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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.

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.

Kudos for not mentioning the shooter's name.

The shooter had absolutely nothing to do with Heathenry or pagan beliefs. 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.

Guns are not the problem. There are many more responsible gun owners than crazy people. The people who pay attention to gun laws are not the ones you should worry about. I say this as a reluctant gun advocate. I hate guns and I would ban them if I could eliminate every gun.

This tragedy does not reflect on Heathens. I understand that you have issues with how some Heathens speak and act. I respect that and I expect that you should speak your conscience. This terrible event should not justify wholesale changes in Heathenry just to satisfy your political desires.

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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“Buddha and Ashoka: Crash Course World History #6”


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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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❝Do not let your fire go out…❞

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it's yours.
— Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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Change

There is nothing permanent except change.
— Heraclitus
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Seek wisdom

Seek wisdom in books, rare manuscripts, and cryptic poems if you will, but seek it out also in simple stones, and fragile herbs, and in the cries of wild birds. Listen to the whisperings of the wind and the roar of water if you would discover magic, for it is here that the old secrets are preserved.
— Scott Cunningham
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DiNozzo Rule #3

Never underestimate your opponent.
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❝All things are possible, though some are more probable than others.❞

The total number of universes into which all possible combinations of existing phenomena could be organized is infinite.
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❝I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.❞

I had the fortune or misfortune to learn how to read fluently starting at the age of three. So I had read maybe 150 books by the time I hit 1st grade. And I already knew that the teachers were lying to me.
— Alan Kay
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Multiple and diverse

The idea of polytheism is grounded in the view that reality (divine or otherwise) is multiple and diverse... Polytheism has allowed a multitude of distinct groups to exist more or less in harmony, despite great divergence in beliefs and practices.
— Margot Adler
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Doxology

The Doxology ... that testimonial to the Platonic Trinity, which divided the Roman Empire into at least eighteen quarreling sects, none of whom knew what they were fighting about, and which schisms contributed to the decline and fall of this greatest of states. Rome had thrived for one thousand years with pagan gods at the helm and expired after only one hundred and fifty years under the Christian banner.
— Ruth Hurmence Green
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❝A thing is right…❞

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.
— Aldo Leopold
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❝Well done is better than well said.❞

Well done is better than well said.
— Benjamin Franklin
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NeoNote — Politicos want problems they can stage-manage

I know you personally don't think politics should be separated from faith, but when do I get to practice my faith without being subject to politics? Do I really need to consider the intersectional implications when I greet the dawn? When I see people whimpering in their safe spaces, why can't I tell them about the strong ones who gained power overcoming adversity? Do we really have to examine the psycho-sexual implications of a cup and dagger before using it?
— NeoWayland
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“Ancient Egypt: Crash Course World History #4”

“In which John covers the long, long history of ancient Egypt, including the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms, and even a couple of intermediate periods. Learn about mummies, pharaohs, pyramids and the Nile with John Green.”

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“There’s always something new”

The number of phenomena to be known is infinite; one will never run out of things to learn.
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My sixth sex rule

Incest is not a good idea.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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DiNozzo Rule #1

Don't sit on the sidelines while your people are in trouble.
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Innocent faith

The age of innocent faith in science and technology may be over.
— Barry Commoner
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❝Conservation is getting nowhere…❞

Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
— Aldo Leopold
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“Don’t do it if you don’t want it done to you.”

My paranoid version of the Golden Rule is a little more blunt. It still applies though.

If YOU are not willing to live under another's rules, why should they be willing to live under yours?
— NeoWayland, parity test
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❝Bad money drives out good.❞

When two coins are equal in debt-paying value but unequal in intrinsic value, the one having the lesser intrinsic value tends to remain in circulation and the other to be hoarded or exported.
Gresham's law, (original version)
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❝Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.❞

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature favors

Nature favors those organisms which leave the environment in better shape for their progeny to survive.
— James Lovelock
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Easier

Sadly, it's much easier to create a desert than a forest.
— James Lovelock
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Difficult problems

One of the most difficult problems of our age is that leaders, and perhaps academics as well, cannot readily admit that things are out of control and that we do not know what to do. We have too much information, limited cognitive abilities to think in systemic terms and an unwillingness to appear to be in control and to have solutions for our problems. We are afraid that if we admit to our confusion, we will make our followers and students anxious and disillusioned. We know we must learn how to learn, but we are afraid to admit it.
— Donald Michael Kraig
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❝Gods and Goddesses of myth…❞

The Gods and Goddesses of myth, legend and fairy tale represent archetypes, real potencies and potentialities deep within the psyche, which, when allowed to flower permit us to be more fully human.
— Margot Adler
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“Mesopotamia: Crash Course World History #3”

“In which John presents Mesopotamia, and the early civilizations that arose around the Fertile Crescent. Topics covered include the birth of territorial kingdoms, empires, Neo-Assyrian torture tactics, sacred marriages, ancient labor practices, the world's first law code, and the great failed romance of John's undergrad years.”

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“Gods of Arabs before Islam”

“Gods and goddess of polytheistic Arabia”

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