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Poll: If you have this website bookmarked, which page sp...  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (2)
My parents are rather... technophobic, or at least my mother is. She holds the belief that time spent on a computer is time wasted, and that Flash Games kill brain cells. She's also extremely wary of online communities, to the point of forbidding me to have a Facebook until last year. In short, she's extremely protective, and can hardly bear the fact that I use the computer as much as I do. She's also a staunch Roman Catholic, and would hardly be receptive to Pseudo's rather aggressive atheism. These aspects of her character have convinced me that, were she to know of this site, she would forbid me from using it. I find it difficult to argue with her, not because I think she is correct, but because past attempts have ended poorly between us. Since I'm not a huge fan of confrontation, I've decided to just hide my usage of this site until I am no longer a full-time resident of her house.
Poll: If you have this website bookmarked, which page sp...  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (3)
I rarely use bookmarks, and thus this site is not bookmarked. O_o.

I also avoid bookmarking it because I share this computer with a multitude of family members, and would prefer that they remain unaware of my usage of this site. My parents would certainly not approve of me being on this site, and I therefore keep them in ignorance of my usage in order to keep using it. This results in my avoiding bookmarks and taking care to use features like the "Incognito" window in Google Chrome to avoid detection. I'm probably going to be found out sooner or later, and then my activities on this site will cease, but... I'll enjoy it while it lasts.
Poll: Is Gandhi burning in some kind of fiery Hell right...  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (0)
I'm sorry... I couldn't really understand what you were saying. When I read your message the first time, I felt very confused. Reading it a second time hasn't done much too alleviate that condition. Could you possibly rephrase it? I seriously cannot understand it in its current form.
Poll: Is Gandhi burning in some kind of fiery Hell right...  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (7)
*looks in vain for an option about a lack of knowledge as to where Gandhi is*

Sigh. It doesn't seem to be there, although "somewhere else" is close enough, I suppose. The truth is, I'm not sure what to vote on this poll. I'd like to able to vote "He's in Heaven!" and leave it at that, but I'm not sure I can, anymore. I used to consider myself a Roman Catholic, a Christian, but the past months have resulted in my "falling away" from the faith, I suppose. I think I lean more towards agnostic theism these days, living my life as though there was a God but not having any idea whether or not He's really there, which is rather upsetting for me, since I dislike being ignorant of such a question and yet am not sure whether I can possibly have any *real* knowledge about it. That's why I hesitate to vote on this poll, since I really don't know and I don't want to vote on one of these options and effectively say that I do know, since that seems pretentious or arrogant or something to me. If there is a heaven, I'd like to think that Gandhi would be there, but I've basically resigned myself to never knowing that fact.

That's all I have to say, I suppose.
Poll: Do you spit casually on the ground?  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (6)
This poll amuses me.


I am afraid to announce that I have, most unfortunately, spit on the ground on occasion. Casually, even. Indeed I have spewed forth great globs of saliva onto the pavement, there to evaporate beneath the glaring sun or dirty the foot of some hapless passerby. Why did I do it? I suppose it had to do with an excess of drool lurking in my mouth, pooling into silvery puddles until my jaws reflexively spat out the offending dribble. Or it may just be that I'm horribly inconsiderate of others, or that I don't think people care about that sort of thing in the good ol' US of A (although, coincidentally, my town does have an ordinance that apparently forbids spitting in public places. Needless to say, it isn't enforced.). Even more likely, I simply wasn't thinking. There was too much saliva, so I spit it out rather than leaving it in my mouth to ferment. It may not be a very nice thing to do, or a very attractive one, yet I'm afraid it is a great relief to clear my jaws of the annoying liquid... but it isn't very considerate of others, I'll admit. I'm a terrible person.
Blog: Lots of lists!  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (4)
I don't understand why you would need these lists, other than for statistical purposes, I suppose... I also don't really understand why you care about discouraging whimsical entries into these fields, although I suppose it is, once again, tied to the statistics. I, for one, actually like it when people put down less-than-serious things for their Religious Beliefs or Race... it gives a lighter mood to the site, I think, and it also gives you a sense of the person's attitude towards these types of things, I think. I suppose putting down a whimsical response does, in some way, defeat the purpose of having such a category because you're not actually getting the information you'd like, but... I still think that the alternate responses provide some information, just not the kind that is supposed to be provided, I suppose. Anyway, I'm not very opposed to the idea, although I did like setting my race as "Drow", due to that being the race of the character Rating Orb Zaknafein in this book I read, but I suppose it doesn't matter all that much to me.

