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  1. 5 points
    I will have to find my approved footie pjs as I sleep in as little as possible....don't wish to scare the children.
  2. 5 points
    Where's the casino? I heard there was gonna be gambling and booze. How are we supposed to dress?
  3. 4 points
    If this was written by advanced beings. This shouldn't matter at all. One top of the fact that 4 of these ethno-linguistic groups are genetically the same. Why would this be relevant to "advanced beings"?
  4. 4 points
    The Grand Inquisitors office has announced that they would really appreciate it if everyone was wearing their approved footie pj's (Preferably the ones with the little ducks on them) as they also don't wish to be scared when they come in to "recruit" you... Some of their Ruffians, Thugs and Floggers are a bit sensitive and easily traumatized... The Used Car salesmen not so much...
  5. 4 points
    The new anodes are on and now waiting for blacking. We are still living on it, got some ricketty metal steps to climb, carrying the dogs up and down not easy. Must remember not to through coffee out of window without looking first, last time the boat was out ai threw a bit of coffee out and the guy was ditectly under the window, he saw the funny side of it - eventually, like 2 days later
  6. 3 points
    ^This is the most weirdest description for the Dopamine Reward System I have ever seen.
  7. 3 points
    Similar if not exactly the same as the god idea.
  8. 3 points
    I was thinking the same thing. Subconscious Thoughtform to keep the cycle of belief going.
  9. 3 points
    Good comments about this. Perhaps you were spared because of the good you accomplish with your writing. These stories are common, each deeply unique and powerful in how they change the lives of those who experience them. My life has been changed and saved more than once. peace mark
  10. 3 points
    Well, if you reject the existence of spiritual senses, then my analogy is failed in your opinion, absolutely. But it would fit into my analogy, seen from my point of view. If you would entertain the idea of spiritual senses, then they are quite like other senses, only not that limited to an physical organ - or even the body. Please note that I'm not trying to tell you what's the ultimate truth, I'm merely telling you what it feels like from my point of view. It's hard for me to believe when people claim they never experienced anything remotely like spirituality, both the need and the realisation. Maybe people expect the Heavens should open or something theatrical like that? No, it encompasses so many phenomena that we all (or not everyone, I don't know) experience daily. From prognostic (I won't say prophetic) dreams and feelings to the actual feeling of connection with the Absolute. It's real for majority of people who had ever lived. Why it's so important to ridicule it and make it seem impossible today? (Please note that I'm not defending any religion here!) Is it really plausible that the majority of human kind is mentally ill? Because they feel connected and guided? But what if we are connected and guided? What if the insanity is on the side that wants to deny the reality because it doesn't fit into the strict materialist concept? By the way, I've noticed there's a lot of mistaking religion for faith and vice versa. I'd like to make it clear that I'm not too happy with any given religious structure (business, that is) that we've got in this world today, but it would be extremely insane to reject the obvious existence of the spiritual senses I (among billions of others) have got just because some spiritually stinky people like to hide behind the religion when doing various crimes, ranging from fraud to genocide. I hope you'll notice that my intention is not to preach anything to anyone and that I'm being completely honest, with absolutely no other motive than desire to share my own thoughts with others.
  11. 3 points
    I really like the way you've dissected tribalism and conformity and I think it adds further weight to my previous post, thank you. However, there is one thing here that I wouldn't say I disagree with, but I would call it a slight shift in emphasis: I think the "megaphones" work both ways. From the megaphone side - you've got the agenda that serves a certain purpose - marketing, consumer-culture, trends, whatever else it may be and to whatever end. From the other side - the "listener" side - you've got the diminished ability (not necessarily correlated to "capacity") of the individuals to actually "make up their own mind" about what they are hearing. And I think the latter is of greater importance by far. This is because there will always be someone, or some group, with some agenda, trying to gain some kind of advantage over people or a specific group of people. This has not changed throughout human history. It is people's ability to "filter out the crap", to think as an individual, the courage to stand alone with their opinions, the insight and the self-awareness - that will determine how, where and to what end the "message from the megaphone" lands. This is every person's OWN responsibility. Not everything can be delegated and distributed to the all-pervasive and seemingly always elusive "sinister powers" that hold that megaphone. I see this trend of blame-shifting just as a way of dodging individual responsibility. The existence of these external factors does not relinquish the individual of his own responsibility.
