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zap21 Commoner | joined 21 June 2005 | 7 posts


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 21 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by zap21, Commoner

Well since I read lots of books it was mainly books and a few friends who took philosophy in school. view post


What happens when your soul leaves your body? posted 25 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by zap21, Commoner

You can't cease to be if you have a soul, so then you are reincarnated. view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 07 July 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by zap21, Commoner

well i can't vote yet but...

WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S. PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH?



My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of Iraq regime has been completed.



Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.



This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now to begin the reckoning.



Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia, and Poland are some of the countries listed there.



The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.



Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.



The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.



Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.



In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations: Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.



Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France, or maybe China...



I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France, Germany, and Russia. Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bon chance, mes amis.



I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York



A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.



Mexico is also on List 2. President Fox and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra tank and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put em? Yep, border security. So start doing something with your oil.



Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.



We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska - which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there. They care.



It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, "darn tootin'!"



Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America. It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. It is time to eliminate World Cup Soccer from America. To the nations on List 1, a final thought: Thanks, guys. We owe you and we won't forget.



To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak Arabic.



God bless America. Thank you, and good night.



If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier. view post


Can we really tell history "as it was"? posted 17 April 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionCan we really tell history "as it was"? by zap21, Commoner

No, it's almost impossible to tell history how it was because it is always being distorted by politics. view post


"Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo posted 06 October 2006 in Philosophy Discussion"Have you ever met someone who is smarter than you?&quo by zap21, Commoner

Quote: "Krijates Iryssas":1cj2rph9
I think that intelligence is qualitative, not quantitative.[/quote:1cj2rph9]

Very good point, you need to know practical knowledge not just random facts. view post


Who will be President in 2008 posted 06 October 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWho will be President in 2008 by zap21, Commoner

I would say Ralph Nader <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


How would you define religion? posted 06 October 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionHow would you define religion? by zap21, Commoner

Quote: &quot;Wikipedia&quot;:xq66jq5i
Religion is a system of social coherence based on a common group of beliefs or attitudes concerning an object, person, unseen being, or system of thought considered to be supernatural, sacred, divine or highest truth, and the moral codes, practices, values, institutions, and rituals associated with such belief or system of thought. It is sometimes used interchangeably with &quot;faith&quot; or &quot;belief system&quot;, but is more socially defined than that of personal convictions.[/quote:xq66jq5i]

Also, could a new religion be found in modern times and still be considered a respectable and legitimate one? How would you react if a religion was founded? Just thought I'd throw this out there because it's a big topic on other forums <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


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