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  1. Adam,

    Thanks for the post. I'll review the link from home later. I didn't intend to divert the attention from Sherry. I was merely reflecting on the difficulties most of us have with communicating softly to our loved ones our beliefs. She's a lot further along than I am. I'd be interested to read how her son progresses :)

    ~ Shane

  2. Sherry,

    I'm in a somewhat similar situation, although at an earlier stage. I have a son that's 12, and a daughter that's 9. When I was deployed to Korea for a year, my wife had taken them to a local Baptist church which they all enjoyed. Until a few years ago, I would be what you consider Agnostic. My wife knows this, and it's a source of apprehension when approaching Objectivism in the home.

    I've had a few conversations with my son about Objectivism, and I'm certain my approach isn't solid. I'm not doing any cramming, but I've suggested my son read Anthem (if he so chooses). When situtations present themselves where I can inject my philosophical stance, I do and explain why I feel that way. I also ask my son what he thinks about the situation. It's about open dialogue without pressure. I'm still learning, so I'm hoping that I can learn with him along the way.

    It's imperative not to push. I don't feel that I'm doing that. But I live in a house divided when it comes to religion. My daughter goes to church with some of her friends. I don't wish to intervene due to the confusion that's likely to ensue. So with my daughter, I'm very cautious. Like daughter, like mother. My focus with her is being an individual with regard to doing for herself and not having to rely on others. I'm sure you can attest to being the servant of a child that doesn't want to get up to grab a drink, or even put toppings on her sandwich (because mom and dad make it She's also finding the words "I can't" very easy to say. In this case, my wife is the facilitator because she's just being a mom. My point here is that I use my daughter's actions as ways of injecting the "do for yourself" mentality as a starter.

    But my wife...that's a tough one. She's a believer. I approach the subject with her often, but more or less to gauge why she feels the way she does. Trust me, I've tried for years to grasp faith and it's never worked...ever. We aren't aggressive in our differences, but it still puts me in a tough spot simply because how we raise our kids is fundamentally different. Makes for challenging parenthood.

    Overall, your approach is very good. As your son is now an adult, you'll have to let him make those decisions on his own. You've empowered him, and now he's searching for the truth of things through his own eyes. He has more tools at his disposal. Either way he's in good hands...his own.

    ~ Shane

  3. I always cheer for the seeming underdog. It happens right when the judges give "that" look. And then they're blown out of their seats by an unexpected bombshell of a performance. I get chills, and I'm thoroughly thrilled for individuals like Susan.

    I can't wait to see what other diamonds in the rough emerge because of courage like hers and Paul Potts.

    ~ Shane

  4. A very educational read, Ross! In just five minutes, I've learned more about Thailand's internal processes and players than I could have read anywhere else (that I can think of). As Brant pointed out, the finite box that articles can fit in aren't able to highlight the details like you did.

    Thank you!

    ~ Shane

  5. Shane; There are minors serving life sentences here in the US.

    On a the same point does anyone know how the Kenya courts have dealt with other captured pirates. Have there been any other captured pirates?


    I remember reading some cases where minors were tried as adults receiving life sentences. But as this individual, in this particular case, did not murder anyone, I don't see how they could impose a life sentence. Maybe under kidnapping in addition to piracy?

    ~ Shane

  6. They're talking about a possible life sentence...might seem a bit overboard (pun intended) if he's a minor. If the captain had been killed, I could see imposing life since our laws usually are stiff with kidnapping ending in murder. No American lives were lost, so wouldn't kidnapping charges apply only? It will certainly be interesting to see what the outcome is since it's been 200 or so years that any piracy against Americans occurred.

    ~ Shane

  7. Good response, I am, under the American President O'Biwan, the MAGNIFICENT, may heaven shine upon Him, appropriating your words since they electronically passed through the States United Peoples Republics of America [sUPRA].

    Thank you and all hail O'Biwan

    Off-topic, but Toyota Supra Mark IVs are awesome! It's the only thing I think about, regardless of the initials :)

    ~ Shane

  8. I asked them - "you know you exist right?" and they both said well - duh - yeah!

    I asked them "well, how do you know that?"

