Be careful of people who say, ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ — Loki Akiiki
It’s making me so angry, but I can’t stop reading such idiotic statements.
No doubt! I mean, really, we Pagans don’t even believe in Satan. What’s up with that?
Doing a Google search on “all witchcraft is satan”, I found the following web site Wicca = Satan. As I see it, the main flaw in David’s logic is that the Holy Bible is the “FINAL AUTHORITY, not the witches”. That is not a true statement. There are many books and websites that prove that the Bible was written by man, not a god. It’s simply a book of mythology, not a final authority on anything.
Not only that, but a perfect god wouldn’t have written the Bible the way it stands today. The current Bible does not stand up against slavery nor does it stand up for women’s rights. Rather, on the latter, the New Testament states that women should remain silent in church. What perfect god would write such nonsense?
(Source: thegardennymph, via ladysmuffin)
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So I was thinking the other day, why is the intensity of light measured in Lumens?
One Lumen is the equivalent of the light of one candle. That isn’t very scientific or measurable. I mean think about it - a candle will burn brighter depending on the length and width of its wick. Is that accounted for? To my knowledge, the answer is no. And what about the different types of waxes that can be used to make a candle? does that have any effect on the brightness of the flame?
I’m just saying, that for a unit of scientific measurement the lumen doesn’t seem to be very scientific. There are variables that nobody seems to have accounted for, and until you account for them we might as well just say “Well this is brighter than this according to Jim-Bob over there.”
10 Reasons the Rest of the World Thinks the U.S. Is Nuts -
This week the Georgia State Legislature debated a bill in the House that would make it necessary for some women to carry stillborn or dying fetuses until they “naturally” go into labor. In arguing for this bill Representative Terry England described his empathy for pregnant cows and pigs in the same situation.
I have a question for Terry England, Sam Brownback, Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and too many others: I have three daughters, two of them twins. If one of my twins had been stillborn would you have made me carry her to term, thereby endangering both the other twin and me? Or, would you have insisted that the state order a mandatory fetal extraction of the living twin fetus from my womb so that I could continue to carry the stillborn one to term and possibly die myself? My family is curious and since you believe my uterus is your public property, I am, too.
(Read more here)
This lady is rather intelligent. I like her for that post. This may be stale news but wow. I think I would move to a different country if I were thrust into the situation she describes with the twins. Proud American, but…
Rediculous == 9000 OR Idiocy > 9000 OR BOTH
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World == continues_living.htm
So I have been noticing quite a bit lately, and in this particular post I am going to both rant and present useful information.
Did you see what I did there? I clearly stated what my intention was before beginning to write. As pagans, that helps keep us (and our spellwork) on the right track. So what happens when we don’t clearly state what we intend to do, or when we wish/hope/long/daydream about something and don’t have a clear mental image. Whatever we want is given to us, but it is garbled and not exactly what we wanted.
WORDING IS EVERYTHING!
If you are afraid of getting sick, do not say “I will not get sick” over and over again, as it is a generally negative statement and will do the opposite of what you want - it will help you get sick! Instead, say “I am healthy.” The exact same goes for if you feel uneasy. Instead of “No one can harm me” try “I am safe and sound at all times.”
Those are just simple affirmations I read in the book “Good Spells For Bad Days.” But it got me to thinking - how else does wording affect our every day lives?
The answer is actually a little surprising. The things we say in our head not only affect our mood, but our physical well being -and- everybody else around us. Think of it this way: Have you ever walked into a room and could feel the thickness in the air? Could you feel the tension there, possibly the guilt or hatred? That’s what I’m talking about. And you don’t even know who’s there, what they’re talking about, or what is affecting THEM in that sort of way. I’m also willing to bet that at some point it got so uncomfortable that you either left or seriously considered doing so.
Watch what you think. You’d be surprised at how changing the way we think can change ourselves.
Also, on a completely different topic, it has come to my attention through several people (even though they didn’t mean to / didn’t realize / don’t care) that, even though Loki and I live in the land of opportunity, the land where “All men were created equal” … we actually aren’t.
Just trying to assist Loki in an event which I will not go too much into detail on, the person we were assisting decides that he doesn’t want to believe what I am saying. Even though I am the one with the IT degree, and he works on cars for a living. Instead, Loki had to practically repeat what I said to get the person to listen to me.
I don’t blame the person, in all actuality; he didn’t mean to do it. However, even though he didn’t mean to do it I think that it has been ingrained in people’s heads that certain others are lesser than themselves in one way or another. A classic feminist would say “Well yes, the men think that we should be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen at all times.” There are actually men who think like that, and I have met a couple of them, so there is a little merit to that statement. However, I think there is also something to be said about it: It doesn’t mention anything about ignorance. My issue here, is that a lot of men will down women because they think we don’t know what we’re talking about. Their reason for this assumption? We have vaginas.
That looks a little radical, but I can’t really come up with any other sane reasons for that behavior. And just the fact that giving a blatantly obvious observation seems “radical” is a bit ridiculous. if it wasn’t true, then people could come up with the actual reason behind it, it would make sense, and it would be generally accepted. Also, to up the ante a bit, women generally receive about one third the salary of men for the same high-end positions. Two-faced much?
And it’s not just women who get run over by the idiocy train either. Every single person has some sort of prejudice in one way or another. (Mine happens to be racially biased because I grew up in that sort of environment; however, being in closer contact with the races I am biased against is helping turn me around. The only way to kill a bias is trust, and time.) Recognizing those prejudices and attempting to put them to rest would be the start of making the world as we know it a better place for EVERYONE - including you, the reader.
Also, since when did manners go out the window? Since when did being “rude” to everyone become cool? I would really like to trace it back to a date so I could see what started all of this nonsense. Being rude to another human being throws them so out of whack it’s not even funny - even if you (or the person you’re being rude to) doesn’t realize it. We are made of an average of seventy percent water, right? Well, there is well-documented research that shows how words, and just words, can affect water.
Let’s put two and two together, kay? humans = mostly water. words affect water. Therefore, words affect humans in more than just an emotional way.
Telling somebody they’re ugly or stupid for six months straight is probably going to make them less physically healthy via lowering their immune systems and inhibiting certain things from going to their proper places. And that’s not even counting all of the mental damage it causes!! (don’t even get me started on that.)
In short, just be nice to people (including yourself!) and see how your life improves.