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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.

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.

Kudos for not mentioning the shooter's name.

The shooter had absolutely nothing to do with Heathenry or pagan beliefs. 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.

Guns are not the problem. There are many more responsible gun owners than crazy people. The people who pay attention to gun laws are not the ones you should worry about. I say this as a reluctant gun advocate. I hate guns and I would ban them if I could eliminate every gun.

This tragedy does not reflect on Heathens. I understand that you have issues with how some Heathens speak and act. I respect that and I expect that you should speak your conscience. This terrible event should not justify wholesale changes in Heathenry just to satisfy your political desires.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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“Buddha and Ashoka: Crash Course World History #6”


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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
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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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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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