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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.

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My comments on the “Billy Graham rule”

I used to think that this was a silly thing Christians used to hide their own insecurity. And if I had my druthers, I'd put this is a caution box with the red banner and be done with it.

Yeah. I can't do that anymore.

Like it or not, we live in the age of #MeToo. One inevitable result is the increase of false accusations of harassment and rape.

No, not every accusation is false. But a significant number are. Women have been handed a huge political power that no one wants to morally deny them. As long as false accusations are tolerated, even encouraged as the cost of setting right past wrongs, there is a huge temptation.

These days, an odd looking man is assumed to be a predator of women and children. If the man is unmarried, even more so. So if I am meeting someone for the first time, it's better with witnesses. If it's only going to be a casual relationship, there should be witnesses each and every time.

This means holding women at a distance. I have to watch myself. I have to watch my language. No matter what she is wearing, no matter how she looks, I can't allow myself to look too close for too long. I have to treat a woman as if she is less than fully human. As if my every move could utterly destroy her. As if she is unable to resist the corruption of my maleness.

And I do not dare be alone with her.

I don't like it. I think it's a stupid rule. But it's practical.
— NeoWayland, Billy Graham rule
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“The Renaissance: Was it a Thing? - Crash Course World History #22”


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Gibbs Rule #11

When the job is done, walk away.
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“Change your perspective.”

The WebTree itself is the wyrd or orgone weave that permeates and connects everything. Depending on perspective, it might be a web, a tree of life, a labyrinth, or found in the curves of a Celtic design. Understanding the connections and the tensions are the key. Sometimes the polarities and connections are obvious.

Key concepts include cycles, dynamic balances, flux points, the Wheel of the Year, weirds and the Knot.
— NeoWayland, Webtree
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“If anything can go wrong, it will.”

If anything can go wrong, it will — and in the most annoying manner possible.
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Keep a notebook

Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable than gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
— Jack London
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Unexpected goddesses

“Let It Be Flash Mob for United Girls of the World”

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Gibbs Rule #9

Never go anywhere without a knife.
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“Anything can be a person.”

Any phenomenon may be considered to be alive and to have a personality, that is, to “be” an entity or being, and may be effectively dealt with thusly.
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“Columbus, de Gama, and Zheng He! 15th Century Mariners. Crash Course: World History #21”

“In which John Green teaches you about the beginning of the so-called Age of Discovery. You've probably heard of Christopher Columbus, who "discovered" America in 1492, but what about Vasco da Gama? How about Zheng He? Columbus gets a bad rap from many modern historians, but it turns out he was pretty important as far as the history of the world goes. That said, he wasn't the only pioneer plying the seas in the 1400s. In Portugal, Vasco da Gama was busy integrating Europe into the Indian Ocean Trade by sailing around Africa. Chinese admiral Zheng He was also traveling far and wide in the largest wooden ships ever built. Columbus, whether portrayed as hero or villain, is usually credited as the great sailor of the 15th century, but he definitely wasn't the only contender. What better way to settle this question than with a knock-down, drag-out, no holds barred, old-fashioned battle royal? We were going to make it a cage match, but welding is EXPENSIVE.”

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Seven Principles of Leave No Trace

I should warn you, reading the article that prompted this entry is depressing.

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“Russia, the Kievan Rus, and the Mongols: Crash Course World History #20”

“In which John Green teaches you how Russia evolved from a loose amalgamation of medieval principalities known as the Kievan Rus into the thriving democracy we know today. As you can imagine, there were a few bumps along the road. It turns out, our old friends the Mongols had quite a lot to do with unifying Russia. In yet another example of how surprisingly organized nomadic raiders can be, the Mongols brought the Kievan Rus together under a single leadership, and concentrated power in Moscow. This set the stage for the various Ivans (the Great and the Terrible) to throw off the yoke and form a pan-Russian nation ruled by an autocratic leader. More than 500 years later, we still have autocratic leadership in Russia. All this, plus a rundown of some of our favorite atrocities of Ivan the Terrible, and a visit from Putin!”

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Gibbs Rule #8

Never take anything for granted.
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“You live in your cosmos and I’ll live in mine.”

Every sentient being lives in and quite possibly creates a unique universe which can never be 100% identical to that lived in by another.
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Rocky river

The gentleman just might be a little over tanned.