Anyway, in terms of adding to the list, I would suggest putting "Animism" up there on the list of Religious Beliefs. I'm not sure how widespread of a belief-system it is, and even though Animism isn't strictly a "religion", I think it should be added because it is a religious belief, and I think some people still believe in it... probably. I also wonder, should philosophies like Nihilism or Existentialism or, heck, Objectivism be put up there? They aren't actually Religions, but, from what I know of them, they do purport to have a "world-view", which I think is essentially what you're trying to get at here (apologies if I assume wrong). I suppose you could add a distinct section for something like that, if you'd like, but I don't know if it's necessary, or if it's something you're concerned about or anything like that.

On a final note, we'd be able to change these things as often as we'd like, correct? And, if someone does select "Other" in any category, would they be able to type in a limited response or something? Although I suppose that would defeat the purpose of discouraging frivolous entries, although I doubt you could ever get rid of them entirely... anyway, I'm done now.
Poll: Are your parents 'intellectuals'?  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (2)
I clicked "my father is," due to him being a university professor, and thus spending most of his time researching and reading and lecturing and stuff like that. Although I suppose you could say that only makes him an "academic", I think there's a significant amount of overlap between the two terms; while not all intellectuals are academics, I think most (if not all) academics are intellectuals, if that makes any sense. My mother is a "teacher," in the sense that she home-schools my younger siblings, but most of her time is spent taking care of things besides education, and I don't think I consider her an intellectual in the same sense that my father is one...

I don't think that's a bad thing, the fact that one of my parents is an "intellectual" and the other isn't... I just think it's a distinction that is real and present. I value both of my parents for what they do, and I think that their actions, intellectual or otherwise, are necessary for my continued comfortable living. And, uh... that's all I have to say.
Poll: If there was a war and your government started con...  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (1)
Blech. I don't know how to make a link, apparently. The actual website is here: [LINK] and that sentence is meant to have "--all" right after the failed link. Sorry for the typo.
Poll: If there was a war and your government started con...  
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (1)
Are you certain about this? According to the Selective Service website--[LINK] that's required to claim the status of a Conscientious Objector is opposition to serving in the armed forces on "moral or religious principles". That doesn't seem to indicate to me that one has to necessarily be a member of the clergy or anything like that to claim the status of a conscientiously objecting. In fact, if one did have to have a reason other than moral opposition to war, wouldn't that contradict the term conscientious objector, as one would no longer be objecting because of their conscience (i.e. their moral guidelines) but instead because of different, more practical reasons? I've always assumed that the term "conscientious objector" applies to someone who opposes a war based on his/her ethical principles, and your saying that that assumption is false makes me question both myself and you... you because you're the one contradicting my long-held, entrenched assumption, and myself because perhaps that assumption is false and needs to be questioned... anyway, I would greatly appreciate it if you could direct me to a helpful link or something to clear this up. Thanks.
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Rating Orb Zaknafein 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 111C 41F
6 years ago | (6)
I don't really know if there's enough context for me to accurately answer this question... depending on the kind of war my country was fighting, I would be all over this poll's scale. Were the war to involve my country as the aggressor, actively making war on another nation, having started the war without provocation, I'd either evade conscription or be a conscientious objector. If the war involved my nation intervening in another nation's struggle for independence or something like that, I would probably reluctantly fight if conscripted or "do my duty and fight", depending on my stance on the issue involved--I'm not exactly a fan of the USA's stance as the "global policeman", but I do think that some conflicts require outside intervention to be resolved. Finally, if the nation I lived in was under attack by another nation and needed to act in self-defense, I don't think I would be opposed to enlisting in order to defend my family and my freedom. There are simply so many variables to consider, I'm not certain that I can make an accurate judgment as to how I would react if presented with a generic "war" my country was involved in... although I am generally opposed to war, and believe that other solutions are viable and far more effective in the long term, I realize that, in certain scenarios, war is the only realistic option, and, if faced with the theat of conquest or the horror of war, I would choose war...

However, I doubt that, in the near future, my nation will be threatened in such a way as to make war the only option, and I think that, in most cases, I'd either go reluctantly or conscientiously object. I realize this answer isn't a very definitive one, but I also think that I can't really give a definitive response based on the information received. I would certainly prefer to never serve in the army, but... desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes the consequences of refusing to fight are worse than the consequences of fighting.
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