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The US Supreme Court has sided with the baker who refused, on religious grounds, to make a wedding ...
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I'm not bothered much about the cake issue. Mostly it was about gay activists targeting fervent Christians. And it's not about the cake, it's about what goes on top. Having a socialist tendency, I never thought I would be happy to hear 'let the market decide'. I never heard of the decorations, such as two guys kissing, being sold separately. Maybe they are. That could help too.
The man Jesus can also be accused of hatred for the Jewish leaders, or maybe it was jealousy because...
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
It's true that Jesus gave the religious leaders verbal lashings and could be violent towards furniture. He seems to have friendly relations with some religious leaders and we can infer how well he got on with Joseph of Arimathea. He hated hypocrisy and the way religious tradition had perverted the spirit of the law. Having said that in defence of Jesus' dealings with the these guys, I also feel sure it is a myth and was used to check rebellion in Judea.
Any poetry suggestions?
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
This is my favourite poem. It’s by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Margaret gets her first sense of decay as the trees ‘unleave’ in autumn. The poet thinks about how she’ll encounter decay and death in more profound ways as she goes through life. He finishes with the thought that the bottom line for young Margaret (who I think must stand for all of us) is that she has had the first inkling of the sense of her own death. To a young child Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! as the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By and by, nor spare a sigh Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie; And yet you will weep know why. Now no matter, child, the name: Sorrow’s springs are the same. Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed What heart heard of, ghost guessed: It is the blight man was born for, It is Margaret you mourn for.
Any poetry suggestions?
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
To me, it reads like an archetype for Saturday nights after the pub. We read all about it in the Sunday papers. Well, perhaps not all about it. The emotional distress, family breakup, betrayal are suffered privately.
Do you feel that the current trend in universities being/having a "safe space" is detrimental or ...
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
"You want to be safe - stay home with your mom" - Jordon Peterson on safe spaces.
Do you read Tolkien? C. S. Lewis?
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I would like to read C.S. Lewis because I'm always interested in religious conversations and many references are made to the arguments in his books.
How are you different from most people ?
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I'm probably somewhere on the autistic scale, the Asperger Syndrome. There is no way for an adult to test for it in my country so I'm just guessing. I'm honest and not tactful, intelligent but not clever. Old age has allowed me to remove myself from society apart from necessary dealings, but nonetheless I keep an eye out for more solid contact.
Reasons to Remain Single
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I was married for 25 years. I'm separated now. One of the really nicest things I enjoy about being single is reading in bed at night, with some music playing too! On a different but related issue, what about the MGTOW guys who have renounced relationships with women? Between Incels and MGTOWs, it's becoming a strange world.
Is anyone else on Goodreads?
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I'm on Goodreads too. For a long time, I've only gone on the site accidentally, thinking it a book store. But for some reason,it knows the last book I was reading. Perhaps I was a bit intoxicated because I really enjoy having a drink and reading. The site says not all books are being displayed in the read section but they are working to fix it. In my case, it only shows the last book I was reading. We all seem to have very different tastes but sure, not send me your profile. Mine is Swords Shakespeare.
Sometimes life just throws a big pile of shit at you and then laughs.
brentan comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Family can be a big disappointment and still we expect so much from them. In Dante's Inferno, he puts betrayers in the lowest circle of hell.
Ladies: I’m curious.
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Even as a youngster, I always wanted to stay clean down there. In a family of six boys, it seemed very odd indeed that anyone might ask for anything more than toilet tissue. But I never felt ‘right’ without more protection. When in my late teens, I finally got my mother to consider purchasing serious hygienic products for me. I liked the security of the pad but the tampon had a little ‘je ne sais pas’ that felt good inside. When I went to college and met more people outside the family circle, I discovered that pads and tampons were for women and my need for inner cleanliness called for different solutions. I still sometimes blush at my innocence but I must admit I miss the tampons.
Can you name the next president?
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I keep reading about this young whippersnapper from the Kennedy family.
Here is a question for men: how do you react to a woman crying?
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
1. Recognise that tears validate everything she says 2. Accept blame if possible 3. If you are not to blame, offer to beat up the offender 4. Try to turn the situation into an opportunity for sex
Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? | HuffPost
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
The apostle Paul laid out the reason for the lack of wise ones in the faith at 1 Corinthians 1:26-30: Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. The odd thing about this is Paul himself was very intelligent and he practically gave us Christianity as we know it today. In my years as a Christian, I found my fellow Christians to be very proud of their lack of wisdom by human standards. I didn’t find that lack of wisdom by human standards was any indication of wisdom in spiritual matters. Perhaps I shouldn’t make judgment; call it an observation.
