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by Meneldur Olvarion
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Is it gnosis or is it creativity?
Topic: New finds
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Re: New finds

Good find.
by Meneldur Olvarion
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Just to clarify my position a little, I had never heard of Mr. Bloom before this thread, so I quite literally don't think anything about him. More generally, I don't go in for criticism of any sort because I'm not much interested in what anyone else thinks of anything. Ego-centrism kind of goes with...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Tue Jan 03, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: The Ironic Imperative

If you don't mind me asking, what exactly is the Koran to a Sufi (as compared to an everyday ol' Muslim, say)? Well, as in other religions, in Islam there exists a continuum between strict Scripturalists and Mystics/Experientialists. Sunni's are pretty far at the Scripture-alone end and Sufi's are ...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Taurandir wrote:[...] I posit the question however; are you looking at the works of Tolkien as a religious text? Do his works play the same role in your worldview that the Bible does for a fundamentalist?
In my case, more like the Qur'an does for a Sufi (roughly), but I don't speak for anyone else.
by Meneldur Olvarion
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: The Sethian Mythos
Replies: 20
Views: 1824

Re: The Sethian Mythos

[...] Please excuse these rudimentary questions. I am not a student of Jung, and my attempts to try to understand his work has always left me a little confused. I can't seem to get a firm grasp of what exactly is being talked about. I have this problem with psychology in general. Thanks. I second t...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: The Ironic Imperative

[...] What I mean is just something I learned in high school about how political or philosophical ideas develop over time: first they are stated and gain a following. This stage is called "thesis". Then, as the idea continues to grow and gain foothold, a counterforce develops. This is called "anti-...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: The Ironic Imperative

Lúthien wrote:[...] But every good thing can be taken too far (isn't that part of the dynamic of Hegelian dialectics?)...
I be bowin' out o' dis discussion now, y'all be startin' to speak Farsi on me. I still be listenin', I jus' be in da shade wit' my corn-cob pipe down by da crick. ;)
by Meneldur Olvarion
Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: The Ironic Imperative

I think I see irony more as a situation that exists outside in the world and that an author points out. The author isn't "making" the irony. Hmm, that's' quite possible: I fully admit I don't 'get' irony. Actually, I don't get it in a deeper sense of why something ironic is noteworthy. Let's take t...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:18 pm
Forum: The Edge
Topic: The Ironic Imperative
Replies: 32
Views: 1854

Re: The Ironic Imperative

I think Übermensch really nailed it here with his posited negative reaction to different cognitive styles, especially by those in the majority group. It's certainly been the case with me all my life. But as to irony itself, I agree with Luthien, but will go a step further: for someone like myself wh...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: Why 'The Central Myths'?
Replies: 16
Views: 1731

Re: Why 'The Central Myths'?

My guess is they will move to biological 'circuits' under control of hormones and neuropeptides, since it is easier to do now that the genomes of many organisms have been sequenced. To use a 'fantasy' metaphor, that is why the Cylons in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series moved to organic tec...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Sat Dec 31, 2016 1:56 am
Forum: Books & Articles
Topic: Question Regarding Ilúvatar
Replies: 7
Views: 1266

Re: Question Regarding Ilúvatar

There is the Tale of Adanel, which is one of the most direct I can remember at the moment, as well as the other instances people have mentioned. Here is the operative excerpt, but the 'backstory' is more complex than it may seem on the surface: 'Ye have abjured Me, but ye remain Mine. I gave you lif...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:55 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: Micro/Macro-Cosmos
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Micro/Macro-Cosmos

Thanks for your ​insightful post, Elaran. Like you I also have a logical and scientific worldview (it kind of goes along with being on the autism spectrum), yet I've also had non-ordinary experiences, often assisted by entheogens. I am glad you decided to join and hope to see more of your posts.
by Meneldur Olvarion
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: Is it psychopathology or nihilism?
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Is it psychopathology or nihilism?

Interesting article. A salient quote: [...] But, to quote Tolkien’s famous rejoinder to his critics from his introduction to the revised edition of The Lord of the Rings, “Some who have read the book, or at any rate have reviewed it, have found it boring, absurd, or contemptible; and I have no cause...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: The Edge
Topic: Is it psychopathology or nihilism?
Replies: 8
Views: 585

Re: Is it psychopathology or nihilism?

[...] Transgressive art. Pah. If there's anything more stupid, pointless and depressing than that I would rather not know it. I'm more fed up than I can say with 'grimdark' fantasy and Nouvelle Violence or what other label the currently en vogue have come up with for the nihilistic bullshit that fr...
by Meneldur Olvarion
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:01 am
Forum: The Central Myths
Topic: Why 'The Central Myths'?
Replies: 16
Views: 1731

Re: Why 'The Central Myths'?

[...] But how about that as a new topic on the main discussion board? Anyone interested in discussing the central myths of either the Gnostics, Nietzsche, or Jung? I'm no expert on any, by any means, but I can pierce beneath the surface to dig out some hidden meaning here and there. I'd love to get...