Why hello there, So although I am fairly new to this site, I can tell I shall be a consistant member, I love the idea of exploring one’s mind and sharing your throughts and ideas with others. I wish I had more friends to talk about the life universe and everything with! I would like to make some new serious friends, people who will and can be inspired. I have some questions that could possibly start some serious conversations, please don’t be afraid to give your serious and full-hearted opinion, I love a good debate, and and very eager to meet some cool insightful people!
1.Thoughts on legalizing hemp
2. Buddhism or Christianity ( I was raised a christian but have dropped from the faith a few years ago and buddhism has been my only interest since then but i’m still not sure)
3. Ideas on the death penalty
4. Tell me something beautiful in nature that you’ve seen, ( There are soooo many things in this world, If you could post a picture or a link!)
4. When you can see it in someone’s face that they are processing a thought you just put in them. It’s like the window to the world has been briefly taken off line and all of their resources are pointed internally. Thoughts are real. They have mass and weight. And it is a enjoy to see someone actually thinking versus responding.
I’m hoping that was a good face, you can post a picture if you’d like. I enjoy the idea of getting lost in a thought for God only knows how long and realizing that those thoughts are what changed the face of this Earth. You are correct in saying thoughts have and weight but its to keep those thoughts to oneself, so please feel free to share you’re ideas on w/e topic. I’m just interested in getting the pot stirring.
Ah, I used to be more consistent here but have lately turned more focus back to my own life (although I really do enjoy talking here).
With the death penalty, I just think that life is not something to be taken lightly. It is this topic that I am stuck between idealism and realism. Ideally, I think that people should not kill other people for any reason, life is literally all we have, without it we become nothing. If someone is willing to live, we should allow them to live. As for death penalty, we should find a way to exile people, it seems to be the most humane form of punishment. If we created my ideal society and someone commited some kind of horrible act, punishment should be decided by and intelligent group of people, however the maximum punishment a human being should inflict on another is exile, simply remove them from society. Now, realistically, in today’s societies, I think the death sentence is alright when used to punish severe crimes, especially given the human overpopulation problem. I find death a lot more justifiable when we have such an immense overpopulation problem on this Earth. Same goes for abortion, ideally, social pressures from pregnancy ought to vanish, and if the woman is not ready to become a parent, another person would hopefully be available to raise the child as his/her own. Realistically though you go back to overpopulation and abortion is more acceptable than it was beforehand.
Its so annoying to have to be split like that, but that is the way I see things.
Wow. You are my new best friend. Seriously. Just from that short post I can tell we are extremely alike! I think about so many of these things all the time, and I need someone to talk to about it! (Btw I have some great stories of meditating in the Trinity Alps!) ;)
@cgriffiths90, 1. I haven’t smoked much ‘hemp’/kush/dope/weed whatever you wanna call it, but the times I have I got blasted out of my mind (maybe it was just really good weed). If I tried to operate any sort of moving vehicle, I’d be fucked. So not sure this drug would be safe to be legal. Alcohol almost seems safer in my experience
2. I was raised presbytarian but I’m really not religious. I’ve explored my spirituality but I’d concluded thus far that all thoughts/beliefs/drives stem from our deepest self and that WE are ‘God’ and everything we’re searching for is within us
3. i think if someone commits a murder to an innocent person, they deserve the ultimate penalty (unless they get a life sentence to jail and they aren’t too costly to take care of). Tough question though!
4. I’ve seen the Grand canyon, Iguazu Falls, Alaskan mountain ranges, and Patagonia glaciers. All incredible!
@traceur, I agree with you about the importance of life and how there should be no reason to kill another person and exile would be a great idea if that place of exile was somewhere not near anyone else. The last thing you need is to send a murdering rapist into the wild and say stay there. Vengence will ensue in some way eventually. As for the abortion idea, I believe that you’re right. We, as a world, are over populated and are running through our resources faster than they are being created, something has to change. But that doesn’t make abortion right, They say that a pack is only as strong as it’s weakest link, if we should be killing off anyone it’s all the people who are not doing anything in this world, old people, sick people, and people who are just naturally lazy. Not the innocent babies who have done nothing wrong. It’s not their fault they their moms shouldn’t have created them in the first place. The only time I think abortion is a reasonable choice is either if there has been some sort of unwilling situation such as rape where a girl gets pregnant and if the baby could cause damage or death to the mother. All of this must be done before the first tri-mester though, I don’t see how woman can kill a healthy baby when they are 8 months pregnant, that is not ok in my book! I’m not saying we should go and kill off all our grandparents either, that was just a point to be made that over population is a problem but killing off everyone is just ridiculous., We need to find a away to create the products we need without causing the amount of damage we have been for hundreds of years, look into hemp. We could do sooo much with it, and it’s illegal!
