May 31, 2006
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May 15, 2006
On the advice of several friends and past acquaintances I have finally started therapy to help resolve issues that threaten all my realtionships. One session and I have learned so much. I thought I was near being OCD, but I know I wasn't as bad as I've seen on TV or read about. But am not anywhere near being OCD. I have an HSP personality. It is normal, and occurs in 20% of the population. HSP stands for Highly Sensitive Person. He then gave me some reading material, and it was like someone was in my head seeing how I lived my life. Yes, This is me.
Attributes and Characteristics of Being Highly Sensitive
Emotionally, Highly Sensitive People (HSP) are seen as shy, introverted and socially inhibited. They are often acutely aware of other's emotions. Sensitive people learn early in life to mask their wonderful attributes of sensitivity, intuition and creativity.
Physically, HSPs may have low tolerance to noise, glaring lights, strong odors, clutter and/or chaos. They tend to have more body awareness of themselves and know instinctually when the environment they are in is not working for them.
Socially, they may feel like misfits. They actually enjoy their own company and are totally comfortable being alone.
Psychologically, HSPs compensate for their sensitivity by either protecting themselves by being alone too much, or, by trying to be 'normal' or sociable which then over-stimulates them into stress.
Work and career is particularly challenging for HSPs. They are often overlooked for promotions even though they are usually the most conscientious employees. They are excellent project oriented employees because they are responsible and thorough in their work.
Relationships can be difficult. In relationships they may be confronted with their unresolved personal issues. They can however, offer their partner the gifts of their intuitive insights.
Culturally, HSPs do not fit the tough, stoic and outgoing ideals of modern society and what is portrayed in the entertainment media.
Childhood wounds have a more devastating effect on HSPs. It is important for them to heal their past hurts because they cannot just forget them and go on in denial.
Spiritually, sensitive people have a greater capacity for inner searching. This is one of their greatest blessings.
Nutritionally, HSPs may need more simplicity in their diet. They may be vitally aware of the effects of food on the health of their body and their emotional stability.
For a self-test, go here: http://www.hsperson.com/pages/test.htm
Rant by FreakyNick at 9:02 AM
May 14, 2006
There is a old virus out, it is a virus of the mind. It has been infecting minds since the beginning of civilization. This virus will pollute and destroy rational thought and wisdom and will replace it with it's own metastasizing immoral ideology. The virus is called religion.
From the Sleepy Hermit's post on a Hermitary Forum:
The Mind Virus called Religion
I feel religion might be a type of mind virus, or at the very least, it behaves like one. Religion tends to infect minds that are weakened in some way, like a weakened immune system. Loneliness seems to be a type of mental vulnerability that religion can seep in through. This is why so many hermits are raging religious fanatics, in my opinion.
Once religion has taken root in its host, it starts to spread, like all viruses. Religiously-infected people, with their minds agitated by the infection, constantly work to spread it. It becomes their chief goal in life. And just like the drug addict becomes enslaved to their addiction, the religious person becomes the servant of the mind virus. The mind virus' goal to spread becomes the person's goal.
Intelligence is not a defense against religious infection. Religion targets the emotional centers of the mind. There's no shame in becoming infected with religion, it's just a disease like any other. Learning about this disease is your best defense against it, and this is the idea behind this thread. We need to learn about prevention and treatment of this infection to protect ourselves, just as we do with all diseases.
What's the danger of this disease? The more the mind virus takes hold, the more damage it does. The host begins to lose touch with reality and they ultimately become stark raving mad. Many times they become violent and even consumed by homicidal rage, and sometimes suicidal as we see with suicide bombers.
Like all viruses, religion is a simple organism and not intelligent. Just like ordinary viruses, many times they will kill their hosts by feeding off their mind, debilitating the host to where it's no longer stable enough to maintain survival (as in suicidal religious behavior). Religion appears to be intelligent because it feeds off the intelligence of man, but it's really just an infection of the mind.
An interesting study that can be done here on the Hermitary is to watch how the religiously-infected hermits try to spread the virus to the non-infected hermits here in the Secular section. They can't resist doing this; they're a vehicle of their viral host. They're not at fault, we shouldn't get mad. They're just sick. But we can use this to learn. We can watch carefully and learn about the different ways in which it spreads.
The religiously-infected person will twist words in any way to make a person's mind susceptible to infection. They contradict themselves left and right. They'll change the name of 'religion' to something less threatening sounding like 'spirituality'. Call it what they will, it's the very same virus.
So let's sit back and watch and learn. The religiously-infected can't help themselves, they will continue to try to spread it, so we will have more then enough fresh examples coming in.
Rant by FreakyNick at 5:49 AM
May 11, 2006
Perpetual melancholy dominates my life. It is only a keen sense of life's fragility and impermanence, even in the midst of day-to-day accomplishements and enjoyment of life. This keen awareness is a stumbling-block to those who enjoy social relations and worldly pursuits. It is interpeted as pessimism. Perhaps it is the undefined prerequisite to being a solitary, the mark of personality that identifies the solitary. But it is more than a morose cloud or pessimism. There is a psychological breakthrough here -- dare one say onto logical breakthrough.
