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Request: Myths, articles, & stuff
FN Posted: Mon Nov 28 19:24:27 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  

I know there are a few people here who know quite a bit about greek mythology, and stuff like philosophy, yadda yadda yadda.

(I just know I just pissed Crim off, but do not fear my weird-capped bulldog-loving canook friend, power and respect to you for being mr philosophy and all ;o) but that's also why I'm asking this here)

Anyway, I want everybody to hook me up with some good myths, articles and stories, basicly, to add to my ever growing pool of knowledge about all there is to learn about the enjoyable pointlessness of life. Common folk might know it as my site.

What I'm looking for is all kinds of interesting myths and stories like the one about walking through the corn field and coming back out again without choosing anything (if you have no idea what I'm talking about, chances are you can't help me).

Also welcome is all kinds of interesting articles.

They can be about absolutely anything, philosophy, psychology, politics, physics, anything.

But I do not want anything that is very time-related and deals with stuff like 9/11 or the war on Iraq, because that's not the kind of stuff I am looking for.

I want everything to be as objective as possible, which is why I don't want any recent things because that will always be tainted.

However, stuff about WWI and II for example, as in the origins, reasons behind it, anything, it is all welcome.

Same things for politics, feel free to send me an article about the idea behind communism, anarchy, racism, phobia's, the big rip, oedipus complexes, theory of evolution, anything, it's all good, but I want it to be of objective and non-emotional reasoning.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about, a good example is that reply from Meg in the Paris Is Burning thread about why different cultures won't mix, especially in cultures like France. That's the kind of stuff I'm looking for.

I don't want any books or 100 pages counting essays, I want something of about 10 to 15 pages in lenght at most. It has to be clear and to the point.

Anything that fits the above is welcome.

Also, feel free to return to this thread and post something of interest here once it gets out of the "newest" list.

And last but not least: please, spare me the crap of which you know nobody will like it anyway :o)

Links will do, or you can just e-mail me stuff or post it here, whatever floats your boat.

Belgium signing out.

Posted: Mon Nov 28 20:53:38 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  oh boy
I'm excited for this!
Of course, I'm going to have to wait until I finish up these last couple of term papers before I go looking through my bookmarks for online texts of myths and whatnot. Tomorrow I'll be free as a bird.

I CAN tell you that I've done a good bit of editing on Wikipedia ( ) relating to myth and urban legend. I'll try and dig some of that up later.

Aeon Posted: Mon Nov 28 22:47:13 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  

Aeon Posted: Mon Nov 28 22:48:03 2005 Post | Quote in Reply

misszero Posted: Tue Nov 29 00:21:49 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:

>They can be about absolutely >anything, philosophy, psychology, >politics, physics, anything.

or anything else starting with p? tee hee hee

DanSRose Posted: Tue Nov 29 01:08:33 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  I'm sure you're gonna love this one, Chris:
and in the interest of being fair and balanced, an opposite take on it:

Posted: Tue Nov 29 01:53:48 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  DanSRose said:
>I'm sure you're gonna love this one, Chris:

I hear Jack Chick likes boys.

beetlebum Posted: Tue Nov 29 04:27:29 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Why war? (Pourquoi la guerre?) - a short exchange of letters between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud about why men fight war (written in 1932). Here is a link in English, but I know you can find it in German (its original) and French.

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is a short story/myth/I don't know what the hell it is... written in the 20s. It might be too mushy/spiritual for you, but it covers all topics related to human nature.
On Reason and Passion
Your reason and your passion are the rudder and the sails or your seafaring soul.
If either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill in mid-seas.
For reason, ruling alone, is a force confining; and passion, unattended, is a flame that burns to its own destruction.
etc. It's a fairly famous text.

Finally, I know you don't want anything new, but The Clash of Civilizations by Samuel Huntington is something that may interest you. It is about the current state of world order, and how wars will now occur, not between nations, but along civilizational fault lines. It's a rather pessimistic view of the world, but it is quite interesting and was recieved by the international relations theorists community with a big bang. People still don't know what to think of it. He wrote an article outlining the key points in his theory, as well, which I just sent to you as inline text. The article predicted in 1993 that over the next twenty years most wars would be fought interculturally, and not primarily over economic resources and land gain. His propsitition, to put it bluntly, is that "It is human to hate," and thus, diffferences will be irreconcilable between cultures, leading to a WWIII unless the Western World gets on top of their game. He's been right so far...
(Ex: US and China relations, US and any "Arab" nation, Europe and Turkey, etc.)

Meh. That's all I can think of right now. Anyway, good luck!

FN Posted: Tue Nov 29 08:30:07 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Aeon said:

Anything you recommend?

FN Posted: Tue Nov 29 08:36:25 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  And isn't the clash of civilizations thing a book?

beetlebum Posted: Tue Nov 29 10:12:27 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:
>And isn't the clash of civilizations thing a book?

Article first, then a book.

Mark Posted: Tue Nov 29 14:07:37 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  The first link I want to give you is all about mystical stuff and such:

The second is one about the Templars (perhaps not totally unbiased)

If you're in to philosophy (and it might as well count for other fields of interrest) read the books from the philosophers themselves and not articles about those books. Form your own opinion.

Aeon Posted: Tue Nov 29 14:10:26 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  
  Christophe said:
>Aeon said:
>Anything you recommend?

Norse Mythology. Gotta love a pantheon of gods that get drunk all the time and end up dying.

FN Posted: Tue Nov 29 15:06:26 2005 Post | Quote in Reply  

Thank you for all the links up to this point already, but just to be clear, I'm looking for non-fiction only, unless it's in terms of philosophical stories.

Also, feel free to drop all overly religious stuff, I'm not into it.

Aeon, any specific stories, or should I learn all about norse mythology? :o)


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