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Or Kill Me / Re: To a certain breed of atheist
« on: August 16, 2014, 06:02:43 pm »
Valid points, MMIX. In the OP I ignore my own plank while arguing that everyone have planks.

Or Kill Me / To a certain breed of atheist
« on: August 16, 2014, 12:31:11 am »
You're most likely right in believing that there is no God, that homeopathy is bullshit and so on. Those are definitely not the worst beliefs you can have.

But there is something that a lot of you seem to think: That you have reached some sort of point where you can look at the world objectively from. That you having the beliefs you have is completely based on your own rational thought processes and has nothing to do with the culture you live in, the information you've been fed from the outside world etc.

You do have prejudices. You have so many prejudices that it would be a hopeless task to fact check them all. Some of them are useful and more or less correct. Others are just wrong. But you wouldn't be able to navigate this strange world if you didn't have them, for instance if you didn't base how you treat people on ideas you have about how such and such people are. You can never be a blank sheet, a tabula rasa. You probably don't appreciate biblical references (I do! It has some interesting stories in it, and it has formed our culture in ways I doubt you are able to escape, however hard you try), but: You know the log in your eye? That's what you see with.
I understand that you care about having the Right Beliefs, or at least as close as you can possibly get.
You can use as much logical thinking as you want, but it won't help you if you don't have an understanding of context. What ideas and events have influenced you throughout your life, from your parents, the school system, the Internet and what ideas and events have influenced the people you're talking to/with/about?
Finding the time to have the Right Opinions about Life, the Universe and Everything is a privilege, and not very high on the list of elementary human needs. Beyond their physical and emotional needs, humans mostly just need a set of ideas that bring meaning to their life. Religion is often the safest way to get that. Coupled with heavy social pressure, it is also the easiest. And even then: People are more than their religions, genders, genitals, political ideas and favorite music. They're complex, but of course you have to simplify things to be able to engage with the world. Just keep the complexity in mind when you do so.
And remember that it's never an excuse, at least not after the first time.

By the way, you're not the end point of human thinking. You're just recycled half-assed 19th century positivists.

I'm changing old people's diapers for a living this summer. They're evil. But hey, it's work.

I have a question.

In the somewhat early stages of your sex lives, did any of you ever have a difficult time sexing because you were so overwhelmed by the absurdity of it all that you frequently broke into hysterical laughter? or found yourself thinking (possibly even out loud) things like "two of my fingers are in a vagina. people actually do this? this is ridiculous, like, what's up with the world"?

I'm going through that now.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: PUAHate shooting incident
« on: May 30, 2014, 10:14:52 am »
Both my close female friends have been raped. And it has happened to several more who I know and look up to. What was perhaps most shocking to learn about were the reactions they got from their surroundings. For example: Friends who just continued their friendship with the rapist as if nothing had happened even after being told about it, and having promised to confront him.

It makes me angry. It makes me sad. It makes me feel guilty about how I thought about this a couple of years ago.

But also, the fact that they trust me enough to tell me about it makes me reconsider my value as a social being. Makes me think the neurotic, self-loathing part of me is wrong about most things. And that I'm worth more out there among people than inside my own head.

Anyway. The key is to make men listen.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: PUA reaction/info/derailment thread
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:03:41 am »
That "Real Men" thing uses society's fear of deviants as blackmail to make people behave. The implication that such a thing as Fake Men exists is rather terrifying. I've never felt like a Real Man, and I don't think I want to.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Can we get another Cain reading dump?
« on: April 16, 2014, 01:14:38 am »
Finished downloading today. Problem of Punishment is fine with me.

Hi, PD. Do you think it is wrong to have a policy of not having sex with women who don't identify with being feminists? In this world of lots of bad people, I feel it's necessary to set up some restrictions. Xoxoxo, Lenin

There's one problem with that policy: What about women who are feminists through their actions but do not self-identify as feminists?
True. Suppose I'll have to be a bit flexible.

Hi, PD. Do you think it is wrong to have a policy of not having sex with women who don't identify with being feminists? In this world of lots of bad people, I feel it's necessary to set up some restrictions. Xoxoxo, Lenin

Literate Chaotic / Re: Favorite Song Lyrics/Poetry
« on: February 27, 2014, 02:02:00 pm »
WOoOp mega bump!!

Anyway, I have attempted to translate one of my favorite Norwegian poems (by one Hans Børli) into English, for your reading pleasure:

We sit in blue-veiled June eve
and cool ourselves out on the porch
and all we see has double life
because we sense it together.

Look - the forest lake lies shining red
from sunken sunset kingdoms
and shiny as a thing of silver old
is the scream that the loon* makes

And the bird cherry by the fence gate burns
of new-ignited flower clusters
Now they tremble white in a hush of wind
- it is as if something's urgent...

Oh, pull yourself closer to me
here on the kitchen porch!
It is so fadingly short, the time
we humans spend together

*or diver, depending on which side of the Atlantic you're from.

I'm getting increasingly good at Saturday Nights. Last night's Saturday Night consisted of beer, nearly entering some American pop punk band's tour bus by accident and swearing a lot in Hungarian.

Google translate does it pretty halfass:

Come Austre
Come gryande day
came fedre and mothers av
Høgtimbra ætter
Come hanar in Heimar tri

Come allfader Odin
Getting my mother Frigg
Come show vanar
Come utgamle thursar
About frøa is famous
sing the song
as in former lives avla

Ask capable duck
heitir Yggdrasil
Tronar evergreen
yvir Urdarbrønn

Hear me all
Sons ate Heimdall

Statt or upp's Sleep
If only power root
kvasst the eldest
of snakes that
gneg in shallows

Tri Norn I ask
life to the spin
Tri Norn I ask
that life should you twirl
Tri Norns I ask
that life must tie
bind to the roots ... ...

Æsir nornir
visa vanir
Thra valkyrjur
alvar dwarf
Disir völvur
expectant Verges
Google Translate doesn't handle traditional Nynorsk very well  :lulz:

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Internet loneliness
« on: February 12, 2014, 02:23:11 pm »
I don't interact socially on the internet much at all these days, other than to coordinate my social life in meatspace. But that's probably because I've moved to a city that actually has people in it. The rest of my internet social interaction is mostly just shallow fishing for "likes". And maybe that's a general trend, I don't know.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: This is Norway.
« on: January 30, 2014, 04:19:30 am »
The cheese sandwiches are frozen because nothing in Norway is ever not frozen during the winter months.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: This is Norway.
« on: January 30, 2014, 02:53:01 am »
This is absolutely correct and exactly what Norway is.

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