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Author Topic: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?  (Read 5414 times)

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Re: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?
« Reply #30 on: July 04, 2012, 10:01:21 pm »
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If it helps, try to relish their horror when you "come out of the broom closet" (what's the Heathen version of that saying? Is there one? "Come out of the hammer closet" or something?).


I always thought the heathen version of the broom closet should be the tool shed.
That awkward moment when someone calls you a godless heathen. :hdsk:

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Re: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?
« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2012, 10:09:07 am »
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I always thought the heathen version of the broom closet should be the tool shed.

 
Makes sense for the hammer symbolism, but lacks the connection to the initial metaphor. Anyway, just wanted to say your Thor fish is very entertaining!

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Re: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?
« Reply #32 on: July 07, 2012, 08:57:22 am »
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My condolences about your parents. If it helps, try to relish their horror when you "come out of the broom closet" (what's the Heathen version of that saying? Is there one? "Come out of the hammer closet" or something?). As long as they don't disinherit you, it could be quite funny.

Also, your signature is very funny. Yes, I've seen the film :)

 
Well my mum has somewhat broke off from the church (after many, many, MANY years) so she's a little more open minded. I think she knows that I have my own weird set of beliefs, though she's never asked and probably never will.
My dad on the other hand.... would think it's hilarious and wouldn't think serious of anything I say...
Because you know... worshiping many gods is so ridiculous as opposed to one, right? :confused:

And yes, the Avengers was an amaaaazing movie =D

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Re: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?
« Reply #33 on: July 07, 2012, 08:21:33 pm »
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Sorry for the bad title.

Anyway, I have a question. What drew you into your current religious paths?


Several different things: a need for cultural roots, curiosity, a dream...

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What is it about your current religion that appeals to you?


The story telling, the folklore, the history. I like that it doesn't contradict science. I like the deeper explanations (ie, Odin's ravens carry the souls of the dead because ravens literally pick at the dead bodies on the battlefields). I also like that it isn't really religious, per se. Its a way of life more than anything.

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Why, out of all the religions avaliable, did you pick the one you picked?


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Re: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?
« Reply #34 on: July 08, 2012, 02:39:01 am »
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Several different things: a need for cultural roots, curiosity, a dream...



The story telling, the folklore, the history. I like that it doesn't contradict science. I like the deeper explanations (ie, Odin's ravens carry the souls of the dead because ravens literally pick at the dead bodies on the battlefields). I also like that it isn't really religious, per se. Its a way of life more than anything.



Ancestry. Heritage. Residence.

 
Thanks very much for your reply! If I may ask, you said a dream was one of the things that led you on your path. Would you care to recount it? No pressure if you'd rather not.

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Re: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?
« Reply #35 on: July 08, 2012, 03:27:18 am »
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Thanks very much for your reply! If I may ask, you said a dream was one of the things that led you on your path. Would you care to recount it? No pressure if you'd rather not.

I don't mind. I mention it a lot, actually, because its the cornerstone of who I am spiritually.

A few years ago I had a dream that I was standing in an ancient town, on a road, during a carneval. A parade procession was passing through and I noticed a friend of mine was in it. He was on a type of litter, sitting cross-legged, carried by women dressed all in white. People were dancing and eating and banners lined the buildings. I went up to him, looked in his cold eyes, and knew I'd never see him again. I wasn't sad...it was a good place.

Anyway. While I was dreaming that, that same friend had hanged himself an ocean away that day (my night). I didn't know until after the dream.

And it's not an unusual phenomenon.  Sigmund Freud even had a friend he described as intelligent and trustworthy who had had the same experience (also with a suicide.)

When I found the road, the women, and the carneval in Germanic conceptions of the dead/afterlife, it was big (HUGE) motivator for exploring that worldview.
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The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I’m not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. [...] The risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year timeframe. 10 years at most.--Elon Musk

I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence," [Bill] Gates wrote. "First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don\'t understand why some people are not concerned."

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Re: Why Did You Take The Path You Took?
« Reply #36 on: July 08, 2012, 03:55:56 am »
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I don't mind. I mention it a lot, actually, because its the cornerstone of who I am spiritually.

A few years ago I had a dream that I was standing in an ancient town, on a road, during a carneval. A parade procession was passing through and I noticed a friend of mine was in it. He was on a type of litter, sitting cross-legged, carried by women dressed all in white. People were dancing and eating and banners lined the buildings. I went up to him, looked in his cold eyes, and knew I'd never see him again. I wasn't sad...it was a good place.

Anyway. While I was dreaming that, that same friend had hanged himself an ocean away that day (my night). I didn't know until after the dream.

And it's not an unusual phenomenon.  Sigmund Freud even had a friend he described as intelligent and trustworthy who had had the same experience (also with a suicide.)

When I found the road, the women, and the carneval in Germanic conceptions of the dead/afterlife, it was big (HUGE) motivator for exploring that worldview.

 
Thank you for sharing that personal recount. My condolences about your friend's suicide.

I can see why the experience motivated you to explore the Heathen worldview.

Again, thanks for sharing.

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