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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

NeoNote — For you own good

There's nothing wrong with resisting if someone tries to compel your behavior, especially if they do it with force. The 1960s civil rights movement and the anti-war movement were reactions to the state compelling people through the use of force.

But we have to be careful. When people start talking about "the greater good," "for the children," or "for the planet," it's way too easy to justify making a choice for them. People deserve to make their own choices or the choice is meaningless. If we're not free to choose and to accept responsibility, then are we free at all?

If anything, pagans should recognize this. How many times have we been told that our faith and beliefs aren't "real?" How many times have some of us been told that our sexual tastes are "perverted?" How many times have we been told to stop "playing" and become part of the real world?

I guess what it comes down to is this, if you can't convince someone without resorting to force, maybe your arguments aren't that good. Despite the best of intentions, invoking force leads to tyranny.


Stars above, I really didn't want to make this about climate change.

Quick questions. Do you know what the weather should be? Does anyone? Why wasn't it like that during the last ice age?

As for litter and pollution and all that nasty stuff, absolutely we should hold people accountable. We could start by eliminating the Superfund and similar taxpayer-funded programs while eliminating the limited liability laws that shield corporate ownership from responsibility. You want me to go on? I've got pages and pages showing how our current version of corporatism makes things worse. But I bet you don't want to read about politics, particularly mine.

People don't want to be shamed. And if you force somebody to do something, they will resent you. So if you are going to celebrate Earth Day, make it a real celebration and not about your politics. It shouldn't be about preaching. It shouldn't be about knowing. It shouldn't be about wake up calls.

Celebrate the Earth, the one thing we share. Celebrate peace, the one thing we should share.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.


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“Christianity from Judaism to Constantine: Crash Course World History #11”


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NeoNote — Mostly

Science as it is taught relies heavily on IS and IS NOT and IF, THEN. There is nothing wrong with these ideas until you assume that they are universal. I prefer MOSTLY to IS and IS NOT. It means I watch for the exceptions where neither IS nor IS NOT applies. It means our understanding is limited by our perception and assumptions at the moment.

When Robert Goddard first took his work to the public, he was ridiculed. "Everyone" knew that Newton's work said that rockets couldn't work in a vacuum. Of course, Newton's work didn't say anything of the kind, but that didn't change what everyone knew. They didn't allow for the exception that opened the possibilities.

MOSTLY works. It just means that looking for the occasional exception. It means not closing your mind to the possibilities. It means that there are things that we don't understand. And that means there is reason to reach beyond what we know.

That's why I objected to absolute truth.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.


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NeoNote — the American compromise

Their compromise gave other faiths a wedge into the American religious landscape.

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If monotheism was all that amazing…

If monotheism was all that amazing, it wouldn't have spent centuries trying to suppress alternatives. Still does in the case of some versions of Islam.
— NeoWayland
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“The Roman Empire. Or Republic. Or...Which Was It?: Crash Course World History #10”

“In which John Green explores exactly when Rome went from being the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. Here's a hint: it had something to do with Julius Caesar, but maybe less than you think. Find out how Caesar came to rule the empire, what led to him getting stabbed 23 times on the floor of the senate, and what happened in the scramble for power after his assassination. John covers Rome's transition from city-state to dominant force in the Mediterranean in less than 12 minutes. Well, Rome's expansion took hundreds of years, he just explains it in under 12 minutes. The senate, the people, Rome, the caesarian section, the Julian calendar and our old friend Pompey all make appearances, but NOT the Caesar Salad, as Julius had nothing to do with it.”

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“Who Invented Parkour?”

“While David Belle is unquestionably known as the original innovator and spiritual figurehead of parkour, the discipline’s origins can be traced directly back to his father, Raymond, and his time as a child in Vietnam. Though details surrounding Raymond’s early life are rather hazy, it’s generally accepted that he was separated from his parents during the First Indochina War and taken in by the French military in the city of Da Lat as an orphan at just age 7 in 1946. According to later interviews with his son, Raymond was routinely abused as a child, which motivated him to become as physically fit and strong as possible so that he could protect himself and escape danger if it ever presented itself.” Read More...
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“Alexander the Great and the Situation ... the Great? Crash Course World History #8”

“In which you are introduced to the life and accomplishments of Alexander the Great, his empire, his horse Bucephalus, the empires that came after him, and the idea of Greatness. Is greatness a question of accomplishment, of impact, or are people great because the rest of us decide they're great?”

