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26 April 2009 16:20
 

Does (real) spirituality ever make anyone unhappy? Would anyone admit to spirituality that made them “unhappy”?

Why do we need both terms, “spirituality” and “happiness”? Who judges that some kinds of happiness make someone “unspiritual”? Fuck ‘em.

So: Do you see the problem? The problem, my fine fellows, is wibbling. Wibbling always leads to happiness.

 
 
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27 April 2009 13:06
 
Salt Creek - 26 April 2009 08:20 PM

So: Do you see the problem? The problem, my fine fellows, is wibbling. Wibbling always leads to happiness.

I decided to put this to the test.  First I visited the online Merriam-Webster and typed in ‘wibbling’.

From there, instead of getting a definition I was given alternate choices.  I chose Li Peng.  From there I had a choice between Li Peng, a Chinese prime minister, and Lil’ Penguin, a toy available at Amazon.  Inexplicably, without even ordering Lil’ Penguin, I began to feel happy.

This needs to be tested by other independent researchers.  If you try it, note that in the second phase, you will be given a choice of about two dozen alternate words.  For example, if you select ‘whipping’ will this lead to happiness?

[ Edited: 27 April 2009 13:13 by unsmoked]
 
 
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27 April 2009 15:52
 

I want to introduce a term, one that it also turns out I have not invented: pandogmatism. In the, um, spirit, if you will, of pandas and wibbling and panpsychism and so on.

Pantheism and panpsychism no longer do it for us, I am afraid, since there is so very very much woo out there with no trace of a deity, and no hints yet of Consciousnessnessness.

So: Pandogmatism. You better believe it.

Then there’s Reformed Pandogmatism, believing dogmatically that people are entitled to their own dogmas. Inevitably, Reformed Pandogmatism will be succeeded by adogmatism. At first this will be stigmatized by the remaining Reformed Pandogmatists, but even that will erode with time. Eventually, those not philosophically-inclined with confuse it with astigmatism. This will lead to a mystical sect, that may very well become known as enigmatism, or possibly utopian myopianism. The enigma of the dogma stigma.

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unsmoked - 27 April 2009 05:06 PM
Salt Creek - 26 April 2009 08:20 PM

So: Do you see the problem? The problem, my fine fellows, is wibbling. Wibbling always leads to happiness.

I decided to put this to the test.  First I visited the online Merriam-Webster and typed in ‘wibbling’.

From there, instead of getting a definition I was given alternate choices.  I chose Li Peng.  From there I had a choice between Li Peng, a Chinese prime minister, and Lil’ Penguin, a toy available at Amazon.  Inexplicably, without even ordering Lil’ Penguin, I began to feel happy.

Look here.  See how quickly things get misquoted?  There was no panda to start with, and now a whole new religion is springing up around it.  OK, we have a Chinese prime minister called Li Peng, but is that enough reason to change my penguin into a panda?  Is there a panda at the Bejing zoo called Li Peng?  Is that it?  True, there are penguins at the Bejing Zoo, and Li Peng, the prime minister, dressed somewhat like one of them, but that’s the extent of it.

This is all so upsetting.  I’m trying to remember what it was that made me happy.  I’ve just ordered Lil’ Penguin from Amazon, hoping to revive yesterday’s euphoria.

 
 
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28 April 2009 14:26
 

Panda monium reigns.

 
 
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28 April 2009 16:33
 

Panguitch, UTAH

which is where dogma pans out on the hard pan

It’s a no-‘guin situation.

[ Edited: 28 April 2009 16:41 by Traces Elk]
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Salt Creek - 28 April 2009 08:33 PM

Panguitch, UTAH

which is where dogma pans out on the hard pan

It’s a no-‘guin situation.

Is Panguitch anything like All-Guitch?  Looks more like
Dry Gulch to me; pandas, penguins, pelicans, or not. 

And is this not devolving into mere pompous portentous
platitudinous pontification?

 
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29 April 2009 06:31
 

Been to Panguitch many times. Panguitch Lake is quite beautiful.

Sad that the Jossph Simthers got such a nice piece of geography.

 
 
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McCreason - 29 April 2009 10:31 AM

Been to Panguitch many times. Panguitch Lake is quite beautiful.

Crater Lake is beautiful, too, if you look at it the right way. 6000 years ago, there was no Crater Lake. We are endowed by our Crater with certain inalienable rights. Among these is the right to go extinct.

 
 
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29 April 2009 10:54
 

Endowed by our Crater and bolt action Nuns!!!!

You guys are too much!

 
 
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Salt Creek - 28 April 2009 06:26 PM

Panda monium reigns.

AKA a pandemic.  Now what is God upset about?  Europeans going to Cuba to enjoy a holiday without Americans?

 
 
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teuchter - 29 April 2009 02:19 PM

If you will allow me to be serious for a moment, I would like to clarify something.  By pointing out the bloodthirsty ferocity of pandas, I did not mean to say that penguins do not pose an imminent threat to our way of life.  Below, an actual unretouched photograph of penguins armed to their pointy little teeth!

I take it that miscreants in parochial school are no longer smacked with rulers.

 
 
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unsmoked - 29 April 2009 03:59 PM
teuchter - 29 April 2009 02:19 PM

If you will allow me to be serious for a moment, I would like to clarify something.  By pointing out the bloodthirsty ferocity of pandas, I did not mean to say that penguins do not pose an imminent threat to our way of life.  Below, an actual unretouched photograph of penguins armed to their pointy little teeth!

I take it that miscreants in parochial school are no longer smacked with rulers.

Little Johnny was failing arithmetic.  His parents had done everything they could think of, tried to make him study, hired tutors, but he still just didn’t get it.  Finally in desperation they enrolled him in a Catholic school.  After the first day, Johnny came home, head for his room and hit the books.  He studied for hours every day and at the end of the term received an A+ in arithmetic.  Delighted, his parents asked him what it was that had turned him around.  He said: “The first day I got there and saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they meant business!”

 
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29 April 2009 13:05
 

Gotta love those red shoes!!!

 
 
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29 April 2009 14:46
 

I think he’s just acting out in that pic because he’s pissed they wouldn’t let him take the name Pope Dorothy.

 
 
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