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  1. I have heard that one as well, though not as often in matters spiritual or religious. Yet it is one that I rarely fall for personally because I am more skeptical of the new than the old. Almost seems backwards, doesn't it?
  2. I have heard those before, Umbraedeus. Especially the Druid lie. That's always an amusing one to look back on. What matters when comes the wisdom, if it is wisdom? People(myself included at times) seem to think that age adds wisdom. In the realm of Wicca, I have had Gardner Wiccans get very hostile to me when I related their history as I knew it, and I wasn't rubbing it in their face or anything, simply telling them my understanding and asking for clarification. Johnathan, clearly you haven't BEEN to my heaven, or you would know there is no greener grass. Why not convert?(that's a joke, btw, since humor doesn't often translate well online)
  3. I recently watched "The Perfect Storm", also based on a true story. What I had to wonder at the end was, how did they have any clue whatsoever as to how the crew of a lost ship behaved towards each other? The few transmissions they received throughout the storm, allegedly, were so broken up they couldn't even identify the ship. All hands were lost. Nobody survived to tell the tale. Then I realized the caveat, based. This could easily mean the names were the same but the story was made up. This is something that a lot of people in the movie industry take full advantage of, I think, to tell whatever story they want to tell without any actual facts to back up their claims. I guess, another case of someone said so, in the end?
  4. Ah....but prayer is only harmless as therapy if it does not replace an actual therapy that is necessary, yes? A believer might think prayer is all they need, when in reality antibiotics might actually save their lives. True about Acetaminophen though, being bad for the liver. But only if not taken properly, or if the patient has a liver condition, usually.
  5. Belief in something without regard to truth or fact is something I personally consider silly. That is simply my choice. I echo Johnathan in that I would not choose to impose my ideas or thoughts on others, after all...I could be wrong, and if it were me wrong choosing for someone else, then I would be responsible instead of them.
  6. The idea of conscience is interesting. I understand the premise, but to me it does not seem like an outside and separate entity, you know? Merely a reflections of what a person already knows, perhaps underlying the surface of everyday thought. I tend to think self preservation is the first moral imperative, although there are clearly exceptions to this "rule", and I use the term rule loosely. But then, you have stated that you believe morals to be objective, and I disagree there. Maybe there is a fundamental difference of opinion on this subject.
  7. Or perhaps self preservation is the first and primary moral action?
  8. I can certainly understand not being able to collect accurate data, mererdog. When someone wants to hide the truth, it often comes out anyway. But when large groups of people want to hide the truth, it somehow vanishes.
  9. What are the percentages, mererdog? What percentage of drunk drivers get in accidents vs the percentage of sober drivers? Because most people drive sober, so I don't know that more sober drivers equates a higher per capita, or that it doesn't. So far as the question of morality, here is another, for those who say the person who drives does indeed have responsibility, due to the ability to understand their actions as risky. God created everything just the way it is, yet isn't held responsible for anything bad, even though he had the ability to foresee exactly what would happen. Isn't he in the same boat as the drunk driver, if not worse?(worse, considering he has perfect knowledge, whereas the drunk is impaired at best?)
  10. So then, it requires knowledge and conscientious behavior? Honestly, every single time a person gets behind the wheel, they assume a risk. It should be understood that, through no fault of your own, an accident or mechanical failure could(and often does) occur. Understanding this, we have knowledge every time we get behind the wheel that anyone driving with us could be killed. So I ask, is it immoral to place any passenger in mortal danger, even if the percentage chance is 1%? This is only one example of course, the example that my professor postulated. My primary question is: If I take an action that COULD be negative to others, is it immoral? Another example: If I put up a trap in my yard and then put up a sign that says my yard is dangerous and so you enter at your own risk. Now, reasonably, I could expect people to read the sign, and so say that it shouldn't be immoral, or place anyone in danger. What about the exceptions, though? There will be someone who cannot read come along, and maybe they get killed in my trap. Was it immoral for me to place the trap in the first place, even though I exercised what I believed to be reasonable precautions? Assuming I had some good reason in my own mind for placing the trap, of course.
  11. I have often thought about that lately, mererdog. Driving with kids in the car is putting kids at risk, even sober, even paying attention, even if you get good driving certificates and are as careful as possible, it's still possible that someone else will slam in to the vehicle you are operating and you won't be able to avoid it. Or that there will be an unforseen mechanical failure that will flip the vehicle, explode it, or cause you to crash into someone. In that scenario, you are not only placing your life at risk but also the kids, and anyone else in your path. And most people consider it immoral to place kids' lives in danger. What percentage of risk becomes acceptable, I wonder?
  12. I don't think of it as a silly question Pete. A lot of Wicca has appeared sexist to me, but that may be just me and those I have been around who are Wiccan. I haven't heard any non sexist titles as yet, though I don't have a vast amount of experience in the subject.
