Rich Engle

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  1. I like the Sicilian opening a lot, much more than the defense, which is just not for me. Lately, I'm playing Queen's Gambit. rde If I can't say s#$t, I'll just hijack this sucker and say Jesus made me do it.
  2. Does that mean we don't get to say "shit" anymore? rde Angie spoiled our boyish fun.
  3. Hermeneutic Guru Jody goes for the Readers Digest condensed review :D/ "The new testament sets about to tell you that Jesus is the messiah, and that he's a'coming soon to burn those worthy, and play some jazzy number on the harps with those 'others' who are worthy." A bit more to it than that, don't you think? [-X And does your disdain (aka "shit") apply to studying the Gnostic Scriptures as well? I'd imagine, no? And what's with the "shit" stuff? 8-[ That's kind of punk for you. Speaking of punk- don't you think D4 works oh-so-much better than E4? Give 'er a crack sometime! rde Tryin
  4. Paul asks me if I don't believe in doG: "If I'm not mistaken, you are atheist looking to fill the spiritual gaps in Objectivism. Is this accurate?" Not accurate, no. It gets dicey. For instance, you might be able to say I am atheist in that I don't believe in the stereotypical guy-in-the-sky sort of thing. I am closer to, say, spiritual monism. I'm not looking to fill spiritual gaps in O'ism. I believe spiritual gaps go to each individual; whether they feel they are experiencing any or not. It has appeared to me for a very long time that many Objectivists have a limited (and often traumatized
  5. Angie said: "Since you are into religion and I know about your religion already and don't have a problem with it, why is it people get such a knee jerk reaction and seem threatened or defensive by it when I say I don't know anyhing about it?" Never experienced that, but I could see it happening with some folks. I suppose a more typical reaction would be them wanting to tell you all about what they're into. And in the case of the more missionary/witnessing types, they'd move into a sales pitch. My experiences with knee-jerk reactions are more along the lines of what Mikee here has been up to.
  6. I like the religious education programs at my church, because they are more like history of religion classes. The idea is to provide a wide exposure to various types of spirituality (including atheism), and giving them what they need in order to make an informed decision as to what is right for them (if anything at all). Also, when dealing with Western literature, art, music, etc. it is a pretty important thing to have at least a working knowledge of the Bible, as there are so many references.
  7. Once again- Making blanket assumptions about "religion" is, er... unfortunate and suboptimal [-X Religion is a big thing- best to be specific when criticizing.
  8. Putting them in a box and poking at them with sharp sticks aside, the current thing that I find to be the most amusing is how it appears that the curmudgeons are urging the fresh young pups to write these whacked out testimonials, nauseous movie reviews, and so on. It's like when WWII Germany was on its knees and Der Furious was down to the youth and the old people. Always a sign of near-collapse. rde Fresh blood? I don' theenk so.
  9. Agree, but with understandable trepidation, Paul. The psychological piece is on-point. However, psychology is tender in this world, no? In general, agree greatly. rde Ain't seein' no olive branch anytime soon.
  10. I don't think I'm quite done yet. What really ends up sticking in my craw is not even the discussions about "tolerance," (which for the most part I have found overly-detailed, and inept, as things often become in the O-World<tm>), but the social, group retardation/deterioration. Some of the best thinkers in the world are also engaging in some of the most embarrassing. It's a giant slappy-fight, and that is silliness. For one thing, there's a few that better get over the religion thing. Two varieties: missionaries, and vanquishers. Neither work too well. If for a moment anyone here think
  11. The "movement" is looking more and more like a bowel movement these days. It is factionalized, and polarized. In negotiating terms, it is a deadlock. For sure, certainly unattractive for potential prospects. And, for the most part, the responsibility among all of us who work in these spaces is at least in some way shared. Objectivism looks like a bloody battleground. Personally, I prefer taking a walk in a nice, green forest. But there is no sign of anyone backing down. That is the hallmark of a classic deadlock. Even I, as an involved hybrid, have violated my own principles (which largely c
  12. They must be running out of material?
  13. Indeed on his technical writing prowess. I'm feelin' a lot of rage out of that dude!
  14. And, it's funny how someone as busy as Diana Hsieh talks about being would bother to expend a fairly hefty word count on something like a name change. Very curmudgeonly of her.
