?

Log in

Non Idiots!'s Journal
19 most recent entries

Poster:yasue
Date:2005-08-29 00:41
Subject:
Security:Public

vocaball

If this is not allowed, please forgive me and feel free to delete this post. Thank you. =D

post a comment



Poster:wonderoutloud
Date:2005-02-15 18:24
Subject:If anyone's still alive
Security:Public

promo for non-idiotsCollapse )

post a comment



Poster:mnemonicus
Date:2004-08-11 20:58
Subject:Discussion ideas
Security:Public

I read some awesome books lately by the Dalai Lama.

1) Advice on Dying
2) Practicing Compassion

Since I know there are a few recovering/evolving Christians in this community, I would like to hear a response (to marinade my own response in) to the Dalai Lama's overall premises that:

1) All religions share a common thread of compassion and respect for that which "rings as true in our souls"...

2) That basic spirituality, (in a sense, secular spirituality) is the basis of religion, and not the other way around...

3) That religion is a the political extension of "cultural spirituality"...

And my own ideas...

4) Buddhist ideas and practices can be an integral part of the faith of any believer in an Abrahamic religion, and in the long run, can strengthen that faith...

and

5) perhaps, over time, it could aid in the positive evolution of these faiths, and have a hand in their overcoming medieval superstition and inflexibility.


All very interesting and controversial ideas... I personally find them fantastic mind stimulators... So I would like to start a raging debate on religion, and if we can, come to an agreement on religion and spirituality based on the Dalai Lama's ideas. These books are well known, and short reads. I recommend them to anyone with a keen interest in the realm of spirituality. I would love for the discussion to, at any time, assume a historical context.

post a comment



Poster:mnemonicus
Date:2004-08-11 20:46
Subject:Discussion ideas
Security:Public

I read some awesome books lately by the Dalai Lama.

1) Advice on Dying
2) Practicing Compassion

Since I know there a few recovering/evolving Christians in this community, I would like to hear a response (to marinade my own response in) to the Dalai lama's overall premise that:

1) All religions share a common thread of compassion and respect for that which "rings as true in our souls"...

2) That basic spirituality, (in a sense, secular spirituality) is the basis of religion, and not the other way around...

3) That religion is a the political extension of "cultural spirituality"...

And my own ideas...

4) Buddhist ideas and practices can be an integral part of the faith of any believer in an Abrahamic religion, and in the long run, can strengthen that faith...

and

5) perhaps, over time, it could aid in the positive evolution of these faiths, and have a hand in their overcoming medieval superstition and inflexibility.


All very interesting and contraversial ideas... I personally find them fantastic mind stimulators... So I would like to start a raging debate on religion, and if we can, come to an agreement on religion and spirituality based on the Dalai Lama's ideas. These books are well known, and short reads. I reccommend them to anyone with a keen interest in the realm of spirituality. I would love for the discussion to, at any time, assume a historical context.

1 comment | post a comment



Poster:mnemonicus
Date:2004-08-11 15:31
Subject:
Security:Public
Mood: amused

i capriciously selected a community to post in, for the purpose of writing some thoughts which normally never escape my mind... yea...

im ed, im a history major at brockport college in new york. im more or less an americanist, and more or less a post-modernist. i know that may be construed as a contradiction of terms, but it is what it is. i study american history to dispel commonly held misconceptions, and to improve upon my skills at responding to those who start a sentence with: "well, the founding fathers would do/say/think (insert misconception)..." i love history, and i wanna teach it at any level where i can earn a living. im also into spirituality... i am more spiritual than religious, and tend to combine the non-draconian or illogical aspects of christianity with the pragmatic ingenuity of buddhism. i can talk and listen for hours about this... i like to talk about these subjects, and many more... lastly, im looking to reach out in the live journal world, to meet new people, and talk about whatever needs talking about!

i also like to strum my guitar, drink beer, play x-box, enjoy a quality reefer (not so much), and find new music to listen to... im an indie lover... but i also dig the alternative pioneers of the late 80's and early 90's (most of which, unfortunately, were not independently making music).

talk back. cheers.

post a comment



Poster:lolweasel
Date:2004-05-11 00:10
Subject:...greenhorn...
Security:Public
Mood: tired

Hi.
Very new to the entire livejournal community thing.

But this community - although certainly off to a slow... start...? - intrigues me, and appears to have plenty of intelligent people. Just no ideas.

So I thought I'd take a random stab at starting something. Heh. Wish me luck. ;)
My thoughts were wandering to the idea of Communism, George Orwell, Karl Marx, and - eventually - Benjamin Franklin. Different views on corruption and its inherency in government.
Franklin thought that the US Constitution would never last for nearly as long as it has. There are opinions that it will fall to corruption, has fallen to corruption, and perhaps (although, to me, it sounds shortsighted) opinions that there is no way or reason forseeable from this point in time to suggest it will fall to corruption...
So, feel free to apply that to... Whatever.
Just your thoughts on anything along those lines could, hopefully, spark some interesting discussion.
The left-winger in me shouts that US government definitely has fallen to corruption. But logical side of me says that, although, like most governments, it is riddled with it, the US government still has a distance to fall.

