Arrogance.

By: KoritheMan , 12:24 AM GMT on March 26, 2014

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I've known for a long time that I have an issue with arrogance; it's becoming even more apparent with time. Some of you have probably already noticed it, while a couple of my friends (and my brother) have outright reaffirmed it.

The typical thought processes inside my head when I'm talking to someone I think has inferior opinions or views is "I'm better than you. Let me trample you beneath my foot." I don't actually say those things, but that it is hardly an exaggerated paraphrase of what I'm thinking at any given time I'm interacting with such people.

I had a conversation with my friend last night. I'm a person that doesn't care at all about putting his stuff on blast; it's never bothered me, and I don't sympathize at all with the unspoken rule to adhere to that philosophy, at least when it comes to applying it to myself. However, I do respect my friend, and I'm naturally a little more reserved to put the business of my friends on blast, especially lacking permission. I don't have his permission, nor do I think he's the type of person that would give it to me, so I'm not going to copy/paste the nitty gritty. I will at least summarize, though.

Now, anyone who's perused my blogs (and even my blog posts on Masters' own blog) knows that I'm not exactly big on social graces (I swear I did not mean to quote the awesome Garth Brooks song containing those lyrics, but hey... :)); I've considered that it may be a form of autism, but not only am I not fond of self-diagnosis, to my knowledge social inability wrought by autism isn't normally willful; people with autism tend to just... not comprehend... social barriers and norms. I comprehend them, I just choose to ignore them due to me seeing the majority of them as illogical and not well-constructed.

Anyway, the little mini-rant I did there was primarily for backstory. Context is important, you know? ;)

To summarize the conversation I had with my friend, it ended up boiling down to social rules and morality. What we talked about isn't exactly WU-friendly, so unfortunately I can't really talk about it (I value my account! :P) in as much detail as I would like. However, my friend considered this topic to be a highly immoral one, while I submitted that the supposed immorality that seems rampant is only another of many societal byproducts lacking logical basis. The way I delivered my comments throughout that half hour conversation was said in my usual tone; but because I was thinking the entire time how I thought I was superior (even though I didn't actually say it) because I didn't hold views that were traditional or driven by society, I can't help but think that my mental arrogance/inflated self-worth/superiority complex contributed greatly to the way I presented my arguments.

I have no intention of apologizing to anyone for being a social retard. But... if I can be reasonably certain (and I am) that the way I present myself to my friend is due to my personal arrogance and over-inflated sense of self-worth, I have no reason to assume that the same mentality isn't bleeding over into every interaction I have with people whose views I see as inferior. And if that's the case, I think it's time for a change. I have no idea how to go about it, though. But I'm really upset. And I'm open to suggestions, should anyone want to give it.

In summation, I have a huge arrogance problem. I freely admit that. And in the end, that arrogance was created through and is solidified by what I perceive to be rampant illogicality in the world. If someone holds a view that falls under the "no just no" spectrum, I find it immensely difficult to respect that person. I know that's wrong, and that's why I want to change it. I want to better myself.

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127. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:19 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
KoritheMan has created a new entry.
126. trHUrrIXC5MMX
12:54 AM GMT on April 08, 2014
I hope I didn't go overboard with that last e-mail of mine
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125. Astrometeor
1:08 AM GMT on April 03, 2014
Please check your e-mail, Kori.
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124. Astrometeor
5:03 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Quoting 122. KoritheMan:

Even I wouldn't keep discussing it if they told me they were uncomfortable with it.

But that's just it (and this is another social barrier, this whole being discreet and dropping hints thing): you have to TELL me I've crossed the line. Don't make me feel awkward by dropping hints I might not be able to detect.


Lol, usually the dropping hint issue comes up in dating. Women are particularly good at dropping hints towards men and men being utterly incapable of even noticing a hint was dropped much less knowing what the hint even means.

