Quem deus vult perdere, dementat prius. "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad."
Life is differences. That's what it is to be alive. Life IS discernment. And that's all it is.
It's not existence or intelligence or spirit or any form of higher, intangible, invisible energy that lives in our bodies. Whether or not those things exist doesn't matter. Life itself is discernment of anything and everything. Life is the difference of difference -- The ability to take "everything" and slice it into portions, sections and "things" that we can play with, use and understand. That is what it is to be alive as opposed to "existing".
And when you have the very concept of difference taken away from you, you realize that people are in 99.9% in agreement on everything! And the small amount of things we do disagree on are simply more differences. More of our ability to live, sorting other people's opinions, rather than the concept of, say, a "sound" as different from a "sight".
Our brains and bodies are designed to be alive. To have the ability to set "everything" in pieces and then manipulate and use those pieces. We are filters, moving through the infinite and screening it into the finite. It is the only way it is possible to be alive. The only way to have life as we know it is NOT to have everything on our plate at once -- NOT to know everything -- NOT to comprehend God -- NOT to be enlightened -- NOT to be omniscient. What we consider our spiritual, philosophical and scientific shortcomings are the very things that are necessary for our existence as we know it. Without our narrow viewpoints and inability to understand it all, we would be another element of an incomprehensible "all", and unable to take part in life as we understand it.
We, as people, are exactly where we're supposed to be. We're doing our function. We're in the right place. To gain what we strive for would mean losing that which allowed us to strive in the first place. We are pieces of one, large thing, investigating itself and wondering what we are.
And if we ever find out... well, that will be the day it's no longer necessary for life to exist.
"Nature is even crueler than humans are. Most animals die without screaming. If they didn't, we wouldn't be able to stand the racket. Fact is, creation looks indifferent to suffering. Lifeforms kill without regard. If Creation reflects the Creator, he doesn't give a toss." --- from the Jack forum.
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." --- Albert Einstein.
"Yeah life expectancy of a human used to be 30... live to age 15, get your freak on and procreate, live to age 30, so your offspring is 15... past 30, really, the "warranty period" on human evolution expires." --- Cereal Milk, Second Life user
"There is nothing so dumb as an educated man once you get it off the subject he was educated in." --- Jannie Posthorn, Second Life user
"Why do people with such capacity for power seem to waste it on crazy things that work out somehow, but shouldn't?" --- The Brain, Pinky and the Brain
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have." --- Thomas Jefferson
"Everybody who doesn't want his identity tattooed on their forehead for security purpose is a terrorist - didn't you know?" --- atkelar
You want to preserve the human race? Make a contribution to the collective knowledge that we define our existence by, otherwise, shut up, go fuck your cousin, and have some retarded kids to change the bedpans of the more advanced when they reach old age. --- wyldside
Every Nintendo owner has encounted the following scenario: you hand over the controller to a friend and then watch them clumsily murder Mario with the same bottomless pit until he stops coming back to life. World of Warcraft is an entire society of these people. --- wyldside
God (or whatever you want to call the divine one that created this world) did not create the organized religions most follow, other people did and therein lies the problem. --- sibir_lupus
"Scientology: Because a 2000 year old zombie ruling the earth with fire and brimstone isn't fucking weird enough." --- sniper3
"Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth." --- Sherlock Holmes
"In the old days, people worried that computers would take over the world. We have now come to a point where computers are intelligent enough to realize that they don't want to." --- Randy Cassingham, Thisistrue.com
The Internet: Where males are males, females are males, and children are the FBI.
The Daily Morning Ritual:
Stolen from trpeal: "The ephemeral nature of the Internet allows creations to come and go as their creator pleases. Unlike syndicated comics, when a webcomic writer and artist tires of the story he is telling, he can end it before it goes into some horrible creative tailspin, destroying any good memories the readers might have and replacing them with bitter regret and accusations of 'Hack!' Alternately, the story being told may have a finite number of episodes and when the story is told, that's it. In every instance, the creator is free to begin again with a new story, or take his previous characters and begin again."
Stolen shamelessly from trpeal's character Fubaar: "How many times have you chased something, and been totally wrapped up in its pursuit? There was nothing but the chase: You were one with the prey, and you were both were one with the universe. You completely lose yourself. And then you catch your quarry but that's when you find out that it wasn't what you thought it was. It wasn't even close. Life is that chase. And if the chase ends, what do you have? Nothing. Best to be prepared to enjoy it while you're running."
