...
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    Yes, more ad hom, more obfuscation, more...

    Yes, more ad hom, more obfuscation, more painted-on mystery, still no evidence. Genug.
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    Neither does a claim to the 'self-evident' or...

    Neither does a claim to the 'self-evident' or 'common sense' protect one from self-delusion or empty promises.

    What evidence have we to discuss or are we stuck with only a string of book titles,...
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    "self-evident":doh In point of fact, what I...

    "self-evident":doh

    In point of fact, what I am trying to do is bulwark the discussion against value propositions (like "mere profane" and "self-evident") and empty terms (like "absolute...
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    Yet Winter is not dead at all! Hiking in what we...

    Yet Winter is not dead at all! Hiking in what we wrongly call "the dead of winter" does not reveal death so much as the tenacity of life. To sit in snow, in silence and watch wildlife stir after...
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    I suppose there are underconfident people who...

    I suppose there are underconfident people who only hang out with the like-minded; they must be rather sheltered. I don't find it at all unusual that one might continue some sort of relationship over...
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    It is not beyond the natural, it is beside it;...

    It is not beyond the natural, it is beside it; beyond admits of a value that is not justified. In any case, it is discussed and apprehended by subjects, so it can never be experienced except as a...
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    Welcome, indeed. I hope you find good discussions...

    Welcome, indeed. I hope you find good discussions and interesting people here. I certainly have.
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    Your post: "Meditation is the art which mirrors...

    Your post: "Meditation is the art which mirrors death," hence, my notion that this is your definition of the art/exercise/practice/activity/devotion... (I did not use the qualifier "mere" as you...
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    Best wishes for every good in the coming year!

    Best wishes for every good in the coming year!
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    This is all one can expect from people who are...

    This is all one can expect from people who are more devoted to their dogma/doctrine/religion than to the divine these things purport to represent.

    It's interesting to me that neither of these two...
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    I think you'r equivocating the term "know."...

    I think you'r equivocating the term "know." Principles allow us to infer, but in the case of what happens after death, this is, at best, a 'preponderance of evidence' exercise.

    Even if one...
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    All we need to do is inform the Hasidim (and...

    All we need to do is inform the Hasidim (and others of that rabid fundamentalist ilk) that they've painted a heathen symbol on their stuff. That contentious bunch will do far more ass kicking to...
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    Credit...or blame :D

    Credit...or blame :D
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    Why couldn't a fantasy writer be a true artist?...

    Why couldn't a fantasy writer be a true artist? Isn't every artist engaged, in one way or another, with creating a reality different from the immediate one?

    Not sure I saw exclusively christian...
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    On the one hand, it's a rock, so no big deal. On...

    On the one hand, it's a rock, so no big deal. On the other, folks have given the rock an important meaning, so, if you're someone who has so given it meaning, it matters rather a lot.

    What's...
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    Poll! This is not so obvious as it first seems....

    This is not so obvious as it first seems. Choosing (A) depends on what the something is that s/he talks about. Choosing (B) depends on whether you think that romping a prostitute is good or bad/moral...
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    Important! Poll! This is C. S. Lewis' reason for calling...

    This is C. S. Lewis' reason for calling friendship "the least necessary love" and, therefore, uniquely precious. He notes that the distinction b/n friends and lovers is this: lovers are constantly...
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    There is a distinction to be made between an...

    There is a distinction to be made between an individualized entity (a 'soul' for example) that is immortal--it continues in its existence after physical death and the selection of that soul to...
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    The scriptural quotation is fascinating, but, as...

    The scriptural quotation is fascinating, but, as is often the case in mystical texts, rather fraught with ambiguity--that is, it admits of more than one correct interpretation (or, perhaps it is...
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    Important!  WE are the wind. WE are the change. :ansuz:

    WE are the wind. WE are the change.

    :ansuz:
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    Welcome, indeed. I too must confess complete...

    Welcome, indeed.

    I too must confess complete ignorance of Armenian native faith and hope I'll learn much from you.
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