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RT @bahai_teachings - “Am I a Baha’i?” a friend asked me the other day. He’s been studying the Baha’i teachings for a while now, seems to believe them, and has begun to feel their impact on his mind and soul.

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friends in USA, print this out, and post it in your workplace and around your neighbourhood!

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Curiosity poll regarding social media approach.

Please boost because we're really curious about the experience-approach for as many users as possible.

We have excluded two options here and will explain why:

Twitter exclusively: probably not gonna see this poll if you don't use Fediverse at all

Spiderman: We assume everyone would add Spiderman to their options because of how polls work.

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I'd mentioned this yesterday but wanted to do it as a poll. If you stopped using DuckDuckGo, which search engine and/or metasearch engine would you switch to?

Anyways, taking a Social Media Sabbath. Not sure for how long.


I often think about κένωσις.

I'm starting to think that the real value of lamentation is not a venting or even a processing but an emotional underflow error that eventually brings us to "There is nothing more I can do. I give up and resign myself to the reality of the present moment."

Then, and only then, can we finally move on and find the joy in life again.

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No one can tell me the reason conservatives want to ban THC wasn't that it increases neuroplasticity to the extent it does. They're scared shitless of that - not only the few who tried it and saw their entire worldview, which is constructed upon fear, threatened by it, but also in terms of hegemony, because an unimaginative worker is a good worker. They got to see it in the 60s and 70s, that almost-breakthrough of human consciousness, which they only managed to avert by co-opting it and infusing it with hedonism. Don't be fooled, that was the breaking point, that was when the wave rolled back.

complicated, mother's day, death 

Going to church on Mother's Day has been a difficult thing for me since my mother died.

It's also complicated by the fact that church has felt less and less like a spiritual home for me lately.

It's hard for me to find community where I actually feel like I belong.

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re: misgendering 

You may not approve of someone's marriage.

But you don't "accidentally" keep referring to them as single, for years after their ceremony, do you?

No, because that would be sociopathic.

You make a fuckin point to learn their new name and status, because that's what humans do for other humans.

You learn it, and you refuse to let yourself forget, because you don't want to be known publicly as a flaming asshole.

Same if they get divorced.

And if you don't give trans people the same respect you'd give some shotgun wedding, wow. Says a lot.

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fediblock recommendation (violence/gore ment.) 

A user by the name of decided to respond to my thread about content warnings with a video of a guy's head literally exploding, as if by a gunshot or something.

Those who are curious can check out their post history, I'm not going to link that. I'm just going to recommend blocking.

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I'm Steve. I'm something of a spiritual nomad. I belong to an interdenominational church (UCC, Disciples, UMC, and PC). I'm also a member of the Soka Gakkai International. I've also been influenced by Paganism and Hinduism, so I'm all over the place. "Double-belonging" doesn't quite capture it for me.

I enjoy non-canonical scripture, as well as reading scripture from all sorts of different traditions.

I'm glad to be here.

Being back in Plymouth is doing me much good. I've been walking about 4 miles a day and feeling generally better about life. It also helps being with people who are amazingly supportive.

I've been reading (audiobook) Margot Adler's "Drawing Down the Moon." Another one of those I wish I had read sooner.

Was going to go to church today, but my church is doing a joint service with the seminary, online registration is required for in person or virtual. I registered for virtual and never got an email with the zoom link, the service starts in an hour and I don't have the spoons to try to figure out what's going on.

Might virtually attend the church I used to attend in NYC. Might just nap.


In spite of anxiety being particularly bad this morning, I've made it to church in person today.

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