  12. 3 points
    Likewise. My husband is a scientist, but he always says that science is only his profession. In science, especially in R&D, it's important to have an equal measure of both knowledge of existing literature and an open mind. People in either extreme, those who only follow the book or those who are very creative but have poor knowledge of fundamentals - are generally bad scientists. However, I personally don't believe that in search of the ultimate truth - science will be the "method" that will take us there. Even with the best model, the best technology, the most advanced whatever - we will only get closer - but never close enough. And I argue that this is because the final missing piece of that ultimate truth is that little piece that each and every one of us has to discover for ourselves. And we don't need to wait for science or any other school of thought to "catch up" before we can find our own answers.
  13. 3 points
    That's funny because that's what I see depression as (a constant feeding on negative thoughts). My life is sucky too. Some of it is through my own, but a big part of it is living in a world with people that have their heads in stinky places. This has kept me down, and even ruined opportunities for me. Maybe it will get better, but most likely not. I have a few more tricks up my sleeve to keep going. I can understand where you are coming from, but only you can stop feeding yourself the negativity. It's keeping you from coming up with solutions. No God, or magic power is going to do it for you. This you know, but being stubborn about it makes it worse.
  14. 2 points
    Well, it certainly shows many aspects of his writing style. English comp wasn't his strong point. So prove he didn't. Why would it even be relevant except for somebody who wrote a book pointing out it affects intelligence. Especially the racism. I'm reading them now.
  15. 2 points
    To say I sin means I am free, so it allows further growth. When I do something self-destructive it wounds me, when I do something unloving to others, it wounds both of us. To say I am a sinner means that I have the ability to open up to grace and grow. God is love, we still struggle. Even if we do not know why we do 'sinful' actions, it still hurts all involved. Like in the life review, we each will have to experience all that we have done, both good, loving, and bad and cruel, and experience it as those we brought forth joy or pain Love demands that we grow, expand, and learn, we cannot do that unless we also understand. Just as we show mercy to each other, which is often not deserved, so god free gives mercy to those who understand that they need it. Life-Review: One of the common experiences during a near-death experience is a brief or extended cinematic view of one’s life. Seeing our connection to others and seeing life through the vision of another person is a powerful lesson. During my life review, I saw into the hearts and minds of people I had not known very well. In life, I had judged them as not particularly interesting for a variety of superficial reasons. During my life review, I clearly witnessed that a good heart and spiritual connection made these people very beautiful and precious to God. I learned from that one scene in my life review to connect more frequently with people around me and to see people’s hearts, not their outward appearances, their accomplishments, their money, their charisma, etc. For instance, wealth can be a tool to bring more goodness and prosperity to many people, or it can be used to use and manipulate others. There is nothing negative about accomplishments, money, or power, but the heart matters more. Just like the line in the song “Desperado,” it is important to remember that “The Queen of Hearts is always your best bet.” The same applies for the King of Hearts. My life review was quick and zeroed in only on what I should learn and what I could do better in life. I judged myself and my actions mainly because I could see into the hearts and minds of others and observed my limited thinking. God seemed to be guiding this life review and let me feel what I needed to feel from these scenes. I understood that people I had written off had love and concern for my well-being, and I wished that I had been more open and kinder to them both in my thoughts and in my actions. I saw that God sees our hearts much more than anything else.https://triciabarkernde.com/2017/10/31/the-life-review-in-a-nde/ According to the website www.nderf.com, there are four categories of life review descriptions. “NDErs categorized them based on 1) how the life review physically happened; 2) content; 3) aftereffects; and 4) other. Many described the life review like a re-run of a play, a film, or watching it on-screen. Others commented on the content of the life review. NDErs generally noted that they were the ones who judged themselves. During the process, they saw the good, the bad, and cause and effect of their choices. Many reported that they had a review of feelings, rather than a review of events. Some say that their review consisted of feeling others reactions to their earthly actions. The other large category were the aftereffects. Not only did participants state that it was important to love and help others, but they also indicated that their relationship with God/Jesus was more important to them. NDErs appreciated life more, and stated that it was important to have a sense of purpose. The smallest category was ‘other’ in which NDErs reported not learning anything or they had a life review but couldn’t remember it.” (Quote taken from www.nderf.com)