Check your e-mail, btw.
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123. KoritheMan
4:58 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Also, it bothers me when people tell me that I should have boundaries or self-respect. Why? Because they say I should?
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122. KoritheMan
4:56 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Quoting 121. Astrometeor:


Uh...yeah. In that situation, I would just leave the room or ask for a change in topic. Especially if your friends have entirely incompatible views with you on the topic.

And...no thanks. I'm not into anything sexual...at all.
Abstinence, works 99% of the time.
Even I wouldn't keep discussing it if they told me they were uncomfortable with it.

But that's just it (and this is another social barrier, this whole being discreet and dropping hints thing): you have to TELL me I've crossed the line. Don't make me feel awkward by dropping hints I might not be able to detect.
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121. Astrometeor
4:49 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Quoting 120. KoritheMan:

No. That's a dick move.

I'm talking about things like:

*me joining into a discussion of sex and general kinkiness with some friends*: I watch [random porn category] porn sometimes. I can recommend some videos, if you'd like.

Friend 1: ...

Friend 2: ...So did anybody see that movie the other night? It was good, huh?

That's the kind of awkward I am. The kind of social etiquette I can't get behind. It's self-limiting.


Uh...yeah. In that situation, I would just leave the room or ask for a change in topic. Especially if your friends have entirely incompatible views with you on the topic.

And...no thanks. I'm not into anything sexual...at all.
Abstinence, works 99% of the time.
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120. KoritheMan
4:45 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Quoting 119. Astrometeor:


Dude...not cool bro! I haven't watched Star Trek yet! Stop ruining everything!

---

So...would you seriously do that?
No. That's a dick move.

I'm talking about things like:

*me joining into a discussion of sex and general kinkiness with some friends*: I watch [random porn category] porn sometimes. I can recommend some videos, if you'd like.

Friend 1: ...

Friend 2: ...So did anybody see that movie the other night? It was good, huh?

That's the kind of awkward I am. The kind of social etiquette I can't get behind. It's self-limiting.
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119. Astrometeor
4:43 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Quoting 118. KoritheMan:

Darth Vader is Luke's father.


Dude...not cool bro! I haven't watched Star Trek yet! Stop ruining everything!

---

So...would you seriously do that?
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118. KoritheMan
4:41 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Quoting 117. Astrometeor:


So like...

Social Standard: Don't ruin the ends of movies for others. No spoilers!

You get that one right? I hope you don't do it...that's a rather cruel thing to do.
Darth Vader is Luke's father.
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117. Astrometeor
4:37 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Quoting 116. KoritheMan:

A little of both. Though even if I understood them I still wouldn't do them. I'd be denying a part of my self.


So like...

Social Standard: Don't ruin the ends of movies for others. No spoilers!

You get that one right? I hope you don't do it...that's a rather cruel thing to do.
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116. KoritheMan
4:22 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Quoting 115. Astrometeor:


OOH...gotcha.

Do they completely go over your head or do you just not see the point in doing them?
A little of both. Though even if I understood them I still wouldn't do them. I'd be denying a part of my self.
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115. Astrometeor
4:19 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Quoting 114. KoritheMan:

I was saying that the way my argument went over your head is how I feel about social standards: the overwhelming majority of them go over my head. So I stopped trying to understand them. I don't. Now I just pretend so that I don't step on the toes of my friends who aren't as nonchalant as me.


OOH...gotcha.

Do they completely go over your head or do you just not see the point in doing them?
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114. KoritheMan
4:17 AM GMT on April 01, 2014

Quoting 113. Astrometeor:


All I said is I didn't understand your argument...or your argument was too complex for me.



Like that religious debate you and Birthmark old blog had. I didn't understand half the things that you two debated.

