“I began wishing that my professors had spent a little more time lecturing on how to constructively engage the world as it is and a little less time teaching me how to criticize it.”—Eboo Patel (Acts of Faith)
“There are so many different ways to be connected to people. There are the people you feel this unspoken connection to, even though there’s not even a word for it. There’s the people who you’ve known forever who know you in this way that other people can’t because they’ve seen you change. They’ve let you change.”—Angela Chase
I really wish that when you say "chico" you meant "chicago" because that is SO CLOSE TO ME.
but you mean chico in cali.
Aweee yesh! Chico in California unfortunately. If I lived in Chicago we’d be kicking it right meow. But if I ever get out to the east to visit my sister in Rhode Island I’ll have to drop by! If you ever get out to Califfffornya let me know!
Why the fuck is Jay Leno always making racist jokes against the Chinese. He was all "hurrr durr durrr Disnyland opened up in Hong Kong!" Then he proceeded to show an image of Donald duck, dead hanging on a hook as if he were in an Asian meat market. You need some better writers mother fucker.
About a month ago I made a post about tapering off of Effexor XR and how difficult it was. I am so thankful to say I have been off of it for a month now. It wasn’t easy, but after some research I found methods of aiding my withdrawals.
Essentially Effexor XR withdrawals include “brain zaps” (this basically explains it, frequent and consistent pulses starting from the top of your head to the top of the spine), extreme nausea (that was miserable…), mood swings (As if I don’t have enough as a woman….) and of course fatigue and overall shittyness.
Luckily I found a website that deals with these withdrawals by using the most natural materials you can. In order to tackle the brain zaps I took Flaxseed Oil pills everyday, three to four times a day, in the beginning it was a bit rough, but this method eventually worked. For nausea I treated it with ginger tea and other ginger products, with success. As for the mood swings, you just really have to go with the flow, I still have random cases of “Omg. Am I gonna cry right now? WTF? I’m watching Trailer Park Boys…” and sometimes anxiety builds up, but for the most part the withdrawals are GONE. I can’t say enough to thank those who found these methods. I would’ve been fucked.
Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know I’ve finally accomplished what seemed to be the impossible.
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Ever heard of Josh Ritter? He's the musician I was talking about. Apparently friends of mine, better versed in philosophy than I am, have pointed out several humanist themes in his music, particularly his most recent album, So Runs the World Away.
I'm Catholic but I don't see how humanism should necessarily contradict that. From what I understand several of the earliest humanist writers were Catholics. At least that's what my English Lit class this semester has led me to believe. I've agreed with most of what I've read on it so far as well as the ideas in Josh Ritter's music.
Interesting, I actually haven’t heard of Josh Ritter but he sounds like an interesting guy! Humanism doesn’t always have to contradict a religious following, even though some theologians beg to differ. Early humanists I believe came from Europe and I think ranged in different branches of Christianity (I might have to double check but I believe Machiavelli and Erasmus are two Catholic examples). It may be difficult however to combine pluralism with Catholicism (depending on how strictly one adheres to Catholic stances on religious pluralism). I personally think it is possible to combine the two, but it can get iffy based on the stances of the “religious or non-religious other”.
Awesome! Thanks. I'll definitely look into his stuff. I know that one of my favorite singers has a lot of humanist themes in his songs and I'm liking the concept so far as my limited knowledge is allowing me to.
Yes, no problem! I myself am a humanist. (Took awhile for me to realize it.) If you’re interested in the philosophy of humanism you should also read a bit about religious pluralism (Even though humanism is typically secular, religious pluralism has contributed quite a lot to the humanist philosophy). Diana Eck and John Hick are two well known pluralists and their philosophies are equally interesting. Good luck!
Pegasus Dream joined us over the phone for an interview today! This is probably Twin Geeks’ biggest interview and we thank the boys of PegDre for calling in. We discuss the release of Painting Pantheons and Zelda Ocarina of Time. This is one show you might want to listen in on.