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Art is not a plaything, but a necessity, and its essence, form, is not a decorative adjustment, but ...
brentan comments on Nov 17, 2019:
I think she's on to something. I must admit I don't know her. Art is the expression of the imagination, an act of creation, in the works of William Blake. It comes across as Platonic where forms are concerned, I suppose. Blake described his imaginary characters, who personify the struggle for victory over the forces that keep us mentally imprisoned in a type of Matrix, as 'giant forms'.
I have NO idea what that means.
brentan comments on Nov 17, 2019:
It's really ugly-looking too.
Zero tolerance policy
brentan comments on Nov 17, 2019:
God no!
Typos have consequences
brentan comments on Nov 17, 2019:
That's very witty!
".
brentan comments on Nov 17, 2019:
I'll bet she's always in the kitchen at parties.
Found in the wild.
brentan comments on Nov 17, 2019:
You'd laugh if you were Able.
Not doing this
brentan comments on Nov 17, 2019:
That guy looks like me. I must give it a try.
I bought my friend an elephant for his room.
brentan comments on Nov 16, 2019:
That's very clever!
True story.
brentan comments on Nov 16, 2019:
I couldn't say no!
Burn baby burn....
brentan comments on Nov 16, 2019:
Ouch!
I am so sick of my father atm.
brentan comments on Nov 16, 2019:
Time to move, I think, if it's possible at the moment.
Bill Ward - Once This Was A Road (new song by original drummer of Black Sabbath) [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 16, 2019:
Sounds like the American equivalent of English Richard Dawson. I don't know what to make of either of them.
So two blondes are having Starbucks in San Diego and one says to the other” which do you think is ...
brentan comments on Nov 16, 2019:
"When you get caught between the moon and New York City, I know it's crazy, but it's true...."
And I mean every single word of it.
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
There was no slice of the pie for altruism.
I'm sure many of you are aware that Secular Buddhism is a movement, but I didn't know till now.
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
I'm not on FB. I just want to say I think spirituality is going to be perceived and accepted as a secular thing as time passes.
Fact – Kevin Bacon’s existence in the universe makes it physically impossible for any dance, ...
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
So long as he doesn't do it in those red underpants.
Replace the Bible with a centerfold, and the man would ask, "What are you?
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Mama says "if you can't say something nice......."
Baaaaad jokes -
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
That's sad but at least it's phonetically correct. This might be very important on some level of existence.
Your bus is here.
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
LOL. On time every day!
Another day another dollar.
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
I Got Plenty O' Nothin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwmyJAEnz4s
I serve people and during the holidays I always say happy holidays but yet some people get very ...
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
I say 'Have a Merry Christmas' because that's what *they're* celebrating.
“Re-vision – the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a ...
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
While valid for women, it's equally valid for all sorts of individuals, races and peoples who have experienced life as other and lesser.
Had a bad week.
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Self-medication.
There have been times, lately, when I dearly wished that I could change the past.
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
That's a good one! Welcome to the forum!
Crosswords...
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Tree down might help.
Isn't that what they say about God?
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
No wonder Jesus gave up the trade.
WTF........
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
That's a lot of wood.
Oops dont think kids will like that
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
Your blanky won't help you now!
The Friends of Voltaire, Hall wrote the phrase: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to ...
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
I'm reading a little book called Another Life To Live by Theodor Kallifatides. He is Greek and has lived in Sweden for fifty years. He says Voltaire meant speaking truth to power and not insisting we can use freedom of speech to denigrate the culture and beliefs of different ordinary people.
“I’d be more willing to accept religion, even if I didn’t believe it, if I thought it made ...
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
I think the very same way. Imagine if it had made people nicer. What a world that would be!
A woman get cheated by on by her husband.
brentan comments on Nov 15, 2019:
This shows the two different types of wisdom - sophia and phronesis. The woman thought she was hearing sophia but the monk was offering phronesis.
Company Sells Pills That Make Farts Smell Like Flowers And Chocolate... [anonews.co]
brentan comments on Nov 14, 2019:
Luckily, I've never needed them!
Shortcuts to success cut short success!
brentan comments on Nov 14, 2019:
That's a pity!
I'm not convinced any are "good" but I suppose it's all relative...
brentan comments on Nov 14, 2019:
That lawful neutral sign reminds me of this in Proverbs 25: 21, 22 If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.
Is there anything more American than this?
brentan comments on Nov 14, 2019:
Maybe he didn't get a toy.
Two antennas got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent!
brentan comments on Nov 14, 2019:
I think that's how it should be! I hope they were always on the same wavelength.
