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  1. Ella S.

    This forum's quality dropped a lot since I first joined.

    This forum's quality dropped a lot since I first joined.
  2. Ella S.

    Woke

    With the above said, I don't support Neoliberalism or Marxism, but people lump me into that category, anyway, just for calling them out on abusing their over-simplistic and ignorant views on sex and gender. I think the "woke" crowd is genuinely dangerously authoritarian, but here's the thing...
  3. Ella S.

    Woke

    RJM, I am so disappointed in you. No man wakes up deciding to be a woman. Trans women have existed for a long time. You're right, they aren't cisgender women, but they also aren't cisgender men, either. You're essentially denying that gender exists when you say this, which I hope is mostly out...
  4. Ella S.

    Gender Expression as a Fashion Trend

    Twitter hates everyone. That's social media for you. The bigger issue is denying kids proper healthcare.
  5. Ella S.

    Gender Expression as a Fashion Trend

    If someone genuinely suffers from gender dysphoria, then it is important to diagnose and treat that as early as possible. Misdiagnosis is something that should be avoided, granted, but denying teenagers medical treatment because you think their issues are just a fad is... not great.
  6. Ella S.

    Gender Expression as a Fashion Trend

    Yes, Jungian psychology has mostly fallen into irrelevance. Concepts like the "Persona" are no longer considered clinically valid. Trans people suffer from gender dysphoria. It's not a fashion statement, but a psychiatric illness. The treatment for people with gender dysphoria is to help them...
  7. Ella S.

    How Socratic Intellectualism Side-Steps the Is-Ought Problem

    According to Socrates, the wise will do good simply by virtue of their knowledge and wisdom. Initially, this is a notion that confused me, but now I think I'm beginning to understand it. Even if we came up with a "bad actor" who desired nothing but to benefit themselves, through proper wisdom...
  8. Ella S.

    What music are you listening to?

    Another new song that I enjoy so much that it almost feels like cheating, released in October 2021, "DIE." by Johnny Goth:
  9. Ella S.

    Guns and American Dystopia

    Coupled with London's surveillance state, I am thankful every day that I was not born under such an abusive government.
  10. Ella S.

    Guns and American Dystopia

    I would add that, for personal defense, there are a variety of non-lethal means that work just as well, such as mace or tasers. It's part of why I don't advocate for concealed carry for the means of personal defense. It creates unnecessary risk. It makes more sense for home defense, but I don't...
  11. Ella S.

    Guns and American Dystopia

    I think you are in error. The founding fathers believed that a revolution of everyone in office should occur about every 20 years and, if this failed, that the citizens should be prepared to take matters into their own hands. This is why we had militias, because the militias were supposed to be...
  12. Ella S.

    Our Society is Sick

    I think that would be an accurate comparison. Schopenhauer wasn't advocating for detachment or meditation.
  13. Ella S.

    Guns and American Dystopia

    I work security. If you think your home is secure from intruders, you are probably wrong. I have seen even well-secured buildings get broken into. In particular, I myself am a target simply due to the fact that I work security for other organizations. If my physical security fails, then I need...
  14. Ella S.

    Guns and American Dystopia

    No, that's the police, but I can see the confusion.
  15. Ella S.

    Guns and American Dystopia

    Yes, if I thought doing so would benefit the greater good. I am prepared to do literally anything as long as it benefits the greater good, because I am a consequentialist. It's not about self-defense. It's about having a civilian-regulated militia. It's like a separation of powers. Judges and...
  16. Ella S.

    Is this a sign of things to come?

    Here's a good introductory site that was quite big a couple of decades ago and remains fairly influential: http://theisticsatanism.com/ Of course, it does not cover all of the varieties of Satanism out there, but as the site itself explains, Satanism is highly eclectic and individual even...
  17. Ella S.

    Our Society is Sick

    Schopenhauerian Pessimism should be seen as distinct from the colloquial understanding of "pessimism." He wasn't complaining about how awful society was. Rather, Schopenhauer pointed out that the default state of humanity is suffering. When we're happy or content, Schopenhauer argues, this is...
  18. Ella S.

    Is this a sign of things to come?

    Many Satanists venerate Satan as a pagan deity, even as far as identifying him with figures like Set, Enki, Pan, or Loki. Plenty of Satanists have a private shrine where icons of Satan sit beside icons of other pagan deities. "Polytheistic Satanism," as popularized by Diane Vera, is essentially...
  19. Ella S.

    Is this a sign of things to come?

    They are occultists, not Satanists. Most occultists are Christian or Thelemite, with a variety of forms of Neopaganism behind them. Satanic occultists are quite rare, both in occult circles and in Satanist circles, since most Satanists are LaVeyan or Satanic Temple Satanists and view Satanism...
  20. Ella S.

    Our Society is Sick

    Do you see any overlap between dukkha and Schopenhauerian Pessimism?
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