  16. 2 points
    If the child is stupid, yes. You're not stupid, you could notice already that you're not helpless anymore. You can hit back now. Unless you like the role of eternal victim. By claiming someone else screwed you up and there's nothing you could do about that, you're only showing incredible mental laziness. Someone else's fault, the world should cater to you then, there's no god since the world does not do that. Ha! Interesting idea, but it doesn't work, since none of us is the centre of the Universe. You also didn't notice I'm not trying to tell you there's god, especially not a god made into image of perverted people, I'm trying to tell you there's more than materialist concept suggests, because that is the prevalent conclusion among other humans, based on their experiences, not theories and dogmas. Mostly agnostic as I am, I'm not sure if we really can get the exact picture of the true existence while in this life. But it doesn't matter really - what matters is the feeling of purpose, hope, the learning and growing. The higher power I'm aware of is not some bearded middle easterner sitting on a cloud, being mean to people to satisfy his sadistic desires. That image of god was made and perpetuated by sick people who had zero spiritual awareness. Atheists, if you will, because only an atheist could abuse the idea of higher power to suit their lowest needs. I'm trying to tell you that in my experience, this life is tough and weird and frustrating... but it does make sense and there's all the hope you'll ever need. It seems to me that we are here to solve the problems, to prove our humanity, to learn, to grow in strength and understanding, of each other and the existence in general... we're here for so much more than eating and ****ting. It's all right to complain. I complain a lot too But sometimes, we can do something too. You can do something, you can start living your life now, instead of agreeing to relive your childhood until the day you die. That's... bizarre. You didn't like it, of course you didn't, I didn't like mine either, but I wouldn't ever let it dictate my whole life. It's my life, it does not belong to the people who wronged me. By the way, you don't trust billions of people who sense and allow the possibility of spirituality, but you do trust the 'geniuses' who came up with the theory of human personality being irreversibly formed in the first seven years of life? Really? I'm walking proof that their theory is wrong, or that it has exceptions at best.
  17. 2 points
    LOL, my faith is not separate from who I am, nor is God some sort of abstract idea for me.....thanks for reading and commenting my friend. peace mark
  18. 2 points
    I like your mind, LA This topic, though, deserves a book, more than a blog post. It is huge and the deepest need of the world today, IMO. We need a lot of healing to even wake up to what real love is. SO much can be said about this...my God.
  19. 2 points
    It is difficult to get unbiased feedback from people you know. That said -- this is a conclusion I've reached by myself. Aside from the opening scene, no-one else has read the second one. I'm at this strange place, where there's still a large gap between what I'm able to write, and what I think good writing is. It's getting smaller, though. This one was better then the first one, and hopefully the next will be better than that.
  20. 2 points
    I think the mid life crisis is a tool of evolution. Taking stock at the half-way point to make the necessary adjustments is wisdom itself. Problem is, many people just upgrade their possessions or spouses so they can mindlessly re-invigorate the path they were already on. Not wisdom. Best of luck to you, WCF. I think you're being very wise.
  21. 2 points
    I’m turning 40 in a few weeks. Yes I suppose it is a mid life crisis. I have always liked what I do, but honestly the prospect of moving into my 50s and never doing anything else seems a little frightening.
  22. 2 points
    Wonderful and scary times :). Enjoy every moment of it! Good for you.
  23. 2 points
    Massive fires really do take on a sense of personality, like some hurricanes also do for me. Each one is a different personality. I am doubtful they literally are alive and intelligent, however, I am also not certain we have an inclusive enough definition of what it is to be alive or intelligent. All our science knows is what we are and what we need and that is not complete. Maybe they are alive to themselves, maybe not. They certainly are awesome events.
