Re: Witchcraft in Germany
- Greetings All,
When one puts their beliefs in any shape fashion or form which allows for scenarios wherein other people's opines of them truly matter to one ... one is asking for tears I'd say.
The second one starts looking for "sorry" one is lost, the only difference between that and asking for "You are OK" is one the time it takes to get from Point A to Point B.
Don't seek it, don't ask for it, don't want it and if it is offered don't take it I say.
The slope towards needing another's justification for what should be one's OWN business .. is a slippery slope indeed.
*Shrugs and Grins*
- I believe in giving everyone an equal chance I also believe in first impressions my first impressions are usually right.
But if I get a bad first impression you still get a chance.
You just get less chances.
To be honest in my mind everyone is a threat or say enemy until proven otherwise.
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On 05/01/2012, at 7:57 AM, Leif Njordsson <godhi@...> wrote:
> G'day Christoper,
> "if not kin then enemy" it is a good expression of enemy mentality, the
> idea that we should assume that those around us are more likely to be
> enemies then friends."
> Your suggestion that the above perspective is flawed is not borne out by
> reality. Thousands of years of reality bear out that the fact that, on
> the balance of probabilities, the above statement is a truism.
> Throughout history it has been shown that "not friend" = "enemy",
> because people who are not friends most often become enemies when
> detente becomes strained. I am not suggesting that kin cannot become
> enemies, only that it is less likely. We spend our lives assessing and
> balancing risk. Much of that assessment is built around survival truisms
> which we have accumulated over many generations to the point where it is
> thought by some to be almost "programmed" into us, in a similar way that
> animals have instinctual knowledge programmed into them. That knowledge
> tells us that "difference" = potential enemy until proven otherwise.
> I am not suggesting that the above justifies attacking others. But I am
> suggesting that assuming someone is a 'friend" until proven otherwise is
> naive, and will more likely than not work to your detriment. A stranger
> who turns up on my doorstep, blowing smoke up my arse, about how
> wonderful, wise and respected I am, does not necessarily have my best
> welfare in their hearts and should be assumed to be toxic until proven
> otherwise. I suspect that if a kinsman did the same thing, I would also
> be wondering if their agenda had my best interests at heart.
> Be well
> On 3/01/2012 9:48 AM, Christopher Michaels wrote:
> > Billl spoken like a true warrior... "if not kin then enemy" it is a
> > good expression of enemy mentality, the idea that we should assume
> > that those around us are more likely to be enemies then friends. This
> > is exactl;y what people like George Bush and the Christians use to
> > justify their attacks on people who disagreed with them, who were
> > different... it is a justification for attacking the different, namely
> > us, the counter/alternative cultures...
> > What is an enemy? Someone who wants to hurt you, intentionally... the
> > 'intentionally', to me is important. This means they feel threatened
> > by something about you. Those like the Christians and some types of
> > dictatorial conservatives and radical lefties who believe that being
> > different, even more being other, being unknown, a stranger, is
> > enough for you to be threatening. I prefer to be open to the unknown
> > with a readiness for friend and enemy but assuming on probabilities
> > that majority of people aren't looking for a fight and so are more
> > likely to be friend or neutrally uninterested in me, then assuming
> > people are black or white, either enemy or kin.
> > I think the beauty of polytheism, paganism is that it lets us see
> > things in rainbows of many colours, not simply in black & white
> > terms... there is kin, friend, tribal member, ally, interested
> > neutral, non-interested neutral, accidentally harmful, intentionally
> > and temporarily enemy, permanently and intentionally enemy... for
> > example...
> > Christopher
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> > Skype ID: wildmandrake
> > "to achieve change we must step outside and view the situation from a
> > new angle"
> > "life doesn't travel so fast if you're paying attention."
> > from the movie 'stay'- Henry Letham: ...Tristan Rêveur quote about bad
> > art? It's "bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art 'cause
> > it documents human failure."
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