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  1. Monte314
    Yesterday 11:03 PM
    Monte314
    I think you are right.

    The Samaritans were "non-palestinians" swapped into the middle of Israel by the Babylonians. The Jews regarded them as utter pagans. It didn't help matters when the Samaritans began to adopt certain Jewish customs, resulting in a "bastardized" form of what the Jews regarded as authentic worship.

    But this did not put Jesus off at all. He cared about these people, and offered the same hope to them He offered to all.

    Jesus anger seemed to be reserved for phony religionists who destroyed the innocent for the sake of their own tradition and religious concoctions.
  2. Monte314
    Yesterday 09:59 PM
    Monte314
    It shouldn't be an issue. I was just surprised that it didn't bother you that she was "victimizing" these these kids in the same way you feel that you were victimized: by indoctrination into the parents' worldview.
  3. Monte314
    Golly! She was indoctrinating them into her own belief system!?
  4. scorpiomover
    08-29-2014 07:07 AM
    scorpiomover
    Then I'll try to be more succinct with you. But IME, you won't like it.

    IRL, I was succinct as a child. I had a habit of saying things that made no sense to my smart peers, but made perfect sense to my super-smart teachers. When I said things to an INTJ I know, he'd say I was worrying over nothing. Then 3 months later, he'd come back and say that he'd discovered that I was right.

    I also had a habit that when people did understand me, that I hit the nail on the head. They often expressed that I was right, but that it showed a massive weakness in themselves, that was probably what was keeping them from understanding it for themselves in the first place. They often reacted as if someone had punched them in the gut.

    I try to give lots of explanation so that they have enough info for them to understand at the time, so they don't laugh at me only to come back 3 months later and agree with me in private, with them saying I'm a genius but everyone else thinking I'm stupid because of their mocking behaviour, and to obfuscate any weaknesses in them that would hurt them grievously.

    But if you want to give it a go, I'm game.
  5. SkyBright
    08-28-2014 10:17 AM
    SkyBright
    I mean you put words in quotes I didn't say. It looks like I deleted a post where I said that.
  6. SkyBright
    08-28-2014 06:28 AM
    SkyBright commented on Peter Hitchens/Christopher Hitchens Debate
    Could you please take the HTML quotes off?
  7. Polymath20
    08-27-2014 02:22 PM
    Polymath20 commented on So, I Feel Guilty
    namaste
  8. oberonblue
    08-26-2014 01:41 PM
    oberonblue
    This was my first post upon landing. HAH

      Originally Posted by oberonblue View Post
    I'm very proud of myself for not crying in the Beijing airport, today.
    Off to a very rocky start.

  9. oberonblue
    08-26-2014 12:38 PM
    oberonblue
    China...
    If you did, that would be pretty damn cool.
  10. oberonblue
    Oh, Jesus. My eye contacts are currently held up at customs after I ordered them 6 weeks ago. Thanks for the link, though.
  11. scorpiomover
    08-25-2014 11:42 AM
    scorpiomover
    There are lots of religious theists who are more interested in being decent to other people than following every last law of their religion. Almost everyone has nice things to say about them. I think that if people just said that they'd like people to be decent to others, then everyone would support that.

    It's the idea that religion is a thing to get away from, that is likely to annoy people, because you're attacking someone's way of life.

    I thought you had already studied Mechanical Engineering at university. Did you drop out before you finished your degree, to get a job? Or did I misunderstand, and you did another degree?
  12. scorpiomover
    08-25-2014 09:07 AM
    scorpiomover
    Agreed. Life is too short. Besides, one loses friends and allies by being angry at others. I think that if everyone could agree on those 2, then we'd leave all these arguments over religion/atheism behind, and just get on with making the world a better place. That's what I try to do with my friends IRL. It works surprisingly well for me and my friends.

    Glad you got an A on the paper. I've never been a straight-A student. I get As on papers. But I often missed lessons.

    Anyway, you're not doing this to be an ethics teacher, are you? You're doing it for self-edification? It's nice to get the external approbation. But what matters most is what you learn from it, yes?

    Hope things work better for you IRL.
  13. scorpiomover
    08-25-2014 08:42 AM
    scorpiomover
    Sorry about not replying till now. I got taken aback that you were being so friendly. I naturally expect that when people differ with me on matters that people get quite upset about, like religion, that they'll just treat me like an enemy. So I get really shocked when they start being nice to me.

    I know I hoped to establish a common understanding and agreement between us. But I am very shocked when people actually start doing what I hoped they would. Lack of confidence with dealing with people.

    Also, not really easy with socialising and chit-chat. Kind of shocks me when people here start chatting to me.

     
    Hi...I was wrong about the due date.. I just turned it in last night...

    Oh. Hope you got a good grade.

     
    So, how are things going?

    In my life, better and better. I'm getting more motivated in my life, and things are moving on. So I've got less time for the forums now.

    I'm realising that posts are more indicative of people's personal motives, than they are of truth, as there's usually a counter-argument that they could have picked and knew about, but didn't. So I'm starting to reflect more on what people say and why they say it. I'm learning a lot more that way. But it makes me question if there's any point in my posts.

     
    What do you do for a living? I think everyone knows I own my own watch repair shop.

    I'm a computer programmer. Generally, I work for other software companies, that supply mostly business applications. It keeps me busy. It's never the same day twice. Everything seems to have something about it that's a challenge. Even the stuff that I've done before, my boss usually gives me with a twist that gives it another challenge to overcome.

  14. The Frozen One
    Agreed. This is a good line of thought. Individuality should be the point of being a free-thinker. What concerns me is that sometimes people get so wrapped up into the "no religion" narrative that it runs the risk of becoming a religion itself. And I thought indoctrination is what we were supposed to be against.
  15. scorpiomover
    07-31-2014 02:00 PM
    scorpiomover
    Cool.

    When does it need to be in?

    I'm a massive P. No deadline = "Still got to read it" 100 years later. Probably wouldn't bother me. But I gather you want to hand this in, and want my opinion on it before then?

    Give me a few days. Or even a couple of weeks.
  16. scorpiomover
    07-31-2014 01:51 PM
    scorpiomover
    BTW, I really liked your deist thread. Interesting question. Also got a lot more positive feedback than most threads. Very diplomatic.
  17. scorpiomover
    07-31-2014 01:50 PM
    scorpiomover
    I'm just able to recall how often I have been proved wrong, which is a lot, and on probably every topic and every type of argument, including how what seemed completely irrational, turned out later to have been very rational. Only the reasoning was kept from me at the time.
  18. scorpiomover
    07-31-2014 01:28 PM
    scorpiomover

     
    You are quite a character. I think I'd like to get to know you better.

    Me too. I know we've bumped heads. But you seem to try to see both sides.

     
    would you like to read my paper on the legalization of marijuana?

    Very much. Especially since we've got a thread on if MJ caused more homeless in Denver.

  19. Saul
    07-29-2014 05:13 PM
    Saul
    Fair enough. But think about the thought experiment when it's only 3 doors. It's not so obvious even then, if he knows where it is.
  20. Saul
    07-29-2014 04:31 PM
    Saul
    I don't think I've ever seen it described that the host cares whether you win the car or not. Just that he only opens doors with goats behind them, so he knows where the car is.

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