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conformity and culture

my little sister just turned 18 and is going through an anti-establishment phase. she was explaining to me why she will never shave her legs again:

but it's just not natural. It's too, corporate America. I wan't to douse the fact that people think that if you /don't/ shave your legs, it's not natural. Seeing as women have been on the earth for centuries upon centuries and shaving only came up around the 1920's.... ...
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Classics and Cultural Greatness

Am I the only Classicist who cringes at statements like this?
...works older than two millennia which portray the fragility, flippancy, resolve and, ultimately, the meaning of the human condition; works whose very existence up until the modern day is testament to the breadth and depth of the subjects dealt with therein; works whose linguistic beauty far surpasses anything that has been written subsequently or, doubtless, will be

Please!!! The ancient Greeks and Romans were ...
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Is there such a thing as something that is not?

Even if I imagine a thing that, physically, does not exist, and never has, does that thing not exist, even as an idea in my mind?

Just a thought! :)
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The World Was Born Yesterday

Maybe someone has once come to this kind of idea.
The world was born yesterday. The Creator made everything so that, when you investigate it carefully, you conlude that the world is billions of years old. And your memory before yesterday is carefully composed and implanted that you've been living your whole age. As if the androids in "Blade Runner" were made so.

And this is an example of a `generic time' creation theory. Just ...
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About "wisdom" or "philosophy" in langua

1st of all, as a mere precaution,
I suggest that you do not read any further, Episcope, as to prevent any illness or other abnormal phenomenas due to the fact that this thread, amongst other things, is about hebrew too.

In hebrew i have found that there is a lot of wisdom "built in" the language itself.
Regardless of it being really "wise", it is more then a mechanism of communication.
as the topic ...
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The media

I posted this on another forum: The Media thread at sc4ever.com
It's about the media and how/if it dictates our actions, or not.
Now this isn't really a textkit debate, but I'd like to hear your opinions, too (posted on this forum, but of course you can always reply to a thread on the other board).
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Studying and Employment (from Violation of Human Rights)

It's quite easy in canada to go from working to learning and back again. A person can take part time or distance learning courses while they work, or they can quit work and get financing to go back to school. My mother went back to university after 25 years of being out, and because she was a single mom the government handed her all sorts of money that she didn't have to pay back... and ...
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Violiaton of human rights.

Is it not immoral to force kids to go to school?
where they are more then likely to get humiliated,
physically and mentaly abused, and opressed? (the list can go on)

i do not know how it is in other countries - in israel there is a law that obliges everyone to send their children to school.

the answer is clear to me, but i want to hear other opinions.
i believe it is not ...
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On Philosophy (from 'Altruism')

Hi all,<br /><br />I''m going to come across as the curmudgeon, but I am shocked at how far philosophic knowledge has fallen!<br /><br />A couple of points:<br /><br />(1) Philosophy is most definitely concerned with what is -- that is Ontology/Metaphysics -- the science or study of being as being;<br /><br />(2) Utilitarianism is John Stuart Mill<br /><br />Incidentally, two works that I very strongly recommend these days for those trying to grasp what has ...
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Plato on Hell

http://www.morec.com/schall/2003/bridgporthella03.htm<br /><br />James Schall, SJ, Thomist -- notice the opening quotation from Plato's Phaedo
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