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Brendan

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  1. ❤️ And you, brother

  2. ❤️ Hope you’re well, old friend.

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      Didn't give me a heart wtf.

  3. thx 4 da treets ikalki u best mod 4real!!
  4. Brendan

    Question

    I think that it's vital to be mindful of the fact that, from a universal perspective, our actions have next to no significance. While we have moral awareness, both through instinct and reason, matters we consider to be of any importance are actually not in reality. Furthermore, as successfully destructive we have shown ourselves to be historically, our power to decrease or nullify anything in our galaxy is laughable in comparison to that of the galaxy itself. More than 99% of known species to have existed on Earth, you might be aware, are currently extinct. Evolution is as destructive as it is creative; we are merely specks on the timeline of life and, in my opinion, will never match its power. That said, to answer your question of if we have went "too far", it [I]is[/I] nevertheless necessary to answer from a human perspective; one where consciousness exists. If you are of the opinion that we have, and that we have caused irreversible damage to the planet we dwell on as well as the inhabitants that share it with us, I put forth the motion that you should reconsider. If the aforementioned is the case, what would be the point of doing anything moral in the future? I don't believe there exists a measure by which our morality as a species becomes obsolete due to its counterpart's dominance, however long or frequently it is done - especially in the case of Earth (whose regenerative capabilities are known to be extraordinary).
  5. Brendan

    It's Been a while

    Hello, Ranger. RuneLocus has unfortunately fallen into complete disarray. With the arrival of the villainous Gabinhash, his 2 posts alone have disturbed the very foundations of the entire community, causing everything to collapse. This is goodbye.
  6. [quote name='Dean']OP is just an idiot. I find the study of theology very interesting because how many different religions there are, and how they have different belief systems. I am a Muslim myself and I can say that this is the most peaceful religion I can find, but one that accord to my beliefs also.[/QUOTE] Not to be rude, dear fellow, but your post has little to do with the OP. I would be interested in your answer, though, if you would be so kind. Slik, I don't actually disagree with anything you said and my post was not a challenge to you or to anyone opposing the motion that religion benefits the world today or has done in the past. I think you may have misunderstood my post a little. My opening sentence was just a slight nod to religion because, without a doubt, it has been the cause of some measure of goodness; little or large. I would be inclined to argue that the people doing good deeds in the name -- or because of -- religion are perfectly capable of doing so without religion.
  7. Brendan

    Illuminati?

    I've heard [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immortal_Technique"]Immortal Technique[/URL] stating that the Illuminati is real, although not in the sense most people understand it. Folks think they're a secret society manipulating the peoples of the world to achieve complete economical, social and political dominance, thereby controlling the greater part of humanity as a whole. Tech infers that the people who are doing this are just like you and I, have jobs considered to be ordinary and lead relatively normal lives. They are the bankers, the politicians, the CEOs of multinational corporations, etc. They don't need to be part of a secret society - we give them permission to do what they're doing most of the time, even envy their lifestyles, or if we don't there are plenty others who do and who are in positions to render our voices useless.
  8. Looking forward to your responses with equal measures of fear and excitement.