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“Venice and the Ottoman Empire: Crash Course World History #19”

“In which John Green discusses the strange and mutually beneficial relationship between a republic, the citystate of Venice, and an Empire, the Ottomans--and how studying history can help you to be a better boyfriend and/or girlfriend. Together, the Ottoman Empire and Venice grew wealthy by facilitating trade: The Venetians had ships and nautical expertise; the Ottomans had access to many of the most valuable goods in the world, especially pepper and grain. Working together across cultural and religious divides, they both become very rich, and the Ottomans became one of the most powerful political entities in the world. We also discuss how economic realities can overcome religious and political differences (in this case between Muslims and Christians), the doges of Venice, the sultans of the Ottoman empire, the janissaries and so-called slave aristocracy of the Ottoman Empire, and how money and knowledge from the Islamic world helped fuel and fund the European Renaissance. Also, there's a They Might Be Giants joke.”

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“Int'l Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and The Indian Ocean Trade: Crash Course World History #18”

“In which John Green teaches you the history of the Indian Ocean Trade. John weaves a tale of swashbuckling adventure, replete with trade in books, ivory, and timber. Along the way, John manages to cover advances in seafaring technology, just how the monsoons work, and there's even a disembowelment for you Fangoria fans.”

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Therapeutic

There’s something therapeutic about nudity… Take away the Gucci or Levi’s and we’re all the same.
— Kevin Bacon
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Gibbs Rule #6

Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness.
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Not the thing

The map is not the territory, the word is not the thing it describes. Whenever the map is confused with the territory, a 'semantic disturbance' is set up in the organism. The disturbance continues until the limitation of the map is recognized.
— Alfred Korzybski
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“Opposites attract.”

Like attracts unlike; energy and actions often attract their “opposites.”
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Altar versus alter

Any questions?

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Leap

Just people enjoying themselves

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“Wait For It...The Mongols!: Crash Course World History #17”

“In which John Green teaches you, at long last, about the most exceptional bunch of empire-building nomads in the history of the world, the Mongols! How did the Mongols go from being a relatively small band of herders who occasionally engaged in some light hunting-gathering to being one of the most formidable fighting forces in the world? It turns out Genghis Khan was a pretty big part of it, but you probably already knew that. The more interesting questions might be, what kind of rulers were they, and what effect did their empire have on the world we know today? Find out, as John FINALLY teaches you about the Mongols.”

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Greet the sunrise

I also greet the sunrise every day that I can. That's something I learned from my Baptist deacon grandfather. Granted, I do it with a bit more ceremony than he ever did. He was content to do it from the front porch with a cup of coffee.

Oh, and I've been known to dance naked in the light of a full Moon.

You can't embarrass me for following rites and rituals, anymore than you can embarrass a Christian for taking communion or an orthodox Jew for keeping kosher. My faith isn't my politics, and it doesn't matter to me what others think about it. It's between me and the Divine.
— NeoWayland
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“Fairies, Aliens and Demons - Common Evolving Archetypes”

tip of the hat to Chas Clifton

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Between the moments

Between one and the next.

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“Mansa Musa and Islam in Africa: Crash Course World History #16”

“In which John Green teaches you about Sub-Saharan Africa! So, what exactly was going on there? It turns out, it was a lot of trade, converting to Islam, visits from Ibn Battuta, trade, beautiful women, trade, some impressive architecture, and several empires. John not only cover the the West African Malian Empire, which is the one Mansa Musa ruled, but he discusses the Ghana Empire, and even gets over to East Africa as well to discuss the trade-based city-states of Mogadishu, Mombasa, and Zanzibar. In addition to all this, John considers emigrating to Canada.”

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Dancing naked

The trouble with dancing naked is that not everything stops when the music does.
— The Minnions
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See beyond

The deeper the passion, the harder it is to see beyond our expectations.
— NeoWayland, pedestal problem
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Very little honor

Because there is very little honor left in American life, there is a certain built-in tendency to destroy masculinity in American men.
— Norman Mailer
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❝What’s in a name? — Everything!❞

Knowing the complete and true name of an object, being or process gives one complete control over it.
— Isaac Bonewits, The Laws of Magic, The Law of Names

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❝Nudity is a problem for Americans.❞

Nudity is a problem for Americans. It disrupts our social exchange.
— Eric Fischl
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Gibbs Rule #5

You don't waste good.

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Swimming

Just have fun and go with it.

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Current

Here's a young lady just drifting in the current.