A Massive Clue on Pregnancy And The Development of Schizophrenia Was Just Found
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Super! I really hope cancer is next. I wonder, though, will it mean schizophrenia can be cured or be a situation where pregnancies will be terminated to stop the afflicted person coming to be born. That would raise another moral dilemma like terminating pregnancies of children with Down's Syndrome.
The apple didn't fall far from the tree.
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I wish you all the best. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to deal with the addiction. Then to worry about your son's addiction. I hope you stay strong and over time, both of you stay sober.
What Time do you get up in the morning?
brentan comments on May 31, 2018:
I'm not familiar with morning. I read into the night, it just seems right. Recently, I broke my arm and the appointment times I got to have it X-rayed were for times like 8 or 9 am. What a shock to the system to be up at 6.30! And this dream-like sequence I experienced, seeing all these people moving around with coffee in paper cups as if that was a perfectly reasonable activity. I was disturbed by it and I'm going to be more careful in future to avoid accidents because I never want to experience it again!
Does anyone think we will live in a post-religious society?
brentan comments on May 31, 2018:
I think Ireland fits the label. I was a boy in the 60s when Ireland was a very oppressive society. The country has shown signs that it no longer accepts the authority of the Catholic Church, voting not too long ago for gay marriage and just recently for abortion. We are expecting a visit from the Pope in a couple of months so it will be interesting to see how the public react to that.
Are most Canadians Atheists?
brentan comments on May 31, 2018:
I don't know either but I sure would like to know what is fuelling the liberal attitude in the country recently. I tend to think of liberalism as secular values trumping religious values, such as Ireland voting against the Catholic Church in the gay marriage and abortion referenda. But maybe I'm wrong - maybe modern Christians see liberal values as the core of Christianity, loving your neighbour as yourself and not judging so that you are not judged.
This is curiously hopeful! Cracks in the armor of conservative religious society. [patheos.com]
brentan comments on May 30, 2018:
We have a gay Indian man for prime minister. Some people can't make up their minds which is worse! He's a symbol of a real change in thinking in what used to be Catholic Ireland.
Sometimes I want to sound so smart truly then Socrates reminds me how fricking stupid I can be.
brentan comments on May 30, 2018:
I feel very lucky that I can, if I concentrate, understand a lot of what clever people say.
If the Christian god is just, then how can their god choose a group of people (Israel) and say that ...
brentan comments on May 30, 2018:
This is how I understand it. The Jews became God's chosen people because of the special relationship He formed with their ancestor Abraham. They never were special in the sense of being better quality human beings. Their own history acknowledges the many times they were anything but faithful to their god. But my dealings with Jewish people (which isn't much, to be honest) convinces me that they truly believe they are special and I find that nauseating. That claim is usually about their intellect rather than anything spiritual.
Richard Dawkins was on Facebook the other day, wishing Lawrence Krauss a happy birthday — and in ...
brentan comments on May 30, 2018:
I think I'll leave the law to deal with Lawrence Krauss. So many people refuse to enjoy good artists - writers like James Joyce, poets like Dylan Thomas, movie-makers like Woody Allen, and of course Krauss with his wonderful book A Universe From Nothing. The singer/songwriter James Taylor once quipped in concert that 'it pays us not to know each other too well'. I accept their art separate from their personal lives.
Summer’s coming.
brentan comments on May 30, 2018:
James Taylor's Summer's Here c/w lyrics
Do you find it offensive when theist think without a belief in god/gods, it’s impossible to have ...
brentan comments on May 30, 2018:
Yes. They also don't seem to realise that many of us carry the core of Judeo-Christian morality with us after we have left religion.
Dawkins with the astute observation:
brentan comments on May 29, 2018:
Richard Dawkins has made a great contribution to knowledge. I read The Selfish Gene and learned so much from it. I tried to read The Extended Phenotype but it was too difficult for me. He comes across as a testy old fart but he was really up against it when he started out. His refusal to bow down to cultural certainties paved the way for many others to follow. Having enjoyed Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens for many years, I now enjoy the proponents of the middle way such as Jordon Peterson and Rupert Sheldrake.
