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About Geordon

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  • Birthday 04/14/1973

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    Zombies, space opera, Buddhist teachings, podcast fiction, emergency and disaster preparation. Getting back into SCA (medieval recreation) after a longish hiatus and the death of two mentors. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and information.
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  1. Eh? Why not type out the whole name? (still getting the lay of the land around here)
  2. That's an "easy" one: God's forgiveness matters for naught in the material world. It's the getting into Heaven that God's forgiveness is good for. Just like the selling of indulgences in the Middle Ages, you could sin all week and wipe it all clean on Sunday. Indulgences were a quick way to buy your way into Heaven, buy forgiveness of sins committed while alive. If memory serves, they could also be bought on behalf of the deceased, after the fact. Realistically, though, there is no evidence (only faith) of what comes after death. IMO, we should be more focused on doing right for our fellow man than being overly concerned with the opinion of God, who reputedly forgives all, anyway. Do we not do right by God when we do right by each other?
  3. I've got this bridge across the Thames that I could sell you, cheap. Interested?
  4. I *may* have gotten up on my soapbox again. Sigh.

  5. This pretty much sums it up: Being smart and practicing critical thinking makes someone, even a kid, "dangerous" in this guy's eyes. And he's PROUD of beating the crap out of someone under his charge? I very much doubt that "Ben" thought much of The Lord that this yahoo was preaching about.
  6. Thanks, Atwater Vitki. I haven't played with the settings too much, so the direct pointers are much appreciated. Namaste!
  7. Was he (?) any more coherent in private than in public? An a more direct topic, is there a provision in the forum software that we can block individuals from showing on our screens, something like a "mute" function?
  8. Quite alright. I've had to take a couple of days away from the material myself, due to other things. There's nothing that I want to discuss in particular, but rather I find that general discussion of the subject helps me integrate the material more deeply. Such as my next comment... Leaving aside the political baggage of libertarianism (and self-professed political adherents of that philosophy), I like your Bill and Ted reference as a solid summation of the overall topic. "Be excellent to each other" is, at the surface, a simple task, especially so when things are good, free, and easy. However, the challenge comes when things are less "easy." For example, I work in retail, have for almost 3 years. Most days, the shoppers are either pleasant or indifferent, but there are the occasional brusque or inconsiderate ones. All of these, I have no problem treating with courtesy, even the inconsiderate ones. However, the other night, I encountered the first person in some 20 years that I wanted to really put my foot up their ass. Completely rude, difficult, and condescending at the cash register, and I came to the point that I had to walk away from her or do/say something that would have gotten me fired. On one side, doing "what is right" may have been taking the abuse. Maybe she was just having a bad day, or had something bad happen to her recently, you never know. However, on the other side, "doing that which is right" (in my case) necessitated me protecting myself (psychologically and emotionally) and removing myself from the situation. At $8.75/hr, I don't get paid enough to take that crap. So, I guess what I'm saying is that doing that which is right is not always obvious, nor "black and white" as the saying goes. This is one part of the reason that I think that everybody should have to work and live on the service sector for a while, early in their adult lives. That way, they can learn what it's like to be on the other side of the coin, to "see how the other half lives" so to say. Those who have been lucky enough to have a life of plenty, I don't begrudge them their comfort. However, when their comfort comes at the cost of someone else's ability to even get by (i.e. The working class poor and disappeared middle income), that's when I get hot under the collar. We are all in this together, whether you like it or not. "a rising tide lifts all boats"
  9. Image link related: https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.608039250665213614&pid=15.1&P=0 Seriously, though, I think that we've pretty much come full circle and discovered that there is no contemporary corroborating evidence that there was a man who formed the basis of the Christian Saviour. What we are left with is "why are we asking?" and Jonathan, I think, said it best.
  10. I am in the middle of a lecture series on storytelling presented by The Great Courses, and one thing that the presenter said really struck me as profound. Stories tell truths, but these truths may not necessarily be facts. In other words realities of the human condition can come from stories, where facts "merely" recount data. I choose to think that the persona of Jesus is likely based on a real individual, the same as the persona of The Buddha is likely based on a real person. The facts and details of their lives are relatively unimportant in the grand scheme. What is important is the set of truths that accompany their "history" as it were.
  11. I was raised in a home that was devoutly areligious. My dad was dragged to church every Sunday while he was growing up, but his two younger brothers were allowed to stay home. I don't know much more about his religious experience than that (e.g. I don't know what denomination his mother was), but religion was not a topic discussed while I was growing up. Because of that, I was able to form my faith system organically, without much outside influence, including any explicitly Christian authors. C. S. Lewis was only in my realm of experience because of Narnia, and only to the extent that it was in the school library. All that being said, it would seem to me that there is a deep-seated desire in (at least American) society that yearns for a more pragmatic and eccumenical faith system, at least with many of the younger generations that are growing into adulthood these days. (Note to self: Look into Sethianism and Manicheanism) A couple of months back, my wife made fun of me because I read every paragraph of every page of every text that I get for school (current Emergency Management masters program, but prior to that AA Psych and BA Emergency Management). Apparently, unbeknown to me, this is not a common trait. I'm only about 1/3 through the book, so you'll probably finish before I will. A question, though. I understand that there is essentially only one official ULC doctrine: "Do that which is right." However, I'm curious to know how others view that, in concert with Rev Hensley's history and writing. It seems to me that I've seen people on the forum say that, alternately, that this is a difficult doctrine to follow and that this is an easyone to follow. For myself, I've found that doing that which is right is often not popular, and doing what is popular is often not right.
  12. I would appreciate that. I'm having a bit of a struggle to get through it, mostly because of the non-academic writing style (I'm currently a graduate student), but I would like to have someone to bounce off of. The missus is not terribly keen on discussing anything ULC related. Not actively objects, but she just has no interest and can't grasp mine. Which is OK.
  13. I am about 1/3 through the text in the title, and I have to say, it surprises me that Rev. Hensley wasn't literally lynched in th early years. His teachings are... Unorthodox, at best and downright heretical in a number of places, not the least of which was his claim that The Devil was in charge on Earth, and that God and The Devil are either the same entity or in cahoots, at least. Has anyone else read the text? Want to discuss it?
  14. Just queued up the vid, but I am stuck: What is a Polychromatic Angel? Bro G