That's not a lack of social standards. That's more of you doing quite well communicating with your fellow intellectual peers.
I was saying that the way my argument went over your head is how I feel about social standards: the overwhelming majority of them go over my head. So I stopped trying to understand them. I don't. Now I just pretend so that I don't step on the toes of my friends who aren't as nonchalant as me.
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113. Astrometeor
4:15 AM GMT on April 01, 2014
Quoting 110. KoritheMan:

Like Nathan said in post 86: I'm literally unable to understand social standards.


All I said is I didn't understand your argument...or your argument was too complex for me.

Quoting 86. Astrometeor:
Right...whatever. Your argument is beyond my understanding.


Like that religious debate you and Birthmark old blog had. I didn't understand half the things that you two debated.

That's not a lack of social standards. That's more of you doing quite well communicating with your fellow intellectual peers.
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112. KoritheMan
5:45 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 111. nonblanche:


So I'm sitting here thinking, well, shoot. What kind of thing could I suggest for reading on the subject?

And I realized, sure. Theodore Sturgeon. Maybe the two most worth reading in this context are "The Dreaming Jewels" and "Some of Your Blood." (You can probably track both down in some ebook format, I can't vouch for the legality of this, but Sturgeon has been dead for a number of years now. Died back in the mid-1980's I think.)

The former is a human who is alien but still... not. And grows up with some of the most alien among us - a carny freak show "tribe," and in his adventures learns what it means to be human. The latter is someone who is human, but finds a way to, while being alien, mimic being human anyway.
Those definitely sound interesting. I'll try and find them the next time I'm at my local library.
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111. nonblanche
5:30 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 110. KoritheMan:

I posted it on Facebook too, and after perusing the comments there and here, and then doing some introspection, I have to agree with your assessment.

A better way of putting is that I'm socially inept as hell. It's not just that I ignore social barriers, either; more often than not I can't even understand them.

Like Nathan said in post 86: I'm literally unable to understand social standards.

Since I can't assimilate I'll only pretend to understand. That's my best idea of a compromise, considering my own boundaries, what constitutes weird, and finally what's "right"... are so far removed from society that it's not even funny.


So I'm sitting here thinking, well, shoot. What kind of thing could I suggest for reading on the subject?

And I realized, sure. Theodore Sturgeon. Maybe the two most worth reading in this context are "The Dreaming Jewels" and "Some of Your Blood." (You can probably track both down in some ebook format, I can't vouch for the legality of this, but Sturgeon has been dead for a number of years now. Died back in the mid-1980's I think.)

The former is a human who is alien but still... not. And grows up with some of the most alien among us - a carny freak show "tribe," and in his adventures learns what it means to be human. The latter is someone who is human, but finds a way to, while being alien, mimic being human anyway.
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110. KoritheMan
5:19 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 109. nonblanche:


Thus, I'm not sure "arrogant" is the right word.
I posted it on Facebook too, and after perusing the comments there and here, and then doing some introspection, I have to agree with your assessment.

A better way of putting is that I'm socially inept as hell. It's not just that I ignore social barriers, either; more often than not I can't even understand them.

Like Nathan said in post 86: I'm literally unable to understand social standards.

Since I can't assimilate I'll only pretend to understand. That's my best idea of a compromise, considering my own boundaries, what constitutes weird, and finally what's "right"... are so far removed from society that it's not even funny.
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109. nonblanche
5:14 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Sorry for the rambling. To actually reference the original blog post...

Friction is good for growth. Plants that grow in greenhouses (to use a metaphor) that have nothing to push against end up leggy and weak. The best way to make strong, sturdy seedlings is to keep the air moving - set up a fan to blow on your seedlings, and move it to a different spot every couple days.

If someone's opinion exists in a vacuum, they have nothing to push against, no reason to prove it right (or have it tested wrong.) Friction (and oh yeah an understanding of basic logic and logical fallacies) lets one find the flaws in one's argument...

IF one is able and willing to see the flaws as they are pointed out.

Someday you'll have someone (or many someones) in your life who is/are able, and willing, to listen to what you say *and* either affirm that your thoughts are true or cogent or valid, or they'll happily point out the flaws.