Consciousness enables human beings to exercise their will. Consciousness gives humans the ability to guide events and circumstances, with the self as a kind of stage-manager. At least that is the mechanism as described by science.Yet we always feel the awareness but never the control.
Even when we decide to do or say or pursue something, even when our effort is successful and satisfying within the definition of what we are attempting, there is always an element of happenstance, of serendipity at best -- or, when things don't work out, an air of futility and regret. Consciousness is certainly the proverbial two-edged sword. Why is it usually the one side we are aware of at any given moment, the one side that haunts us even in our happiness?
Rant by FreakyNick at 5:37 AM
May 9, 2006
Recently, one of my co-workers sent me a viral e-mail showing a group of Marines in prayer. The email was titled "What's Wrong With This Picture?" It states that the ACLU is trying to prohibit prayer in the Armed Forces. It’s a misleading message based on people’s passions and not reality...................! Every word on this message is fabricated, even the named ACLU lawyer and Marine General do not exist.
The ACLU does as much work to protect Americans right to practice the religion of their choice, as it does keeping religions from making laws that are based on religious beliefs. Would you like it you were a Christian and made to follow Jewish laws?
Why are "Americans" so opposed to being Americans?
Our Civil Liberties are what makes America unique and great and worth fighting for, it is what the Marines are fighting for. Without these rights, our country would be no better than China, Iran, North Korea, or the old Iraq. When a Soldier, Airmen or Marine starts their service, they take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So, if they are fighting to protect out civil rights, why does everyone put-down the ACLU for protecting these same rights. It does not make sense to me. The ACLU has never taken action to keep people from praying, it has only had law suits where prayer was mandatory or a part of the daily routine everyone was expected to follow.
In a popular case in 2002, a public school told a young girl she couldn’t bring a bible to school, because religion was not allowed in public school. The ACLU sued and won against the school district to allow that girl to carry and read her bible. The ruling stated that the right to practice religion cannot be denied, it’s the same as forcing your beliefs on others. Public schools also cannot lead prayer, but they also cannot stop a student from praying. No one has taken prayer away from anyone, that is impossible. Just because I bow my head, it doesn’t mean I have to pray, it is a sign of respect for the beliefs of others, even if their faith is different from ours, another ideal that makes this country great.
The right to practice religion, or no religion at all, is among the most fundamental of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works to ensure that religious liberty is protected by keeping the government out of religion.
The U.S. Constitution's framers understood that religious liberty can flourish only if the government leaves religion alone. Americans enjoy a degree of religious freedom unknown in most of the rest of the world, and they take full advantage it: the United States is home to more than 1,500 different religious bodies and 360,000 churches, synagogues and mosques.
The free exercise clause of the First Amendment guarantees the right to practice one's religion free of government interference. The establishment clause requires the separation of church and state. Combined, they ensure religious liberty. Yet assaults on the freedom to believe continue, both in Washington and in state legislatures around the country.
Why does the ACLU object to federal employees bowing their heads? http://www.aclu.org/about/faqs/index.html#3_8
The ACLU has no knowledge about the photograph of Marines praying that has circulated on the Internet. The ACLU has also never had a spokesperson -- quoted by news organizations as "Lucius Traveler" -- by this name.
But, This is only my two cents. It’s just my opinion and doesn’t matter in the big picture, life goes on no matter who is wrong or right.
Of course if you're religious, you have no place being patriotic...
Badtux the Snarky Penguin: My country, 'tis of thee
Rant by FreakyNick at 5:59 AM
May 8, 2006
This is serious stuff. Please world, stop shopping at Hel-Mart!
Why Wal-Mart is in dispute over the smiley face logo
Wal-Mart to Smiley: You're Fired
Looks like The Waltons are poor sports, if they can't have Smiley for themselves, then they won't use it at all. Now where is Smiley going to work. He will have to be a free-lancer again.
My Apologies to Scott Adams.
Rant by FreakyNick at 9:27 AM
May 4, 2006
Why is everyone complaining of gas prices? With a little intelligent planning, you could benefit from the high price of gas, instead of complaining. We have had a year of warning that the gas prices were going to rise and not return to the previously super cheap prices of the past 3 decades. I have four mutual funds that have all invested in oil companies, and these funds have done extremely well over the past two months, over 6% in just April alone. So I make several thousands of dollars, but I'm still spending less than $100 a month for gas (I drive a Honda). Stop complaining and take advantage of the prices, before it's too late. The oil companies answer to the stockholders first. Demand is high, supply is tight. Let the free market decide the price, even if some people take advantage of price-gouging. Its the American way.
Rant by FreakyNick at 9:51 AM