2000 B.C. - Here, eat this root. 1000 A.D. - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer. 1850 A.D. - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion. 1940 A.D. - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill. 1985 A.D. - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic. 2000 A.D. - That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root.
Shamelessly Stolen from the Jack forum and slightly edited: Imagine playing your favorite game, a game which you find very pleasent and thought you'd never tire of. Now imagine you have the ability to play that game as many times as you want for as long as you want. At first you'd be having a grand old time but eventually that would change. Over the course of time, you would have run through every possible scenario, every possible move, every possible outcome not once but a potentially infinite ammount of times. Eventually you wouldn't even need to think about the game at all, as you already know all possible outcomes and simply need to access your memory of past games. From the first move you'd know all outcomes before they were played, and not only you but your opponent who has been playing the game with you.
The game becomes no longer enjoyable as it's no longer a challenge. You can't try to win as your opponent would know your intentions the moment you made a move, you cannot lose as you would know your opponents intentions the moment they made a move, what you end up with is an endless stalemate. So you move onto another game, only you end up with the same result, so you move onto another, and then another, and then another, on and on until you've played every game that exists and there are no new games to play.
What then? You can't go back to previous games, as they've all become un-enjoyable, if you invent a new game then that game too will eventually become tiresome and even tedious, not only that but eventually you will run out of possibilities for new games.
The problem with Heaven is simular, eventually you run through all possible scenerios, and all possible outcomes, actions, speech, emotions, thought, etc... not once but a potentially infinite ammount of times.
If a human being or other sentient being were forced to endure this throughout all eternity they would eventually go mad. Take away all conflict, challenge and danger then this will arguably happen even faster as what you've effectively done, is taken away all purpose in their existence. All games are stalemates, nobody wins and nobody loses. The game serves no real purpose.
That is, of course, unless they are given the option to start again with a clean slate, forget that they ever went through those possibilities or played all the games in the first place. Give them back their sense of conflict, of challenge and danger and you will give them back purpose. The other option of course would be to allow them to cease to exist.
So can people in Heaven reincarnate? I sure hope so. Otherwise, Heaven is arguably just another form of Hell; only it takes much more time to realize it.
Logic is not the way the universe works. It is a set of principles created by human beings based on how they see the universe working. Therefore, paradoxes can (and do) indeed exist. They simply work on a different logic than the one we prescribe to, or operate on rules that our logic can describe but not entirely explain.
A misguided person can be convinced of their wrongdoings. A psychopath will remain a psychopath until the day they die. There is no way, through either drugs or therapy, to treat a psychopath. It's been clinically proven that you can not treat a psychopath - all such treatments just make them better skilled at concealing their nature, and blending into society.
Furry since 199... Hmmm, I think it was 2000, but it's closeted. Never been to a con, really want to go (and in a fursuit, no less, or go all out with movie makeup and body latex). Formerly a wolf for ten years, changed to suit my personality more on 6/14/2007 to a Hyena. Would have gone jackal, but Hyenas are more fun! I'm too much of a loner to stay a wolf, and I'm definately more of an obnoxious oppertunist than a secretive, sly jackal. Thus, Hyena!
Human Form: 5'9", 115 pounds, black hair, blue eyes, with the wiseassery of Howard Stern, the face of Weird Al, the sanity of a homeless bum eating a brick coated in paint thinner, and the mind of a woman. Literally. I just don't have the guts to go through with making a complete change.
Anthro Form: Aegis stands about six feet tall, with an athletic, strong build, long narrow legs and six digits on his left footpaw. His coloration is typical of a hyena, though he has straight anime-ish gray hair between his german shephard-like ears and the left side of his inky-black muzzle has a lot of white spots, almost like freckles. His tailtip is dyed a neon green ("For inspiration!"), both ears are pierced three times with silver rings, and he wears a steel chain necklace with a small battle-axe charm on the end which has a piece of blue quartz set between the blades. A backpack of gray leather is almost always over his shoulders. Normally you'll find him in his trademark outfit, an inferno-colored sorcerer's robe with a sea blue cape. Aegis also carries his trademark weapon, a two foot long double bladed axe forged out of a single piece of steel, which he uses one-handed.