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Sparta, TN

Parents refusing immunizations jailed

I agree, the recent increase in measles outbreaks needs to be addressed; these kids need to be getting their measles vaccines. But at the same time, before you judge them as negligent parents, do some research and learn WHY many of these parents are not vaccinating their kids. They believe, or at least some of them, that they are protecting their kids by not allowing them to get vaccinated. Do they have evidence to back up their claims? Yes. Is it conclusive? No. I'm not picking sides on this issue yet because hard evidence has not been provided by either side to close this debate. However, I am in favor of getting vaccinated, but I believe people should be very careful about OVER-vaccinating, or at least not until further extensive and credible testing is done.  (May 22, 2014 | post #5)

Sparta, TN

The Deepest Question

Thanks to all who participated! And to "NOTWILLIS, " I don't doubt your answer. As a matter of fact, I agree with your statement. However, it's our nature to try to understand the unknown. We do make it complicated, but it's a fascinating philosophy to explore. As for my question that I would ask, I would ask, "What is the reason for existence, in its totality? I can accept that God is real and has a plan here on Earth. But what about those galaxies that are so far away that they haven't even been seen yet? I would like to understand how it all fits together.  (Jan 24, 2014 | post #14)

Sparta, TN

The Deepest Question

Excellent question.  (Jan 17, 2014 | post #12)

Sparta, TN

The Deepest Question

Another valid question. My personal opinion is that nature does not discriminate. It seeks out the strong and the weak; the rich and the poor; the guilty and the innocent. Even though it is very difficult to not feel like you are being punished when something bad happens, it is possible that these events are purely random. I'm not claiming to know... just a thought.  (Jan 15, 2014 | post #7)

Sparta, TN

The Deepest Question

That is an interesting question. I often wonder if, perhaps, humankind was once far more advanced than we are now, but due to some event, which might have even been our own fault, humans were thrust back into a stone age. And, of course, nature has a way of erasing evidence over the course of thousands of years. Perhaps the events that took place in the book of Ezekiel were the recordings of the last remnants of that age? Of course, that's going way out on a limb.... but you never know without absolute evidence, ya know? Interesting question; thanks.  (Jan 15, 2014 | post #6)

Sparta, TN

Liberalization of the US

Sad, but true. However, at this particular point on the political timeline, I don't feel positive that voting Republican will yield a much better end result. The system needs to be fixed, as the two primary parties seem only concerned with what is best for profitability at the cost of more important values. Yin and yang, I guess. Just my opinion :P  (Jan 15, 2014 | post #2)

Sparta, TN

The Deepest Question

Hahah, thanks TTH, and good to hear from you, as well! Hope all has been well with you. I can assure you that your seeing me here has nothing to do with your drug abuse problem, LOL. So, TTH, would you care to participate?  (Jan 15, 2014 | post #3)

Sparta, TN

The Deepest Question

Hi all, I'm doing a little experiment to satisfy my curiosity. I'm going to ask a question, and if you choose to participate, please answer using one sentence. I'm wondering how my answer to the question compares to others from the local area. This is not intended to create a philosophical argument, although I'm sure there will be some who may try to turn it in to that. Like I said, this is purely to satisfy my own inquisitiveness. Below is the question, and remember, try to answer with one sentence if you can control yourself. Feel free to discuss your reason, but try to keep your answer to one sentence. Later own, I'll post my own answer. You find yourself in the presence of infinite wisdom and truth (God, the universe, the creator, absolute truth, whatever you want to call it). You are allowed one question. What do you ask?  (Jan 15, 2014 | post #1)

Sparta, TN

Fear of dying

Why fear death? The only significant reason I can see of fearing death is if you haven't lived an aware and fulfilling life. And to the person who was wondering if death is the absolute end of consciousness..... why should you worry about that? Even if it is true, you won't be aware of it. Personally, I don't adhere to that philosophy, but if our sense of self really is part of our physical body, then the awareness of existence would die with the rest of you. It isn't as if you'd be floating in void for eternity. When you die, it would be lights out... you would not be aware of your lack of presence in this reality shared by everything.  (Sep 9, 2013 | post #14)

Sparta, TN

Review: Casa Luna Italian Restaurant

I am reminded of a quote I once read. "There are some people who always seem angry and continuously look for conflict. Walk away; the battle they are fighting isn't with you; it is with themselves." That is why people troll... don't fight with them; that just feeds their fire. Instead, have pity for them, because until they solve their own inner conflict, they will never be as happy as those whom they are attacking.  (May 28, 2013 | post #57)

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ron noonan

I bought a house with a Ron Noonan pool. I called Aqua Pools to come over and show me how to maintain it. They didn't like it that it was a Ron Noonan pool, but they found no problems with it.  (Nov 29, 2012 | post #45)

Sparta, TN

He had marijuana to 'celebrate' new laws in other states

"In what is possibly an infinite Universe it is impossible to know if you have all the facts, so if you want the truth you must always remain open to new information, even if it contradicts the current model/consensus. That doesn't mean you have to believe one way or the other, it just means not dismissing anything because it doesn't fit with what you think you know. Science is not a static thing in its own right, but a method of discovery in which the accepted model is always open to re-evaluation. " -author unknown  (Nov 27, 2012 | post #118)

Sparta, TN

Religion - A dying mythology ...

It seems like anytime I read a forum post about philosophy written by an atheist, they always seem so angry and bitchy. To the far right you have fundamental Christians, towards the middle are the agnostics, and to the far left are the atheists, who are just as arrogant and closed-minded as the fundamental christians. What a vicious little circle. Bahahahah!!! Just an observation.  (Sep 3, 2012 | post #55)

Sparta, TN

Should TTH be banned from topix

Aww, poor you. I'll be with you till the end. And, I'll be enjoying it the whole way.  (Aug 12, 2012 | post #51)

Sparta, TN

Should TTH be banned from topix

Nah, he's a human being deep down inside... give him a chance and let him stay.  (Aug 12, 2012 | post #46)

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With the exception of my lovely wife, I belong to nothing.

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God. The Universe. The fact that no human knows the real truth about our reality.