Find a flaw.
Is morality an artificial construct or does it exist?
morality is a tool to make sure people obey laws and societal function. morality stems from laws, so it is dependent on them. early morality was based in religious ideas because laws could not be enforced to a high degree often. modern religion is the result of modernization of early religious ideas, and religious morality is based on modern religion nowadays.
Any good documentaries about freemasonry out there that aren't /x/-tier? I'm interested about learning about freemasonry from a neutral, non-conspiracist point of view.
I can't say I ever saw a documentary about Freemasonry that didn't involve a heavy conspiracy lean, but if you are interested, the founding text of modern Freemasons is in this link
It pretty much outlines what is considered the mythic history, as well as certain ritual and behaviors.
You could literally just go to your local lodge and talk to one of the authorities there. You're not going to get brainwashed or made to swear blood oaths over a dead goat, and the guys are more than happy to clear up misunderstandings.
They're also required to lie about certain practices.
Not saying they're worthless as sources of information.
There's some stuff that' just fishy about it. It isn't a religion, but you have to acknowledge the existence of a Supreme Being to be in it, for one.
If god is benevolent, then why did he create women?
If you think women are evil, you have failed to understand them
Women are not evil, they are pure. Pure in their love, pure in their hate, pure in every emotion and reaction to the point where men's understanding breaks down.
If you think women are evil it is because you fail to see what she is reacting against. If you rejoice in a woman's love, it is because you also do not see what she is reacting against, because if you did, you would not rejoice.
Are there any good stories about Odin walking on earth and conversing with travellers or passers by?
Just curious, wondering if there are. I know it is said in the mythology that sometimes he would roam around as an old man.
Jung thought that Hitler was the resurrected Odin-figure that slumbered in the German mind for centuries.
In medieval Germany Odin was supposed to be the Devil, people were afraid of running into a wandering Satan at night because of the Odin-lore that got grafted onto non-Christian objects of worship.
Two I can name offhand was the time He and his wife kidnapped two princes from a shipwreck to teach them how to be badass and the resulting adventures of Odin as VEGTAM THE WANDERER and that one time he was Bolverker.
Educate me on mormonism /his/. From what little I know of their history and beliefs they seem pretty cool.
First off, how the hell did Joesph Smith gain a following [spoiler]dum dum dum dum dum[/spoiler]
He was very charismatic and told people what they wanted to hear, a story where ancient American natives received revelation directly, Eden is in Missouri, and white people are the good guys. An all-American prophet.
Less than 15 mins on the origins of Mormonism, which conceivably can answer you a bit better first question:
1 hour and half overview of theology, mostly soteriology:
>Germans won't defend this
ITT good historical military music.
Have some Ottoman Mehter:
Does existence necessitate a first cause?
Unsolved murders general
Why do Irish-Americans like to play the "WE WUZ OPPRESSED AN SHIEET" card whenever someone brings up racial inequality involving blacks? Were conditions for the Irish in the United States really comparable to what the Africans endured?
Conditions for the Irish in Ireland were certainly comparable to what African Americans endured.
>>In 1845,OttomanSultan Abdülmeciddeclared his intention to send £10,000 to victims of the Irish potato famine, butQueen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only £1,000, because she herself had sent only £2,000.The Sultan sent £1,000 along with five ships full of food. The British administration allegedly attempted to block the ships, but the food arrived secretly at Droghedaharbour...
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Was he autistic?
Schopenhauer has been an interesting study.
Having gone through the works published in his lifetime, I'd invite any questions and opinions about him and his philosophy.
Please restrict discussion to Schopenhauer and his predecessors.
SOME SURPRISES: 1) Schopenhauer accepts that there might be more than just the will-in-itself and its appearance (the latter being the world as representation); he allows that there might be an aspect to being-in-itself that has nothing to do with willing - an aspect that therefore has no relation to the will-in-itself...
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Schopenhauer fails to see the dhamma. he fails to infer that from life sucks, the sole solution is to strive for more acceptance+equanimity towards what he feels and thinks. that what he feels and thinks is not relevant to be happy.
This shows that no rationalism is systematic. The systematic way to see the dhamma is through contemplation, then on meditation on your failure to escape the misery of being alive, then on more contemplation to establish irreversibly the equanimity+benevolence.
I really think he was just conflicted on whether attempting to reject the will or accepting it as the lord of all worlds.
Besides that he was an intelligent man that found warmth within himself and wrote a few good reads.
Anyone have anything interesting about rare or obscure colonial possessions throughout history?
My favorite is the Courland Empire, which was actually able to have islands in The Gambia and in Trinidad even thought is was located in Latvia
Another good one is the Belgian Possession in Tianjin, its so rare, there are basically no pictures or maps of it
maps of Tianjin concessions, the Belgians sold all of their Chinese lands for pretty much nothing