  24. 2 points
    Thank you LightAngel. Of course, self-love is needed. God loves us because we are made in God's image and likeness...no interior journey is really possible without that, knowing we are loved in an infinite manner. Peace Mark.
  25. 2 points
    Very well written! The God you believe in must be proud of you. I mean this in the kindest way possible, I'm not being sarcastic. As you already know, I always enjoy reading your thoughts even though it makes me feel like a closet Christian. Hmmm what about self-love?! Shouldn't that also be a part of the healing process?
  26. 2 points
    I like the old days...
  27. 2 points
    If you can turn your depression into art, then you will impress me! By the way, I really love this song:
  28. 2 points
    When it comes to that – and it really does come to that with the businessmen of religions – it sickens me too. But I think there are people, here it is Mark, who simply offer their honest observation, here that observation is from Christian perspective. And I think it's one very true observation. No career or addiction will love you back. Not every person will love you back either, that's true too, and that's exactly where the challenge and the path are. We'll probably disagree about significance of Christ, but we can probably agree that we have to put some effort into anything we choose to achieve. And it's our free choice. So I'd say it's a good and proven advice up there. It's not Mark's (or Christ's) fault that people often don't like to be reminded of these facts – it's our choice and it requires effort.
  29. 1 point
    Oh my goodness!! So glad you and baby are doing well. It sounds like you went through such a difficult time. Sending good vibes that you continue to heal!!
  30. 1 point
    Ah..ok. Thanks for the clarification. :)
  31. 1 point
    The cops and courts in my city are fairly no-nonsense, even though we have a Democrat mayor at the moment. They won't let the few antifa and blm members that tried to wreak havoc off with a slap on the wrist. We haven't had to put up with the crap other cities have. I feel for the people that have lost everything because of their government's stupidity. It's heartbreaking to lose everything you've worked for your entire life. Not to mention being arrested and vilified for defending it.
  32. 1 point
    This is a very positive message, my friend! It doesn't matter what people believe in because it's all about the mind/soul! My point is this - I'm not a Christian, but we still agree about the important stuff. I especially like this part "It is up to us, the people, not our so-called leaders" I couldn't agree more!
  33. 1 point
    Spartan Max2, have you ever been in therapy yourself before? And if so, did you talk with a therapist about any past traumatic experiences you may have gone through? Or did you mostly talk about other things with the therapist instead?
  34. 1 point
    I would think that each of us is unique, so is our relationship with God, and God with us. Thanks for your comment. peace mark
  35. 1 point
    Thank you for sharing that. I've seen hundreds of Videos of Biblical quotes of the Pestilences over the past few months. Yes it's very true that these diseases and plagues are to take effect prior to the Second Coming, which is another reason why the Second coming takes time before it happens to keep with prophecy. I "recommended" your reply also. Anyone reading this, please also note that their are many more Biblical verses verifying plagues and pestilences in the end-times than what is quoted in this video. Further replies and sharing of that element is welcome, as I may not cover that area in my blog, but I welcome others to play a roll in sharing that information; thank you.
  36. 1 point
    Jujo-jo, this psychiatric technician in the mental hospital told me that he was seeing a therapist for his mental health issues...clinical depression, to be more specific. But I see what you're saying, Jujo-jo.
  37. 1 point
    I think for me it’s a matter of how tired I am. If something happens in the morning, I barely react. But if it’s later in the evening, I’ll yell at myself for something very minor that just happened to occur when I was at some mysterious, unknown tipping point. Early one morning I started my coffeemaker, then went about my business. I’d forgotten to place the carafe under the filter basket, and by the time I walked back into the kitchen the water had overtopped the filter and spread coffee and coffee grounds all over the counter. It didn’t even faze me. I cleaned up the mess and later that day I wrote a funny story about it on Facebook. The room I sleep in doesn’t have a heater vent, so on cold nights I turn on the electric blanket a couple of hours before I go to bed. One evening I went to my room to turn on the blanket and saw that I’d forgotten to turn it off that morning. I yelled at myself. (YOU IDIOT!) Then I thought, “Whoa, where did that come from?” What a silly thing to scold myself for. I guess I was just at the point where my tired, overworked brain could no longer handle any more silly mistakes.
