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originally posted by: projectvxn
a reply to: Bigbrooklyn
the shame is on us
This cannot be laid at the feet of previous generations. These are adults we're talking about here and we all have a choice. I'm in this generation. I was born in '84. I'm a 35-year-old man, are you really trying to absolve me of my own responsibility, my own sins like a personal Jesus?
I own my own modest home & live within my means, I have a wife with whom I have partnered for 15 years & two wonderful kids. I impart as much knowledge as I can because I don't want to raise a couple of know-nothings just because it is convenient to google things. I don't abdicate my responsibility for their development or MY continued development.
I accept that as long as the lights are on I have a responsibility to act in my life in a moral way, which is defined as a proven means of behavior by which individuals and society flourish with minimal friction to true progress; thus enabling human freedom through ethical governance, education, & economic liberty.
My generation stopped believing in this. Maybe your responsibility lies in forgetting about it too, but these are things adults are all supposed to know by now. By some means or another that knowledge impinges on us throughout our lives. This is the first generation where that has not been true & blaming yourself, while simple & intuitive, does not make for an effective root-cause-analysis.
originally posted by: blueman12
a reply to: projectvxn
originally posted by: Bigbrooklyn
The Romans feed their people bread and circus...just like you have here and bow...it collapsed because of it as will this country. Burying your head in the sand makes for a great excuse but does little to fix the problem.. Being old has one advantage.. Ill most likely be dead before socialism and Marksism takes full affect... Your kids are screwed.. a reply to: Robbo2006
Under this Gnostic perspective, the cross becomes an emblem of the self’s dying to this world, not because of the self’s sins, but because the self exists in the first place. Humans should not be divided, existing as multiple individuals, imprisoned in the flesh. We should exist as pure, disembodied “self” beings in a harmonious otherworld. Achieving this requires death, a bittersweet, pained exit from our flesh and blood existence.
Luther would say in rising rates of suicide and depression occur because people “curve in” on themselves, wallowing in a narcissistic pursuit of self-fulfillment, something no different than the mystical Neoplatonic program of the old monks. In a strange way, we have a new monasticism, the isolation of self through media, which can only result in the same pathologies Luther recognized in himself.