If you could sit down for an hour or two with a writer or two - not necessarily novelists - living ...
brentan comments on May 29, 2018:
Oh gosh, I would love to talk with Dante – about his spiritual love for Beatrice and his feeling that he had lost his way in the complicated world of medieval Florence. Something happened at that time to make him change his muse from courtly love to holding the woman up as a paragon of virtue and salvation, a Christ. I would love to get him to explain about his notion of the logical conclusions of sin which would be suffered in Hell, and why he chose Hell to be freezing cold instead of boiling hot, and to ask did he really believe those evil characters were in Hell or actually resting in peace until Judgement Day.
How’s everyone doing this evening?
brentan comments on May 29, 2018:
Fine, thanks. I got a new book, I'm drinking cider, I'm writing posts and I'm listening to some loudmouth on Paltalk. It could be a lot worse. I hope you're doing good too!
So you can get to know me.
brentan comments on May 29, 2018:
I was very bad at history in school. I couldn't see it as real. I went for historical fiction and I read War and Peace and loved it. Lately I'm either reading or watching Checkov plays. I almost feel sorry for the Russian aristocrats in the plays. I want to read The Gulag Archipeligo some time soon.
It seems like everyone has been exposed to some form of media that has religious overtones.
brentan comments on May 29, 2018:
I like films like The Matrix because they leave you with so much food for thought afterwards. I liked Logan because it seems based in myth. And some of those anime films like Spirited Away. That's a little gem!
I feel this is true for most people who finally open their eyes to reality.
brentan comments on May 29, 2018:
It is liberating to feel you know the hard truth about life. It's hard because it takes away the foggy notion of everlasting life. This life is it. For very religious people and people who were steeped in what seemed like scriptural certainties about the next life, it is a very palpable loss.
(meme) Asking about the size of my ass..
brentan comments on May 28, 2018:
I think it's more important in winter.
Is contentment a mini-death?
brentan comments on May 28, 2018:
The only thing I ever read that might be related to this is the Elizabethan view on orgasm. You don't hear this notion anymore really. I think I heard it expressed in the song 'I nearly died in your arms tonight'.
How about Ireland voting to change their constitution over abortion?
brentan comments on May 27, 2018:
I read that euthanasia will be coming up soon in Ireland.
Do we really need God or religion to tell us what's right and wrong?
brentan comments on May 27, 2018:
I think we need an objective authority to tell us what is wrong. Laws like thou shalt not steal were ideal. Left to ourselves, we can add provisos like he stole it in the first place, he has too much or he is an asshole. Modern legal systems are bad at recognising the injustice caused the rich and powerful. The old Mosaic law condemned the servitude of the poor and used Jubilee years to free people from oppression. America had bankruptcy laws to help those in chains to debt but I think they are gone now. Civil law is probably just as good as any ideal religious law if it deals with the crimes of the powerful.
Some notable quotes on evil: "Hell is other people.
brentan comments on May 27, 2018:
I think that all these quotes have something in common: the evil men do to others, and in many cases, the evil we do to ourselves.. We also have to deal with the harsh nature of being, from illness, traffic accidents to earthquakes. I think we need a 'Be Nice' day all over the world to the value of politeness, kindness, patience etc. in just one day. The apostle Paul asked Christians to adopt this way of life on a permanent basis in his letter to the Galatians. Christians can't do this and neither can we - it's just so very . But we could make an effort.
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brentan comments on May 27, 2018:
I don't want to let my personal feelings about their private lives affect how I look at their work. Too many artists have questionable morals while their work can be terrific.
Hi all! In recovery for 36 years.
brentan comments on May 26, 2018:
That's good to hear. I didn't understand a lot of the terms you used but I got the jist of it. I wonder do they really think you need to believe or is it like soup kitchens where they preach to the needy for a meal. Anyway, it must have taken enormous inner strength to go your own and succeed. All the best for the future!
For The Europeans.
brentan comments on May 25, 2018:
It has been a great opportunity to offload the most intrusive of spammers. The worst offender in my case was Multilotto.
Do you think that the religious are Gullible?
brentan comments on May 25, 2018:
They can't be categorised very easily. I think people try to psychoanalyse them too but I don't think that works either. And what about people like me who used to fervently believe in god and don't anymore? I think the sincere ones are aspiring people who get caught up in group-think. The ones who are raised in a religion are completely bound up in the mentality of family and congregation members. Nonetheless, even some of them find the spirit to question and leave.
How important is your family history or lineage to you?
brentan comments on May 25, 2018:
I would like to know where my family came from. My father got as far back as 1750 and then the trail went cold. I often think of DNA testing to get a general idea but I'm suspicious that they might be telling people any old story because they can't check it themselves.