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  39. 1 point
    Thanks, I like the saying "do it anyway". Peace Mark
  40. 1 point
    Our human compassion is one of the best things about us.
  41. 1 point
    The danger of any communication is that there is always a discrepancy between what is being said on one side and what is being heard on the other. And in many cases - it is precisely this discrepancy, this shift in understanding, that makes for interesting discussions. However, this shift can also, obviously, go in another direction - leading towards discord. It is of utmost importance that both the source and the destination of the message being communicated are - ready to receive, open to understand and generally constructive towards communication even though the message may end up being disputed. It is this openness to communication that is the fertile ground for exchanging ideas, regardless what the messages are and whether the outcome is agreement and disagreement. However, if some minds are set on purposefully (even though maybe not always consciously) misinterpreting the message even before it has reached them, inciting conflict and offering insult - then there is very little anyone can really do to dissuade such minds from their intended purpose or steer them away from their course. In my posts about the state of mankind, about its "discontents", I speak of man as part of nature regardless of how he behaves. Man is within the paradigm of nature, both biologically and philosophically, regardless of what he does or does not do. Speaking of it in this sense - the subjugation of man to nature is through association, not through hierarchy - but he is then as subjugated to nature as his own organs are subjugated to him. If a man produces a car, a computer or a baseball bat - those items are now also by association - part of nature. In anything that man does - he is natural. Even in his arrogance - he is inseparable from nature. Therefore - it is impossible for me to criticize man without simultaneously criticizing nature and vice versa. With all this said - my post was merely observational, imparting neither praise nor criticism. However, as neutral as one desires to be, to refer to the beginning of this post, one can't control how he will be perceived by someone else. And quite often, the negative coloration of a message is imparted by the listener and his own projections even though it was not intended at all by the speaker. If I was to say that any particular sentiment should be ascribed to my original post - then it would be that of love, fortitude and courage that I think is every individual's task to find in this life. At least - this is what I have found to be true in my own life.
  42. 1 point
    Thank you for sharing your experiences. So many are afraid to share and/or ask questions. You provide do many details that so many people need. Much love to you my friend and thank you for sharing your experience!
  43. 1 point
    If you were a MP in the army from 1973 to 1986, when did you have time for this?
  44. 1 point
    What is your problem, exactly? Leave Mark alone. He obviously doesn't want to use 'report' button, but I will.
  45. 1 point
    I just saw this: Rupert Sheldrake - The Science Delusion. Very inspiring!
  46. 1 point
    Which bands? I think i have seen most of my favourite bands some i've missed for some reason like New Order and Morrissey, The Cult and some is impossible to see unfortunately like Joy Division or Siouxsie and the banshees, The Clash,
  47. 1 point
    I have only seen them 92, 96, 01, 08, 16 :-) they were not so good 2001 saw them at the Arvika Festival just after seeing The Mission :-)
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  49. 1 point
    Not just the idea. The actual strength. Actual little 'coincidences' that are not coincidental at all, the actual connection between people (and animals!) who care about each other... it's all higher power manifesting itself so we can notice it too. Including you and me talking, what more of a miracle could we ask for? We can talk, explain what's going on inside our heads to each other! Of course, it's so natural so we don't usually stop to think how miraculous it really is. I understand the idea of god can terrify you because of your *adjective* grandmother, but you're smarter and stronger than holding on to her perverted image of god. We don't know what made her the way she was, but she was wrong. Completely wrong. She shaped her image of god after her own disease. The Universe is - of course - indescribably more than that.
  50. 1 point
    Spite? There was that time in my life when I was living simply out of spite. No, really. Of course, you're probably not that spiteful but I'm trying to illustrate how weird it can be, what weirdness can be that 'the point' for someone, at certain point of their life. I'm much better now, now I live out of morbid curiosity Seriously Truly, I'm not you, but if I were you, I'd ask myself what was that particular disappointment that threw me into that nihilist phase. And I'd spite myself out of it. Because it works for me. What works for you, that's what you have to tell me. But there must be something that can break that almost depression you're in.