  13. A question, purely speculative: If I took an action that I knew COULD have negative consequences for other people, would I be responsible if that action DID have those negative consequences? A slight amount of background. I had a professor of philosophy who argued that drunk driving was not immoral because the person didn't choose the negative consequence. I disagree with that, but thought I would ask for outside perspective.
  14. Understood, mererdog, no offense intended with the capitalization, just didn't know. Concrete is useful in situations, Dan. But in others, the ability to be flexible rules.
  15. Do you seek concrete answers to our moral decisions, Mererdog? I don't think my morality is concrete.
  16. Not always. Sometimes, though. Sometimes, I do something that I think is right, but still feel guilty for it. I think that comes from outside influences. But for the most part, if what I do doesn't make me feel guilty, I don't feel like it was the wrong thing to do. Sometimes I assume, but I regularly try to examine my assumptions for error, though I fully admit I probably miss some.
  17. Because what I do suits my thoughts and desires as they fit into my idea of the society I live in. I don't go around hitting other people or stealing from them or doing other things that might enter my mind because I can understand rationally that if everyone did so, society wouldn't function as well as it does. Some of my thoughts on morality come from other places, other people that is, or groups, like the church. That is because I was brought up with those ideas. I don't follow ALL the ideas of the church because as I have grown as a human I have come to consider them myself, and TRY to be independently thinking about them. Ultimately, thought, how I tell what I do is right is comparison with what I feel is wrong. I think it's all an internal consideration by each of us. The guy down the street thinks it's right to take things out of the dumpster on a regular basis, and I see him down here daily digging through the trash. Another guy in town just got pinched for knocking off his neighbors house for drugs. Probably, they think they are right to do what they do. I can use compassion to understand that I wouldn't like it if someone walked up to me and slapped me in the face for no apparent reason, and so I try to apply that same principle to myself, if that makes sense. I am certain that at times I fail, but I try.
  18. At this time, I believe Dave is correct. The research is there on both sides of the issue, and one person can easily discredit another's research, while at the same time pointing at a different piece as the key evidence. The problem for this subject with me is that there is no measure for the supernatural, and thus the power of prayer cannot possibly be accurately measured. If it could be accurately measured, I would have no idea how to go about such, but if it could, then we could begin discussing it at least in relation to healing. At this point, however, even if someone were to claim research supported it, in what measure? Can you see a doctor saying "I prescribe 400 mg of prayer"? Personally, I prefer Acetomenophin.
  19. Is purpose in life really important? What is the most important thing in life, or death for that matter? Is how we live more important than how we die?
  20. IF god started everything with a plan, a great masterwork, something he apparently put a lot of thought into(as george carlin would say), then who are WE to come along and ask him to change it? Who are we to completely ruin God's great and divine plan? After all, God is perfect, right? And if he is perfect, and everything he does is perfect, then asking to change his perfection, that just seems like thumbing our noses, yes? At least, assuming God is real, in the Christian sense. Of course, I suppose...God's plan might have accounted for all those prayers, him supposedly knowing everything and which case everything must be predetermined, and free will becomes an illusion.
  21. Reminds me of George Carlin...They've tricked you into believing there's an invisible man in the sky, and he's watching everything we do, and is especially concerned with what we do when we're naked. He has a list of things he doesn't want us to do, and he has a special place he'll put us if we do anything on that list of things, full of fire, and pain, and torture...but he loves you".
  22. Kind of like the snake handlers, isn't it? Well, the sad thing is this person is going to continue to think like this, and just believe they didn't have enough faith, you know?
  23. How about, observer to those on the chart? That seems a pretty unique position to me.
  24. That actually strikes me as the most reasonable opinion to be held by a Christian, Dan. I have often wondered how others mesh the end of the apostolic age with modern day miracles, I mean...if God is going to quit speaking to us and revealing himself to us, then he isn't going to show off either.
  25. I certainly agree there is more to the issue scientifically. I don't know about the spiritual aspects, and that seems to remain my stance. There are unexplained things that happen, it just seems to me that too often people rush to the conclusion that it must be God simply because they lack the ability to understand at present. My mother is a somewhat spiritual person, though not exactly Christian, and she was the resident expert on hospice care at the V.A. hospital for years until they terminated that program. She wrote pamphlets, did lots of research independently, and she certainly believed there was something after life. So far as actual evidence, there is nothing beyond anecdotal that she could ever offer. Coming from someone with her particular background in research and study, I tend to believe there probably isn't any accredited evidence, beyond anecdotal. I certainly don't say this to debunk the idea that there might be something after life, or that weird things happen like this. I simply say that I have never seen evidence of such, and so do not believe myself at this time. In science, I don't know is a perfectly reasonable statement. It should be in everyday life as well.