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If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
you're going to hate my newest resolution to write all my control statements as haikus.
[Our] real strategic value, lies in [our] resistance to a symbolic reality that only ever invests us as subjects insofar as we invest ourselves in it, clinging to its governing fictions, its persistent sublimations, as reality itself - Edelman
I do my best to not specify my actual religious beliefs - they I can happily admit to belief in a single deity. As a general rule, however, I prefer prayer of thanksgiving and not 'gimme' - as compared to most of the worlds people I have a lot.
As per that quote - a mitzvah (when looked up) is a command from the bible but, in common usage, it seems to have evolved to mean "a good deed". Taking this latter interpretation, there's a companion quote somewhere on the page:
"If we each did a little more than we had to, none of us would have to do nearly as much."
The possibility for the world to be a much better place is right there in front of us all - just waiting . . . and waiting . . . and waiting . . .
Occasionally, someone does do this sort of thing and it makes the news. How sad that doing the right thing is newsworthy!
Here's an insight on how I can compartmentalize my views:
Which came first - the chicken or the egg?
My religious partition would say the chicken - it was created. My scientist side says the egg came first, but it wasn't laid by a chicken, but by something very much like one.
You are free to ask or not; I am free to answer (or not).
honey the monster, codewitch wrote:
The Torah. And the old testament that's derived from
Depending upon who's translation, the Torah is the Bible, not a derivation, to which were added prophets. Depending upon which prophets are added then determines it's flavor and audience.
One of the further clever things, per the story telling. The important people are not some image of perfection - they are real and flawed (some might say this adds credibility). All that, however, is brushed aside in that it's interpreted by people - and that can quickly turn the good into the bad - justifying agendas including slavery and genocide. No different, it seems, than what is done to other "volumes of sacred law"
Interpretation is a feature in mythos**, not a bug. The imperfect transfer allows for adaptation, like imperfect gene transfer and imperfect gene expression does in evolutionary biology.
Mythos kept humanity going and societies together for longer than the alternative. That has to count for something, but more importantly, we don't have a mechanism outside the scientific method to evolve wisdom. And scientific inquiry isn't very good at that because it's geared at developing knowledge, which isn't the same thing. Sometimes wisdom is a byproduct but it's not the goal.
The greatest sin the west ever committed against itself was killing oral storytelling with the written word.
** many people confuse mythos with fiction. It's not necessarily. It's simply a way of transferring wisdom, knowledge, ideas, and history through storytelling. I just thought I'd make that clear lest any reader think I'm calling scripture categorically false here. That's not the case at all.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.
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