(( New Thread in order to answer serious questions seriously, or at least more seriously. )) Quote of the Day: "If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest." Part of my point is that you can't know: Am I a real or a fake Easter Bunny? Those that automatically assume a position of disbelief are also those that are "harshing my mellow." Why should I let them know what I believe or whether I believe? If they don't believe that I believe then why should they attack what I believe? Especially since they will probably believe that I am troll seeking their disbelief and anger. If a mirror distorts an image, is the reflection a lie or truth? or a half-truth? If all you know of the image is the distortion, how do you learn what is real? If the only way to learn your own face is through the "mirrors" of other's perceptions which distort your self-image, how do you (or others) know who you are? Or rather, how do I know that I presenting myself without distortion? To be Santa Claus is to be part of the Spirit of Giving; therefore, all who give to others can claim to be Santa Claus. But what does it mean to "be" the Easter Bunny? ------------ Having phony people doesn't mean all are phony people. In regions where being moral is synonymous with being a member of a specific church, religion or type of religion, people will claim to be of that religion even if they don't believe all the principal tenets of that belief. In America, there are phony Christians; In the Middle East, phony Muslims; in India, phony Hindus... There are phony Christians. "The Seven Faith Tribe: who they are, what they believe, and why they matter" (short title: "7 Faith Tribes") by Barna George reports that about 75% (or a comparable percentage, I can't remember the exact percentage given) of American Christians are such. Which means only a fourth to a third of those that claim to be Christians, live as such. "For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matthew 22:14) "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals. [And] You know it." -- Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black People, in both my quote and the movie's, refer to the collective herd mentality that creates mobs and creates the Us vs. Them mentality that has Individualists referring to Them as "sheep". [Sheep] don't bother testing their logic to see if what they say about beliefs make sense. Now, "sheep" when they speak, make perfect sense to themselves and to those that are familiar with their creed. But oftentimes, they use terms and manner-of-speakings that others do not understand. Sometimes these ways of speaking and understanding enter the common every day use of those that surround them. Sometimes they become distorted upon doing so, but sometimes the distortion comes first. The perception of Light as Life and of Darkness as Death entered common English understanding a long time ago because it is easy to confuse words beginning with the same letter, especially when you don't think about their normal meanings because you assume that they have special cultural/religious meanings. Creation is synonymous with life because of the concept of Birth (Procreation) is the continuation of Life and an act of creation. Light however is not synonymous with Life nor Creation except at the hands of those that create confusion in order to have their own herd of sheep to provide for their needs (i.e. False teachers, False prophets, Liars, etc). Individualists oppose religion on the basis that it prevents the sheep from becoming independent free-thinkers. I merely oppose those that take advantage of sheep. I also oppose all the influences that have entered the mainstream ways of thinking that originated from such (or reminds me of such). Having escaped once, I do not intend to be captured again; therefore, I will exercise my right to free speech in order to counter the type of ideas that are used to enslave Sheep.