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 on: Today at 02:29:38 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Questa
This is very interesting and I thought it fit in with the theme of this thread.  Have a look!

http://www.richardcassaro.com/2011/03

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 on: Today at 01:35:45 PM 
Started by Ashe Isadora - Last post by Alchymist
There's an old, old argument using pure logic that forever demolishes the idea that "One God" can be simultaneously all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good.

Evil exists in the world (which is just a shorthand way of saying some humans, for whatever reasons, do terrible things to other humans and other sentient beings). If "God" has to be informed of this by means of prayer, then "He" is not all-knowing. If "He" knows about it but is unable to do anything about it then "He" is not all-powerful. But if "He" knows about it and could do something, but either chooses not to or simply doesn't care, then "He" is not all-good.

IF deities exist, then for reasons of their own it seems they have not seen fit to provide us with unambiguous evidence of their existence. If we, despite the lack of evidence, still choose to believe in them, we need to be aware that what we have is mere opinion (we can call it "faith" if we feel we must), and nothing more - and, hopefully, therefore refrain from trying to impose our opinions on others by force or law.

IF they exist, perhaps some rule like the Prime Directive of Star Trek is in force; "Thou shalt not interfere in the evolution of sentient species." Perhaps they are intelligent enough to realise that if they allowed themselves to be known, we would demand that they solve all our problems for us rather than trying to deal with them ourselves, thereby reducing ourselves to the level of small children expecting our parents to make everything nice, and stunting our own development as a sentient intelligent species.

So, folks, it's up to us whether we become a spacefaring galaxy-wide civilization or a mere footnote in Galactic history:

             "Galactic Encyclopedia, Volume 37,586,299, Appendix 8664: Extinct species.
              Subsection 72,426(b): Sol III: Humans (note: self-termed Homo Sapiens Sapiens.)
              Showed promise initially but developed real intelligence and technology far too slowly
              and retained unfortunate primitive superstitions (see Sub Appendix 94474: Monotheistic
              religion). Rendered extinct due to self-inflicted pollution of water and atmosphere and
              warfare over superstitious belief systems."

 - or to boldly go where no Witches have been before.

Blessed Be everyone,

Alchymist.

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 on: February 25, 2015, 06:37:48 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Alces Alces
I also picture meetings of sorts, where we look at our past life/lives, go over what we've learned, how we've grown, what we've succeeded at, or fallen short at. Kind of like a job performance review.

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 on: February 24, 2015, 07:17:02 PM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Alchymist
All like-minded visitors are always welcome to Inishdanaan. The National Airline has regular airship services from, I guess, London, Edinburgh, Dublin, Shannon, Ronaldsway and lots of other places .... and regular ferries run from Liverpool, Cobh, Stranraer, Douglas, Weymouth.....

Alchymist.

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 on: February 24, 2015, 05:58:47 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Draconis Rex
An intriguing setting Al, I would happily visit. I see summerland as being able to visit with others.

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 on: February 24, 2015, 03:56:48 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by oldghost
Alchy , have you read George Mann's " Ghosts of Manhattan "  said to be the first Steampunk superhero . Was a good read .

Could you go into more details about those street wise loving girls ? :o :o

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 on: February 24, 2015, 01:42:05 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by Alchymist
Back in the mists of the past, when we were 10 or 11, some friends and I invented our own imaginary countries, over which we were kings, presidents or ruthless military dictators, depending on individual temperament. I don't know what happened to everyone else's - forgotten decades ago, probably - but mine simmered away in the back of my mind and, over the years, mutated into the ancient, mysterious Celtic kingdom of Inishdanaan; a group of good-sized islands, somewhere out in the Western Approaches, beyond Scilly, southwest from Cape Clear (but very carefully NOT located too precisely.....), and formerly the native realm of the Tuatha De Danaan, that strange, half-human, half-Elvish race that, according to legend, colonised Ireland in the time before written records (see T.W.Rolleston's "Celtic Myths and Legends" or just about any book on Celtic mythology).

It is, of course, a mountainous land, heavily forested, with rushing mountain streams and wide placid meandering rivers, deep mysterious lakes, eerie moors, spectacular ocean cliffs, vast systems of caverns only half explored...... secluded villages, rambling old towns, ancient castles, real old oak-beamed pubs serving real old ale from oaken barrels..... wooden square-rigged sailing ships, steam trains, electric trams, vintage 1929 Invictas, Lotus Mark 7s, airships..... adventurers, Witches, Shamans, skilled artisans, inventors, artists, sweet wise loving girls..... A King, chosen by the High Priestess..... a magical land, a kind of Steampunk Middle Earth, really I suppose, with traces of Rupert Bear's Nutwood, a blend of the best features of every age of Europe from pre-history to the far future......

..... I offer up Inishdanaan as a candidate for Summerland. It's my own, with all my own idiosyncrasies, but you're all welcome to come and join me.

BB everyone,

Alchymist.

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 on: February 23, 2015, 09:04:57 AM 
Started by Mokey - Last post by marisol
Welcome back.

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 on: February 21, 2015, 05:00:28 AM 
Started by Draconis Rex - Last post by oldghost
Aug , I have something in the Dream Cycle thread soon on how to Dream search past events in your life .

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 on: February 20, 2015, 10:25:04 AM 
Started by Ada87 - Last post by Ashe Isadora
Agree Wicca can be a good match for those who are sensitive to energies.  While psychic awareness is not necessary to be Wiccan, still the ability to sense energies is highly valued and it's also extremely useful. It will probably become more pronounced as you get deeper into the Craft.

Living in a small town when you're Craft can be challenging. I'm in the same boat.  Enjoy, LOL.

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