It has occurred to me that since this is a site on the world wide web, not everybody may have something to say about the US government (go figure). I don't really know what countries this community's members are from. But that was just me finding something to say.

You non idiots will hopefully take this where you will and bash my inarticulate post over its metaphorical head with a proverbial club.
I'm sorry, but I find that unbelievably fun to say.

- Cypress

2 comments | post a comment



Poster:awaken_dreamers
Date:2004-01-15 18:45
Subject:Aggression
Security:Public

With no specifications as to what can and cannot be posted on this community, I move to start a debate to possible get some more posts moving on this little forum.

The question: It seems, though it's been scientifically proven than females supposedly mature faster than males, that we both share the same amount of aggression. Primal as it is, aggression is an instinct and therefore cannot advance or digress, or so I'm told. So, the question is, who is more aggressive, whether passively or actively.

My answer: Females, since they do have the ability to mature faster than males do, seem to posess the passive agressive nature moreso than males, and likewise, the males posess the actively agressive, physical violence moreso than females do. However, there are obvious exceptions... for example, the self defense trainings that some females choose to go through that give them the abilty to fight off an attacker... when they receive this training, they happily use it anytime they please. On that same note, males will get into a physical fight more easily that females will... maybe. Tell me what you think. I just want opinions.

--Sam

4 comments | post a comment



Poster:casina
Date:2003-10-23 19:20
Subject:Newbie?
Security:Public
Mood: cold

I got boredCollapse )

Hello my names Casina, I joined this communitity a while back but was somewhat of a lurker as I didnt have much to say (nor had much to hear from this place). I wrote this semi surrealistic piece (lj cut above) a week or so back and thought it might amuse some. Im an athiest who lives in Sydney, Australia, studying biological sciences and Im not fond of creationists. Glad to meet you all.

2 comments | post a comment



Poster:setfeldspar
Date:2003-10-21 11:46
Subject:Answer Me This
Security:Public
Mood: curious

What is law?

Broad, i know, but I'm curious about what people's philosophical ideas about the law are.

7 comments | post a comment



Poster:awaken_dreamers
Date:2003-10-15 18:22
Subject:Question
Security:Public
Mood: annoyed

Someone, please answer me this...

Why do people feel the need to be complete and total MORONS?!?

I only ask this because, even though I go through enough empty heads a day to make me wish myself stupid, society appears to be dropping in IQ.

Last night, I got a prank phone call at about 10, then another by the same person at 11-ish. They were stupid enough to not only call twice, but also to nt *67 beforehand, making their phone number accessable to my cell phone's caller ID.

Where do these people get these BRILLIANT ideas from? And what are they smoking, because I want some...
Sorry. I'm frustrated.

--Sam

2 comments | post a comment



Poster:kdanarch
Date:2003-09-10 12:53
Subject:Just joined...
Security:Public
Mood: amused

I'm an 18 year old guy raised as a fundamentally logical christian (aka, find the holes in the religion and find some strain of logic to make it right). I followed along, but I became more a peon of thought than of faith. And that's why I left.

I'm theistic agnostic to an extent, and existentialist to an extent. I don't hate religion particularly, but I despise the effect of organized religion on the willing masses.

My philosophy is to find everything you find to be injust in the world and defy it by being something that naturally resists it. A drop of water that falls from the sky but never touches ground...
I believe your actions can do nothing to affect the entire scope of things on this planet, in the universe, but your actions are, instead, a demonstration of yourself.
And existing the way you are, being true to yourself, is that which affects the entire scope of things on this planet and in the universe.

I pondered something akin to "destiny" for a while... Some say that where we end up, what happens tomorrow, has already been decided. Some say that we decide the events of every one of our days. I like to believe some middle-ground in relation to these two beliefs. What I believe is this: We are both the weaver and the weaved.
Every choice we make creates a set of events that affects us, changing us, making us make different choices. Yes, we can make our own choices, but the choices we have are defined by the choices we made in the past, and the choices we make are defined by what that past made of us.

We are all slaves to who we are, where we are, and when we are.
I call myself a hero. As all zealous existentialists should be.

I am amazed by the influence I have just by being myself. And I am not surprised that when I manipulate, force, and bargain to get something, I don't get it. Change is like lightning. It finds the quickest path to ground. If you move yourself to a place close to the change you want, you'll change things.

I weave perspectives, give people thoughts. Debunk, deweave, undo their old thoughts, and rebuilding for them. Making it a vitamin that they can swallow, giving them what they need. Because we could all use another perspective...

But I like to make perspectives something somewhat easy to swallow. For this I use my words.

I find the holes in reality, and use logic to fill the holes. That makes me an arbiter of a strange religion called philosophy.

Trust me, I will find an opinion on everything.
And even if my conclusion isn't true, my reasoning will make sense.
And if you consider it bullshit, then you haven't dug deep enough to see it's foundation.

Because bullshit tastes interesting, and makes things smoother to swallow.