@born2tap, I read that you are a Buddhist in a christian home, how does that feel. My family is very religious and I love learning about Buddhism and Hinduism but the second I bring anything up, my dad quotes some biblical verse explaining how wrong I am. It drives me nuts that they don’t understand my interest in enlightenment or fixing myself rather than praying to a God I don’t believe in to do it for me.I would love to hear your ideas on meditating, how do you start, Tell me about your trip to the mountains! How beautiful was it??!!?!
@jpete011, Alcohol causes sooooo much damage to the body it is not at all in any way safer, you might feel that way because you’re used to it and you understand how it makes you feel but really I wasn’t just talking about legalizing hemp to smoke. There are sooo many uses for it, it actually wasn’t even called marijuana until the the 1920’s because it sounded Spanish and people didn’t like the Mexicans at the time. Hemp has a higher quality fiber than wood fiber. Far fewer caustic chemicals are required to make paper from hemp than from trees. Hemp paper does not turn yellow and is very durable. The plant grows quickly to maturity in a season where trees take a lifetime. I enjoy smoking pot more than drinking I’ll admit that, for 1 there are no hangovers and nobody has ever died from it 2.
Please elaborate more on the statement “We are God”
I don’t think people should be killed for killing others, maybe put to work or something but only in rare circumstances do I think its right for anyone to be forced to die, we all die, it should be as natural as possible.
I’ve seen the Grand Canyon once 7 years ago, unfortunately I lost all my pictures when my computer had to be re-formated :( **Always back up everything on your computer**
How were the glaciers and the mountains, you seem very adventurous, I am jealous of your ability to just go places!
1. They should legalize it.
2. I do not prescribe to one philosophy or religion. Although if I had to choose between the two I would choose budhism. If you would REALLY like to think about the world and religion with a new light I suggest you read The Key by Whitley Strieber. Great book.
3. Hard to say. But for severe crimes (murder, rape) there should be severe penalties.
4. A bird singing in a tree on a sunny morning, the ocean off of Hilton Head Island, SC, the rolling hills (mountains?) in Virginia, annnddd the clearest fresh water I’ve ever seen in Arizona after hiking 12 miles. The waters bed was just pebbles and te water was so clear.
Hello and welcome! I’m pretty new to the site, too, but I already love it. As for my thoughts…
1.Should be legalized. I don’t smoke it but, it can boost the economy. It’ll keep good people out of prison (the ones who only do drugs don’t really fit in with murderers).
2. Neither. Granted, you can learn a lot from both and all faiths (or lack of). I jumped from Christian to atheist and now I just live my life the best I can.
3. I’m against it. Life in prison is far enough.
4. I was out hunting over the Winter, and the scene was absolutely beautiful. I don’t like the cold, but the fresh air and fresh snow and fresh ice… It was just fresh. :)
1.They should legalize why? Please dont say just so you can smoke it because legalizing it would do soooo much more than that!
2.I wrote down the book title, and I shall be looking it up the next time I go to the library, thank you for the suggestion. I’m not sure if I’m interested in religion of maybe just interested in learning about all religions, I was raised a Christian, I understand the idea of God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit being all one in the same, But I feel like Buddhism is just more understandable to me because I’m not being asked to put my faith in a being that may or may not have lived thousands of years ago.
3. I love the first snow and when the leaves change and your on a long drive in the country, I’ve never been to Hilton Head, but I’ve heard all about it. Rolling Hills, I must say I’m intrigued! I enjoy hiking immensely and I can only imagine how beautiful the water was after such a long trek!
1.) legalize it. it’s that simple.
2.) make your own religion and don’t let anyone join. I did that, so now I’m the congregation aNd the f*cking pope. Just cut the middle man out.
3.) i think it would make more sense to study hard criminals in a scientific setting. If we are going to throw human life away it might as well benefit society. Then again, people are sometimes proven innocent years later, so I’d hesitate to turn people in guinea pigs until absolutely sure.
4.) beauty is endless and ever fleeting, meant to be let go.
@Kahlib It is that simple, but I’m asking you why in your own opinion would legalizing it be beneficial? I don’t know how to make my own religion, I like Buddhism for many reasons but I feel like there is more to know than I have already learned, and then what else is out there I don’t want to dedicate my life to something if I don’t know all about it, or if there are better choices out there for me. I guess I believe it is also easier to cope and deal with things when you have something or someone to depend on, to hold your head high, to keep you going I suppose. Beauty is meant to be let go? Because it is endless, I understand that part, but whats wrong with taking a picture and cherishing that memory?