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We forget

We pagans make a big deal about walking between the worlds, but sometimes I think we spend so much time trying to be in the world we want that we forget to be in the world we're in.
— NeoWayland, Related to who?
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“The Crusades - Pilgrimage or Holy War?: Crash Course World History #15”

“In which John Green teaches you about the Crusades embarked upon by European Christians in the 12th and 13th centuries. Our traditional perception of the Crusades as European Colonization thinly veiled in religion isn't quite right. John covers the First through the Fourth Crusades, telling you which were successful, which were well-intentioned yet ultimately destructive, and which were just plain crazy. Before you ask, no, he doesn't cover the Children's Crusade, in which children were provoked to gather for a Crusade, and then promptly sold into slavery by the organizers of said Crusade. While this story is charming, it turns out to be complete and utter hooey.”

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Journal - Friday, 24Mar2019

Thinking by blogging

But there's a part of me that's sad that those ideas won't be part of the conversation going forward.

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Revived 24May2019

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.

No Monday entry

Reflections

Thursday will be Friday, and still the world turns

Getting my internet fix


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Nudity, sex, love

Nudity is not sex. Sex is not love. Love is not nudity. Your desire does not control another's choice.
— NeoWayland
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❝The Road goes ever on and on…❞

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say
— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
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Desert

Once again there was the desert, and that only.
— Stephen King, The Gunslinger
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Reinventing the wheel

In the old days, you would chastise people for reinventing the wheel. Now we beg, 'Oh, please, please reinvent the wheel.'
— Alan Kay
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Habitual nakedness

Complete nudity in itself is not erotic. It becomes so only when preceeded by or contrasted to a state of dress. In this limited context then, all clothes become somewhat immoral, if we define immorality as inciting sexual interest. Habitual nakedness may indeed be capable of elevating man to a higher mental plane.
— Lucy Irvine
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Three Laws of Thermosecurity

The first law is that the desire of authorities in charge of security for information will continue in a straight line with no limits in time and space short of the heat death of the universe. The second law is that the willingness of their authorities to supply them with the budget they need to do that has very definite limits, both in time and space. Hence the third law, which is the one we are now operating under. The information assembled by security authorities invariably overwhelms their ability to analyze the information. They are, in effect, suffocated by their own insecurity.
— David Weber, Cauldron of Ghosts
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Ro3 № 32

Ninety-seven percent of the time, there is no practical magickal solution. Three percent of the time, well, three is a magick number and that is when I use magick.
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Human experience

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
— Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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My seventh sex rule

Be honest with your partner.

Don't hide infections, somatic sexuality, orientation, gender role, kinks, quirks, and other current partners. Don't conceal who or what you are because you don't think your partner will accept it.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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Ro3 № 31

Choose your own words and actions despite the threat of punishment. Accept responsibility for your choices. Trust that others will make their choices without your coercion.
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Touch and sunlight

Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.
— Diane Ackerman
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Part of nature

Human beings are as much a part of nature as trees or birds, and the unclothed body expresses this belongingness directly and powerfully.
— Wynn Bullock
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Gibbs Rule #4

The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best.

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❝Knowledge is power.❞

Understanding brings control; the more that is known about a subject, the easier it is to exercise control over it.
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Really there

“Mirrored Ceilings and Criss-Crossed Stairwells Give a Chinese Bookstore the Feeling of an M.C. Escher Woodcut”

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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”

“John Green teaches you about the so-called Dark Ages, which it turns out weren't as uniformly dark as you may have been led to believe. While Europe was indeed having some issues, many other parts of the world were thriving and relatively enlightened. John covers European Feudalism, the cultural blossoming of the Islamic world, and the scientific and artistic advances in China, all during these "Dark Ages." Along the way, John will raise questions about the validity of Europe's status as a continent, reveal the best and worst years of his life, and frankly state that science and religion were once able to coexist.”

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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 your 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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Like calls to like

If we wrap ourselves in sorrow and pain and misery and self-loathing, then that is exactly what we attract.
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Classic virtues

Honor and the other classic virtues are part of what we choose for ourselves as Pagans.
— NeoWayland, The Old Breed
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That's my joke you see.

That's my joke you see. My day to day lifeline. Coyote's gift. The thing that keeps me surviving. I don't quite fit. I never will. Perpetually at the border, that's where I live. It's my nature.
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The universe has a sense of humor

That is why the universe has a sense of humor. When you think you have the rules for honor and ethics and blessing all figured out, something comes along that you didn't think of and makes you look at it all again. Because the rules don't always work.
— NeoWayland, Blessings and ethics
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A novel?

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“Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.”

