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Topic: UNESCO Worries Great Barrier Reef "in Danger"
Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 11:25:03 PM
They're going to dump dredge sediment from port expansion onto the reef?! Somebody say it isn't so.
Topic: Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:07:14 AM
Could it be an observation that humans are both tyrants and fools and that destiny is just a feeble excuse for both? At the core of his writing is what he closely experienced as a young man and remained with him; the physical and mental trauma of absurd violence and the senselessness of men trying to kill each other so that masses of men became "...deaf to duty and dead to shame." After the war, cynicism became refuge. A way of dealing with PTSD and/or survivor's guilt? Perhaps his disgust of humans and being one led him to repeatedly voice a desire for suicide.

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/17/ambrose-bierces-civil-war/
http://www.civilwarhome.com/shilohbierce.htm
Topic: Shamanism
Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:41:35 PM
Marguerite wrote:
Who knows, maybe more tribal societies know more about the human spirit than western societies.


That is possible, as modern humans left much behind, including shamans, when we took up agriculture and departed our niche of hunter/gatherer. We can pilot jets, but still, not much time has elapsed since we painted cave walls. Not enough to change us very much.
Topic: Shamanism
Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:16:32 PM
Dr. Mohammed Albadri wrote:
Shamanism is an ancient healing tradition and a way of life. The teachings of shamanism focus on the connection to nature and promote the well-being of all creation.

Essential aspects of shamanic life include journeying, ceremony, sacred dance and pilgrimages to places of power in nature. Through these techniques the shamanic circle embraces its followers, unifying their lives with strength, healing and love.


An excellent description, sir. Humans have always needed ritual for the events of life beyond their personal control; birth, coming of age, marriage, death. Where it is still widely practiced, (Siberia, Africa, South and Central America,) shamanic ritual serves human need. The necessity of well-being for all creation seems to underlie shamanic understanding, and the goal of the shaman is to help re-establish the natural harmony.
Topic: Shamanism
Posted: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:30:38 PM
The original priests of the first religion, so to speak. That 'religion' still has traction today. It never disappeared really, and why it hasn't might be a topic for conversation. For example, Spinoza took a shaman's view of spirituality to heart, rejecting an anthropomorphic God for the understanding of 'god in everything'.