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Re: Recently Blogged by PerditaPickle
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Re: Nihilism and existentialism - choice, or fact of life? by Anon100
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Nihilism and existentialism - choice, or fact of life? by PerditaPickle
[December 04, 2021, 06:48:56 am]


Re: What Is a Non-Theme, and What Will It Be for 2021? by Darkhawk
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Nion: Should be Ash or Cherry? by Wanderer894
[December 03, 2021, 03:09:51 pm]

* Up All Night 2021 Edition (December 20-21)

Up All Night! (December 20-21)

For those who are not aware, we at The Cauldron have a tradition of an all-night virtual party/vigil for the December solstice: Up All Night (UAN). Some of us go the distance and stay up from dusk till dawn, others pop in and out as their sleep allows, but everyone has a great time!

This year the party begins at your local sunset on Monday, December 20th, and ends at your local sunrise on Tuesday, December 21st.

More Info: in our 'Looking Ahead' planning thread and on the Up All Night page.

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Social Discussion Forums / Re: Recently Blogged
« Last post by PerditaPickle on Yesterday at 07:28:23 am »
I think holiday season sometimes brings us too far into reminisce mode and the New Year pushes us to look forward, and it can be easy to loose sight of the now, so this week's blog is a reminder to focus on what is.

I wasn't aware of the issue of disabled people wanting to get married and struggling to keep their healthcare & income, that sort of thing makes me really mad (over here we have the continual eroding of welfare benefits for the disabled, and it's a soapbox topic of mine - because such a lot of it happens below the radar and doesn't even get any media coverage or public attention).


I published X marks the spot blog today - having to do with goal setting (or in my case, sticking with the same goal, and coming up with new ways to accomplish it).


(The eagle eyed may note that I'd gotten out of sequence with my alphabet as X and Y were the wrong way around.  Also, don't hold your breath for my Z post, it's a really big cheat!)
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Philosophy and Metaphysics / Re: Nihilism and existentialism - choice, or fact of life?
« Last post by Anon100 on December 04, 2021, 07:15:10 am »
Does one chose to be either a nihilist or an existentialist, or is it an innate quality inherent in one's personality/outlook on life?

Ok. I had to look up the meaning of these before answering.

Existentialism
a philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.
nihilism
the rejection of all religious and moral principles, in the belief that life is meaningless.

Just reading these brief descriptions they sound more like learned or environmental beliefs. I don't think it's so much a necessary choice but rather a reaction to how the world around one has expressed itself or interacted with people. Obviously different people have different inbuilt reactions and triggers but I think that it requires more than just the propensity of a mind set for someone to follow a certain path.

Is existentialism even the opposite of nihilism, or do you hold a different view?

I don't think so. They are opposite expressions of how an individual interacts with the world but both of them start from the same premise that it's up to the individual to find their own way, rejecting any thoughts of a greater power ( either human rules/rulers or deity ).

I suppose I would lean towards existentialism as I feel that we can all make some difference just by doing our best in our own lives. However I do have a belief in the power of community, nature, gods etc., so I feel that it is more a case of us each having power as part of the whole( by which I don't mean we have to be held by bad ideas and rules, but that we need to respect that we're all interacting and affecting each other and that our power is in coming together )
 
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Does one chose to be either a nihilist or an existentialist, or is it an innate quality inherent in one's personality/outlook on life?

Is existentialism even the opposite of nihilism, or do you hold a different view?

Are you a nihilist or an existentialist (or something else)?  Why do you think this is?

Do you wish you were otherwise?  (As one might wish to be an optimist but seemingly unable to cease being a pessimist?)  (If you're prepared to share this detail, that is.)

I'm not sure I know the answers to any of my own questions (other than being very much an existentialist).  But if I can contribute meaningfully to any ensuing discussion, I will of course do so.
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Holidays and Festivals / Re: What Is a Non-Theme, and What Will It Be for 2021?
« Last post by Darkhawk on December 03, 2021, 07:19:10 pm »
Say WHAT?!?

Worldcon got rescheduled to December because of the plague!  I convinced my father to get a membership in the Before Times because he lives in DC and we could go together!  Also I am now a member of SFWA! So, y'know, busy December and I'll be staggering off a train at about 8pm on the 20th (assuming no delays which is not the way to bet) and then have to get home. ;)
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Magic and the Occult for Beginners / Nion: Should be Ash or Cherry?
« Last post by Wanderer894 on December 03, 2021, 03:09:51 pm »
I took it as a given that while not all of the letters in the Ogham were associated with trees, at least it was certain which trees, other plants, etc. were involved. Then I ran across this article that suggests a change of which plants and trees we associate with several of the fid. The writer bases their conclusion on the work of one scholar who took a closer look at the Bríatharogaim and thought several of them should be switched.

Right now Nion is the one I'm focusing on and part of that work is learning about the tree or plant associated with the fid. I wanted to get a few other opinions on whether I should focus on Ash or Cherry for Nion, or if it doesn't even really matter.

https://druidry.org/resources/a-re-evaluation-of-the-ogham-tree-list

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Holidays and Festivals / Re: What Is a Non-Theme, and What Will It Be for 2021?
« Last post by Altair on December 03, 2021, 02:33:16 pm »
Oh man I just realized I'll be coming off Worldcon for UAN this year, calling it now I am not gonna make it. ;)

Say WHAT?!?

Just pop in for a bit, DH; you don't have to go the distance.
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Art, Poetry, and Writing / Re: NaNoWriMo Season
« Last post by Darkhawk on December 02, 2021, 06:31:37 pm »
So how did everyone do?

A smidge over 50 kilowords on the Kemetic 101 book I've been saying I was gonna write for, like, a decade.

Now I have to... ... to finish... the calendars research....
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Holidays and Festivals / Re: What Is a Non-Theme, and What Will It Be for 2021?
« Last post by Darkhawk on December 02, 2021, 06:29:16 pm »
This year it begins at sunset on Monday, December 20 (only 3 weeks away!)...

Oh man I just realized I'll be coming off Worldcon for UAN this year, calling it now I am not gonna make it. ;)
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Art, Poetry, and Writing / Re: NaNoWriMo Season
« Last post by Sefiru on December 02, 2021, 06:25:31 pm »
That was me on Saturday, staring at 15K word deficit.  I decided to just work on it in between other stuff, hit a couple of good streaks and managed to hit 50K Monday night.

So how did everyone do?

I did get a drawing done each day for my challenge (quality was mixed though.) I think I got the hang of using a quill, but I also picked up a cheap set of steel nibs and I like them so much more. I also tipped over one of my ink bottles and now have a brown splotch on my drawing surface. Time to get new bristol board!
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Art, Poetry, and Writing / Re: NaNoWriMo Season
« Last post by Kylara on December 02, 2021, 10:15:49 am »


So how did everyone do?

Finished on the 30th, had a few days of "I'm gonna write one sentence just so I'll have written every day," but only had 2k for the final day (which is my personal daily goal).  I think I lost a few days somewhere in there somehow, but not sure where.
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