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Poll: Is anything sacred for you?
This poll is closed.
I'm a nonbeliever and of course nothing is sacred to me.
25.00%
5 25.00%
I'm a nonbeliever and of course some things are sacred to me.
45.00%
9 45.00%
I'm a nonbeliever and I have an issue with the question.
20.00%
4 20.00%
I'm a believer and only God is really sacred for me.
0%
0 0%
I'm a believer and many things are sacred for me, God included naturally.
10.00%
2 10.00%
I'm a believer and I have an issue with the question.
0%
0 0%
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Is anything sacred? (Extra credit for specifying what it is for you.)
#51
RE: Is anything sacred? (Extra credit for specifying what it is for you.)
I guess I like a little non-attachment; leastwise I do like getting into new things and getting to be a beginner again. Can't do that if you hang on to the same things too tightly. But there is some kind of tension between non-attachment and non-investment. I know from the way you talk about cooking that you do immerse yourself into things too. Pretty tough to pin down in words though, isn't it?
Khem Wrote:If all you have is mere god meaning, then you don't have any super ultra mega ultimate meaning, so it's all meaningless. Cutting to the chase, the claim that apart from god there is no meaning is as ridiculous as claiming that unless you had Coke Zero you didn't have a soda.
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#52
RE: Is anything sacred? (Extra credit for specifying what it is for you.)
Top of my head I'd say that marriage and motherhood are sacred.
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#53
RE: Is anything sacred? (Extra credit for specifying what it is for you.)
When it comes to motherhood (fatherhood in my case), I've tried to remain pretty detached - as in avoiding it. Still from what I see (from the outside) it is a special thing.

Marriage can be and probably should be but lets face it, living with anyone is going to expose some warts. Nonetheless I agree. My wife is the person I know best in the world.
Khem Wrote:If all you have is mere god meaning, then you don't have any super ultra mega ultimate meaning, so it's all meaningless. Cutting to the chase, the claim that apart from god there is no meaning is as ridiculous as claiming that unless you had Coke Zero you didn't have a soda.
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#54
RE: Is anything sacred? (Extra credit for specifying what it is for you.)
(8 hours ago)Whateverist Wrote: I know from the way you talk about cooking that you do immerse yourself into things too.  Pretty tough to pin down in words though, isn't it?

If life has taught me anything at all, it's that it's better to pursue a few carefully selected things at high intensity rather than waste the day in task-switching and starting projects that may never get finished.  Go big or go home.
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#55
RE: Is anything sacred? (Extra credit for specifying what it is for you.)
Sure, many things are sacred (and incidentally, "the sacred", and not "the divine" is IMO the natural focus of religious activity).

Perhaps chief among them the good will of people willing to extend a hand for others when they could have chosen not to.
Morituri Delendi!
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#56
RE: Is anything sacred? (Extra credit for specifying what it is for you.)
Whatev's I just realized I didn't answer the 2nd part of your question about what I think is sacred.

I guess I should clarify that the way I see the word "sacred," this is the definition I'm going by:

Quote:The holy or divine. The sacred is that which pertains to God, as distinguished from what pertains to human beings; that which is eternal, in contrast with the temporal; the heavenly as opposted to the earthly; the mysterious and therefore not the rationally explainable; the infinite and not the finite. In all religions, the sacred is the Absolute, which does not change, whereas the profane is the relative, whose essence is to change. (Etym. Latin sacrare, to set apart as sacred, consecrate.)

So I distinguish between things that I consider sacred vs things that I simply put value in.

As an example, my life is sacred and my marriage is sacred. I love my house, and it is of great value to me, but it's not "sacred". Same with my wedding ring, my car, pictures I have with family and from childhood, etc.
"Of course, everyone will claim they respect someone who tries to speak the truth, but in reality, this is a rare quality. Most respect those who speak truths they agree with, and their respect for the speaking only extends as far as their realm of personal agreement. It is less common, almost to the point of becoming a saintly virtue, that someone truly respects and loves the truth seeker, even when their conclusions differ wildly." 

-walsh
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