You go Stephen
brentan comments on Nov 14, 2019:
If you were to take a look at Galatians 5:22, 23, you would see a list of virtues that are exactly the same in name as human virtues. The idea was that these godly virtues were expressions (fruits) of holy spirit so they were theoretically more potent and stable than their human equivalents. When I was religious, I never understood how Christians, in general, never managed to demonstrate ordinary virtues, never mind their supernatural equivalents, and in the end I had to give up on it as a fantasy. So I believe there are only our human values and we better make the best of them if we want to make life more pleasant for ourselves.
The last of my Canadian songwriter’s winter theme.
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
That's a gem!
Two engineering students were walking across campus when one asks, "Where did you get such a great ...
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
Sheldon & Co. The Big Bang guy misses a big bang.
Too early for the war on Christmas so we have to start a new one....
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
I think you could lose a lot more than a turkey dinner if you gave up Thanksgiving.
This past summer I did about 250 miles of the Camino de Santiago, much/most of which followed the ...
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
I would be delighted if I could handle walking 100 miles. Somebody, if it's not done already, should write about a possible relationship between religion and drugs. It is accepted, I think, that shamanism was not just about perceiving the supernatural but entering that state to gain information and coming back when the job is done. Maybe, like a lot of Catholic sites, San Diego de Compostela has an earlier pagan past. Anyway, I would love to see the place and take in the vibe, and then travel the extra 87 kms to Finisterre in Portugal to try to capture that primitive sense of being at the edge of the world.
Been there Barney
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
So long as you never let the water run.
They tell me Jesus Christ for my sins but I am pretty sure he forgot to cover the shipping and ...
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
It's like we are shopping items and JC is the warranty but we have to pay the return postage ourselves.
Cute pupper
brentan comments on Nov 13, 2019:
That's a dour-looking dog. Bark would be a criticism.
Is this money well spent?πŸ€”πŸ˜
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
I've been questioning the purpose of my own stiff willy for some time now.
Next to Leonard Cohen, my favorite Canadian Musician is Harry Manx; [youtube.]
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
I really enjoyed that!
This is as far as I'll delve into country.... [m.youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
That was a very nice surprise!
Yah me too
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
I would enjoy the extra food.
🎼🎹 Everywhere u goooooo 🎼🎹
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
Understandable cynicism.
Is she even out with a male relative though?
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
Technology can help you live in the 7th century.
A boy was assigned a paper on childbirth and asked his parents, "How was I born?
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
Stork-raving mad (OK, that was awful).
Good point.
brentan comments on Nov 12, 2019:
And not necessarily in that order, if you're Jeffrey Dalmer.
It was meant to be.
brentan comments on Nov 11, 2019:
Now that's just mean - and very funny!
A good reminder... you only have control over yourself!
brentan comments on Nov 11, 2019:
I must admit I like the idea of giving people a good ass-kicking when they deserve it but I accept we would all be going around with sore bums.
Today's humanism certainly has several roots, and the free thinkers of the Enlightenment are only ...
brentan comments on Nov 11, 2019:
“Man has no Body distinct from his soul; for that called Body is a portion of a Soul discerned by the five senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age.” ― William Blake That's close too to Kant's idea of the a posteriori, experiential side of our cognition. The other side is a priori and both work together to create knowledge and experience. A lot of people are disappointed with their bodies. They see them as inferior and causes of sin. It's a pity because it means we view ourselves as cerebral creatures who are in a fallen state because of our bodies. I prefer to think the opposite: that we are human animals who have progressed in a wonderful way over time. Human animals have very basic bodily functions and desires and I think the trick to get the best from our dual-makeup is to use our brains to modify our behaviour so as to answer our bodies needs and wants in a responsible way.
I like this one.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
I wonder what it's really about.
Neil Young - Tell Me Why [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
It never gets old.
Matthew 10:5-6 (NRSV) - These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go ...
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
I wonder what James and the other apostles thought about that. We get told in the Bible that they were very annoyed about the circumcision issue but nothing is said about disobeying Jesus' instruction about the ministry
Expect some shrinkage when exposed to cold
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Disappearance, even.
... or President of the USA ...
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Maybe brevity really is the soul of wit (although I'm sure wit meant intelligence in Hamlet).
The Who - Substitute [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Great song! Keith Moon seems to have a very unusual way of playing the drums. I never noticed that in all these years. See what you think.
Ouch, right for the jugular!
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Miss Piggy is a terrible bitch.
I'm trying to start a chewing gum recycling company.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Very witty!
And at that age, poopin' ain't easy either. :P
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
He couldn't beat the gays.
“Being kind is a matter of altruism.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
In Shakespeare's plays, nice always carries meanings like fastidious, subtle, finicky, scrupulous. That fits well, i think, with etiquette.
No matter howπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ€£πŸ˜…πŸ€£
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
And others pay good money to have their carpet removed.
I agree .
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
And you can sing along or dance to the rhythm.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TI8xPw2aQA
A lot of pornstars are probably people who tried to break into regular acting, couldn’t, and ...
