Interesting points. We definitely have some very ingrained needs that, when they're no longer being met in the traditional way, we watch them on TV. Michael Pollan pointed this out about cooking. The packaged food industry has taken over much of our cooking, and yet we love cooking TV shows. We used to weave cloth, but we don't watch people weave on TV. His argument that there was some primal need for it--the actual act of cooking, that is--that we are no longer getting. Now, I cook plenty and still love cutthroat kitchen!Skidoosh wrote: I talked to an undertaker who observed that Americans would like to forget death existed if they could. There are no longer funerals but instead "life celebrations."
And yet when I look around in the media we can't avoid a fascination with ghosts, demons, and the supernatural. I think there is something inherently within us that won't allow us to let it go.
To me, all of these things you mention happen internally. They're part of your mental framework for the world, and by all the evidence I have, this framework is serving you well. You are a positive influence to those around you, and you generally make decisions in line with your values, and are thus generally happy. Your concept of a god fills part of this framework, and may very well be a necessary piece for you to operate, even sans an organized religion. However, there are plenty of people incorporating religion/god in broken frameworks, and there are plenty of atheists/agnostics with perfectly functional frameworks. My philosophy is insensitive to the framework you use, I'm merely concerned with the how that framework guides your actions and attitudes. Are you living in line with your values and having a positive influence on the world? Great! You may very well pray to a magic sack of lima beans that you think is guiding your destiny, but hey, I've go no complaints.Bloke wrote:I don't have a religion but I remember all the basic teachings of my childhood and I try to live my life in such a way that may please God. I pray daily but only to give thanks for all the priceless blessings in my life and to apologise for my daily sins and I never to ask anything for myself lest God sees me as greedy or worse still ungrateful. I ask for knowledge of Gods will for me and I ask him to do with me as he sees fit. It works well for me and saves me worrying. I do however ask His protection of all my loved ones and I ask him to forgive their sins and to love them.
Surely it must be easier to live your life as though God exists and find out later that he doesn't, than it is to live your life as though God doesn't exist only to learn he actually does?
I'm never without a ZDP Manbug I've had blessed by the Pope specifically for the purpose you mention.SpyderEdgeForever wrote:Which Spyderco knife would be best in cutting into an evil snarling spirit?
It is bad but evil is not a power, only a lack of power. What I am saying is that when you say evil you seem to think of it being the end point of very, very bad. Above bad. I am saying , so what ? It is evil & only bad, but we have the tools to be all over that so that it has no power over us. Not a thing to fear or ascribe power to.tvenuto wrote: In plainest possible terms, my question is: if evil isn't "bad" then what's the point of worrying about or avoiding it,
Spyderco don't make the knife, but we who believe in Jesus do have it in our collection.SpyderEdgeForever wrote:Which Spyderco knife would be best in cutting into an evil snarling spirit?
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