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GreyMantle Commoner | joined 03 January 2007 | 4 posts


Do you believe a God exists? posted 03 January 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by GreyMantle, Commoner

Here's my thoughts on the subject (Forgive me if I offend anyone, it's not intentional)

I'm something of an agnostic right, and trying to formulate a workable philosophy that I can use. In my opinion, it's impossible to flat out say that God does or does not exist, for the simple reason that we have no definite proof for either argument.
However, I think God's existence is more subjective. If you choose to believe, then FOR YOU he exists. If you don't, then he doesn't. In essentially, you could view it as what believe is true.

However, I personally think that the need for a God has slackened greatly in the current age.
In the past, the world was not even close to as stable as it is now. There was always the chance of a plague, or as freak war, or famine, or flooding. And for that reason, there is the need for a strong central power that is able to enforce order and ensure some degree of peace and prosperity. Only the strongest most capable would survive (Darwinism and all that). And religion in many cases provided that central power.
"God commands that you do not kill."
"God commands that you live in peace with your neighbor." and so on...
People did not have the same kinds of dreams and ambitions as now, instead focusing on eking out some sort of survival. Therefore, most fit into this mold, and the rebels had to contend with powerful forces dedicated to their church, or king, or whatever.
Kings fit into this mold as well. They would claim their power came from God, and would expect others to obey them, which they did.

But now, the world has changed. Advanced technology has eliminated disease, famine, etc., from most of the world. And suddenly we depend less on higher authorities to make sure we survive. Instead we depend on our machines. We are the Inchoroi, empowered by Tekne to will ourselves through hardship without outside influence. And God has become obsolete. To quote Nietzsche, "But when Zarathustra was alone he spoke thus to his heart: 'Could it be possible? This old saint in the forest has not yet heard anything of this, that God is dead!'" view post


Questions posted 04 January 2007 in Author Q & AQuestions by GreyMantle, Commoner

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9)i disagree. The consuly have dragons, a sranc horde and bashrag behemoths. The north have humans and the occasional super human in nonmen. I would wager the consult in non sorcerous battles have the advantage by a alrge degree. After all how do you kill a dragon without magic.
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I really don't think the Sranc would by themselves be much of a threat. Kellhus by himself is able to take out a large number by himself, and while the soldiers are not obviously not Kellhus's equal, I think a few humans would be able to hold against a much larger group of Sranc, since I think they are described as being shorter than men and weaker? I also doubt it would take much effort for a single Gnostic sorceror to destroy a huge number of Sranc.
Concerning Dragons. I don't think we've learned enough about Earwa's dragons to make a coherant decision on this matter. For all we know, dragons could be individually weak, instead relying entirely on their fiery breath. Yes, sorcerors would probably be able to deal with dragons most easily, but again we don't know enough to be able to decide how effective footmen or cavalry are against them. view post


Achamian posted 05 April 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Achamian by GreyMantle, Commoner

I don't know if anyone here has read RA Salvatore's Exile, but I imagine any meeting between Akka and the Dunyain would be similar to when the undead Zak enters the illithid colony.
(For those who don't who haven't read, he's completely unaffected and goes on to pretty much slaughter the entire city.) view post


Who will be President in 2008 posted 09 April 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionWho will be President in 2008 by GreyMantle, Commoner

Two questions:
What is the political situation in Canada like currently?
Why don't you like Obama, WP? view post


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