I shouldn't have to state the obvious, but men on this website who are hoping to date might want to ...
brentan comments on May 25, 2018:
I don't know whether to laugh or not at all the YouTube videos where one person allegedly 'DESTROYS' another person's argument. Even if it were true, and I I've never found the claim to be true, it would be so counter-productive that it would be something like a Pyrrhic victory.
Can you sum up a favorite book in five words? How about time-traveling optician dies again
brentan comments on May 25, 2018:
Dystopian archetypal family reinvents itself - Finnegans Wake
For a great read I'd like to suggest Suzy Hansen, "Notes on a Foreign Country-An American Abroad in ...
brentan comments on May 24, 2018:
That looks great. I think a criticism of how Americans think their way of life is superior to everyone else's is way overdue. My guess is that their education is to blame.
Can religion and god can be separate? if we compare both.what is most dangerou
brentan comments on May 24, 2018:
I think a better question is can spirituality and god be separate? Humanism thinks so. But most humanists, I think, are so steeped in Judeo-Christian morals that it isn't clear that religion has been removed from the equation.
This is the book I'm currently reading - "finding Darwin's god".
brentan comments on May 24, 2018:
I hope you do a review when you're finished the book. I like books that look at both sides of the issue. I'm a big fan of Jordon Peterson and Rupert Sheldrake because they are not completely dismissive of things we call 'divine' or 'spiritual'.
I read God is not great by Christopher Hitchens.
brentan comments on May 24, 2018:
You might like Jordon Peterson's Maps of Meaning for the value of myth and religion to culture. The covers the material in his YouTube videos Maps of Meaning and also The Psychology of the Bible.
Ok so what is the g about the recessive allele on chromosome 16?
brentan comments on May 24, 2018:
Less chromosome 16 = more grams in body fat?
Who are your top 5 favorite authors starting with your most loved.
brentan comments on May 24, 2018:
I put them alphabetically because they're so different: Joseph Campbell Richard Dawkins William Horwood James Joyce Steven King
Quote of the Day: "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds".
brentan comments on May 23, 2018:
It sounds pompous but it seems to be true. The interesting thing for me is . These great thinkers can threaten the status quo, our comfort zone, but they also bring innovation.
As a formerly auburn-haired now-bald guy I am jealous of any whom are full-headed, whether ginger or...
brentan comments on May 23, 2018:
I have no time to waste on reading. I have to take care of my hair!
I have just joined.
brentan comments on May 23, 2018:
Hello and welcome! I'm very new too. I hope you enjoy the forum.
Hello fellow redheads.
brentan comments on May 22, 2018:
Hi. I enjoyed the word play! I try to use them to save my eyesight. I was listening to Stephen Fry's Mythos on YouTube the other day. Gosh, what a nice voice! It enhances a really good book. But every time he said something I didn't quite understand or didn't hear right, I had to jump up, stop the audio and search back to look for the exact place.
Let me put this out there.
brentan comments on May 22, 2018:
I don't think so. I used to use it a lot when i was a Christian. Maybe Paradise Lost? The same kind of English with a lot of imagination.
Is the self an illusion?
brentan comments on May 22, 2018:
I think self is bound up in consciousness too. Nobody knows much about how consciousness came about. I think Dawkins explains it as a result of the need to be aware of dangerous predators. If so, it has overgrown that need to become so complex it has turned in on itself. This self-awareness is a two-edged sword, especially nowadays where we spend so much time in our heads. I like Rupert Sheldrake's idea that consciousness resides outside of us in morphic fields and the brain imports the data it wants from outside of us, processes it and sends back for storage. Sheldrake's idea could also mean that our consciousness cannot die when we do because it doesn't reside in us.
Hello.
brentan comments on May 22, 2018:
I'm very new too. I like the forum. So far so good. I hope you like it too. It's nice to have a place to type out our thoughts.
Asexuality
brentan comments on May 22, 2018:
I often wish I was asexual. I'm a 63-year old man with no partner and I would rather just get on with other things. But my hormones still hop. It seems silly in a way because I'm not going to father or raise any more children. I suspect that our genes really control us in that way and they care about nothing but reproduction, even if you don't have the energy to raise the children after they born. But for people who have no interest, I think they are just taking their place on the spectrum of sexual life, where most are situated around the bell curve and lesser amounts to the two sides.