  15. If there were true moral perfection, it would require something other than a human soul to practice it. People have cracks. It's what happens in the pinch that makes for moments of heroism, virtue. But those things do not come out of a mandate, they come from very deep, profound parts of a person.
  16. There's a curious piece on SOLOP by one Rex Wilkinson, header "In The Beggining" It is here: He seems kind of angry, but that's better than a corpse in my book. Aside from the anti-religion mojo that drips off the piece, he is still working an idea of sorts, I guess. It appears that he stops with the primitive interpreting of natural phenomena as that of The Gods<tm>. Somehow, he appears to be implying that this having happened so long ago, pre-civilization ago, that it has the feature of being deeply ingrained. And, I can see that view, for sure. I
  17. You might get a mild toehold from looking at it from a story or myth perspective. Yeah, I'm reaching but that appears to be the name of the game with this one, it's rather koan-like. The way out is the way in. The classic hero's journey myth has some elements that might relate. The heroic journey is not so much about classic "hero" types- its purpose is more to all people. It is about leaving, going through a period of discovery, trial, experience in general, then finding something, and going back. What do you find? Whatever it is that will get you to go back. You are looking for a way out of
  18. So here's a little innovation- I sent that prior post over to my girlfriend, whose favorite book is Atlas. She turned it a little different... Objectivists don't run from God, or the thought of a higher power. They just don't acknowledge anything other than their own intellect guiding their life. That is why most Objectivists are rich, greedy, and uncaring (except for their own comfort). The words us, we, are always replaced by I, and me - because the Objectivist comes first. Has the movement assisted Society? Yes, but as a happenstance of their own success, as Ayn maintained - help yourself
  19. Michael, I adore this piece. rde I hunt and farm.
  20. Penn and Teller are right down the front for Objectivists. Just like that "Bones" show on TV (Objectivism does forensics). As to the not believing in Gawd thing: I wouldn't believe in Gawd<tm> either, were Gawd the kind that most of the people I know in O'ism are running from. This Gawd is a work of man. Results vary, objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear. It is a simple point in that I am convinced that most people in Objectivism have absolutely solid grounds for running away from Gawd. But they were not running away from that. What they run away from is bad experiences
  21. It is likely the most pathetic tempest-in-a-teapot scenario out there for public consumption. What I mean by saying that is The Movement<tm> has turned inward on itself; so badly so that it resembles satire. It is the micro, attempting to behave as the macro, yet it cannot. Why? Pathology, most likely. It is either that, or the kind of tedious factionalizing that is always associated with engagements where the orthodox, the fundamentalist, is involved. Objectivism is not immune to this, though off the rip one would surely think there would be at least a little insulation, what with it
  22. The general state of nutrition in the United States is a nightmare. We have so many processed foods, fast foods, etc. If you want to eat right it requires discipline, and a real commitment. I have trouble believing that Joe is completely uneducated as to nutrition; it just doesn't make any sense at all. It does go to show what kinds of corners you can paint yourself into- one minute you're writing good, informative articles; the next, you're telling vegetarians that they are immoral. This one is a real head-shaker.
  23. Robert, Agree. It needs to go bye-bye. The funny thing about psycholo... er... spontaneous outbursts of poor quality psychological reasoning... is the trend of those who make the most sting about it (and psychology in general) often are the first to come out of the gate with it.
  24. Gary, I'm suprised you didn't work Mario Lanza into that. I suppose we all have standards... :-k
  25. Looks like potential cannon fodder to me. Marked For Death<tm>?