Thus, I'm not sure "arrogant" is the right word.
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108. nonblanche
4:56 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 107. KoritheMan:
If I have that much power over what is allowed in my blogs, by all means say whatever you want. :P


Zolst du vaxen vie a tzibele mit de kopf in der'ehrde.

(Yiddish, not German. Thus the spelling is phonetic, I don't think they support Hebrew fonts here.)

Blame the Cherry Herring* I'm sipping.


*Old Jew name for Peter Heering Cherry Liquor. I also drink Slivovitz, which is hard to find in tiny western towns. Frontier Liquor and Sporting Goods is our local branch of the ATF - you can buy alcohol, tobacco, *and* firearms there, but they don't carry Slivovitz, darn it.

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107. KoritheMan
4:51 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 106. Astrometeor:


Rules for individual blogs are weird, I know I've been asked by a mod once if I wanted a user banned (I was cool with what the user posted). Swearing is even stranger...some bloggers have weird bounds for what qualifies as cursing/swearing. There's a massive discussion in an old admin blog about that...
Found it! Starts from cursing to other realms to anti-semitism...those were some fiery debates

Also, I do believe this is my 8,000th post. Yay!
If I have that much power over what is allowed in my blogs, by all means say whatever you want. :P
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106. Astrometeor
4:48 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 102. KoritheMan:

I don't mind the language at all (I swear all the time), but I'd be more discreet in the future, because I'm pretty sure foul language is universally against the site's ToU, regardless of whose blog you happen to be on.

Not gonna report you though, because I don't sweat the small stuff.


Rules for individual blogs are weird, I know I've been asked by a mod once if I wanted a user banned (I was cool with what the user posted). Swearing is even stranger...some bloggers have weird bounds for what qualifies as cursing/swearing. There's a massive discussion in an old admin blog about that...
Found it! Starts from cursing to other realms to anti-semitism...those were some fiery debates

Also, I do believe this is my 8,000th post. Yay!
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105. nonblanche
4:47 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 104. KoritheMan:

German expletives don't assist those of us who aren't bilingual, though. :P


It wouldn't be an expletive. It would be a valid psychological state, probably one used by Nietzsche in one of his essays.

I mean, dude. They have schadenfreude. They MUST have the right word in my other context. I'd even provide a definition for the reader's benefit.
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104. KoritheMan
4:45 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 103. nonblanche:


Edited, thank you. Unfortunately there really isn't an appropriate word in the English language that describes the extreme level of cognitive dissonance.

I bet German has one though. I'll have to ask one of my Tchermann friends.
German expletives don't assist those of us who aren't bilingual, though. :P
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103. nonblanche
4:44 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 102. KoritheMan:

I don't mind the language at all (I swear all the time), but I'd be more discreet in the future, because I'm pretty sure foul language is universally against the site's ToU, regardless of whose blog you happen to be on.

Not gonna report you though, because I don't sweat the small stuff.


Edited, thank you. Unfortunately there really isn't an appropriate word in the English language that describes the extreme level of cognitive dissonance.

I bet German has one though. I'll have to ask one of my Tchermann friends.
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102. KoritheMan
4:41 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 101. nonblanche:
This conversation is awesome, and thank you WU for making it possible to follow a conversation unbound from clocks and the aeon of the physical.

I actually was an atheist, until I had a religious experience. Now there was a, pardon the expression, mindfuck.
I don't mind the language at all (I swear all the time), but I'd be more discreet in the future, because I'm pretty sure foul language is universally against the site's ToU, regardless of whose blog you happen to be on.

Not gonna report you though, because I don't sweat the small stuff.
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101. nonblanche
4:38 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
This conversation is awesome, and thank you WU for making it possible to follow a conversation unbound from clocks and the aeon of the physical.

