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  1. Livewire
    November 22nd, 2011 08:59 PM
    Livewire
    Lots of Holiday preparation and assignments for school. You? XD

  2. Livewire
    September 4th, 2011 07:38 PM
    Livewire
    I got that at 9PM. XD

    Nothing except a monstrous 6 hour shift at work today during a busy holiday weekend. Madness!

  3. TJgamer
    September 4th, 2011 05:49 PM
    TJgamer
    ...Well, can you ask me something specific?

  4. TJgamer
    September 4th, 2011 05:28 AM
    TJgamer
    Hi!
    And I thank you very much for your prayers.
    As for the Poetry section, yes, the Poem of the Week contest is basically going on hiatus. I don't know whether or not it will be brought back.
    But I'm not finished, I'm cooking up something nice for Poetry. Look out for it.

  5. Livewire
    September 3rd, 2011 08:34 PM
    Livewire
    Oh man. D: Not looking forword to those, haha.

  6. Livewire
    September 3rd, 2011 08:16 PM
    Livewire
    Hi! Not ~too~ much, just work and fall semester of classes.

  7. Hassan_Abdillah
    September 3rd, 2011 07:55 PM
    Hassan_Abdillah
    Changed the theme from red to green. It's kinda messy but this would have to do.

    Also updated the "about myself" section. The previous one was too long. Don't get your hopes up about the current one though.

  8. Åzurε
    July 10th, 2011 08:46 PM
    Åzurε
    Oh yes. The Vatican was particularly interesting. We got to meet with a priest
    who explained some of the political processes and history of the Vatican City. I think it's amusing that it's all funded by donations to the Catholic church and a gift shop. I mean, if it crosses your mind it makes sense, but it's something you don't really bother considering most of the time.

  9. Soari
    July 8th, 2011 11:28 AM
    Soari
    Oh okay. xD

    Its going fine, just been quite occupied with stuff during the holidays since it would actually make me feel less bored. What about for you? :]

  10. Åzurε
    July 7th, 2011 05:20 AM
    Åzurε
    Whew! I'm doing okay now that I'm back home! Just returned from a trip to Italy, Sicily and Greece. Never been so grateful for a washing machine in my life.

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  • About Hassan_Abdillah
    Biography
    I would've appreciated it more if you actually asked me straight up to tell you about myself rather than being a stalker.

    Meh, I take that back. I'm a stalker myself at times.

    So about myself you ask? Well I'm Hassan, Hassan Abdillah. That roughly translates as "Hassan the slave of God". I'm a passionate Muslim, and a passionate debater. And a passionate (budding) scientist. And a passionate writer. And a passionate lots of other things. I'm a man of varied interests. But my primary interest is religion. I take the issue of "purpose" very seriously.

    Just to write a few words about how I contrast my views against the "prevalent" trend:

    I am aware that the dominant theme in today's net-lectual culture is, for the most part, agnosticism. Every so often we hear people saying things like all religions are flawed (on the basis of, of course, the fallacy of sweeping generalization. Just because the religion you claim to know about appears flawed to you, doesn't mean all religions have to follow suit) or that this universe has no objective purpose (this is what we call a "claim to knowledge", and a claim to knowledge needs to be backed up by evidence), and so on. On the face of it, it seems like individuals these days are rejecting the notion of religion(s) on the basis of valid intellectual arguments. But I contend that this is far from the truth. Once you scratch this superficial surface and go a bit deeper, you would almost always find that behind these reasons, there are actually emotions, which guide and motivate the formation of such (apparently) intellectual justifications. Examples would include fear of consequences (i.e. what if this religion thing were true? I better not think about it. Meh all religions are stupid), apathy (I have no idea why, but it's actually considered "cool" these days to display apathy towards the major problems of life), laziness, arrogance and so on. This is of no surprise really. The human mind is 5% ration and 95% emotion, as Freud showed.

    Will Durant illustrates my thoughts beautifully in the following words:

    "Philosophy begins when one learns to doubt- particularly to doubt one's cherished beliefs, one's dogmas, and one's axioms. Who knows how these beliefs became certainties with us, and whether some secret wish did not furtively beget them, clothing desire in the dress of thought? There is no real philosophy until the mind turns around and questions itself. "Gnothi Seauton"- said Socrates, know thyself."

    As regards the negative generalizations against religious beliefs, I, on rational grounds, find them to be unfair. Going into much detail on this topic is not my intention, at least not here. But don't mind if I drag Bertrand Russel in here to share a quote which sums up the thoughts on the top of my head about this:

    "It would be perfectly possible to be a complete and absolute Rationalist in the true sense of the term and yet accept this or that dogma. The question is how to arrive at your opinions and not what your opinions are. The thing in which we believe is the supremacy of reason. If reason should lead you to orthodox conclusions, well and good; you are still a Rationalist."

    So yeah, I think I would stop here. But for any further information/discussion/whatever, you are more than welcome to knock me any way you want, with the exception of the particularly painful ones.
    Interests
    The Religion of Islaam
    Theology
    Philosophy
    Polemics
    Science (especially Biology)
    Pokemon (games, not anime or manga)
    Poetry
    Humor
    Cooking

    Meh that would be it.
    Location
    South Asia, but then again a wayfarer is not very earthbound
    Gender
    Male ♂
    Occupation
    Student, Microbiology
    Nature
    Docile
    Favorite Pokémon
    Gardevoir (simply the best)
    Flygon

    These two are basically my most favorite pokemon, there are others but none of them could be given the title of my "most" favorite ones.
  • Signature
    Asked the Liberal: "What vanity prevents you from adopting Liberal values?"
    I said: "What Liberal value isn't based on vanity?"

    Asked the Conservative (Republican): “Why don’t you assimilate into our culture?”
    I said: “Because your culture demands assimilation”.

    Said the Democrat: “The majority must rule.”
    I said: “But what will rule the majority?”

    Said the Neo-Conservative: “I believe we are the superior Civilization”.
    I said: “That's what makes you an inferior Civilization”.

    Said the Pragmatist: "Always choose the lesser of two evils".
    I said: "Then your choices will always be evil".

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