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  1. Quite disturbing, yet true. Now I'm depressed for our country.
  2. Sadly, I think because of so many politicians being beholden to big pharma and other corporate lobbyist. The worst side of capitalism.
  3. Welcome Alexander. Wish you well on your endeavor. Should be interesting to see another take on the ULC being brought to page. Enjoyed the links, btw.
  4. He didn't indicate he meant solely pleasure on the self, I'm sure. Mindful of others pleasures can allow boundaries that present a more cooperative society. As conflicts of interest may inevitably arise, ability to compromise to a favorable and pleasurable solution is far more desirable ideal than making war.
  5. In one meaning, sadly true. But the world goes on over many lifetimes.
  6. I understand and share much of your view. I, however, feel too humble to even seek a title to sainthood. But that is just me. It is good that it does do you some comfort in some way, though. Cheers.
  7. Humans are social animals. Interaction is a basic need that is met in some form or another. But actual physical contact, or person to person interaction, plays a big psychological part of how we see ourselves and others. I really don't see the "new office space" staying empty for very long. Pandemics come and go over the centuries, so nothing is permanent.
  8. Ah, well, that "pursuit" can be an actual distraction to living life well lived, too. Pursuit can not be universally defined, either. What one may seek, may intrude upon another's pursuit of happiness. How to reconcile? Moderation, I think. I lean more to what Jonathan said. Living in moderation as outlined in his bullet points.
  9. You're very welcome. Thank you for sharing your delight in your journey!
  10. I don't necessarily agree to the word "strong", as much as "open minded" or "understanding" to replace it in that statement. Sometimes the bonding of two weak souls can make each other stronger just through support of each other by mutual understanding.
  11. Yes. And think of the people who were killed for 'acts of heresy" while following the original culture's intent and holiday.
  12. Yes, but using correct math for a flaw in reality is really a joke, too. Flaws can't accept it...because it is flawed.
  13. Not really. Interpretation is key. Not literally. (I did get it. But I guess mine missed?)
  14. Ah, but that may not be the only question with the same outcome. 32 + 10?
  15. And just as Jonathan says about there being "thousands of different varieties of Christian' and "nobody speaks for all of them", remember, too, that some voices are ever louder than others, but that does not make them right, nor the softer voices being wrong.
  16. Well. Dan, this answer only demonstrates that God intervenes regardless of so called free will. "Odds are", also means chance to do opposite. Children were then needlessly slaughtered. Also, would you listen to someone on the street that you think may be a crackpot, or the unquestionable voice of God? That may have been the difference with Noah. Thus, it also seems likely that the Canaanites heard the message the same way, by men, not God.
  17. Welcome to the family. Yes, we truly are a family. We laugh, share, support and bicker with each other all the time. But always, we enjoy the freedom of our experiences and fellowship along our journey to learn whatever it is that we wish to understand about our belief systems and each other. Again, welcome and blessings to you.
  18. Your use of Lincoln does not support your argument. The address was handwritten on his way to the location the speech would be delivered. That draft was saved. Handwriting analysis could, and has, confirm he wrote it. As for the other historical figures, we'll never know, maybe.
  19. What do you suppose it could be? The one premise is that we may not have true free will if all outcomes are already known. If that were true, then it might possibly be argued that time travel might likewise be unchanged, as all things led up to the possibility of said time travel. There are many other theories, of course. What are your thoughts?
  20. Just so. Religion gave rise to science and reason, ironically. Then when it inspired people to deduce things logically, as science requires, they tried to suppress it as heresy. Why? Because it reduced their influence and power. It is one thing to honor and worship a deity. Quite another to control the masses. You'd think an all powerful deity wouldn't need subordinate handlers to do that. Especially, as He, supposedly, promotes the ability of free will. Right?
  21. You can only assume. Some, like in other religions, may be in name only. And they may be compelled toward change after what we've been through with this administration.
  22. Especially true of those who simply will not accept the possibility of being wrong. Or won't accept defeat in a heated debate where all facts are presented. No one likes to be the weaker person, but strength is greater in the one who can accept failure and learn from it to succeed later.
  23. You do understand that this is a contradiction. To stay in character and principle, "unchanging", there can be no change of heart, for that changes principles, and thus character. Further, to make such changes, He would not be the same as He was from the beginning.