I actually was an atheist, until I had a religious experience. Now there was a, pardon the expression, mindf____
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100. Astrometeor
4:35 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 99. BaltimoreBrian:
That I responded to you in the same way Kori did ;)


Are you calling me a liar?!?!?!
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99. BaltimoreBrian
4:33 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 98. Astrometeor:


? Re-word that, I don't understand.
That I responded to you in the same way Kori did ;)
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98. Astrometeor
4:30 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 97. BaltimoreBrian:
Just because you said it doesn't mean it's so Nathan ;)


? Re-word that, I don't understand.
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97. BaltimoreBrian
4:19 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Just because you said it doesn't mean it's so Nathan ;)
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96. KoritheMan
4:15 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 94. Astrometeor:


No, it just struck me because Brian wanted the letter to be all "romantic and mushy" and you saw what I wrote and was cool with it.
I am cool with most things.
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95. Astrometeor
4:14 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 92. trHUrrIXC5MMX:


???????


From Brian's blog:

Quoting 1569. Astrometeor:


Maybe I should upgrade you from Mr. Teddy Bear to Cuddly Bunny.


*pats Mr. Cuddly Bunny's head*
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94. Astrometeor
4:13 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 93. KoritheMan:

Was I supposed to follow a standard?

I'm not good at that, remember?


No, it just struck me because Brian wanted the letter to be all "romantic and mushy" and you saw what I wrote and was cool with it.
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93. KoritheMan
4:12 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 91. Astrometeor:


Well, I can tell you that you and Brian responded to me in identical fashion.
Was I supposed to follow a standard?

I'm not good at that, remember?
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92. trHUrrIXC5MMX
4:12 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 89. Astrometeor:


I just realized in the e-mail I sent you that I used b/c & because.

My OCD is killing me! Ok, maybe not...but it still irks me.


???????
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91. Astrometeor
4:11 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 90. KoritheMan:

I'm more surprised I didn't notice it. I'm a known grammar whore.


Well, I can tell you that you and Brian responded to me in identical fashion.
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90. KoritheMan
4:06 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 89. Astrometeor:


I just realized in the e-mail I sent you that I used b/c & because.

My OCD is killing me! Ok, maybe not...but it still irks me.
I'm more surprised I didn't notice it. I'm a known grammar whore.
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89. Astrometeor
4:04 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Quoting 88. KoritheMan:

Well dude, I hope it strikes you as a valid epistemology one day. Even if not now. :P

Will do.


I just realized in the e-mail I sent you that I used b/c & because.

My OCD is killing me! Ok, maybe not...but it still irks me.
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88. KoritheMan
4:00 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 86. Astrometeor:
Right...whatever. Your argument is beyond my understanding.

Check your e-mail in a moment.
Well dude, I hope it strikes you as a valid epistemology one day. Even if not now. :P

Will do.
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87. KoritheMan
3:59 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 82. Bluestorm5:


That's what happened to me back in December. I got hooked after a service and I didn't have to change a thing about myself. Heck, we are allow to wear jeans and hoodies. It just completely hit me that God is still out there during that service. Now I go to church three times a week whenever I'm home and got to be with my friends as well as helping younger kids to grow up to become a fine lady or gentlemen.
Case in point. It hit you that God is real. You didn't choose to have that epiphany.
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86. Astrometeor
3:58 AM GMT on March 31, 2014
Right...whatever. Your argument is beyond my understanding.

Check your e-mail in a moment.
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85. KoritheMan
3:56 AM GMT on March 31, 2014

Quoting 81. Astrometeor:


Nope.

See, thing is, most people don't look at religion like you or even a theologian.

Just walk into a church (well, Methodists are pretty easy) and say "I want to join the Church." And you're in. Don't even have to change your lifestyle...no matter how often the pastor suggests to us that we should.
It doesn't matter if that's how they look at it. You can't choose to like the color blue anymore than you can like the color red. You either like it or you don't. Your tastes can change with time, but that too isn't a conscience decision that you can make.

