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Topic: mission creep
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:15:42 AM
Topic: Stonehenge Summer Solstice Ceremony
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 11:11:37 AM

Once upon a time, "druid" referred to a high-ranking professional in Celtic culture, often priests and healers.

Today, Druidry is a spiritual or religious movement which is all about revering and syncing with the natural world.

Druids put environmental protection at the forefront of their spiritual beliefs, and often hark back to the days of the original Celtic druids.

Although modern druids have no real links to the ancient druid priests, the new druid movement was born out of a respect and reverence for these early druids.

In Irish folklore, druids are often described as serving kings and lords as counsellors, and are often blessed with magical powers like being able to see the future or control the weather.

Today, druids are a diverse bunch, with different groves (groups of druids) emphasising different principles.

However, many share a hippy love of nature, respect for rituals and ceremonies and a belief in a range of gods and goddesses.

Some claim it's a purely spiritual movement, some claim Druidry is a religion, while others reckon it's a combination of the two.

What do druids do at Stonehenge on the summer solstice?
Every year, hundreds of druids rock up to Stonehenge to mark the summer solstice.

The West Country landmark is a magnet for hippy types at the best of times, and the standing stones become even more of a druid beacon at the solstice.

Druids celebrate eight festivals throughout the year, including four solar festivals - both solstices and both equinoxes.

Different groves will celebrate with different rituals but, in general, the solstice represents the time of death and rebirth, when the sun abandons the earth and the darkest day occurs.

One ritual involves bringing scraps of material to represent the things that have been holding you back, and casting it to the ground.

Other ancient traditions will be revived, and druids may also recite prayers and share food and drink.

Topic: It is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.
Posted: Saturday, June 23, 2018 9:29:30 AM

Context from:The Wonderful Wizard of Oz



When Dorothy awoke the sun was shining through the trees and Toto had long been out chasing birds around him and squirrels. She sat up and looked around her. Scarecrow, still standing patiently in his corner, waited for her.

“We must go and search for water,” she said to him.

“Why do you want water?” he asked.

“To wash my face clean after the dust of the road, and to drink, so the dry bread will not stick in my throat.”

“It must be inconvenient to be made of flesh,” said the Scarecrow thoughtfully, “for you must sleep, and eat and drink. However, you have brains, and it is worth a lot of bother to be able to think properly.”

They left the cottage and walked through the trees until they found a little spring of clear water, where Dorothy drank and bathed and ate her breakfast. She saw there was not much bread left in the basket, and the girl was thankful the Scarecrow did not have to eat anything, for there was scarcely enough for herself and Toto for the day.

When she had finished her meal, and was about to go back to the road of yellow brick, she was startled to hear a deep groan near by.

“What was that?” she asked timidly.

“I cannot imagine,” replied the Scarecrow; “but we can go and see.”

Just then another groan reached their ears, and the sound seemed to come from behind them. They turned and walked through the forest a few steps, when Dorothy discovered something shining in a ray of sunshine that fell between the trees. She ran to the place and then stopped short, with a little cry of surprise.

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Topic: miss the mark
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 4:20:44 PM
Topic: miss the mark
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 3:19:53 PM

Is sin “missing the mark”?

Have you been told that the word for “sin” literally means “missing the mark” in the original Greek? In fact, it does not.

The verb “hamartano” (αμαρτανω) was sometimes used in pre-Classical and Classical Greek to refer to missing a target. Homer uses it in the Iliad to speak of a man who failed to hit his opponent with a spear (Iliad 5.287, using the archaic form ημβροτες): “But Diomed all undismayed made answer, ‘You have missed, not hit.’” In other contexts it was used to speak of losing one’s way on a road. More generally it meant, “to do wrong, err or sin” (see Liddell, Scott and Jones, abbrev. LSJ). By the time they were writing the New Testament, the average reader would not have heard the word as “miss the mark,” unless he or she was thinking about Homer’s Iliad, written 800 years earlier.

To import the use of the word from spear throwing to theology is about as much as a leap as the following: a century ago, a poultry farmer would have typically used the word “comb” to refer to the red crest on top of the rooster’s head. Today we usually mean a hair comb. To say that sin is literally “to miss the mark” is about as useful as saying “a hair comb is literally the top of a rooster’s head.” It gives no help, and is misleading.

The Bible does not teach that sin is literally or really “missing the mark.” That is misapplying the use of the verb in one field (spear-throwing) to another field (theology). The Bible defines sin as offense against God, either through neglect or through conscious intent. This “missing the mark” viewpoint can give the idea that sinners try their very best but somehow fall short. They goofed. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth: sinners are not doing their best, even by human standards. They are doing pretty much what they want to do, which is to live for themselves and not for God.

This is to distort the Bible’s teaching on sin. “We all make mistakes!” is what a kindly grandfather says when a 5-year-old knocks over his glass of milk. But that kind of slip-up has nothing to do with what we call “sin.” Sin is rebelling against a loving and just God, the kind of treason that would be unpardonable were it not for the cross of Christ. It is not the “oops” that is implied by this “missing the mark” exegesis.

Topic: shenanigan
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 3:13:56 PM
Topic: One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts—just mere thoughts—are as powerful as...
Posted: Friday, June 22, 2018 12:18:33 PM

Context from: The Secret Garden


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In each century since the beginning of the world wonderful things have been discovered. In the last century more amazing things were found out than in any century before. In this new century hundreds of things still more astounding will be brought to light. At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago. One of the new things people began to find out in the last century was that thoughts--just mere thoughts--are as powerful as electric batteries--as good for one as sunlight is, or as bad for one as poison. To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. If you let it stay there after it has got in you may never get over it as long as you live.

So long as Mistress Mary's mind was full of disagreeable thoughts about her dislikes and sour opinions of people and her determination not to be pleased by or interested in anything, she was a yellow-faced, sickly, bored and wretched child. Circumstances, however, were very kind to her, though she was not at all aware of it. They began to push her about for her own good. When her mind gradually filled itself with robins, and moorland cottages crowded with children, with queer crabbed old gardeners and common little Yorkshire housemaids, with springtime and with secret gardens coming alive day by day, and also with a moor boy and his "creatures," there was no room left for the disagreeable thoughts which affected her liver and her digestion and made her yellow and tired.

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Topic: Jean-Paul Sartre (1905)
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:42:45 PM

The 59-year-old author Jean-Paul Sartre declined the Nobel Prize in Literature, which he was awarded in October 1964. He said he always refused official distinctions and did not want to be "institutionalised". M. Sartre was interviewed by journalists outside the Paris flat of his friend Simone de Beauvoir, authoress and playwright. He also told the press he rejected the Nobel Prize for fear that it would limit the impact of his writing. He also expressed regrets that circumstances had given his decision "the appearance of a scandal".

Topic: National Aboriginal Day
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:40:05 PM
Topic: Miss Right
Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2018 3:37:54 PM

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