Hello @cgriffiths90, and welcome… I’m fairly new too.
1. I’m almost scared to start talking about this because I could rant for the longest time. So I will try and keep it as short and sweet as possible. Yes I am a toker so granted my views may be some what bias. But we’re not just talking about weed, we’re talking about hemp. Firstly the reason hemp was made illegal can mostly be blamed on back handed politics and pay offs. Mr Cotton didn’t care much for Mr Hemp and the many uses of his products and the money it generated. Hemp could be a relatively cheap way of producing mass fabrics, building materials, paper, food substances… the list goes on. I really can’t emphasise enough how beneficial legalisation could be. And don’t even get me started on the number of alcohol/cigarette related deaths/diseases compared to weed.
2. I’ve been interested in Buddhism for as long as I can remember, as I had a Buddha father rather than a god father. Not that Buddhism was ever pushed on me but I was always interested. I don’t consider myself to be religious but still feel that some aspects I can identify with some aspects of Buddhism. The four noble truths is one aspect which I’m particularly interested in. What I take from it personally is that if we accept suffering and do not crave ‘ultimate happiness’ (this is a pretty big problem in our current society where it’s all about dreaming big and being rich beyond your wildest dreams yadda yadda) then we will in turn BE much happier.
3. As much as I feel people should be punished for what they have done, and I know some people have done some horrific things, I don’t think I will ever be cool with one human intentionally taking another humans life. Going off topic a bit but I feel euthanasia is the only time when an exception to this rule could be made, as I don’t see anything wrong with us having control over our own lives. I do understand why this isn’t more widely available though, because at the end of the day another person would still get to decide the fate of another human being. I’m pro choice as far as abortion is concerned, but I personally would only be able to have one at the very early stages. Contraception is my friend.
4. @socalpsych, I love that!
1.Thoughts on legalizing hemp— Hemp is the male form is cannabis and has no “bud”, however it can be used to make oils, fibers, plastics (from the oil) and much much more! I am totally on par with it, however for some reason politicians seem to think that with legalizing that comes the legalization of weed (which I do support as well) even though they are almost two different things. However the legalization of hemp would put many “big ticket” companies out of business and the shyt government we have currently couldn’t afford that,
2. Buddhism or Christianity -I take a little bit of everything from every religion I like, when it’s down to the basics almost every one is right. I just live by my morals and pray. I have identified as Wiccan (My mother raised me so), Christian (When I was given to my Grandparents) dabbled in Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism etc. As well as most currently been exploring my Native American roots, when I go to cerimonies I get a feeling of connection to “god, the creator, whatever” much more. I don’t think any one religion is right, but some are just more right for the individual.
3. Ideas on the death penalty. – It’s honestly hard to say, an eye for an eye makes the everyone blind. However to keep an inmate fed, clothed and healthy costs A LOT. If someone rapes and murders a child is their life worth it? I honestly can’t say… this is hard for me to answer as a parent. I think “what if my child was a victim, the victim is always one’s child..” As is the murderer. However them becoming that way is never their fault, it’s a mixture of society and biology. I think the inmates should be put to work like sweat shops to be honest. If their going to be fed and housed they should work for it.
4. Tell me something beautiful in nature that you’ve seen- I have hiked in a few mountains and glacial lakes are beautiful. As was giving birth to my son <3
@cgriffiths90 I’m glad you put this up because I need some friends on here too! also this is actually my first post.. ok so anyway
1. Hemp should totally be legal. All the uses for it including as a drug, which is obviously way better for you than alchy or tobacco. Idk if you have ever seen The Union, but if not you would probably enjoy it. Its on Netflix.
2. I’m a Christian, but I kind of do it in my own way. I just feel like its mostly about having good values!
3. Death penalty: not ok. I am studying Criminal Justice at UC and I think its wrong. There are so many cases where whoever was convicted actually did not commit the crime and is wrongfully put to death. Plus, keeping a prisoner on death row is super expensive!
4. Gotta love LAKE ERIE haha… i creeped a little and saw ur from Cleveland. I grew up near Sandusky and Cedar Point! But for real tho I think water is absolutely fascinating. Just how it behaves and how it can be influenced..
So legit lets be friends!
