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Since one’s opinions, even under the best circumstances
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:37:20 PM
Sort of like 'devil's advocate'.
It is good to hear challenges to your beliefs and presumptions as, if they are solid, they will stand against any attack. If not, the challenge may strengthen the foundations!
What is meant by the scarlet women of rome?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:30:33 PM
I've always thought the expression 'scarlet woman' meant prostitute, whore and women of that ilk.
What is meant by the word sankey?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:22:59 PM
His first and most famous composition was 'The Ninety and Nine'.
Sankey and Moody were en route from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland, in May, 1874, as they were to hold a three-day campaign there.... Prior to boarding the train, Sankey bought a weekly newspaper for a penny. He found nothing of interest but a sermon by Henry W. Beecher and some advertisements. Then, he found a little piece of poetry in a corner of one column that he liked, and he read it to Moody, but only received a polite reply. Sankey clipped the poem and tucked it in his pocket.
At the noon day service of the second day of the special series, Moody preached on The Good Shepherd. Horatius Bonar added a few thrilling words and then Moody asked Mr. Sankey if he had a final song. An inner voice prompted him to sing the hymn that he found on the train. With conflict of spirit, he thought, this is impossible! The inner voice continued to prod him, even though there was no music to the poem, so he acquiesced.
As calmly as if he had sung it a thousand times, he placed the little piece of newspaper on the organ in front of him. Lifting up his heart in a brief prayer to Almighty God, he then laid his hands on the keyboard, striking a chord in A flat. Half speaking and half singing, he completed the first stanza, which was followed by four more.
Moody walked over with tears in his eyes and said, "Where did you get that hymn?"
'The Ninety and Nine' became his most famous tune and his most famous sale from that time on. The words were written by Elizabeth Clephane in 1868. She died in 1869, little realizing her contribution to the Christian world.
What a lovely story.
Thank you, nkelsey, for the great information regarding the name 'Sankey' and its origins, very interesting indeed.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 3:02:38 PM
As a member of the world community with heritage from every nation (as are we all really), I feel I can 'criticize' and 'praise' every nation, equally. I hope no one minds.
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2:57:54 PM
Oh yes, love that monamagda. Now I'll have to go and read him.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2:53:06 PM
Yes, we need more willies lol.
We have women's bodies being paraded to us in our sleep these days. It's good to have a bit of balance. Nudity shouldn't be seen as shameful, dirty, rude or perverse. Sad really.
A true story (if you are of a delicate disposition, you may not wish to read this):
Many years ago, when I was in my young 20s, a 'girlie' mag for girls was brought into the public arena. There was many a protest; 'we don't need mags of men for girls, we need to stop the mags of girls for men' protests.
Anyway, I 'rushed' out to buy one and take it to my 'mainly' female colleagues in an office of about 35 people.
There were so many varying comments from, 'oh Haz, you're terrible', 'what a disgrace', 'I wanna see', 'oooohhh he's nice', to hysterical laughter.
I have to say, the magazine was exceptionally bland, with pictures of naked men posed in various backgrounds from a farmer boy to a car mechanic, with their privates delicately placed to be viewed from the best angle (sorry but I couldn't stop giggling myself). It was nothing like the men's porno mags I had seen.
Anyway, I digress. The fact is that most of the girls appeared to be so against such a production and berated me for purchasing a copy.
After my eight hour shift and whilst collecting my stuff together to leave, I could find very little left of my magazine. It had been dissected and distributed stealthy and covertly whilst no one was watching. Shame on them. LOL
ps: there was never another production of the magazine (or any since to my knowledge)!!!!
The Notre-Dame Affair (1950)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2:33:30 PM
Thanks monamagda. I love learning.
It's true that if you wish to get your point across it is best to be calm and rational. It is also best not to go out of your way to insult people's beliefs.
I tend to believe that when people are ranting and raving and doing their utmost to insult you, they have been badly hurt or terribly treated in some way and have received no recompense or relief. Otherwise they are just ignorant, prejudiced and sad.
The Notre-Dame Affair (1950)
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 2:06:12 PM
I wasn't suggesting atheism either, MechPebbles. Why does it have to be either/or? Besides the fact that, religion or atheism, both are used as tools by ALL the leaders.
And remember Hitler was a loving Catholic, the religion I myself was born into. The religion that did/does nothing about slavery, colonialism, child abuse, corporate abuse, sexism, anti-gay propaganda, anti-condom, anti... anti... anti. And I know it's not just the catholics.