It doesn't matter how you feel about it, how I feel about it, or even if anyone looks at things as deeply as I do. This is literally human psychology. It's how the mind works.

I did not choose to be an atheist anymore than I chose to be gay. Just a couple examples.

Of course you can choose to go to a church. I never said that. Totally different.
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84. Patrap
6:53 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
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83. Astrometeor
6:18 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Quoting 82. Bluestorm5:


That's what happened to me back in December. I got hooked after a service and I didn't have to change a thing about myself. Heck, we are allow to wear jeans and hoodies. It just completely hit me that God is still out there during that service. Now I go to church three times a week whenever I'm home and got to be with my friends as well as helping younger kids to grow up to become a fine lady or gentlemen.


The only time I ever dress nice for church is for Easter or something special like that. Otherwise I wear khaki pants and a plan blue t-shirt.

Kyle is helping to indoctrinate the next generation, go Kyle go!
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82. Bluestorm5
4:07 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Quoting 81. Astrometeor:


Nope.

See, thing is, most people don't look at religion like you or even a theologian.

Just walk into a church (well, Methodists are pretty easy) and say "I want to join the Church." And you're in. Don't even have to change your lifestyle...no matter how often the pastor suggests to us that we should.


That's what happened to me back in December. I got hooked after a service and I didn't have to change a thing about myself. Heck, we are allow to wear jeans and hoodies. It just completely hit me that God is still out there during that service. Now I go to church three times a week whenever I'm home and got to be with my friends as well as helping younger kids to grow up to become a fine lady or gentlemen.
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81. Astrometeor
2:38 PM GMT on March 30, 2014
Quoting 80. KoritheMan:

Do you see the distinction?


Nope.

See, thing is, most people don't look at religion like you or even a theologian.

Just walk into a church (well, Methodists are pretty easy) and say "I want to join the Church." And you're in. Don't even have to change your lifestyle...no matter how often the pastor suggests to us that we should.
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80. KoritheMan
5:32 AM GMT on March 30, 2014

Quoting 79. Bluestorm5:
Kori, a really pretty girl got me believing in Christianity again just few months ago and we have been honest with each other about our faith since. Nothing is impossible :)
There seems to be a blatant misinterpretation going on here regarding what I'm actually saying.

It's clearly NOT impossible for a person to believe in Christianity; with enough external forcing, it can happen.

It's clearly impossible, conversely, to just wake up one day and say to yourself "I think I'm gonna be a Christian today", and then proceed to live that relevant lifestyle. Can't happen, because it's impossible. And even if you were able to force yourself to live like a Christian (you can), your actual core beliefs -- if they weren't Christian-based to start with -- would not change.

Do you see the distinction?
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79. Bluestorm5
5:29 AM GMT on March 30, 2014
Kori, a really pretty girl got me believing in Christianity again just few months ago and we have been honest with each other about our faith since. Nothing is impossible :)
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78. KoritheMan
5:28 AM GMT on March 30, 2014

Quoting 77. Astrometeor:


Right...ya keep telling yourself that.

I will, because it's true.





I've seen people join just on choice.
Join what? This community? Sure. Too bad that's not a worldview.




Unless you have a really broad definition of an epiphany...

I don't.


Quoting 77. Astrometeor:


Night KoritheGirl.

:-)
Night, Nathan the... Ah, I got nothing.
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77. Astrometeor
5:26 AM GMT on March 30, 2014
Quoting 76. KoritheMan:

Worldviews don't change based on choice. They are created and refined by personal epiphanies.


Right...ya keep telling yourself that.

I've seen people join just on choice.

Unless you have a really broad definition of an epiphany...

Night KoritheGirl.

:-)
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About KoritheMan

I'm just a 23 year old with an ardent passion for weather. I first became aware of this interest after Tropical Storm Isidore struck my area in 2002.

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