@cgriffiths90, I wrote a poem about the “we are god” statement, below. For me personally, I believe that when people pray and think deeply about God, they are really communicating with their true self and their subconscious mind. It just shows how messed up society and people are now a days; everyone’s so confused by modern culture, and unsure about themselves that they need to worship a human created idea, an illusion, called god in order to feel fulfilled. In reality everything they need, they already have; they just have to embrace themself, and simply be present. That’s what I’ve found, I don’t mean to offend anyone
I’ve actually seen the grand canyon three separate times. Absolutely breath taking every single time. The mountains and glaciers in Alaska and Patagonia were both some of the most incredible sights I’ve ever had the priviledge to see. Really a humbling experience to see the massive presence and beauty of nature. Makes me feel small, and helps me realize that we’re not here to fit into human created ‘society’ and ‘make something of ourselves’; we’re simply here to exist, live in the now as an individual, make decisions lead by our HEART and not our mind, and appreciate nature and the gift of life. That’s all! :)
1.Thoughts on legalizing hemp- Why not. . . making it illegal just causes more problems then having it legal
2. Buddhism or Christianity ( I was raised a christian but have dropped from the faith a few years ago and buddhism has been my only interest since then but i’m still not sure)- I am personally agnostic. . . I haven’t experienced enough in this world yet to know ‘what’ I really am :P
3. Ideas on the death penalty- yes.
4. Tell me something beautiful in nature that you’ve seen, ( There are soooo many things in this world, If you could post a picture or a link!)- I live right outside Yellowstone Natl. Park. It is soooooo beautiful. I’m not too sure how to post a pic. . but google a picture of Grand Prisma. So beautiful “)
(@cgriffiths90) Personally, I think I fall into the label of Non theistic Nihilist(somewhat redundant) but I have studied Christianity and Buddhism extensively, I went to a Catholic Middle and High School, and took many asian culture courses over the years. Personally out of all the Religions, I think Buddhism has it right, well atleast Theravada Buddhism, the one where he isn’t a God. Buddhism teachings of living in the now, are pretty much the only solid belief, I could attach myself to, if I had beliefs. Christianity isn’t really about Christ. After Paul, to me everything just FUCKS UP. Because like, after Paul, everything becomes about “The Church” and what the “Church” wants and how things should be done. To me Jesus, accepted people from all walks, of life, and was a lot more chill about how people should live their lives, and not so fucking controlling. And I still don’t get why Marijuana is illegal, it’s fucking amazing and there’s this study out that shows Marijuana isn’t as bad as people once thought.
1. Hemp IS legal…or did you mean marijuana?
2. I don’t judge religious beliefs…although no one ever started an inquisition in the name of Buddhism. Just sayin’.
3. I’ve never tried the death penalty so I can’t make an educated comment on it. If I ever do experience it, I’ll post something more intelligent for you.
4. I saw a great horned owl sitting in a pine tree once. Very regal-looking…until it coughed up a pellet. That kinda offset the regalness just a little.
@cgriffiths90, I actually live in a buddhist/jewish home, but the area we live in is completely full of right-winged christians. So basically all my friends are extremely religious. It doesn’t bother me much because I love learning about other religions, to see how people find inspiration to live the way they do. I supect it is very challenging to have that in your own household, however. I am glad that you were able to challenge the beliefs you were raised with instead of blindly following them. It is so good to be able to question anything and everything. And my meditation…is lacking for sure! I find it pretty humorous how bad I am at it, and I’m always kicking myself in the butt for not meditating more often! It is just very challenging for me. But it was wonderful to meditate (try) in the Alps, with the water rushing in front of me, sorrounded by the most beautiful forest of green I have ever seen. I’m pretty sure I just ended up staring at my surroundings more than actually meditating! But even so, it was extremely inspiring!
1. I think alcohol causes more harm than marijuana and if it was legalized it would create jobs and it would be taxed and more controlled. Oh, and no I don’t and wouldn’t smoke lol.
2. Okay :D. I don’t like the idea of a God in the christian sense with It’s reward and punishment system. But I think it’s good to learn about and understand different religions because learning about anything really is good for the mind and the soul. Everything you learn should affect how you live your life.
3. Sounds lively! It was amazing. I would definitely enjoy going back someday.
1) The legalization of Hemp I think should be top priority everywhere, it is a plant of many uses and has been with human kind for thousands of years. Silly political interest though has demonized it. Here is a link to a chart with all the diff. uses; from bio-fuel to textile and medical use. http://destinedreign.tumblr.com/post/24042274690
2) My understanding is that Buddhism is a lifestyle or a way of being, I don’t think there is a parallel between Christianity and this practice. Buddhism brings it all together, it focuses on the consciousness of the self and then it works its way out. If the self is well the rest will follow.
3) Murder is murder, even if it is systematic.
4) I find the images of our planet to be some of the most beautiful images I have ever witnessed, especially the ones that show the edge of the earth with a vast blackness behind it. Astronauts I think are very lucky to get to experience such grandeur…this image especially gets me, http://destinedreign.tumblr.com/post/21314409302/thenakedbrowneye-high-by-tianxiaozhang