Previous William Thomas Sherman Page quotes and observations
"Listen here you better play ball with us
because brother we got such a set up
(hee hee hee) like you don't know. That's right boy."
Pain and Suffering are often very subjective. It is hard to prove or demonstrate them in dishonest communities. Consequently there are less means of correcting them, all the less so if other important interests conflict with the sufferers needs. We might conclude therefore that pain and suffering are more likely to occur in dishonest, rather than honest communities.
Now having regularly and for a very long while had to contend with these two (one of whom is a ghost by the way) I hope by this time it goes without saying that I don't think very much of either their religion or their movies.
Here's one helpful tip, however, I learned from dealing with them: Great screaming can actually to some extent alleviate your own physical suffering.
An Open Letter to Bill Griffith
Dear Mr. Griffith,
At first I thought the Three Stooges was only in the movies. Then I found out these things are real.
Time was people keeping secrets and leading double lives was the craze: Mr. Ed, My Favorite Martian, My Mother the Car, I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Batman, the Munsters, though the last is perhaps an obvious exception.
In recent year it seems the popular trend has moved over to cannibalism, serial killers and psychological thrillers.
I understand they captured the American Taliban. Meanhwile,
I'll keep an eye on Ben Ladin just in case he gets the drop on us.
They, with the help of their (often unwitting) accomplices, have killed outright or ruined any number of people, proceeded to hoard all the money, corrupt and deceive others with it to get them to regularly go along with them, then lie to the rest of us who might object saying we "don't know what we are talking about."
Yes, but it was a ghost who told them to do this. Is it really fair then to blame them?
Goodness logically and experientially requires Existence.
Existence does not require Goodness logically or conceptually, yet it does require it experientially. Chrysippus says nothing is good and bad of itself only how it is used makes it one or the other. Yet we will only be able to agree with him after having first also agreed to certain value judgments (hence the assumption of goodness.)
It wasn't life or even necessity that caused Seneca to cut his wrists. What utter blasphemy and presumption to say so! Rather it was a person to blame, namely the Emperor of Rome. Causally speaking it makes much more rational sense to say so. Why then seek justice in uncertain theological or cosmological speculation when here is the obvious fact before you?
X: God made us this way, so it can't be wrong that we do what we do.
Y: Then God made us the way we are, that is to oppose and convict you.
This might prompt X to reject invoking God, since Y's reasoning is as good as his own.
He says he has suffered terribly. But the truth is he hasn't even really been punished! If he really had been he would not still be doing such things, while still being able to play miser and despot.
It may not be happening, but it is there to be struck by someone, and if struck will alight to the advantage of all, as well as whoever finds that true nobleness of character to do it. Who this person is and will he do it -- that is a separate question.
If there is mistrust, tension, or conflict of egos, between allies for the Good, they should seeking unity and healing for such in the Holy Spirit, perhaps seen as the Song of Songs, which, incidentally, is known in some way or other to most all the major faiths. At those times, look to and think "Holy Spirit" as a third party present thus bringing about that solidity which a triadic relation could be said to provide. Knowing and realizing this will spare you many problems.
Leibniz quotes Bayle who says of the author (an Anglican churchman) of a book on the Origin of Good and Evil that he made “of the damned just so many madmen who will feel their miseries acutely, but who will nevertheless congratulate themselves on their own behavior, and who will rather choose to be, and to be that which they are, than not to be at all. They will love their state, unhappy as it will be, even as angry people, lovers, the ambitious, the envious take pleasure in the very things that only augment their misery. Furthermore the ungodly will have so accustomed their mind to wrong judgments that they will henceforth never make any other kind and will perpetually pass from one error into another. They will not be able to refrain from desiring perpetually things whose enjoyment will be denied them, and, being deprived of which they will fall into inconceivable despair, while experience can never make them wiser for the future. For by their own fault they will have corrupted their own understanding, and will have rendered it incapable of passing sound judgment on any matter.” Theodicy. Part III, p. 293
"Tyranny comes from lawlessness." ~ Anonymous Iamblichi c. 4th century B.C.