Spirituality, Consciousness, & Awareness Guidlines
Because of the recent trouble in one of these threads, it is clear that some moderation methods need to be clarified, and existing board-wide rules need to be re-iterated.
First, all, each and every rule listed in the Forum Rules announcement still applies. This includes especially the rule to "Exercise good judgment, reasonableness, and mutual respect." For those who have not looked at the rules since joining, I will repeat this one:
The Jargon File, a guide to commonly used and misunderstood internet slang, states that a troll is someone who "regularly posts specious arguments, flames or personal attacks to a newsgroup, discussion list, or in email for no other purpose than to annoy someone or disrupt a discussion."
In other words, it is impossible for someone to be considered a troll based on their first post, especially if that post is on topic. Since spirituality is always a controversial topic, creating a controversial thread about a religious belief is always on topic, and can never be the basis of labeling a person as a troll. The best advice for anyone who suspects a person of trolling is simple: Do Not Feed The Trolls.
For the purpose of discussing religious beliefs openly, it should always be assumed that everybody's beliefs are valid. I am not saying that your beliefs are right or wrong, only that they are valid. Attacking a person's beliefs is not tolerated. Questioning other people's beliefs and providing your own is encouraged. There is a fine line between the two, so if you are ever in doubt, use diplomacy or ask someone for advice in getting your point across effectively. Bruce is especially effective at getting points across without being insulting or demeaning, so if you are not comfortable with me (as I seem to be labeled as the heavy-handed mod lately), then Bruce is available [click here to get in touch with Bruce and send him a private message].
Finally, equating terrorist acts with religious beliefs is a logical fallacy. Don't do it, unless you enjoy people thinking that you are hateful and intolerant. For the record, not only would I support the rights for 'terrorists' to believe as they wish, without question, but I have done so in the past. I have openly supported the terrorists John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, and I have taken active participation in the organization created by the terrorist leader George Washington, which today is known as the U.S. Army. Despite current opinions of these people, they were indeed terrorist leaders who led civilian combatants and insurgents against their own established, sovereign nation.
Moderator note: Just to be clear, while Adam--the author of these guidelines--is no longer a moderator, he was one of the first moderators (along with me, Bruce Achterberg) to be assigned to the Spirituality, Consciousness, and Awareness forum board when the forums first launched.
I just thought I'd clarify that these guidelines actually did come from a moderator and are indeed moderator-approved.
Adam, thanks for the reminder!
It was a good read. To bad you had to choose such "nice" "terrorists" to coincide with. :P
hi sir adam,
thanks for that reminder.
Can't we all just...COEXIST!!!
Our behavior mirrors ourselves
I understand there has to be laws to protect the sanctity of the individual and the forums. These laws have to be enforced to remain effective. For the sake of our spiritual growth though, let us remember that when we attack another, we are essentially attacking ourselves. I can only see in you what is already within me. I attack you because I am in pain and lash out at you because of my pain. With that in mind, when we are attacked let us send light to the attacker because he/she is crying out... I therefore send you blessings... In the realm of Spirit Light dispels the darkness. Even those who break the rules of this forum came here for a reason... there are no coincidences. The rest of us who are mindful, should be open as a channel to provide whatever it is they seek.
In light and love,
thank you so much!
Thank you for the warm welcome. I stumbled upon this website, and very much liked the name. I am coming out of a very long, dark phase in my life (several months), and am looking for anything and everything I can find to help the "lifting out" process. I have been a spiritual seeker most of my life; looking to find what I was promised but never found growing up in a Christian home. Although it sometimes seemed unbearable these last few months, I almost always realized, at least on an intellectual level, that God was leading me through the darkness into the light, dispelling the darkness as we progressed.
Much improvement has been made, and the healing has begun. I'm looking forward to interacting with like minded people in this way.
Last fall I moved from Portland, Oregon back to the family farm I grew up on in North Dakota to renovate the old farm house. What a different world I encountered here!!Coming from a very open, accepting liberal enviromment to one of the most conservative parts of the country in every concievable ways. From a city to a rural community where everyone knows everyone else's business. The change was quite un-nerving. Not to mention that it brought up all th old wounds from childhood. I have no idea what comes next in regard to my living/working situation; but I do know that what really matters to me is finding my Self. Communing with my Creator. Peace of Mind. Happiness. That, I am learning, can be found anywhere. The rest will take care of itself as I open to the guidance of the Universe.
If anyone knows any open minded folks in N. Dak, let me know. I want to meet them! Peace to you all. Thank you for being here.
Uh, the definition of a terrorist is one who targets innocent civilians for the purpose of instilling terror in the population, thereby demeaning the people's will to fight. Washington, Adams, Jefferson et al did that?
Maybe we are confusing the words terrorist and rebel. Leading a civilian force against its government is not terrorism unless terrorist tactics are used. They weren't. But they certainly did rebel against their established government.
Is that what you meant?
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