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  •  imaginary beings (8+ / 0-)

    This will offend many people to state, but it must be stated. It can be stated in many ways. Perhaps there are ways to state this that won't offend.

    I'm finding I have to sort of ease into this, sorta slideways, but I'm having a real problem, and the Nation, The United States of America, is also having a real problem with people who claim to have relationships with imaginary beings.  This comes down to giving credence to people's reports of their intimate relationships with an imaginary being, or several of them, actually, imaginary beings, that is. Actually, hordes of imaginary beings, each one the invention of the person who perceives this imaginary being and has some sort of "relationship" with this imaginary being.

    Humans being human, quite often the people get together and discuss their perceptions. Some of them even come to decide that there is something wrong with people who don't have an imaginary being to relate to.  Many people who relate to imaginary beings lead exemplary lives and actually try to manifest in reality what they perceive their imaginary being has taught them. The range of "acceptable" public behaviour while under the influence of one's connection to one's imaginary being is breathtaking.

    The Framers, the Founding Fathers, those men who grappled with and came up with our form of goverance, knew all about the problem with people and their imaginary beings, and forbade such discourse, wisely, within the common sphere, while perserving the right of all to believe as they wish.

    How do we get back there?

    -8.0, -7.03 don't always believe what you think...

    by claude on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 11:16:04 AM PDT

    •  'Invisible Friends' (9+ / 0-)

      Yes, claude, there is a way. But you can't call them "imaginary beings"-- they'll never admit to being fantasists, and will easily hold it against you.

      The spirtually correct phrase is, "Invisible Friends".

      Thus, if you refer to Jesus as someone's Invisible Friend, and they take offense, ask, well, 'isn't he you're friend?' --Or, 'is he visible right now?' If they claim you're calling their Friend imaginary, correct them, "no, I said Invisible. He is Invisible, right?" Stick with it, and you have the self-important solidly framed into the playground mentality they've trapped themselves in.

      One of my favorite attempts to break it is, "Aren't you afraid of what God will do to you?" "No, he's a Friend. Isn't he your Friend?"

      Disclaimer: My worldview actually accepts the existence of Invisible Friends, so I can wield the strength of attacking these people's hubris without sarcasm. But I also believe Invisible Friends are tough enough to take it. They really don't need my constant defending and worship. They are old and wise enough to be called "Invisible Friends" without getting all pissy. The point is that some Visible People need to feel that their Invisible Friend(s) are respected by all at all times.

      And that's just childish insecurity.

      •  Hmm (1+ / 0-)
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        I have a feeling that too many of them don't feel that God and Jesus are friends, but beings of power to be feared, and respected, even by those not of their own faith.

        Note how they self-importantly lump everyone that doesn't believe in God as worshippers of the Devil, which is amusing considering that I don't believe in either one, so why should I arbitrarily worship the one they don't?  That's a straw man of the highest order.

        That thought just never occurs to them.  I admit that when I was a practicing Christian (UCC, yay!) I was a bit confused about where those of other religions exactly fit in to the grand scheme.

        President Washington, President Lincoln, President Wilson, President Roosevelt have all authorized electronic surveillance on a far broader scale. -AG

        by Stymnus on Thu Jul 06, 2006 at 01:19:22 PM PDT

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