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    Have I been too hard on President Trump?

    Maybe American politics are so screwed up that we really do need Russian intervention in selecting the right leaders. Maybe we have too many allies so it is actually good to loose a few by mocking them, breaking our promises, or betraying them on the battlefield. Maybe we've been too hard on...
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    What is most important to you in a president? (US)

    Presidents and other representatives should not be elected based on their opinions. We have too many opinions in this country already. Political leaders in a democracy can't represent people by trying to force their own opinions on them. They need to be able to root out a consensus among the...
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    What is most important to you in a president? (US)

    Obama inherited an economy suffering from the stock market crash. It wasn't stagnant but was improving as would be expected no matter who was president. I believe most people with an understanding of national economics, including Hank Paulson, the guy who refused to bail out the first Wall...
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    The more I read about scientific discoveries the more I realize every question that is answered merely raises more questions. Increased knowledge seems to do little more than increase the understanding of the limitlessness of our ignorance. If the possibility of gaining meaningful knowledge...
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    AB/DL Derived from Abuse

    I like the sound of all that, but there are a few points I would like to emphasize that might not sit well with everyone. Fetishes aren't always sexual, but it's easier to talk about them within a sexual context because most people are familiar with feelings of sexual attraction and sexual...
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    What is most important to you in a president? (US)

    He's also done more damage to the economy than many before him and, like you say, he's a no good lying schmuck.
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    Who do you want to vote for and why, for the next president of 2020 (United States)

    That's your opinion, but wouldn't it be best to let the thread die a natural death when no one wants to offer any more opinions?
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    The Christian version of clearing away misconceptions is removing the log from one's eye. Seems like a sensible approach for a spiritual quest, but there is the danger that these misconceptions, or logs, will only be replaced by others. A spiritual quest, in itself, can become one of the logs...
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    That's what I think, too. But I get the distinct impression that whatever understanding is obtained, if it is the true understanding it can't be put into words. Any explanation will only be an opinion, and a sign that the true understanding was missed.
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    I have no idea what was going through the student's mind when he did that. He didn't want the book but the master insisted. Maybe he was just being vindictive when he through it into the fire in the old man's presence. He could have waited until the old man died to spare his feelings, but he...
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    Maybe I read too much into it when you said "judaism and islam both seek to control human behavior". If so I apologize. I now understand you to be saying that it is OK for religion to seek to control human behavior but Christianity doesn't do that. I don't share your belief on that last part...
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    Is Ab/Dl an lifestyle or fetish or somthing else.

    I agree, except that I see them as being the same as to cause, which is by the same, observable, natural mechanism. This is based on my trying to stay abreast of social, psychological, and evolutionary research for 50 years. It will be a struggle to get people to understand there is solid...
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    You're saying your religion is right and these other religions are wrong. I get that, and I don't object to that. It wouldn't make sense to belong to a religion if you didn't believe it was better than the others, so it is expected that you would defend it if challenged. I don't belong to any...
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    Is Ab/Dl an lifestyle or fetish or somthing else.

    I think the most realistic take on the word "fetish" is to understand it as a social rather than scientific distinction. A fetish is a socially unacceptable, or at least socially questionable, strong emotional attraction to some object or body part. We won't agree on a specific, scientific...
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    In all religions there will be some people looking to take advantage of those who feel a need for spiritual guidance. Christianity is no exception.
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    This could all be applied to any concept of religion too. It seems that the purpose of religion is to get you on a path towards some kind of spiritual realization, but at some point it becomes necessary to break free of all the trappings of the religion itself. When a respected zen master gave a...
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    I know nothing about Buddhist thought. Buddhism is often associated with zen, and I am fascinated by zen, but the only thing I think I know about it is that "zen" is a meaningless word. When I seek answers from zen it just throws my questions back in my face. I guess that's what it's supposed to...
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    AB/DL Derived from Abuse

    I'm not quite sure what you're saying here. From a clinical standpoint, "fetish" generally refers to a strong attraction to an object that doesn't normally produce any feelings of attraction in most people. In common usage it usually refers to sexual attraction, but in it's broadest sense the...
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    Any other religious and/or spiritual ABDLs here? How do you interpret ABDL within the context of your faith?

    This sounds to me like trying to cultivate 'better' desires to replace desires we currently have. I think maybe the trick to ridding yourself of desires is to accept that desires arise naturally in the human body and you probably will never get rid of them. Maybe the focus should be on ridding...
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    Who do you want to vote for and why, for the next president of 2020 (United States)

    Those in control give you all the rights you have, and the ones who want to abuse that authority are more than happy to give you unlimited rights to complain, just as long as you don't actually do anything about it. As far as accountability goes, you became accountable the moment you became an...
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