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Old 05-28-2005, 09:17 PM   #81
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Sorry to take this thread beyond your original scope, Melon. But your source did reference Dostoevsky who was a wonderful writer. And there is as much theory or more on the "insanity" of artists. And many of us are grateful for that "insanity."
And I know that "insanity" all too well. There were many years where I was not well, mentally, and while I cannot say that I went as far as having daytime hallucinations, I had enough dreams in those years to write a book. On top of it, after taking a personality test years ago, I fit the personality profile of a "Healer Idealist," which is the personality type thought to exist with "prophets," etc.

As such, I've always felt in tune with the spiritual side of things. Maybe someday, I'll write that book after all.

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You miss my point, entirely echo - entirely.

I brought up Flag Wars not as a response to the original point of this thread, but as a response to something he said later in the thread and the many many times he has lumped all conservative Christians in the "prejudiced" group.

I have always been much more respectful of homosexuals than melon and Irvine have been of conservative Christians. I have said that I thought homosexuality was wrong, and that's it. They go off on rants about how evil and prejudiced conservative Christianity is and are often very insulting about it. If you can find times that I called homosexuals prejudicial, backwoods, hateful, evil demons from hell, please feel free to post it here. Don't bother looking; I never have. But that's the kind of thing they love to throw out there about conservative Christians. Meanwhile, people are jumping on my back for discussing one particular group of homosexuals.

Quite frankly, I'm a little sick and tired of it.
It's hard to feel all warm and fuzzy, or particularly objective, about a group when, generally, the institutions supported by that group, by and large, condemn an entire strata of society, attacking them on nearly every front, in every format, accusing them constantly. When one is condemned oneself, it's very hard to hold one's tongue.


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If you are not one of the people prone to the behavior outlined in the previous paragraph, I don't think you really need to be upset here.
Okay, so you don't treat people that way.

As for the Flag Wars, yeah, it's a bunch of people getting stupid; people, unfortunately, have a tendancy to do stupid s--- Nobody ever said that gays, or even gays in a particular community, should be immune from criticism. I am not saying that you were wrong to post that; I wouldn't attack you for posting that.

But I would like you to consider the crap that Melon and Irvine have to deal with all the time....I don't agree with every little thing they say about cCs, but I try to keep in mind the way some cCs behave, and the way that certain Christian institutions and leaders treat gays.

Can't we all just get along?
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Oh INFP? I'm an INTJ - the thinker and CEO.
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i'll only offer these two thoughts, because i don't know where else to put them, and this particular thread seems to be where a consistent FYM dynamic has once again reared it's head.

1. it is impossible to have any sort of political discussion without stereotyping and generalizing. we can tack as many disclaimers as we want, but at the end of the day, politics is about masses of people. politics requires the individual to think as a member of a group, since the political apparatus can only serve the needs of groups, not specific individuals. thus, it should behoove everyone to know that whenever we speak of "Conservative Christians" who whatever group, we of course do not mean ALL of them. and it is the weakest possible argument to resort to a kind of, "wah, you're stereotyping me" claim when you can point to specific, measured pieces of legislation, combined with broader social action and awareness campaigns, aimed at persecuting one specific group. we can say that not all Texans are homophobic, but when the Texas State Congress wants to enact legislation that would prevent gay people from adopting, we are rightly able to call Texas politicians homophobic. i don't think all individual Catholics are homophobic, but the way the Catholic Church throws its weight around is clearly homophobic. we need to say this because dialogue and discourse are impossible without such organization of information.

2. there's a huge difference between 80s getting upset at being stereotyped, and people like Melon and myself who have to live with the consequences of stereotypes about gay people that are alive and well, as well as, and most importantly, people who think that it is okay to treat gay people differently because they have a questionable biblical interpretation of what they believe God might have said about gay people. in a modern liberal democracy, theological arguments cannot form the basis of social policy. i find it laughable when some Christians feel they are persecuted in the US because they don't see their values reflected perfectly by popular culture (i.e., complaining about the casual use of "goddammit" or "jesus christ!" in common conversation) and think this is tantamount to the real, measured discrimination gay people have to endur every day. i've never whined about being stereotyped; i've decried when stereotypes form the basis of amending the Constituttion of the United States, banning books from libraries in Alabama, preventing gay people from adopting in Texas and Florida, being able to fire people on the basis of sexual orientation, being unable to serve in armed forces, and the unavailability of legal recognition for a commited, adult relationship.
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Amen to that everyone can be stereotyped, no matter how hard I find it to empathise with any side of many arguements I believe we can all live in peace and accept each other as human beings, welcome to compassionate humanism

However after reading many of the discussions here they in my experience as an observer no matter what the topic they always end up in a series of highly elaborate, discretely veiled shit slinging matches, especially in threads with religious discussion that always carry conotations about homosexuality, all I want to point out is saying that religion is a mental illness is really as offensive to some as saying homosexulaity is a genetic defect, neither of which are what I've stated imo. God is man, man is God, man is the devil, we see things in our fellow man that are not of a definite nature, I capitalise the first letter of god due to the line of thought that I follow, if all man at some stage in the grand conscience of humankind believes in a higher being and this thought becomes institutionalised then God exists, the devil to me is a manifestation of all of mans misgivings, morality as it stands is vague as it should be, black and white do not exist there is only grey, we all need to pack our things and put them in the same suitcase for this is life we all need to be one.