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❝Knowledge isn't mastery. Eclecticism depends on discipline.❞

Knowledge isn't mastery. Eclecticism depends on discipline.
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Apologize

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
— P. G. Wodehouse
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New citizenry

We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.
— Rod Serling
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❝The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.❞

The worst of all deceptions is self-deception.
— Plato
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❝Beings within…❞

It is possible to establish internal communication with entities from either inside or outside of oneself, said entities seeming to be inside of oneself during the communication process.
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Better at dealing

I got better at dealing when I stopped arguing and just did my thing.
— NeoWayland
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❝Don't start nothing, won't BE nothing!❞

Don't start nothing, won't BE nothing!
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Don't worry

Don't worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
— Alan Kay
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Revived 01Apr2019

As always, the most recently converted entries are at the top of the list at the 3rd Yearnings tag page.

These older blog entries have been reformatted and entered into the current directories. Redirect pages have been placed in the old locations.

Links - The Wild Hunt Blog

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Podcasts in link section

Practicals

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Keeping vigil

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Intensity and withdrawl

After the Solstice

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Distasteful

Maybe it is because of the progressive politics, but I see many Pagans as very Utopian. It's not enough for them that Paganism exists, it must REPLACE all those "evil monotheistic" faiths, I find that just as distasteful as the rantings of some of my more enthusiastic [Christian] relatives.
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Part of my offering

Part of my offering to them is my loyalty and my honor. It's a gift that is meaningless if it's done under coercion. Part of their gift to me is that I'm never alone if I need their help. Just because they know I can handle it doesn't mean that I do though. They teach the Iron Rule by example. They expect me to learn, to grow, to keep moving forward. My Gods demand that I find better ways to honor Them and the spark of Divinity that lives inside us all.
— NeoWayland, Of gods and men
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“2,000 Years of Chinese History! The Mandate of Heaven and Confucius: World History #7”

“In which John introduces you to quite a lot of Chinese history by discussing the complicated relationship between the Confucian scholars who wrote Chinese history and the emperors (and empress) who made it. Included is a brief introduction to all the dynasties in Chinese history and an introduction to Confucius and the Confucian emphasis on filial piety, the role the mandate of heaven played in organizing China, and how China became the first modern state.”

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Like calls to like

If we wrap ourselves in sorrow and pain and misery and self-loathing, then that is exactly what we attract.
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Classic virtues

Honor and the other classic virtues are part of what we choose for ourselves as Pagans.
— NeoWayland, The Old Breed
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That's my joke you see.

That's my joke you see. My day to day lifeline. Coyote's gift. The thing that keeps me surviving. I don't quite fit. I never will. Perpetually at the border, that's where I live. It's my nature.
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The universe has a sense of humor

That is why the universe has a sense of humor. When you think you have the rules for honor and ethics and blessing all figured out, something comes along that you didn't think of and makes you look at it all again. Because the rules don't always work.
— NeoWayland, Blessings and ethics
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A novel?

I've been doing some research and the possibilities look pretty good. Read More...
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“Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.”

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
— Thomas Huxley
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Personally I'd be willing to live and let live with Christians.

Personally I'd be willing to live and let live with Christians. But that works two ways. If my beliefs don't control the actions and beliefs of monotheists, then theirs don't control mine. That means that the law must treat every faith (and even no faith) equally. Neither help nor hinder. No special consideration or privilege. But at the same time, some Christians act as if their religion must be raised above all others, even by those who do not practice it. Freedom of religion does not mean putting Christianity first. It means choice, even if that choice is one you do not agree with.
— NeoWayland
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I wouldn't call Christian Day an idiot.

I wouldn't call Christian Day an idiot. An agitator, yes. Abrasive, yes. Egotistical, oh most definitely. And I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to share a meal with him. Still, he's honest in what he's trying to do and wins more than usual. There's a part of me that figures as long as he is doing the cloak flourishes, the militant first commandment types aren't going to be looking all that closely at the rest of us. That's worthy in and of itself.
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NeoNote — This tragedy does not reflect on Heathens.

I don't understand why any group should change their language, practices, customs or actions when the shooter was not part of the group or the community.
— NeoWayland,
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“Buddha and Ashoka: Crash Course World History #6”

“In which John relates a condensed history of India, post-Indus Valley Civilization. John explores Hinduism and the origins of Buddhism. He also gets into the reign of Ashoka, the Buddhist emperor who, in spite of Buddhism's structural disapproval of violence, managed to win a bunch of battles.”

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Two wolves

“Which one wins, Grandfather?”

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NeoNote — Religion & morality

There is nothing that prevents people from following religious law. But there is nothing that demands others follow those same religious laws.

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“The Persians & Greeks: Crash Course World History #5”

“In which John compares and contrasts Greek civilization and the Persian Empire. Of course we're glad that Greek civilization spawned modern western civilization, right? Maybe not. From Socrates and Plato to Darius and Xerxes, John explains two of the great powers of the ancient world, all WITHOUT the use of footage from 300.”

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❝Life isn't about finding yourself.❞

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
— George Bernard Shaw
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Trouble

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
— Mark Twain
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