Don’t applaud Pope Francis’s stance on homosexuality – it’s still in line with Catholic ...
brentan comments on May 22, 2018:
The pope is playing with words to obfuscate the whole truth. "God loves gay people as they are". Yeah right, but God isn't half so accommodating if gay people act on their desires. Then the rules such as in Leviticus 18 and 1 Timothy 1 come into force.
What is everyone's favorite comedians and why?
brentan comments on May 22, 2018:
Chris Rock - I love the cheeky smile and the 'Yeah, I said it' catchphrase.
What's your favorite language and or foreign culture?
brentan comments on May 21, 2018:
Spanish - love the language. Love hispanic music.
Mom or my mom?
brentan comments on May 21, 2018:
My mom, or as we say in Ireland 'me ma'.
The Eighth Amendment.
brentan comments on May 21, 2018:
I read it's all down to the urban/rural divide. The urbanites view people more as statistics. The rural communities tend to hold traditional notions, many of those church-inspired. The bottom line to be decided next Friday is whether we continue to force Irish women to have their abortions done in England or in their own country.
Do you have several different versions of "you", in different settings? None of them quite right?
brentan comments on May 19, 2018:
I had a nervous breakdown at 17 and went back to the world after treatment not having the slightest idea who I was or who I should be. The only thing I knew was that the person I was did not have a place in the world. In less than a year I tried to do away with that person. For more than 40 years after that suicide attempt, I tried umpteen different versions of me and as you probably suspect, none of them worked any better than the person I vaguely remembered from the past. I’m old now and virtually retired so I don’t need to project a persona anymore. That means that I can be myself. The trouble is that I don’t know who that is.
Does anyone else talk aloud to themselves?
brentan comments on May 19, 2018:
I do it all the time. It might not be weirdness or old age. It might just be voicing your thoughts. And maybe its something to do with the two parts of the brain, one part dealing with the immediate and the other thinking about all the different options.
Is your life organized?
brentan comments on May 18, 2018:
Clean your room. Reduce your pain.
How many of you actually care about the royal wedding? I won’t tease you.
brentan comments on May 17, 2018:
Any notions I had of fairytale weddings went out the window with Charles and Diana. But the English feel that they get their money's worth from the royal family. They really seem to get off on the pomp and ceremony. I think we should be past all that nonsense (not that democracy is anything wonderful these days) but that the heck, it's their money.
When in your life have you been humbled?
brentan comments on May 17, 2018:
Ever not got the job? Ever not got the girl? Ever jump in and find yourself in the deep end? I've been humbled quite a few times. It worked out well. Now I am one of the humblest people you could meet.
Spread the love..
brentan comments on May 17, 2018:
Agape
Best musical score/soundtrack on a TV show? Tie: Dexter/Hannibal
brentan comments on May 17, 2018:
I loved the intro song for the first True Detective series. It was Far From Any Road by The Handsome Family. Shudder!
I've had a couple of people ask me if I've read "Men Are from Mars Women Are from Venus".
brentan comments on May 16, 2018:
I read it too. Remember nothing. I bet it's not on any feminist reading list. Lots of those women don't even accept we're biologically different, never mind coming from different planets..
“I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians.
brentan comments on May 13, 2018:
It's impossible to argue with that. But I don't think any religions live up to their ideals.
The Seattle 7
brentan comments on May 13, 2018:
So many victims in a time of so much. If only they were the real victims, not college students.
David Goodall: 104-year-old scientist to end own life in Switzerland | Australia news | The Guardian
brentan comments on May 13, 2018:
Good for him. It must be terrible to suffer because of other people's morals. We're about to vote on abortion in Ireland in about 2 weeks. I think euthanasia will be next.
What really makes you happy?
brentan comments on May 12, 2018:
Wine. Book. Great.
How do you feel about Jehovah’s Witnesses?
brentan comments on May 12, 2018:
I used to be one, for about 15 years. I simply did not know how to accept everything at face value so it was tough. I think the others recognised that I was not really part of the collective mind - the Borg as some wits call it. Every decency in life is sacrificed for unity in the JWs. Respect for independent thinking, sincerity, honesty and goodness are sacrificed on the altar of unity. It was a little like how I thought life must have been like in communist Russia.
Close Encounters Of The Religious Kind.
brentan comments on May 12, 2018:
Darned if I ever understood what Christians think their religion is about. All I ever thought was that it was about living your life using the fruits of the spirit that Paul talked about in Galatians - love, long-suffering etc. Maybe they think its about faith, usually meaning one school of faith, and their church doctrines, but their behaviour can indicate what fruit they live by.