One last thing remember we know nothing, the truth is uncertain and the truth is a different thing all together aethism, religion et al all have the same fate as I'm concerned to be condemned as utter bollocks when we die though we will find out or cease to exist, all that is certain for my life remains the certainity of that chance.
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all I want to point out is saying that religion is a mental illness is really as offensive to some as saying homosexulaity is a genetic defect
Congratulations! You've figured out why I wrote this thread to begin with.

So the next time some religious fanatic wants to make some half-assed comment about homosexuality, I'll be able to refer them to this thread.

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Congratulations! You've figured out why I wrote this thread to begin with.

So the next time some religious fanatic wants to make some half-assed comment about homosexuality, I'll be able to refer them to this thread.

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Here I was thinking that you were just as bad as those fanatics as you put it, smart move, disarming your enemy so to speak but still residing in my post is all I want for us all, peace and love naive as that may be, we can all work towards it together.
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I've been swimming in the realm of academic discourse for so long that I no longer know what I really believe, if that's possible. I just know how to take a position--any position--and argue my case. I guess I should have become a defense lawyer?

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I've been swimming in the realm of academic discourse for so long that I no longer know what I really believe, if that's possible. I just know how to take a position--any position--and argue my case. I guess I should have become a defense lawyer?

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Ah you see, it is difficult to completely remove oneself from preconceptions, misconceptions and trying to adapt to looking at everything without your views being diluted by personal opinion,

P.S. you'd make a great defense lawyer The work you've done here proves that you'd only be open for attack by the most shrewd and creative thinkers
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The only thing this thread is an example of is wasted opportunity.

This is the first thread I have seen in FYM that opened with a concept that is balanced in terms of both sides of the religious/non religious argument. We could all have a bit of a giggle and then discuss. Are religious people fruitcakes? Are non religious people miserable bastards? If so, why? We could all discuss it calmly and rational as everyone was being highlighted in a not so flattering way. We would have been even in this one thread.

But instead, ulterior motives aside, a number of people have taken to rehashing the same old arguments. I don't care if the arguments are valid.

This could have been an opportunity to learn.
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Please explain. Pretend I'm an accountant and don't know anything about this topic.

Sorry, beli. Missed your post last time.

Best way to explain it is you are experiencing alpha just when you are about to fall asleep or when you begin to wake up, kind of the relaxed state when you start doing stream of consciousness thinking, when you get that idea for a great line of poetry that you have to write down (and you were stupid enough to write it in the dark and can't read it in the morning). Beta is your fully awake state.
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Wow, does this make U2 the most successful rock band of members with mental illness?

*This explains sooooo much*



Afros, mullets, Bono's dancing on Red Rocks, coming out on stage in giant, mirrorball lemon car?

Hmm, so has the ACLU spent a lot of time harassing people with mental illness all these years?

Sheesh, it's getting so you can blame everything on mental illness?

Kids are rowdy, must have ADD, give em ritalin.

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Best way to explain it is you are experiencing alpha just when you are about to fall asleep or when you begin to wake up, kind of the relaxed state when you start doing stream of consciousness thinking, when you get that idea for a great line of poetry that you have to write down (and you were stupid enough to write it in the dark and can't read it in the morning). Beta is your fully awake state.
Thank you. The clown in me finds it amusing that my awake state is beta (testing). Thank you for taking the time to explain it to me.

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Interesting the difference between works of art created while using cocaine and opium (Coleridge).
I'm not familiar with this either, can you explain please? I have seen those photos of the webs spiders create whilst under the influence of various substances.
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Coleridge's Kubla Khan was supposedly written as a result of an opium dream ('course I wasn't there, so can't verify for certain.)

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/stc/Co...ubla_Khan.html
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Coleridge's Kubla Khan was supposedly written as a result of an opium dream ('course I wasn't there, so can't verify for certain.)

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/stc/Co...ubla_Khan.html
"As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,"

certainly sounds like some funny substances where involved.

Thanks for the link I hadn't read that poem before and heres me, for the past twenty years, thinking Frankie Goes To Hollywood were lyrical geniuseseses.
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So are you saying there is a difference between poems written while the author is in an alpha state and when an author is on drugs? Or do certain drugs induce an alpha state?
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Yes I think that religion is a mental illness, it seems that any redeeming features can only be found when reason suceeds faith, this is a very rare occurance that only happens once every millenia or so and it is conditional on the progress that the culture has made on issues of the value, rights and freedom of man.
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Oh, I don't have a clue.

I'm inclined to think though that certain drugs such as opium will induce an alpha state.
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I think a lot of other things will trigger alpha--smell, memory, music. Perhaps the artist chooses to visit alpha more frequently or is more attuned to it.

Maybe that is the core of the original question, is most great art unhappy art because the artist is often unhappy, or just chooses to express unhappiness. I suppose the same could be said about the expression of religion. Perhaps since in the real world, we often are taught to repress our dark side, that is the side most vulnerable to subconscious expression.

Are the chemicals in our brain triggered by what we repress and express?
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