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The Tao of the Silicon.Shaman

the on-going way

Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Whats to say, I'm me. If you want to find out more, go read the freakin' thing!
It'll be worth it.

My goal in life is to make a goddamn difference, one way or another.
I have the same policy on honesty as arse-kicking; You ask for it, you'll get it.

"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."-Al Camus
Now me, I don't bother trying.

"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I *alone* am morally responsible for everything I do."
- Professor Bernardo de la Paz in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by R.A. Heinlein

"Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others."
-- Edward Abbey

"No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche

Since this is my journal, and debates seem to happen here, I guess I should define some ground rules. [and yes, I'll try to stick to them too.]

1] No personal attacks. [no name calling, or offensive terms]. Be polite. Wit is appreciated too, but not essential.

2] This is not English Lan' you won't be graded on spelling or style. BUT please try for clarity. If in doubt, use a simpler word.

3] No use of Ad hominem attacks or Straw men either.

4] If you make assertions of fact, be prepared to cite sources to back them up.
4a] Restating someone else's opinion does not make it a fact.
4b] Genuine factual errors are permissible, but please check your facts first

5] Personal opinions should be clearly labeled as such.

6] Broad generalizations can be used for narrative purposes, but make sure they are clearly labeled as such. Conversely, exceptions should also be indicated.

7] Think before posting. Is your post inflammatory or not ? Resist the temptation to flame. If you're unsure of the tone of a post, revise it. Take a break before posting if necessary. If you're still unsure, preferace it with a disclaimer.

8] The process of debate goes; thesis, anti-thesis, sythasis. Not argument, counter-argument, one beats the heck out of the other until only one is left! This a debate, not a verbal death-match.

9] If all else fails, agree to disagree. The aim of debate is to compare & contrast viewpoints and maybe reach a level of understanding where we all agree. It Is Not to make converts to a particular point of view.

10] I reserve the right to cry foul in event of invalid arguments/logic/debating tactics.
You can argue this with me, and I may or may not agree. But repeated flagrant abuses will get you removed, and if necessary, blocked and reported.

Oh and there's these:

The Commandments of Coyote. as scribed by Seanan McGuire, cadhla

I. Thou Shalt Have As Many Gods and Spirits and Personal Trainers and Gurus As You Like Before Me, But You Shalt Not Let Them Block the Exits, and More, You Shall Not Permit Them To Take the Last Beer, For That Beer Is Mine. Seriously. Don't.

II. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife, But Thou Art Totally Welcome To Admire Her Ass When She Walks By, and If It Happens To Come Out That They Are In An Open Relationship, Dude, Tap That Ass As Much As They Are Willing To Allow. Same Goes For the Ladies. Coveting Is Sort Of Stupid, But Sex Is Just Plain Fun, Unless Thou Art Doing It Entirely Wrong.

III. If Thy Neighbor Says 'Hands Off My Wife, Dude', Thou Shalt Listen and Back Off, Because Otherwise, Thy Neighbor Will Be Totally Justified In Hitting You About the Head and Shoulders With Gardening Tools, and Don't Think That I'm Going To Step In There and Stop Him.

IV. Adultery Is Actually Pretty Fun. Commit It All You Like. Just Make Sure Everyone Is Cool With It, Or I Will Not Help You Out Once the Hitting Gets Started.

V. Thou Shalt Not Eat Poisoned Bait. If You Do, Don't Come Whining To Me About It, Because I Am Very Unlikely To Care. Once It Is In Your Mouth, It Is Your Problem, Not Mine.

VI. Of Course Thou Shalt Kill. Carnivores Do That. Also, Swatting Mosquitoes, Sort Of Instinctive. But All Creatures Are Alive Before You Kill Them, and So Thou Shalt Respect Them In Their Lives and In Their Deaths. Thou Shalt Not Kill Without Reason. Thy Neighbor Tapping Thy Wife's Ass? Is Not A Reason. Don't Make Me Set A Plague Upon Thy Ass. Thou Wouldst Not Enjoy It, I Promise.

VII. Thou Shalt Not Hoard. Seriously, Here. If You Have Enough, Share. Only Asshats Bogart Life.

VIII. Thou Shalt Not Be A Martyr. If You Have One Beer, Drink It. Do Not Give It To Me and Then Expect Adoration. Dude, That Was Your Beer, I Did Not Break Your Arm To Get It. Give What You Can Give, and Expect Neither Praise Nor Worship. You Are Not Being Morally Superior, You Are Being A Decent Human Being. There Is A Difference.

IX. Assume This Is It. Maybe There Is Reincarnation; Maybe Not. Not Only Am I Not Saying, Please Consider the Fact That I Probably Get A Say In Whether You Come Back, and If You Are the Sort Of Person Who Doesn't Do Anything With One Life, Why Should I Waste My Time Giving You Another One? Live Like You Get No Second Chances. You Will Have More Fun.

X. Are You Going To Eat That?

and when all is done..

Invictus by William Ernest Henley. 1849–1903

OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
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