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Interzone / Re: Coping with cold climate in outdoor life
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:28:04 PM »
Who, me? Initially all I had was an insufficient sleeping bag, and lay curled up under trees.
The silly single man tent I started out with was so utterly useless, soaking me with condensation, that I emptied a magazine of .22 LR into it, in a fit of pique. I actually got less wet in the rain without it, than with it.
Later, I started making primitive shelters, and later still, used abandoned cabins I came across.
I nearly froze a few times.

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Interzone / Re: The split between religion and science does not exist
« on: April 29, 2013, 12:14:26 AM »
I suppose that religion and science are generally not very different from each other, in that both are obsessed with the desire to understand. They just go about it in different ways.
Humans seem very prone to seek understanding, even when history shows, again and again, that understanding is a double-edged sword.
And what is understanding, anyway? The shuffling of observations into something that appears to make more sense than it did before the shuffling?
How does anyone actually know when understanding has been reached, or whether it is just an intermediate stage along the way?
I don't really care, any more, about understanding anything, preferring to stand-under, and observe from a point of humility, the mystery above.
 

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Interzone / Re: The split between religion and science does not exist
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:52:24 PM »
Maybe these acute human limitations are not acute, and not limitations, at all.
What if they are what they are, in order to enable us to live in a highly unlikely medium.
I mean, what would life be like if we were able to see, smell, touch and hear charged particles, x-rays, and antimatter?
Perhaps the desire to understand everything is a form of insanity.
What if - and I realize this is a bizarre concept - we were actually perfectly designed to simply live in this abundant and mysterious medium, without necessarily having to understand it all, and how it works?

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Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:46:34 PM »
There's nothing wrong with courting sheep. If that's the way you do it, that's fine.
Why not share with the rest of us who only know counting, what it's like to court, instead?

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Interzone / Sharing.
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:15:48 PM »
There are roving bands of riff-raff where I live, who drink, smoke and mope their days away, between welfare checks, food-bank days, and break-and-enters, down at at the local cafe. My wife and I used to chat with them, for a while.
The idea of sharing often came up. It went something like this:

Riff-raff: "The rich should share their stuff with the poor. They have lots of stuff."
Me: "If they shared their stuff with you, what would you share with them? Resentment and jealousy?"

I didn't pursue that activity for long. But, since they sometimes asked f I had any work, I offered a few of them a bit of that. I have lots of work. I still do. Because, even though I paid them well, and my wife fed them, and very little output was actually expected of them, they still managed to produce nothing but resentment and jealousy.

Sharing suggests a give and take. Give something to someone, and get given something in return.
Strangely, such an arrangement already exists. It's called capitalism. You give your time, and get money in return.
The only real stipulation is that your time gets used for producing something approximately equal to the value of the money being paid to you. It's Rocket Science. Riff-raff are unable to grasp the concept.






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Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: April 28, 2013, 04:47:17 PM »
The type you get if you start courting sheep.

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Interzone / Re: What's in it for me???
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:49:46 AM »
You know: I have no idea what you are talking about.
But I'll make this observation...

Your questions are never asked with answers in mind.
If an answer is given, it leads only to more questions.
No matter how many answers are given, they only prompt more questions.
There is an exponential quality to this.

You are not alone in this.
The internet and its forums are full of this very phenomenon.
And finally I discover why this is, and what is happening:
Your reality is the inside of your own head.

I am a rare beast, I realize.
I inhabit actual reality, and spend almost no time inside my head.
Thus my world is exceedingly different from the worlds many others inhabit.
Which, I suppose, is why I write what I write, describing it, and what it is like.

I shouldn't need to do this, after all, reality is available to everyone.
Yet so many have withdrawn from it, so completely, that it is like a foreign land.
A fantastic place that is so unlike the inside of a brain that people disbelieve my accounts.
This has long been a difficult thing for me to understand.

We would not be facing societal extinction, if people could remember there was an outside.
I describe it, in the hope that some, at least, will rediscover it.
And plant a tree, build a boat, roof a house, and experience a dawn.
Tend to Eden and share its life.


