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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.

Power trio

An unusual picture that is just about friendship…

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“The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really?: Crash Course World History #14”


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The future

The future is not laid out on a track. It is something that we can decide, and to the extent that we do not violate any known laws of the universe, we can probably make it work the way that we want to.
— Alan Kay
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Listen objectively

Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.
— Aldo Leopold
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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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Gibbs Rule #3?

Don't believe what you're told. Double check.
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McGee Rule #70

Keep digging till you hit bottom.

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❝Be so good they can't ignore you.❞

Be so good they can't ignore you.
— Steve Martin
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Bright smile

I love how the stones of her necklace bring out her eyes.

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Humans do change the planet

Humans do change the planet. But humans don't change the climate.
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Gaia is not a frail child

Gaia is not a frail child that must be protected from all harm. The World will still bring forth life millions of years after our great-great-great grandchilden's grandchildren have dissolved into dust. She did it millions of years before our great-great grandparents worshipped Her. If She decides She doesn't want us, we're done.
— NeoWayland, ugh-politics
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“Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar: Crash Course World History #13”

“In which John Green teaches you the history of Islam, including the revelation of the Qu'ran to Muhammad, the five pillars of Islam, how the Islamic empire got its start, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and more. Learn about hadiths, Abu Bakr, and whether the Umma has anything to do with Uma Thurman (spoiler alert: it doesn't). Also, learn a little about the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and how to tell if this year's Ramadan is going to be difficult for your Muslim friends. Let's try to keep the flame wars out of this reasoned discussion.”

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Coward's way

They didn't dare face the crowd.

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“Fall of The Roman Empire...in the 15th Century: Crash Course World History #12”

“In which John Green teaches you about the fall of the Roman Empire, which happened considerably later than you may have been told. While the Western Roman Empire fell to barbarians in 476 CE, the Byzantines in Constantinople continued the Eastern Empire nicely, calling themselves Romans for a further 1000 years. Find out what Justinian and the rest of the Byzantine emperors were up to over there, and how the Roman Empire dragged out its famous Decline well into medieval times. In addition to all this, you'll learn about ancient sports riots and hipster barbarians, too.”

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American obsession

Sex. In America an obsession. In other parts of the world a fact.
Marlene Dietrich
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NeoNote — For you own good

People deserve to make their own choices or the choice is meaningless.

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

“In which John Green teaches you the history of Christianity, from the beginnings of Judaism and the development of monotheism, right up to Paul and how Christianity stormed the Roman Empire in just a few hundred years. Along the way, John will cover Abram/Abraham, the Covenant, the Roman Occupation of Judea, and the birth, life, death and legacy of Jesus of Nazareth. No flame wars! Let's keep the commentary civil.”

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NeoNote — Mostly

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.

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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

Back again, jiggity jig

Podcasts in link section

Practicals

Where to find me

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Keeping vigil

Related to who?

Intensity and withdrawl

After the Solstice

Technopaganism

Belonging


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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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A narrow slice of life, but now and again pondering American neopaganism, modern adult pagans & the World.

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