This is my parent's religion and they are beautiful, caring people who use their religion as it should be used. To help them achieve a caring, thoughtful community. Their reach is not long as they are not super-powerful but their goal was achieved within their family.
There is a third choice, my preference, which is irreligion. This, like religion, has many, many theories; two of which I offer for your perusal).
is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, as well as other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable. According to the philosopher William L. Rowe, in the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves in the existence of a deity or deities, whereas a theist and an atheist believe and disbelieve, respectively.
, in the broadest sense, is the belief that at least one deity exists. In a more specific sense, theism is commonly a monotheistic doctrine concerning the nature of a deity, and that deity's relationship to the universe. Theism, in this specific sense, conceives of God as personal, present and active in the governance and organization of the world and the universe. As such theism describes the classical conception of God that is found in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism and Hinduism. The use of the word theism to indicate this classical form of monotheism began during the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century in order to distinguish it from the then-emerging deism which contended that God, though transcendent and supreme, did not intervene in the natural world and could be known rationally but not via revelation. The term theism derives from the Greek theos meaning "god".
The list could go on but if you are interested go on this link and browse the box on the right-hand side to discover more than two theories on existence:
I would like to add that my mum has a terminal illness and I pray to something that she will suffer no pain and enjoy her final months/years. I do not hold to any anger or upset about my mum dying (she is 76 and I am lucky to have experienced her love and kindness for this long). As with all of us, her death is inevitable and I have to prepare myself for MY lose when she does die. She will be returning home but I will miss her.
In my opinion life is about loving and caring and achieving as much as we can in a positive, enriching way. We neither need belief nor disbelief to perform these things. We only need to perform these things!
Optimism May Be Good for Your Waistline
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:08:07 PM
Marguerite and monamagda please forgive any insult or upset I may have caused you. It was not intentional and I do admire your 'optimism'.
But I have to deal with an optimistic sibling who (though I truly love and respect her) gets on my nerves like you could never understand.
I am as skinny as a rake, my sibling does have to watch her weight. My wonderful sister, unfortunately to me, is solely led by media and news reports and whatever is being foistered upon the general public by the manipulators.
It is good to be optimistic about you, your life, yourself. It is good to be confident and hopeful about your experience and outlook of the world.
Unfortunately I have met too many optimistic people, including my sister, who never question. They just follow and are optimistic for the best. In my opinion this just is not enough, sometimes (in most cases) action by the optimistic person has to be taken to actually achieve the result they want.
My sister was optimistic that she would stay employed after 20 years of loyal work. Her employment ends in less than 12 months and NOW she and her colleagues take action. I can only shake my head in despair.
From my understanding, large people are waiting for some 'wonder drug' that will lose the weight they want to lose whilst allowing them to carry on living an 'unnatural' lifestyle that caused the problem in the first place.
Many large people are that way because they are not living the life they should be living, they are not fulfilling their dream(s). It is but a single manifestation created within our societies due to this sole factor.
I can't put weight on if I try... lucky me you may say. Not really. I still have to ensure I eat well and exercise to maintain my health.... and men appear, in the main, to like women with hips and breasts!!
Strength comes from within and it is sad that so many of us depend on our appearance to get us through life. I don't worry about not having large enough breasts (and risking my life filling them with silicon !!!!!) or being the right skin colour. I know who I am, what I am capable of and 'hope' that the world will turn around one day. I 'hope' that the human race will all get together, before they are forced to, and reach the greatness we should be achieving.
I'm pessimistic because without 'action' I just can't see this happening.
I think I'll stay with 'hopeful' hope with a bucket-load of pessimism mixed in.!
I'm trying to get my head around 'solipsism' GreenBanana as I may be a bit partial to that myself.!
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 12:43:07 PM
Here here Parser. The community in which I live is inundated with students and their only interests appear to be drinking, partying, disturbing the neighbours and leaving rubbish wherever they appear. Oh yes, and being totally arrogant. Mummy and daddy pay for the accommodation, fees, expenses and cars.
The standard of the degrees is so appalling low these days (now that education is solely a profit-making business venture) that any inane oaf is allowed entry. Young people who do not have rich parents are encouraged to take out huge loans to pay for inadequate and substandard qualifications.
.... worse part is these students are supposedly the best of the best and some will be leading our country one day.
I do give praise to the foreign students who come to our city (of which there are many from all over the world). They add to an already wonderfully diverse community and behave like they have actually come here to learn, as well as share with us.
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