Which is more important: happiness or truth? Say you have a dear friend who suffers from unexplained headaches, and they begin an expensive course of treatment with, for example, a homeopathic healer. For the sake of argument, say you understand that homeopathy is a scam, but your friend sees improvement in their symptoms.
I'm a hippie. Are you? It's a poorly defined term which refers to different sets of characteristics, but you make the call based on your own feelings. For extra comedy, list your hippie credentials in the comments. (P.S. If you're a hippie I love you! You can count on me to come to your protest or whatever.)
Time for a Big Idea Discussion (after a lengthy drought). Today, let's talk about relationships. What constitutes a romantic relationship? That is, say you're in one - how do you know? It seemed obvious until I stopped to think about it. Is there something for you that is mandatory for a relationship (e.g. sex, compliments, shared finances)?
Are zoos/aquriums inhumane? They used to be my favorite places. Lately I am wondering is it cruel and unusual to trap animals in confined areas just so we can look at them up close and personal. Maybe they are meant to be appreciated the way "God" meant it -- in the wild on Discovery HD.
The overwhelmingly popular response to a flawed world is to distract oneself with various superficial diversions, generally ignoring problems as much as possible. This can make everything seem all right, at least temporarily. Is it enough for you?
I personally feel that voluntary population control via educating people to have an optimal number of kids and/or *thinking* it through before having kids will solve A LOT of our problems:- less people, less pollution, less carbon footprint, improved sustainability, etc. etc. So why is population control such a taboo to talk about?
So the society pretty much dictates that when a person is sick, we will do anything possible to extend his/her life for as far out as possible, never mind that it's his last 3 days in the ICU begging for early relief.... what about animals? Where should we or you personally draw the line for pets?
The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish. When the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten. The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten. The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the...
I officially declare this room dead. My vision for it cannot become reality under the current conditions. However, I will leave it here so that it will be ready if conditions ever change. Thank you all very much for joining.
Radically rephrased: When faced with conflict, which do you prefer - trying to understand the roots of the conflict (in the past), or just focusing on resolving it in the present? I realize often both are necessary, but what proportion is most effective in your experience?
It's a holiday (for me, anyway). Let's do something light. Name something you really, really love. No limits on the nature of the thing. If picking one is hard, name multiples! You know how lax I am about rules :) If it's a holiday for you, enjoy!
New Discussion Topic: Who in this group is most challenging/most difficult/least comprehensible to you? I know those are very different things, I'm trying to leave this very open-ended, so answer as you wish.
Personal topic: Do you ever have times when you just don't know how to keep going, how to get out of bed in the morning and put one foot in front of the other? If so, what do you find is helpful to you to take care of yourself in those times? Be as specific as you want to be, small ideas & large are quite welcome.
Non discussion point: I keep a journal over at lostlo.livejournal.com. I am not asking you to read it, but I have been "hiding" it from the group, and while I am feeling less paranoid I thought I might as well share. Anyone is welcome, and if you have LJ I'll friend you (access to private). Thanks EdZ for encouraging me to be more open :)
Assisted Suicide: Why is it that while most people will agree that putting a very sick or injured animal to sleep is a merciful act and not murder but fail to apply the same set of principles when it comes to human beings?
Any logophiles out there? I need some linguistic assistance, should be fun. Looking for a word that is peaceful or relaxing, both in meaning and particularly in sound, yet is very uncommonly used. Like "Goosefaba" from the movie Anger Management, but perhaps a bit prettier sounding?
Hey everyone, wanted to say thanks for joining my community despite its lack of defined purpose. I've still been figuring out what I think it's "for" but am starting to better define it. Could use some help articulating my thoughts, if anyone could spare a little time for e-mails, I would love a skeptical rational thinker to help me.
About the group icon. I used this photo of Lincoln (http://www.sonofthesouth.net/slavery...) for typically complex & obscure reasons. Please look at the big version. Do you like it? Does it "fit" the group? If you have time, what do you think about the photo? Can you think of a better icon?