Heinrich Hein, German Writer (13 December 1797 - 17 February 1856)
Fascinating. one usually sees Christianity solely blamed for causing violence rather than suppressing it.
===One could argue that any cultural faith that becomes a moderating influence…especially when it is in the stabilizing process of its’ time. It develops ways of harnessing and focusing the more aggressive impulses to not eat itself. For a while, the Christian faith was very much about limiting sin…and was rather self-focused. (I am not convinced this is THE best argument, but it would be part of the mix.)
===It is interesting to see the set-up here…there has been an undercurrent of thought that Christianity weakened something vital in the Germanic/Aryan spirit, and that the religion is a curse. (It is fascinating to see this then shifted into the right-wing Christian mindset, which has this same feel of poisoned anger….)
Christianity was extremely pacifistic in the beginning, but when it became a state religion it had to become more practical. As it spread, Jesus and Dor/Thor merged. I highly recommend listening to “Thor ‘s Angels” episode of Hardcore History podcast by Dan Carlin.
What does a Glowing Plant look like?
A few weeks ago we showed you a prototype of some glowing seeds - now we thought you would like to see what those seeds have grown into. Just to recap, those seeds were made with Agro-bacterium (which means we can’t distribute them) and they include the Firefly luciferase, rather than the Vibri Fisheri, which means they need the addition of a luciferine substrate* in order to glow… but they make a nice benchmark for how our work is progressing.
Thanks to our friends at DIYsect who helped us take this picture - look out for their documentary series on DIY Bio when it comes out (http://www.diysect.com/).
* We are considering adding the firefly gene to the final plant so you can boost the glow for short periods for showing off your plants to friends but this is not confirmed. Putting multiple gene pathways into the plant is one of the most interesting ideas we have for boosting the luminosity… challenge for now is that these full pathways are not known to science!
Can’t wait until I get mine!
Took my forever, but I finally got my first deer ever.
Hunting is actually an ironic thing for a dragon to get into. For me, anyway. It is actually a time when I feel more connected to being human than dragon. For surely, there is no way for me to come anywhere close to the technique of killing in any way you might imagine a dragon would do so. From start to finish it is completely different. It would not matter if it was a bow, gun, knife or any other such thing. Instead I think a lot about my human ancestors.
Can you imagine the lives, for tens of thousands of years that came before you? Nameless, forgotten people living in houses, cabins, tents, huts, caves, and all other manner of dwellings strong and weak. Small and alone. Many.
Do Sins Taste Like Chicken? Scapegoating and the Sin Eater
“Scapegoating worked in practice while it still had religious powers behind it. You loaded the sins of the city on to the goat’s back and drove it out, and the city was cleansed. It worked because everyone knew how to read the ritual, including the gods. Then the gods died, and all of a sudden you had to cleanse the city without divine help. Real actions were demanded instead of symbolism. The censor was born, in the Roman sense. Watchfulness became the watchword: the watchfulness of all over all. Purgation was replaced by the purge” – J.M. Coetzee
Beaver Gods are Jerks: Wishpoosh, Antediluvian Terror of the Pacific Northwest
“Wishpoosh, the giant beaver who ate trees and men with equal ease” – Nard Jones
How do these people miss conservation of mass in high school science class? Matter cannot be created or destroyed you dumb fucks asdfghjkl why am I bringing logic into this I’m going back to Pokemon I’m too pain pill hungover for this.
I want to know what raw matter is.
Gotta love the tidbits. “You don’t rule a continent-spanning Hellenistic empire without learning to delegate, but by the same token this made monsters more of a tactical problem, rather than a supernatural horror. “
just a reminder: we’re two periods away from 2014.
you couldn’t just say months you had to measure time with your menstrual cycle
fUN FACT. the earliest form of a calender that’s ever been found was to…
The earlier person is wrong, because saying “so and such the origin” is not an argument even if it is true (and it probably isn’t true but we will never truly know that far back), and colpfiction is wrong factually.
Yes, you should all go see a doctor. Seeing and hearing things to the point where you develop PTSD is not normal or healthy! Oh my god, telepathy too? Jesus Christ you really do need to go see a fucking doctor holy fuck. You’re probably in way too deep and I’m just wasting my time talking to a brick wall. Go get help. Mental illnesses often run in families.
