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Rocks we step upon...

Started by Christi Sarff Nov 9, 2014. 0 Replies

Sometimes I look down and see a rock that is just appealing to me; it catches my eyeYesterday was the sameas I was trying to not hear the          chatter chatter chatter              in my…Continue

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Affirm Today - ++Comments of Living the WP Way

Started by Motown Mike. Last reply by Motown Mike Mar 20, 2014. 1 Reply

Please provide any verbal comment in this space RE:  WP and Nature's GIFT!!!POSITVE COMMENTS ONLY!  TOGETHER WE CAN LIFT THE WORLD THROUGHTHIS SISTER & BROTHERHOOD.  Continue

Discussion of Festival of Lights 2010

Started by Thomas Earle Moore. Last reply by World Pantheism Jan 24, 2011. 5 Replies

This is for continuing the discussion of the Festival of Lights series of "Pansophic Thoughts of the Day" as posted by Tor Myrvang on this group's wall on 20-31 Dec 2010. Folks who posted reactions…Continue

Is there a difference between belief and religion ...........?

Started by Stan Heath. Last reply by Walter Alan Mandell Jan 24, 2011. 20 Replies

 Belief is freewill ? Religion is  structured maybe ? ......what are your thoughts everyone . I learned a lot from our last talk .........thanks everyone . Continue

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Comment by Martin Berka on May 19, 2014 at 6:35am

Agreed! Not everything is true, but there are infinite truths.

Comment by Si Clark on May 14, 2014 at 12:10pm

"Somebody doesn't have to be wrong for you to be right." ~ Unknown

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Comment by Walter Alan Mandell on July 21, 2012 at 3:33pm

This is a paraphrase from memory of a quote from G.K. Chesterton, I'm sure it is not verbatim. I can't locate the original quote to give it verbatim.

"Our task in life is to experience the wonder of the world, while feeling at home in the world."

Although Chesterton was a Christian apologist, it seems to me this is a very Pantheist thought --- responsive to the wonder of the world (completely natural, not supernatural), while loyal to empirical reality.

Comment by Walter Alan Mandell on June 3, 2012 at 1:01pm

“My business is to teach my aspirations to conform themselves to fact, not to try and make facts harmonize with my aspirations.” ---- Thomas Huxley (Darwin's famous 19th century defender)

Comment by Walter Alan Mandell on May 18, 2012 at 6:31pm

"The first principal is not to fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool".

----- Richard Feynman ------

Comment by Tor Myrvang on April 9, 2012 at 7:02am

Pansophic Thought # 1 APXII

Today’s Pansophic thought is a well known saying which is almost universally misattributed to Nietzsche :

 "And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music."

 The saying has achieved ‘bumper sticker’ status, and has been printed on posters, mugs and  tee shirts, as in this case:

 I became suspicious of the attribution when I searched for an original German text. Nothing of the kind exists, although recent translations into German, French and even Latin may be found:   

Wer tanzt, wird von Leuten, welche die Musik nicht hören können, als hochgradig geisteskrank angesehen.

Ceux qui ont été vus en train de danser ont été jugés fous par ceux qui ne pouvaient écouter la musique.

Illi qui visi erant saltantes ab eis qui musicam audire non potuerunt morbidos iudicati sunt.

There is nothing approximating the saying in Nietzsche’s writings, although a passage in Henri Bergson’s study ‘Le rire. Essai sur la signification du comique’ published in 1900 may be the inspiration:

‘Il suffit que nous bouchions nos oreilles au son de la musique, dans un salon où l’on danse pour que les danseurs nous paraissent aussitôt ridicules.’

 “It is enough for us to stop up our ears to the sound of music, in a room where people are dancing, in order that the dancers immediately appear ridiculous.”

The phrase recalls, to some extent, the famous reference to a ‘distant drummer’ in ‘Walden’ (1854):

‘Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.’

Pantheists tend to ‘step to the music of a different drummer’ than folk in general, although they are rarely considered to be ridiculous or insane. They are not marked out by bizarre clothes or strange rituals, with the possible exception of the minority of Pantheists who practice tree-hugging, although even these tend to do so discreetly!

Pantheists, in general, tend to behave in an ecologically responsible way, and many follow a regime of voluntary simplicity, eschewing waste and conspicuous consumption. Such a life style is difficult to maintain, and elicits admiration rather than disapproval or ridicule, if not taken to the extremes of asceticism or eco-terrorism.  

With best wishes, Tor





Comment by Walter Alan Mandell on November 10, 2011 at 11:22am

"Science is belief in the ignorance of experts."

Richard Feynman

Comment by Gary P. Olson on September 16, 2011 at 7:32am
From Fernando Pessoa (Portugese) "Book of Disquiet" - "When Christianity passed over souls like a storm that rages all night until morning, the havoc it had invisibly wreaked could be felt, but only after it had passed did the actual damage become clear. Some thought that the damage resulted from Christianity's departure, but this was just what revealed the damage, not what caused it."
Comment by Walter Alan Mandell on September 5, 2011 at 7:28pm

"Many wealthy people are little more than the janitors of their possessions."

--- Frank Lloyd Wright (master architect and Pantheist).


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