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Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: April 28, 2013, 03:02:28 AM »
Thank you.
It would take humans to invent a tale like that one.
I have much experience of foxes, but little of bears.
I have never seen a fox exhibit really any of the behaviour humans attribute to them.
This idea of 'cunning' is an odd one.
The fox had no food, but lied that he did, and the dumb bear bought it.
That's cunning, for sure, but would a fox behave like that? Probably not.
A fox would have nothing at all to do with a bear.

My wife used to feed a mother vixen so much chicken that the fox couldn't carry it all in its mouth.
So we put the chicken in a paper bag and offered it to the fox.
Off it went, with its doggy-bag :)

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Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: April 28, 2013, 02:42:32 AM »
No. I haven't heard of it. Would you be interested in telling a story?

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Interzone / Re: What's in it for me???
« on: April 28, 2013, 12:59:14 AM »
I'm gonna make you famous. At least indirectly.
Nobody but you and I will ever know that I ever made you famous, but we will know. As cosmically annoying as you have been, in my eyes, it was you who finally gave me the information I now have, as to why whole chunks of Western society are as they are.
You will be pleased to know that the reason things are as they are, is not your fault, or their fault. It is the result of a wholly understandable set of unfortunate circumstances, over which none of you had any control.
Some of us dealt with it with stoic courage, and got on with life.
While others were not able to do that, and settled for another, easier, but far more damaging route.
The secret is no longer a secret, if it ever was a secret.
The mystery is no longer a mystery.
By and by, all will be explained.


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Interzone / Karma.
« on: April 27, 2013, 08:02:29 PM »
I like wasps. Maybe I like them because they are incredibly, foolishly, suicidally brave.
They will take on anything at all; wolverines on steroids.
So I never kill wasps.
Except, a year or so ago, when I had to dig out an old tree stump, in preparation for building a carport.
A wasp warned me off, as I dug. It became more and more threatening, the more I dug and dug.
But I needed that stump gone, and so I ignored the wasp and carried on.
Until it became so insistent that I retired, hurrying across the lawn, while it relentlessly followed me.
The fool thing became stuck inside my glove, between glove and wrist, whereupon it stung me.

Well. When I get hurt, I get angry, and man, that hurt!
Before I knew I'd done it, the wasp was dead...

I've felt bad, ever since, for killing that wasp. It was an expert in bushido, and I regretted having had to off it.
Bad for my karma, too, I imagined, and golly, what price would I have to pay for that?

And suddenly I realized:
If there is such a thing as karma, then surely it doesn't just apply to humans.
It applies to every living thing. Wasps too.
No matter how well-armed one is, and however justified in one's actions, there are consequences to one's actions.
Take on something thousands of times your size, and those consequences are likely to be unpleasant.

Perhaps, as my wife reminded me, that wasp was the reincarnation of an especially ornery human.
Some characters just never learn.

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Interzone / Re: What's in it for me???
« on: April 27, 2013, 07:46:41 PM »
The intention, too. I pretty much stated, to myself: "I quit".
It was the momentum I had built up, that carried me, after I got out of my own way.
Desire - for what I could get out of it - certainly played its part, but the lesson was that desire defeats itself.

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Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 27, 2013, 07:07:17 PM »
Do you imagine it is a worthwhile consideration to give a toss about the unwanted feeling unwanted?
I mean, the very nature of unwantedness is being unworthy of consideration.
My own experience of being unwanted resulted in a healthy apartness from those not wanting me.
I didn't care about them, and they didn't care about me: we all just got on with our lives.

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Interzone / Re: What's in it for me???
« on: April 27, 2013, 06:25:50 PM »
Hehe great observations :)

From my own reference library of experiences-past:
One may move purposefully in the direction of enlightenment, but it is only in the moment of relinquishing the desire to attain it, that it can be attained.


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Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 27, 2013, 05:11:03 PM »
There's a world of difference between declining to extend rights to an 'unwanted' group, over and above those of the ones extending them, and genocide.

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