So apparently you guys don’t believe people can actually function while still mentally ill. I also assume someone is just going to hand me money so I can get therapy for something I can pretty much handle on my own. Incredible. Again, how is this hurting you or anyone else?If you’re hiding in the shower because you’re hearing things that aren’t physically there, that sounds like a big fucking problem to me. I’m sorry you don’t have the money to go see a therapist at the moment, but should a sudden windfall happen I’d put it on the to-do list. I believe Bullshit-Incorporated also has a list of links for mental health resources handy.
By refusing to acknowledge even the possibility that these apparitions could be caused by something concrete, you are reinforcing other peoples’ beliefs in the paranormal. While you might be able to function properly, you could be discouraging other, less functional people from seeking the help they need.
Incidentally, I myself suffer from major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety, so don’t give me that ‘you don’t know anything about mental illness’ bullshit.
I never said you guys didn’t know anything about mental illness. I have followed your blog for a month and I am aware a few of the mods have mental disorders.
I hid in the shower literally one time, when I was fifteen. Fifteen. I am now 21, and I have learned to handle it. “That sounds like a big fucking problem to me” Thanks for your input, but it is my problem, and not yours, even though you decided to make it your problem. Don’t tell me I’m mentally ill or try to diagnose me when you know nothing about me and just stumbled on my post in the “paranormal” tag.
Also, don’t you dare try to fucking tell me that my entire existence and the way I deal with my own bullshit is harming other people. The last thing I would ever do is discourage someone from medical/mental help if they’re privileged enough to have access to it.
And you make it sound like reinforcing belief in the paranormal is a bad thing. If people get closure from something supernatural, so be it. If people feel secure with faith, God, angels, ghosts, fairies, aliens—SO BE IT. IT IS NOT YOUR FUCKING PLACE TO TELL SOMEONE WHAT THEY CAN AND CANNOT FIND COMFORT IN EVEN IF YOU YOURSELF DON’T SEE WHAT THEY SEE IN IT HOLY SHIT THIS IS LIKE RULE 1 OF EMPATHY
Picture this. You’re looking after a toddler. This toddler sleeps with a security blanket, like a lot of toddlers do. She carries it with her and sleeps with it because it makes her feel safe and at home.
Now, you see her with it and you go, “Oh my god, that’s so stupid. Why do you like this blanket so much? You’re such a fucking idiot. That blanket is just a blanket, it’s not going to make you any safer. Dumbass kid.” Then you try to force her to sleep without it.
Two things happen. One: you might be right but you’re being a jackass, holy shit she’s just a kid and she’s not fucking hurting anyone with her security blanket what the fuck is wrong with you and Two: she’s not going to sleep without the thing and she’s not going to be happy that you’ve ripped her only comfort like right out from under her so you might as well give it back
this is literally all I am going to say on the subject goodbye
"When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things."
Also joke’s on you, I have a security blanket. It’s my comfort object. But unlike an angel or a spirit, it’s a physical thing I can hold, touch, and show to others.
Your implicit acceptance of your hallucinations as ‘normal’ and your complete dismissal of the possibility that they might not be normal encourages others to follow the crowd. This is the exact same argument I’ve had with otherkins. You say you would never discourage someone from seeking help, but your actions say otherwise.
I don’t know if I would use the word normal here. In reality, hallucinations are normal. Nearly all human beings have had hallucinations of some kind. An attributing such experiences to spirits or magic or whatever is normal throughout history.
The optimal state would be that the hallucinations can be controlled or realized harmlessly either through some kind of intervention if possible or through personal narrative. Many supernatural beliefs are ultimately harmful, but if you are in terror or supernatural events around you, or your view of reality becomes so distorted that your every day functioning and reasoning are distorted (for example, a jury that let’s a clear murderer go because it is only God’s place to judge) then it is a narrative that needs to be reexamined.
As long as you don’t substitute telepathy for a telephone call to an ambulance or something like that…
That being said, you will be constantly challenged on your supernatural beliefs, because although your experiences are real, your explanations are not grounded in reality. You will never be able to prove them for this reason. And that will not change.