  9. I'll get around to replying to your posts, I've just been busy. They have not gone unnoticed ;).

  10. This is such a vital and relevant question in today's world and it's one we should all be wrestling with as often as we can to come to a reasonable solution as individuals. As is always the case, I am far too ignorant to call forth examples, but I'll try to make this wee post as sensible as I can. There are likely thousands upon thousands of occurrences in the past which exemplify the inevitable failure of any body's attempt to control a greater number of peoples. Some have had more success than others in the attempt of the aforementioned, and for a damn long time, too. The people always seem to find a way to overcome the shackles of enslavement, though, for one reason or another. To expel someone's freedom is to take their life; literally. Enslavement, whatever form it may be in, is therefore very much akin to murder in the eyes of most (perhaps to some, even crueler) people. Such injustice can only be tolerated for a limited amount of time. Even if, as you postulated, the removal of certain freedoms is presented as just and preservative, the fact that in its most bare state it remains a limitation of liberty nullifies any justifications attributed to it. As the simple saying goes, "You can either learn the easy way or the hard way.", we humans usually embrace our tendency to make mistakes (a lot of the time repeatedly) because it is part of the experience of learning. We prize the most basic freedom of choice because, without choice, we are not what would ordinarily be described as human. Digressing to your example of the anti-alcohol injection: I mean to say that -- despite our awareness of things (like alcohol) causing us incalculable damage as individuals and as a species -- we prefer to have the opportunity to learn that we should turn our backs on some things, or to possess the wisdom in the first place to reject them, rather than to have been denied that opportunity in the first place. Ultimately, I do not actually take much issue with what you suggest in the OP, but with the measures you stated and the source from which they originate. Governmental organisations, certainly in a lot of countries across the world today, are too impersonal and much too far removed from the actual people they govern to effectively implicate such measures and see any perpetual or long term success. If instructions are given by significantly more localised authorities (as in a Native American tribe, for example, where chiefs -- among others -- guided their young), I believe the "greater good" is more aptly achieved, because the recommendations come from individuals of great respect and the measure by which these recommendations are officiated is merely spoken word. Basically, I think both the problem and solution lies within the hands of the family and community, rather than anything beyond or bigger than that.
  11. Seems everyone loves a Mustang... [img]http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/write.ign.com/71004/2012/09/Ford_Mustang-GT390-Bullitt_1968-600x450.jpg[/img]
  12. [B]Tomb Raider[/B] [img]http://www.otakusphere.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/LV4.jpg[/img] [B]Crash Bandicoot [/B] [img]http://irrationalpassions.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Crash+Bandicoot+Game+Incio.jpg[/img] [B]Need For Speed: Underground[/B] [img]http://ps2media.ign.com/ps2/image/nfsu_inline1.jpg[/img] [B]Pokemon[/B] [img]http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/original/0/3957/203263-pokemon_blue_version_gbc_screenshot1.gif[/img] [B]Age of Mythology[/B] [img]http://static.planetminecraft.com/files/resource_media/screenshot/1143/936full-age-of-mythology-screenshot_729400.jpg[/img] [B]Halo 2[/B] [img]http://www.xb1.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/halo-2.jpg[/img] [B]GTA 3[/B] [img]http://www.gouranga.com/images/gta3pc/gta3pc_004.jpg[/img] [B]Alien Versus Predator[/B] [img]http://www.armchairempire.com/images/Reviews/pc/aliens-vs-predator-2/aliens-vs-predator-2-1.jpg[/img] Probably a lot more...
  13. [QUOTE]Do you think Religion benefits the world anymore or has it ever benefited? [/QUOTE] Religion certainly has benefited the world in the past and continues to do so today -- I'd never dispute such a thing, although if you were to ask me if religion has caused more harm than good, I would answer differently. Before taking on the challenge of assembling a reasonable argument towards proving that religion was not a necessary body for humanity to have ended up where we are (as though where we are currently is such a marvel...), I will simply present my case based on my own experience. I am in a mildly unique situation because I have been raised by Catholics as a Catholic, and despite having only had a very vague understanding or belief of God at my most devout (I've been an atheist for years and I've had doubts as far back as I can remember), I was a practicing Catholic for 12 or 13 years of my life. This means that I have quite an extensive insight into the life of Catholics regarding how their faith dictates what they do; more so than any book would provide. I cannot speak for my family, most of whom will be devout until the day they die, but I would certainly say that I consider my principles to have been acquired irrespective of religion. I am by no means the moral standard of what a human should ideally be, but I have largely made morally sound decisions for the greater part of my life, none of which I attribute to religion. If anything, Catholicism has offered me various ways of thinking about certain people that is nothing short of hatred. It has offered me a form of righteousness which states that I am doing the right thing according to the greatest judge of all, along with my Catholic peers, and that anyone who does differently is simply inferior. Although I could continue, I digress: I have consistently rejected the teachings of the Catholic Church throughout my life where I have considered them to be questionable, and of the teachings that I would agree with, I have always found them to be redundant in that I already knew whatever it may have been. For example: being kind to those who are less fortunate than yourself; being forgiving to those who have wronged you; being humble -- these are all things I have always had a natural inclination towards, or have made my own judgement on as I have aged. There is an enormous amount of hypocrisy in the Church as well (regarding the congregation): people who profess their adherence to the teachings of Catholicism -- the ones we'd all agree are moral, anyway -- are often quick to turn their noses up at the actual practicality of the behaviour dictated to them via their tenants, priests etc.
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    Can people be 'lucky'?

    You pretty much solved your own problem. Luck is merely a matter of perception - when an occurrence or a culmination of occurrences amounts to one's (dis)satisfaction, luck is the word we can attribute to any related situation to simplify the impossibly incomprehensible randomness. Luck comes and goes.
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