    In my whole life I have never encountered a person who questioned his own existence. I can't help wondering why you would bring this up with children. I have had discussions about religion with my children but never existence.

    The most important paths in life start out in childhood. That Sherry's daughter explained it out the way she did, in a concise answer, tells me she's on the right path to figuring out more answers along that same path.

    ~ Shane

  9. I've got a copy in my library in Shanghai.

    Bill P

    Just how many libraries do you have? LOL!

    ~ Shane

    One in my office at work (Shanghai).

    One at home in my apartment (Shanghai)

    One in Knoxville in a storage facility.

    So - - - three. For a while it was four, when I also had a university office at the University of Tennessee. And you?

    Bill P

    Several, all in my little house on-base (where I can find space)...ha!

    ~ Shane

  10. Has anyone on this forum had a chance to read this book for themselves? I'm currently 400 pages into the book. It is phenomenal thus far! It's opened my eyes up on many issues, locally in the US and abroad.

    It's easy to read with the book having a conversational tone. It makes it seems as though you are in the room during the many conversations between "Old Nick" and Jac. There are a great number of resources covered in the book, so it's easy to see that Nicholas Dykes has done his homework on this novel.

    I plan on opening up a new thread in the coming months (I have other priorities at the moment) after I reread the book. I'm tempted to start each section as a short essay on my personal take as a budding O'ist - essentially to see if I'm getting the gist of it right.

    I'd be happy to hear anyone else's take on this great novel.

    ~ Shane

    I've read most of the book, also. (I'm currently on page 340.) My main argument is with the author's anarchism. (And with some of the foundations which lead to that anarchism) Whenever I read something from someone in this wing of libertarianism, I'm left with the lingering image of everyone with two six gun holsters strapped to their waist, and the guns in hand about 20% of the time.


    Bill P


    My favorite aspect of the book was the conversations. Jac playing Devil's advocate to drive some interesting points home (in my opinion, questions the author had with Ayn's standpoint).

    What I truly see this book is a Q&A session between Nicholas and Ayn (Nicholas playing the part of Jac, writer and seeker of knowledge, and Ayn as Nick, holder of knowledge). I find it amusing that Old Nick is Russian. The parallels make me smile.

    ~ Shane

  11. I frequent Fox News, and ran across this article.

    Hank Baskett Helping Kendra Wilkinson Find God

    If Kendra truly is happy, the good for her. But when I read a statement like this ["Hank makes her pray before meals now. His family is so religious and he really calmed her down a lot, he's good for her," Kendra’s bridesmaid and playmate Brittany Ginger told Tarts, with Kendra adding that praying is a new experience that has helped her change "for the better".], it makes me cringe a little.

    Something tells me she's a square peg in a world of circles here. I can't see that one would be so quick to embrace religion with someone's "assistance". Being a life-altering decision, one way or the other, I wouldn't presume it's such an easy venture.

    ~ Shane

  12. Rich:

    Just to amuse me, can you tie the broken glass from a mirror to the cat's tail, gently of course, just to piss off PETA [People Eating Tasty Animals].


    I'd probably pay money to see that. It's fun (sometimes) to get under PETA's skin. Most people are oblivious to humor in the context of their beliefs.

    One of the many reasons I love comedians like Dave Chappelle. His humor is pure genius. I'd post probably one of his best skits (the one with the blind KKK leader that's black, but he doesn't know it) as an example, but I'm at work.

    ~ Shane

    Sorry for this thread going off-course yet again :P

  13. I agree to an extent. In so much as the threat to our homeland is a valid one, it will require our forces on foreign soil (hopefully). If an engagement is between other countries, then equipment, collaboration of minds, provisions, etc, should be offered to our allies.

    Difference between Vietnam and present day is the asymmetrical battlefield. There are still some conventional conflicts which fall into the framework of Ayn's words. But terrorists and their tactics have added a new chapter in the evolution of warfare.

    ~ Shane