2 comments | post a comment



Poster:awaken_dreamers
Date:2003-09-09 15:55
Subject:Baby's 1st Community
Security:Public

I found this journal concerning the topic of existentialism, an idea I've been quite fond of for a while, or at least its general principle.
The idea that the rest of the universe is not here to save humanity, that we are on our own, and damn well near screwed, is one of the only theorized concepts I've ever found that negates religion [essentially], which is probably why I gained such an interest in it in the first place.

Now I'll admit, I'm not in college, and I'm probably not as learned or educated as others in this community. I'm a junior in high school taking advanced placement [college level] courses to try and better myself instead of being trapped behind the head of the dumbest person in the class, whose pace we have to work at because Wake County Public School Systems demand 95% of the student population graduate. It's enough to give me a daily migraine.

So, anyway, initiation or hazing, whatever may come, this interested me, so I joined.

--Sam

3 comments | post a comment



Poster:21yo_curmudgeon
Date:2003-07-16 11:34
Subject:
Security:Public

some teachers have obviously never known the anguish of being the smartest kid in the class.

we got a test back in my calc class today. we had gotten a quiz back monday, and mine had a rather illegible grade. (these were both out of 50):

me, being as discreet as possible: "is that a 6 or an 8?"
prof, *not* discreetly, and surrounded by other students: "that's a 48. but you got a 50 on this last test, didn't you?"
idiot: "she got a 50?!"

while i'm making slashing motions across my throat at the prof, positively horrified.

idiot: "girl, you should *not* be complaining about your grade! you got a 50?!" (to several other students) "she got a 50!"
(apparently, she thought i was complaining about my grade. no dear, just clarifying it.)

later on:

other idiot: "are you gonna curve the final?"
me: *makes valiant attempt to disappear*

thank bob the answer was no. i don't feel like taking my calculus final with a gun to my head.

post a comment



Poster:21yo_curmudgeon
Date:2003-05-30 19:09
Subject:you people stole my idea!!
Security:Public

dammit, *i* was going to start a community like this. but oh well.

i'm anna, i found this community through my sister, str8_edge_4ever. about whom i can testify despite her screen name is not an idiot ^_^

anyways, i'm back in college after getting my bachelor's in 3 years--before i was old enough to drink--partially so i'll have more of a chance at getting and keeping a job that doesn't involve a polo shirt with the company logo on it. but partially, i suspect, because i just hated the lack of mental stimulation. i'm taking intro calculus this summer, in a class populated by frigging idiots. honey, if you don't know how to find the asymptotes of a function, how the fuck do you expect to pass calc??

so i'll probably be using this community to complain about idiots. i suggest we also use this place to make fun of lj idiots, or idiots in general. i see some crossposts from bushisms in this community's future.

after all, screw beauty--intelligence is much more important. or at least it should be. add me if you like reading guinness-fueled musings on the surreality of life.

1 comment | post a comment



Poster:slagbot
Date:2003-04-24 00:58
Subject:
Security:Public

so...
what happens when idiots get drunk?
they listen to linkin pork really loud.


what happens when nonidiots get drunk?
they listen to don caballero and neutral milk hotel really loud and converse about shakespeare.


being pretentious CAN be fun!

2 comments | post a comment



Poster:slagbot
Date:2003-04-22 12:56
Subject:
Security:Public

dag, nonidiots don't seem to have a lot to say.

2 comments | post a comment



Poster:setfeldspar
Date:2003-04-06 05:41
Subject:Possible First Topic
Security:Public
Mood: artistic

It amazes me how time and distance and the circumstances of life can become null and void when people of a certain caliber and disposition end up in the same place again, ready to do what they've always or almost have always done well together. My roommate-in-absentia (find the post in my journal that i have written or will eventually write about this state of his) returned to chicago for a week or so over his spring break. I have friends in town right now. But, rather than respect them and let them sleep after they let us know they wanted too, my roommate and I did what we've always done best. Locked rhythmically, on various instruments....except we were able to acknowledge 4 months of not living together by placing me, the newbie, on the drums, and Todd, the soon to be drummer back on guitar, where things started out when we first started hanging out years ago. Instead of our first real interaction being a conversation about how we've changed, a real life recapturing of a phone conversaton, or anything mundane, we reminded each other how much we've meant to each other just by me picking up and playing the instrument he left behind while he picked up the instrument he had taught me to play almost 6 years ago.

post a comment



Poster:slagbot
Date:2003-04-05 21:47
Subject:
Security:Public
Mood: amused

ironic that i joined nonidiots while taking a break from watching "hot or not," featuring lorenzo "renegade" lamas himself as a judge! to my own credit, i did just get home from work and sit down, and it just happened to be what my roommates were watching...

post a comment



Poster:littledinosaur
Date:2003-04-05 20:45
Subject:
Security:Public
Mood: frustrated

i hate to say it, but i can think of anything non-idiotic enough to start this community.

for a moment, a thought came to me .. and just as quickly as it came, it left.

help help help

2 comments | post a comment


browse
my journal