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by somehopesnoregrets
Thu May 26, 2011 1:24 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: God: Toward Identifying the Lack of a Definition
Replies: 18
Views: 2188

I was kind of using the example tongue-in-cheek, so perhaps I should have included some kind of emoticon to indicate that. I don't think that would have helped, since I tend to be a bit of a message board literalist... Congrats right back at you for your achievement. Good luck for grad school. The ...
by somehopesnoregrets
Wed May 25, 2011 1:09 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: God: Toward Identifying the Lack of a Definition
Replies: 18
Views: 2188

In regard to the Golden Rule...what if one is a masochist? Then the Golden Rule still applies and tells you to "respect and take into consideration another person's sexual and personal preferences as you wish that this person may do so towards you." It all depends on your level of abstraction. Anot...
by somehopesnoregrets
Wed May 25, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: God: Toward Identifying the Lack of a Definition
Replies: 18
Views: 2188

In the Hebrew, gender is attached to many objects, like in many native cultures. God has a male gender attached to it, and the Earth has a female gender attached to it. So Genesis does have the concept of Mother Earth within it, but this does not make it into English translations. Also, Sofia, wisd...
by somehopesnoregrets
Mon May 23, 2011 1:38 am
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: God: Toward Identifying the Lack of a Definition
Replies: 18
Views: 2188

:D Hi again; was busy being a mom and student. Finished my Psychology BA and am now in a Masters of Philosophy graduate program... few quiet moments, but loving it. I guess you have a point in that there are certain behavioral prescriptions that are important, no matter what conceptual framework or ...
by somehopesnoregrets
Sun May 22, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: Mythology and Religion
Topic: God: Toward Identifying the Lack of a Definition
Replies: 18
Views: 2188

I guess the main problem is the lack of spiritual multilingualism. I personally have no problem switching between psychological, philosophical, religious, mythological, and scientific mindsets, depending on the task at hand. But that type of mental flexibility seems rare or seems to in some cases be...
by somehopesnoregrets
Fri Feb 05, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: Mythological Tools for Rites of Initiations and Passage
Topic: Psychology's Scorecard
Replies: 70
Views: 7688

Hi folks... Noman invited me to this thread last October, but as student and mom (going for a B.A. in psychology, w/ a minor in religious studies, will be done by the end of this year, am dreaming of grad school but not sure if its demands would be compatible w/ also being a primary caretaker to two...
by somehopesnoregrets
Tue Jul 07, 2009 5:53 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Stroke of Insight!
Replies: 75
Views: 5120

The Pinker book does indeed sound interesting. Maybe in a few years, when I have a bit more time... Linguistics definitely seems like one important puzzle piece for understanding what makes "us" us. Not the whole picture, of course, but an important part of it. That's why I completely understand rea...
by somehopesnoregrets
Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Stroke of Insight!
Replies: 75
Views: 5120

SomeHopes - Ten Zen belongs on another list for another great topic I've yet to investigate. When I get around to it, I'll certainly want your opinion on the best Zen books. Actually, Susan Blackmore (the author of "Ten Zen Questions" is, per her own classification, not a Zen Buddhist but a researc...
by somehopesnoregrets
Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:09 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Stroke of Insight!
Replies: 75
Views: 5120

Also, a book I'm reading right now that was written by yet another Susan:
"10 Zen Questions" by Susan Blackmore
by somehopesnoregrets
Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Stroke of Insight!
Replies: 75
Views: 5120

If all things are Buddha things, then Riley is Buddha, after all. I guess so. But then, isn't true enlightenment the skilled dance between independence and interdependence? The dependency of being somebody's well-cared for pet might work well for Riley and many other dogs, but for me it would be ho...
by somehopesnoregrets
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:07 am
Forum: Exploring Your Personal Mythology
Topic: The Bodhisattva ideal in popular Western culture
Replies: 36
Views: 4894

Hi again; sorry for missing in action so much... school, motherhood, and a new, extremely interesting part-time job have been gnawing on my schedule, not leaving much time for Internet exploration of the mysteries of life, consciousness, and everything else. Thank you, StoneGiant, for contributing y...
by somehopesnoregrets
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:29 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: Stroke of Insight!
Replies: 75
Views: 5120

But, does your sense of self, or consciousness, feel that old? Or do you still identify, to a large degree, with a continuing self which has, at its core, not really changed much over your lifetime? Depends. According to Buddhist theory, enlightened folks just see what they see, without getting att...
by somehopesnoregrets
Sun May 24, 2009 6:50 pm
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: The End of Life as We Know It or, "Adieu, Mr. Card"
Replies: 236
Views: 7239

If you have the medicine to heal the sick, then aren't you obliged to heal? Does it make sense to watch others starve while you have a cupboard full of food? [...] Medicine heals, even if it hurts initially. Still, it is arrogance to think we know without a doubt what other people need. What is foo...
by somehopesnoregrets
Sat May 23, 2009 6:48 am
Forum: The Call to Adventure
Topic: The Denial of Death ...Accepted
Replies: 158
Views: 10374

Hi BiggieDe and Molly; thank you for gently nudging the discussion back towards its original topic. I trust that a life well lived is the best preparation for a death well died. I figure that if I practice living with virtues such as present moment awareness, moderation, love, discipline, a sense of...
by somehopesnoregrets
Sat May 23, 2009 6:39 am
Forum: The Conversation with a Thousand Faces
Topic: The End of Life as We Know It or, "Adieu, Mr. Card"
Replies: 236
Views: 7239

It is interesting to me to find out a little bit more about you. You sound like a passionate person who stands up for what he believes in, even when it isn't convenient. That's a great thing in my eyes, even if it comes with the occasional dirty look, I feel (and even though I of course know that yo...