The existence of God is not subjective...

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 10:25am

"How to teach empathy?" - example, example, example.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 12:18pm

Angela - if this is more than just a whim with you, and it's something you really want to put together, It's going to take a great deal of work. I have here, a brief summary of all of the world's major religions, from which, you might be able to glean insight. (Note that the Westboro Baptist Church has it's own entry - could that mean that no other religion wants to claim it?)

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 3:38pm

"got any ideas?"

If you like, I'll proof what you write, but the ideas must be all yours --

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 5:30pm

Your first obligation is to define those three words - the fact that nearly everyone owns a dictionary, or that the meaning of the words should be common knowledge, means nothing - the important thing, is what do they mean when YOU use them? That's how misunderstandings arise, in one person thinking they know what another means, but the other actually means something quite, or at the very least, slightly, different.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 6:14pm

But more than just defining them, try to give an illustration of how you might envision them being used to teach ethics, or empathy, if that is your only goal (which seems a bit limiting).

And in case you're at all suspicious, I am NOT setting you up to make fun of you, I really want to see where you're going with this.

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 6:17pm

"I'll try."

I''ll give you that, you're one of the most trying people I know!

(Now THAT was making fun of you! See the difference?)

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 7:00pm

"(I'll get back to your stuff later on because you've given me too much to read)"

It is to laugh! When was the last time you actually read any of my stuff, except here on the board?

First of all, I'm up to my ass in alligators - they look like your crocs, only ugly - I have spent all day trying to balance my books, and I'll be burning the midnight oil to finish (they keep tipping over!).

Secondly, you still haven't defined your terms and given any illustrations, so I wouldn't have a clue as to what I was looking for.

You give me those definitions and illustrations, so that our communication lines are clear, and if I have time tomorrow, I'll take a look at them - I was really hoping to fix a broken table first (Inside joke, in case Strega is lurking - I'll hear her cackle, all the way from Vermont!).

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 7:06pm

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 7:26pm

I KNEW it!

Comment by archaeopteryx on September 24, 2013 at 7:28pm

Frankly, I'd bet you're flying by the seat of your pants, saying, "I don't know exactly what I want, but I'll know it if I see it." Other people can't help you under those conditions - they won't know it whey THEY see it. I would suggest you sit down and clarify your thoughts - pretend it's a term paper for school or something, forget the religions for the moment, they're secondary anyway, and say, "This is what I want to accomplish." Once you've defined that so that others can understand it, go on to, "This is how I want to accomplish it." Then show how you think your three terms, clearly defined, can do that for you.

THEN you might be ready to look at religions, and if you've done a good job at clarifying, others may be in a better position to help you. But bear in mind, not all good ideas are found in religion, there are a lot of good philosophies out there, that have nothing to do with religion. You can't ignore them.

As far as I can tell, by my own understanding of your terms, the Scouting program, with it's pledge, its symbols, it's mottos and it's award programs with Merit Badges and advancement from Tenderfoot, to Second Class, to First Class, to Star, to Life, to Eagle, contain all three of the elements you describe.

I'm just saying, make sure the picture is clear in your own mind, before you waste a lot of time going off on tangents and blind alleys and frustrating yourself. I never write anything without an outline, nor paint without a clear image in mind and often, several preliminary sketches. First things first, is more than just a cliche.


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