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
So I wouldn't have a sex life if it wasn't for Hollywood rejecting actresses.
I'd rather be a tiger.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
He wanted to give his all, not just 10%.
Welp, that's true.
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Justice for Grouts!
Actual Motherfucking Snake Found on Actual Motherfucking Plane
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
That's motherfuckin' awful!
Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
That's a very nice song. The lyrics are very clever. I only knew the version by Steeleye Span. I wouldn't have expected it to be one of Traffic's songs.
May be worth checking out
brentan comments on Nov 10, 2019:
Back to a more advanced age.
Company Recalls Tammy Lahren Sex Doll Because Its Mouth Never Stops Moving - Alternative Facts
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
Artificial intelligence returned under warranty. Not fit for purpose under the Sales of Goods and Services Act 1992.
Oh that religious crazy train just keeps rolling along, even though it went off the tracks a long ...
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
I'm 99% sure there's nothing in the Bible to suggest this weird idea. Maybe it comes from Islam but if not, I think they must be making it up themselves.
What are your moral "feelings" :::::Infidelity?
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
My morality on it is the effect it has on the children. Who comes first?
Siri? SIRI!?!
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
Bill....he wouldn't hurt a fly.
Listen up, triggered lady
brentan comments on Nov 9, 2019:
He was just a good guy trying to help.
Hitchens and Lane Craig: Another of Hitchens' best summations. . . .""Does God Exist?
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
William Lane Craig is interesting because not many Christians can defend their faith as well as him. I think if we look at the logic of faith as circular, Lane Craig is first class at expounding that inner logic.
THE SONG OF NAMES: [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
That's it. I'm in!
..........
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
LOL. I really don't get that one.
My cousin’s rock band from New Hampshire: The Greenlights.
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
I really enjoyed the musical interludes and the verses, but I found the 'choruses' a bit rough. But to be fair, I am an old fart!
What makes america not so great. Aron Ra [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
I really enjoyed that!
This is about right
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
It must be the 2% rule.
Suddenly chocolate peanut butter lost its appeal…
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
That's so cute!
An important message
brentan comments on Nov 8, 2019:
It's good to be told something you need to know in a private manner.
Must be pretty bad...
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
She looks so sad!
How come nothing on disability? We exist
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
Welcome with wheels on!
I hate spiders!
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
Dot's not a spider.
fascinating! [atlasobscura.com]
brentan comments on Nov 7, 2019:
It must be hard to throw off the influence of Bishop Ussher. I like listening to Graham Hancock talk about civilisations that go way back further than 4004 BC. In James DeMeo's book Saharasia, he gives evidence for a great desertification that destroyed civilisations that thrived before 4000 BC.
Is it Peter's Church?
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
My guess is it's Paul's Church.
The universe may be conscious, say prominent scientists - Big Think
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
I've been intrigued by this concept since I read Rupert Sheldrake's book on morphic fields years ago. I never thought it would gain gain traction. Thanks for the link! I really enjoyed it.
not as trite as it may sound -
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree. Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow. - William Blake
Was thinking of a spectrum not of belief but more about how we proceed in the moment.
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
I heard on a YT video recently that Plato recommended a sense of wonder as the basis for anagoge (spiritual growth) while Aristotle argued wonder was the basis to answering questions about life. It made me think of Einstein and his sense of wonder that seemed to embrace both ideas. The poet William Blake argued that the concept of a mechanical universe and the never-ending measurement of the universe was destroying the wonder of life. He understood wonder as the human imagination growing in power to become vision. For him, there was no God other than mankind when it lived with vision. That vision certainly gave meaning to his life and perhaps that is what this is all about whether it remains earthbound or ventures into the supernatural.
This study makes me think I've been a bit too hard on people afflicted with religion.
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
It gets complicated when the victims behave like bullies. This happens in many situations, like mentally ill people abusing those caring for them, and people in socially-deprived areas behaving violently towards other people. I find it easy enough to care about people until they start threatening me.
Does anybody else see the general timbre here of late being of battle lines being drawn up of ...
brentan comments on Nov 6, 2019:
There's quite a lot of venting. I accept many people have been hurt very badly by religion. I think I'm very fortunate that even though I have huge respect for the Bible and the Judeo-Christian culture and often voice it, I get very little negative feedback from it. Fingers crossed we continue to read opposing opinions in a friendly way!
Just some pointers
brentan comments on Nov 5, 2019:
I'm ready now to text in confidence. Without even using Grammarly. Slipping in that bit about Epstein raised a smile.
These words came to me.
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
William Blake would be proud!
Christians often equate atheism with satanism, but atheists don't believe in a Satan either, so are ...
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
Maybe they would justify it by saying 'he who is not for me is against me'.
This apply to you too
brentan comments on Nov 4, 2019:
LOL. Where recognition probably meets avoidance.

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