Apech

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  1. Locking threads, discuss it here

    It depends who they shot.
  2. Locking threads, discuss it here

    Hey I just noticed you got a quote from the Pyramid Texts in your signature! God I love serpent deities - let's start a thread on them!!!!!!!!!
  3. Locking threads, discuss it here

    Well I've been told already I'm on the wrong page as far as this forum is concerned but I may as well respond to your remarks. If the DBs about practice and cultivation then why not discuss that, rather than the rights or wrongs of moderation decisions? The shape of this forum is the membership with its 'discussions on the way' not circular arguments about the pathway of one individual or especially about the effectiveness or otherwise of moderation. Effective moderation is almost invisible, it sits beside a stream occasionally pulling out a dubious looking fish and tends the riverbanks to avoid flooding or drought. It is never supposed to be the subject matter. As Lao Tsu said 'justice exists because of injustice' and so you could if you wished discuss, dispute and criticise every moderator decision till the cows come home. But actually maybe we should just accept that they are sincere and doing their best. People are not banned or suspended lightly - in fact you have to work quite hard to make it happen. Moderators may say the wrong thing occasionally just as we all do. So what? They are volunteers and we owe them our support. For my part I am just glad that there are a few good people like them willing to do this. Let's all just beam positive energy at this place and move on.
  4. An opinion or observation of madness

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  5. An opinion or observation of madness

    I'm not sure I follow your argument here. Hitler was an empire builder and thus an interferer par excellence. He was opposed (as Japan was ) because of their expansionism. I don't get your point about North Korea.
  6. An opinion or observation of madness

    Actually I wasn't arguing for isolation - we could trade with all countries, we could send aid, we could advise and persuade, we could have cultural exchange - but I think we have to get out of heads the notion that our national interest is served by interfering and especially destabilising other countries and regimes. No matter how much we disapprove of Gadaffy, Assad, Sadam Hussein and all the others we should not try to depose them or invade them or anything like that. Let them be self determining and work things out in their own way.
  7. An opinion or observation of madness

    I wasn't really talking about whether they have done some good sometimes - I'm saying its all pure interference in other people's countries and we would be better if we stopped - not only their interest but ours also.
  8. An opinion or observation of madness

    We are undoubtedly paying the price for interfering in the world (particularly the Middle East) for decades/centuries. Best thing we can do is stop now - withdraw troops and work to make ourselves economically and energy non-dependent on these states. Which of the great candidates is promising this?
  9. Emotions are the path

    I think maybe, what separates us from ancient shamans (nod to Nungali that they do still exist) is that we journey to understand and not to gain powers. Also we are a bit limited and much more tied to a rational core - a limit of belief or possibility perhaps. But the advantage of this is that we can explore in a more controlled way? More aqualung than old deep sea suits (?) - I won't stretch this analogy because I don't know anything about diving. The other thing I wanted to dwell on is the difference between 'feeling' and 'emotion'. We use the word feeling in a number of different ways - for instance the sense of touch, the physical sense is 'feeling', but on the other hand we say 'I feel a sense of awe' we don't mean touch of course. In Buddhism there is verdana which is often translated as feeling or sensation but actually seems to mean like/dislike, attraction/aversion assessments. Which is yet another use of feeling - 'I like it, I don't like it'. In fact this like/dislike type assessment seems to be at the core of duality. And to be the basis for emotionality - extreme aversion = hate and so on. But I would prefer to reserve the word feeling to mean a basic sentience, consciousness before it becomes sufficiently differentiated or formed to be called thought. While emotion is a movement of energy in response to stimulation of some kind which can become locked-in so to speak subconsciously, dormant until triggered by an event or situation. Any thoughts?
  10. Locking threads, discuss it here

    First a request : please can we have more threads about Early Grey - his banning, his unbanning, his crimes and his innocence - because this is the subject in which we must consume ourselves for all time. Nothing is more fascinating than going round and round the same subject endlessly seeking some kind of eternal and immutable truth. The moderators must be infallible, like the Pope, and their every decision held up to measure against the universal and undying light of the Logos to see that it is perfect. This is how we must spend our time, for if we don't, mountains shall crash into the sea and we shall cease to be, eventually. Is not TDBs the very centre of the cosmos and does not the fiery sun revolve around it? Let us erect the pillars of our certainty, with unshakable resolve, vault the heavens to the welkins infinite breadth and height, so that they may say, these truly are the bums of the Dao. And no one shall doubt it.
  11. simplify

    terminator