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
— Thomas Huxley
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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.

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.
— NeoWayland,
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“Buddha and Ashoka: Crash Course World History #6”

“In which John relates a condensed history of India, post-Indus Valley Civilization. John explores Hinduism and the origins of Buddhism. He also gets into the reign of Ashoka, the Buddhist emperor who, in spite of Buddhism's structural disapproval of violence, managed to win a bunch of battles.”

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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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❝Perfect is the enemy of good.❞

Perfect is the enemy of good.
— attributed to Voltaire
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Third best, second best, best

Give them the third best to go on with; the second best comes too late, the best never comes.
— Robert Watson-Watt. See also Rules of Three
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Perfect solution

We don't have a perfect solution. But we don't need one. We just have to make today better than yesterday.
— NeoWayland
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Curveball

My theory is it’s possible to become very successful in a given field by applying the prevailing orthodoxy and doing exactly as everyone expects without the slightest deviation. Like this, you can become very competent in your chosen subject – until someone chucks a curveball at you and it becomes clear you’ve had no practice in dealing with dissenting opinions.
— Tim Newman, Into-the-box thinking
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Mispronounce

Never make fun of someone if they mispronounce a word. It means they learned it by reading.
— anonymous
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Explore

I don’t explain — I explore.
— Marshall McLuhan
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Exceptional things

If you’re not ready to find exceptional things, you won’t discover them.
— Avi Loeb
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Genius

The genius is the one most like himself.
— Thelonious Monk
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Everywhere I go

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
— Sigmund Freud
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NeoNotes — Rape culture

Pardon, but I think there is a difference between rapes occurring and rape culture.

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Only one difference

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad.
— Salvador Dali
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Eat and drink

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
— Socrates
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Gibbs Rule 1?

Never screw over your partner.
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❝You can become another.❞

It is possible through maximum association between the elements of oneself and those of another being to actually become that being to the point of sharing its knowledge and wielding its power.
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My fifth sex rule

I don't tell you who to fuck, and I expect that you won't tell others who they can't fuck as long as it's unpledged consenting adults.
— NeoWayland, sex rules
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Dragon aurora

“Have you ever seen a dragon in the sky?”

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Abby Rule #9

Always keep a spare.
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‘I told you so'

Nobody who says, ‘I told you so’ has ever been, or will ever be, a hero.
— Ursula K. Le Guin
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Pursuit of truth and beauty

The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
— Albert Einstein
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Full of magic things

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
— W.B. Yeats
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Virtue

Neither by nature, then, nor contrary to nature do the virtues arise in us; rather we are adapted by nature to receive them, and are made perfect by habit.
— Aristotle
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Strength and growth

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.
— Napoleon Hill
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Who gets credit

I don't care who gets the laughs on my show, as long as the show is funny.
— Jack Benny
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Clearest way

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
— John Muir
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Ro3 № 28

There are three types of history. There's the Official History™, there's the stories that people tell, and there's what really happened.
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❝Just cause it’s invisible don’t mean it ain’t there.❞

Every sense mechanism of every entity is limited by both range and type of data perceived.
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Dancing Trees

Forest of the Dancing Trees

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Gentle stretch

She's pretty relaxed.

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❝Beings without❞

It is possible to establish external communication with entities from either inside or outside of oneself, said entities seeming to be outside of oneself during the communication process.

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Ro3 № 27

A living faith draws from three sources. There's what others have done before you. There's who you are and what you've done. And finally there's the link you make to the Divine. The dynamic tension shapes your faith.
— NeoWayland, Faith Triad, see also Rules of Three
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Polarities

The Judeo-Christian heritage has left us with the view of a universe composed of warring opposites, which are valued as either good or evil. They cannot coexist. A valuable insight of Witchcraft, shared by many earth-based religions, is that polarities are in balance, not at war.
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Ro3 № 24

I honor truth, liberty, and the rule of law in that order.
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Not even the same subject

In my experience, Western and Eastern philosophy are not in conflict. They aren't even the same SUBJECT.

Western philosophy is about the mechanics of how one ought act in the universe and assumes that people already have an understanding of who they are and what they want. Western philosophy concerns itself with the subject of knowledge, of "What?" and "How?"

Eastern philosophy is about studying meaning, self, and all the things that are subjective to the individual. Eastern philosophy is the study of "Why?" and "Who?"

They are different questions, and these discussions are largely agnostic to one another.
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Snow on red rock

Still one of my favorite things.

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