Did the aboriginals do anything remotely extraordinary? Is there anything the slightest bit worth discussing? No meme replies or we'll never spark a discussion. And no, they didn't invent the boomerang.
>>321216 Depends on how you would interpret the aims of US foreign policy on whether or not supporting the Mujahideen hurt the US in the long-run.
Outside of the material and human cost of 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and the greater war on terror the US now has an enemy to point to; something that was lacking after the USSR collapsed and something that can be very unifying among regular people.
The DRA wasn't a paradise either, quality of life was definitely better than it has been under the Taliban but they... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>321216 National security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, speaking to members of the Mujahideen early on in the conflict - "We know of your deep belief in God, and we are confident that your struggle will succeed. That land over there is yours, you'll go back to it one day because your fight will prevail and you'll have your homes and your mosques back again, because your cause is right and God is on your side"
I wonder how this guy feels now, knowing what the Mujahideen evolved into.
Disregarding the Novus Ordo obviously, since every Catholic and Orthodox alike can agree that it is utter trash, who would you say has the better liturgics, and if you're Catholic or Orthodox, what do you like/not like about the other sides? And what you would think of some nifty little variants of prayers between the two. Also, general Christian Liturgics discussion. For instance, the Catholic: >Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be forever, world without end. Amen Vs.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
A few examples from Orthodox Compline (before bed prayers):
O Lord, Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, show compassion and have mercy on me, Thy sinful servant, and loose me from mine unworthiness, and forgive all wherein I have sinned against Thee today as a man, and not only as a man, but even worse than a beast, my sins voluntary and involuntary, known and unknown, whether from youth, and from evil suggestion, or whether from brazenness and despondency. If I have sworn by Thy name, or blasphemed it in my thoughts; or grieved anyone, or have become angry about... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
(1) O undefiled, untainted, uncorrupted, most pure, chaste Virgin, Thou Bride of God and Sovereign Lady, who didst unite the Word of God to mankind though thy most glorious birth giving, and hast linked the apostate nature of our race with the heavenly; who art the only hope of the hopeless, and the helper of the struggling, the ever-ready protection of them that hasten unto thee, and the refuge of all Christians: Do not shrink with loathing from me a sinner, defiled, who with polluted thoughts, words, and deeds have made myself utterly unprofitable, and through slothfulness of mind have become a slave to the pleasures of life. But as the Mother of God Who loveth mankind, show thy love for mankind and mercifully have compassion upon me a sinner and prodigal, and accept my supplication, which is offered to thee out of my defiled mouth; and making use of thy motherly boldness, entreat thy Son and our Master and Lord that He may be pleased to open for me the bowels of His lovingkindness and graciousness to mankind, and, disregarding my numberless offenses, will turn me back to repentance, and show me to be tried worker of His precepts.
And be thou ever present unto me as merciful, compassionate and well disposed; in the present life be thou a fervent intercessor and helper, repelling the assaults of adversaries and guiding me to salvation, and at the time of my departure taking care of my miserable soul, and driving far away from it the dark countenances of the evil demons; lastly, at the dreadful day of judgment delivering me from torment eternal and showing me to be an heir of the ineffable glory of thy Son and our God; all of which may I attain, O my Sovereign Lady, most holy Theotokos, in virtue... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Priapus is best god, aside from Mercury. He was a god of fertility and live stock, and is always shown as having an erect penis. The medical term "priapism", which involves having an erection that refuses to subside is derived from, and can be traced back to him. His following was cultish and small, often revered by farmers. Most of his fame came from the mocking and obscene "Priapeia" which tells of his exploits and erotic adventures.
Ancient Romans followed Etruscan practices called "disciplina etrusca" this involved the inspection of internal organs of sacrificial animals, or the flight patterns of birds, was therefore an expression of the divine will, and contained a message which could be interpreted by trained priests called "Augurs"
It may have been the fact that Etruscan religious beliefs and practices were so deep-rooted among the Romans that led to the complete destruction of all Etruscan literature as a result of the advent of Christianity. Arnobius, one of the first Christian... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
We should have made nation-states instead of retarded artificial countries. Europe is at it's most peaceful ever because it's composed of nation-states. The middle-east would be a lot more peaceful if people who hate eachother weren't forced into the same borders.
you have lines of soldiers standing fully erect shoulder to shoulder facing the enemy soldiers who are doing the same exact thing, mowing each other down until one side ran out of soldiers and they retreated and did the same thing the next day????
How fucking stupid could you be? couldn't you space out your soldiers a yard apart from each other so the enemies' shots would only have a 50% chance of hitting one of your guys?
It was literally like men marching in formation into a giant wood chipper.
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As a STEM autist myself it seems to combination of general sperging about non-objective studies and the pissing contests that uni students seem to love getting into. Other majors, other degrees, other universities... I see it most from engineering students who seem to lack interest and only be in it for the money, constantly bunging on about muh starting salary to reaffirm their otherwise dull and meaningless choice.
Invited: anyone who wants to discuss the history of Ireland from the normal invasion to 1990. My particular interest is 19th century Irish History and 20th century leading up to partition, but pre-19th century / troubles discussion is hardly going to be READING MATERIAL: >Robert Kee's "Ireland, a History" "A The Green Flag" >D. George Boyce's "Nationalism in Ireland" >R. Foster's "Modern Ireland 1600-1972"
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I believe all immoral acts and impulses can be traced back to some form of weakness. Those who are truly strong in all aspects have no need to commit. Because no one is strong in every aspect of life, evil exists.
However, I don't believe "might makes right" Having power != having strength.
I'm still toying with this idea, so debate/CMV. pic unrelated.
What is good? Everything that heightens the feeling of power in man, the will to power, power itself. What is bad? Everything that is born of weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. Not contentedness but more power; not peace but war; not virtue but fitness (Renaissance virtue, virtu, virtue that is moraline-free). The weak and the failures shall perish: first principle of our love of man. And they shall even be given every possible assistance. What is more harmful than any vice? Active pity for all the failures... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
immoral to whom? immoral is a very subjective term and some things which might be considered immoral might not be immoral in another community or for another person. oppressing the weak might seem immoral to you but another person might see it as keeping the weak link from breaking by keeping it under control.
i wouldn't think too much about things such as immorality or morality because there is not one definition and you'll be judging people by your point of view. which doesn't require any philosophical... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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