What distopian world would you choose to live in?
brentan comments on May 11, 2018:
Lots of them have good points. I like the dystopian world of The Walking Dead because problems aren't so much psychological or complex anymore. It's like war, brutal but black and white. The one world I would not like is the one they had in the movie Idiocracy. Those guys frighten me more than zombies!
Which is more useful, intelligence or wisdom?
brentan comments on May 11, 2018:
I would not like to take wisdom to the marketplace, such as school or work. I think it would be at odds with the general spirit prevailing. I'm not a believer anymore but I think the Christian idea of 'not throwing pearls before swine' captured a real dilemma for aspiring people in a dog-eat-world.
Lack of open minded religious people
brentan comments on May 10, 2018:
I guess it's their conviction that they are right and you are wrong and your eternal salvation depends on listening to them makes many of them forget secular values like mutual respect and manners etc.
Looking for some good Audio books
brentan comments on May 10, 2018:
I think you might really enjoy Jordon B. Peterson's book 12 Rules For Life. If you're not familiar with him, you can get where he's coming from by watching some of his YouTube videos. I love the Psychology of the Bible series.
Was anyone else required to kneel and say a prayer before bedtime?
brentan comments on May 9, 2018:
That sounds extremely oppressive. I'm glad you survived it. We did the 'Now I lay me down to sleep' prayer too. But Dad was only interested in religion because it was respectable and Mum hated the church because it had no respect for women so they lost interest before we reached our teenage years.
Are you lonely?.
brentan comments on May 8, 2018:
I suspect I'm a bit autistic. I never know how to interact so socialising has always been torture and failure. So being alone is a relief. I'm old now so I have little reason to interact anymore. Peace, glorious peace of mind. Of course it's not ideal. But I'm content.
Haiku by me.
brentan comments on May 7, 2018:
As we danced to the Masochism Tango.....
I would like to thank those that have welcomed me to this site.
brentan comments on May 7, 2018:
I believe we are born into societies with their own different cultures, and religions are part of those cultures. It's less a matter of finding Jesus if you're born into a Christian culture, it is more a case of him being thrust upon you.
Morality, our achilles heel.
brentan comments on May 6, 2018:
I did not vote for what is good for humanity. Sometimes there is a conflict. For example, less people die in a society with no access to guns. Those who die for lack of a gun are collateral damage in this statistically better society. So I think society's morals should be aimed at the level of the individual and not the group.
What do you think about the idea that the "god experience" is within you, is part of being and ...
brentan comments on May 6, 2018:
I'm reading a little about Kabbalah lately in a desperate attempt to get some meaning from Finnegans Wake. Your post made me think of Adam Cadmon, who I think might be called the archetype of the perfect human. He has the divine attributes of the Kabbalist god. I must say I don't believe in an external god. I'm convinced that god is a name tag for the best of our human aspirations. I don't agree with your use of the word 'grace', coming from the tradition Christian understanding, but I know what you are communicating. I think this 'grace' is the net value of your own good thoughts, an idea already brought up by one of the other posters.
Adam naming animals
brentan comments on May 6, 2018:
That idea about Adam naming the animals as an extension of the idea of god creating all things through his word (speaking them into existence) is very interesting. The Jewish writers seemed to ignore or be unable to relate to allegory. They seemed to reduce all the data they had to literary truths. In Genesis 2:20, they seem to be saying that while god did the creating, Adam did the naming. So he was able to speak and choose words that he felt were appropriate labels for the animals. Some people say that in those days, words captured the essence of a thing. That brings me back to thinking about god creating the essence of things through words.
A cattle rancher died and at the reading of his will he left the ranch to his three sons under one ...
brentan comments on May 6, 2018:
Well-educated boys!
"Laments"   April'26, 2003 .
brentan comments on May 6, 2018:
I really like this poem called Spring and Fall by Gerard Manley Hopkins about a young girl's first sorrow for decay which anticipates sorrow for loss and death: Márgarét, áre you gríeving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leáves like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! ás the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By and by, nor spare a sigh Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie; And yet you wíll weep and know why. Now no matter, child, the name: Sórrow’s spríngs áre the same. Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed What heart heard of, ghost guessed: It ís the blight man was born for, It is Margaret you mourn for.
I'm a bookseller, so this is probably the best way for me to get involved in the community.
brentan comments on May 6, 2018:
I'm an avid reader. I can't choose. But I've got the fondest memories of William Horwood's Duncton Wood books.

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This is taken right in front of the Alcazaba in Almeria.
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