Ideapod Discussions is pretty new and evolving. Let’s use this post as a way to start articulating some of the principles we want to have in this discussions area.
I plan to write up some principles soon so that it’s all much clearer. For now, I would really value the input of the community.
Therefore, I have some questions:
@saintmel45 can you please articulate more clearly some of the assumptions behind what you’re proposing here? Ideapod is a place for people to learn from each other about how they think. You obviously believe that the Revelations are the “word of God” in some way, and you’re interpreting modern day events and leaders based on what you’ve read as the “word of God”… This at least is my assumption. I’d like to learn more about why you believe what you believe so that at least your own assumptions are being shared with everyone, rather than making such definitive statements which don’t really give us much chance to get into a discussion.
@jesuislaplume you mention “hate literature”. Can you share a few thoughts on the kinds of writing you think should have no place on Ideapod? I value both freedom of speech and exploring ideas from the margins, but also want to make sure that Ideapod is a place where people feel welcomed. Please share your own thoughts about this.
@Karin you mention “what Ideapod was made for.” I am so curious to know more of your thinking about this. It always fascinates me how people react to Ideapod, which in turn helps to create what Ideapod becomes in the future. Please share more!
To share my own thoughts on this particular post, it raises the idea of seeing a particular human being as a “beast”. I haven’t read the Revelations at all so I can’t comment on what was intended by “beast”. But just from my initial reaction, I will tell you that I am a beast. I love the beast within me. I have a human nature that I strive to connect with, so that my human nature is expressed through my actions. I love to think of myself as a beast, with a wild side. I also see that I’m imperfect, that I am capable of evil, and therefore I’ve got the devil inside me.
There are so many “concepts” being shared here and I am interested in unpacking “concepts”. It’s how we react to concepts such as “beast” and “devil” that I find problematic, based on collective understandings that need to be explored more deeply.