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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from mikbone in Recession   
    May or may not apply. May or may not be interesting. But my buddy and I did a podcast on The Recession, if anyone has the time or interest:
     
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    The Folk Prophet reacted to mikbone in Stress, worry, and faith   
    Amen brother.
    Ether 12:27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.
    D&C 130:18-21
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    The Folk Prophet reacted to mikbone in Stress, worry, and faith   
    There seems to be a conflict when we read 
    “Men are, that they might have joy”
    vs.
    “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling before him.”
    Unless you recognize that the Lord wants us to learn how to hit a curve ball and delight in so doing.
     
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from NeuroTypical in Stress, worry, and faith   
    This strikes me as the same idea as the question of courage meaning one has no fear -- or is courage moving forward despite great fear? Which is, actually, more courageous?
    Because it strikes me that if one has no fear, it isn't actually courageous to act. My jumping in the deep end of the pool is not an act of courage. My 5-year-old doing the same is an act of tremendous courage.
    Faith in the face of stress and worry, seems to me, the same. Having great stress and worry is when faith becomes necessary, useful and meaningful.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Vort in Stress, worry, and faith   
    This strikes me as the same idea as the question of courage meaning one has no fear -- or is courage moving forward despite great fear? Which is, actually, more courageous?
    Because it strikes me that if one has no fear, it isn't actually courageous to act. My jumping in the deep end of the pool is not an act of courage. My 5-year-old doing the same is an act of tremendous courage.
    Faith in the face of stress and worry, seems to me, the same. Having great stress and worry is when faith becomes necessary, useful and meaningful.
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    The Folk Prophet reacted to Vort in Covenant Before Birth?   
    More specifically, covenants that we make here in mortality require a mortal physical body. I don't think that necessarily generalizes onto all covenants ever. On the contrary, the rebellion of the erstwhile Lucifer and those who followed him along with their consignment to a place of eternal damnation sound to my ears exactly like what one would expect from a broken covenant. The premortal Lord himself appears to have made covenants with Adam and the patriarchs, Melchizedek, Abraham, Isaac, Jared's people, and the hosts of Israel.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Carborendum in Empathy   
    Only 15 min huh? 😞
    Actual that's probably further than most get.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from DMGNUT in Empathy   
    I need to be convinced there is value to something before I can be convinced it's worth learning.
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    The Folk Prophet reacted to Carborendum in Empathy   
    I listened to the first 15 min.  So I get the feeling of what you were talking about.  I'll reword what you said about moral decisions based on empathy.  Empathy is a tool to help you understand what is, not what should be.
    I don't know exactly how this fits into the topic, but I thought I'd share an experience on empathy from last night (Sunday night).
    At the beginning of each school year, I give my children a father's blessing.  By the time I got to my son "Bubba" I found that I couldn't.  All was dark as Egypt.
    After a bunch of not very revealing conversation, I had to explain to my wife that Bubba did not trust me with his ventures and his plans for the future.  She didn't believe me.  I explained at length the exact feelings he was feeling.  She still didn't believe me until she asked Bubba.  He verified that everything I said was true.  He, himself, didn't realize it and couldn't verbalize it all.  But as I spoke the words, he found himself nodding in agreement that everything fit his thoughts to a "T".  In fact, as he was reacting in his mind to what I was saying, he heard me saying the same words just a moment after he thought them.
    Until then my wife had been telling me that much of my depression came from me "projecting" my assumptions about how others felt about me.  But here I had verifiable proof that I wasn't merely projecting.  I was highly perceptive.  I was able to understand exactly how he felt and how other people felt.  And the truth is that most people have extremely negative feelings about almost everyone.  Couple that with the fact that a lot of people really don't know what to make of me.  I don't fit into any pigeon hole that they know.  That's very off-putting to them.
    Then we moved on to asking why he didn't trust me.  He said he didn't know.  My wife (still not fully accepting my ability to empathize) just shrugged.  I finally said, "Ok.  Just how far we can push this?"  I squared myself right in front of my son.  I looked at his face and ... I "did something."  I can't explain it.  This was not just mentalism.  He has an expressionless face and he is extremely non-reactionary.  But I FELT something.
    I then proceeded to explain what I had done to make him not trust me.  Realization came across his face with a sense of excitement.  "Yes!  That's it.  I know this because it all started when..."
    I realize you mentioned that the definition of empathy is all over the board.  But that has to be some type of empathy.
    While this experience didn't define right or wrong, it did help us get to the bottom of the issues at hand.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Vort in Empathy   
    I know I'm resurrecting an ancient thread, but... My buddy and I decided to talk about Empathy, and so I had done a bunch of research on it and clarified some of my thinking.
     
    Also, here's the link to the podcast I listened to about Against Empathy
    https://think.kera.org/2017/01/05/the-case-against-empathy/
    And the link to Paul Boom's book:
    https://www.amazon.com/Against-Empathy-Case-Rational-Compassion/dp/0062339346/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=against+empathy&qid=1661005318&sprefix=against+empathy%2Caps%2C112&sr=8-1
    If you don't have time to listen to the hour long video or kera podcast, here's the basics:
    Empathy as a means of making moral choices is no bueno and leads to worse outcomes, not better ones. Empathy is not the end all save-the-world solution it's made out to be. Instead we should use rational compassion (with God's teachings and commands as the guiding standard) to make our moral choices.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Carborendum in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    Send him my condolences. 
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    The Folk Prophet reacted to Still_Small_Voice in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    A lot of good points made in that podcast Folk Prophet.  Thanks for posting it.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Vort in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    My buddy and I talk about the raid in our latest podcast if anyone is interested.
     
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Vort in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    Come on. The power to insult others and get away with it! This is a reason to like emojis. Not hate them.
    It reminds me of the Southern, "bless your heart" sentence suffix.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Backroads in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    I believe Trump has his flaws. But I cannot help but question this sort of rhetoric. The primary reason people seem to think Trump's an "idiot" seems to be because he does things like call other people idiots and the like. Irony meter activated.
    (Note: please take this in the light-hearted spirit it was intended, hopefully communicated with the winky emoji. @Vort, I'm telling you...emojis are awesome!!)
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Backroads in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    Hopefully that's not how @Backroadstook my post! 😱
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    The Folk Prophet reacted to Vort in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    One of the many reasons I hate emojis is that they have become an excuse to insult people and use unsociable language, then place any blame for offense on the lack of intelligence or simple oversensitivity of the offended party. "Nice pic. Your makeup looks like you got jumped by a violent gang of kindergarteners armed with colored Sharpies. 😀 Also, your mother is ugly and smells awful. 😁"
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Carborendum in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    I believe Trump has his flaws. But I cannot help but question this sort of rhetoric. The primary reason people seem to think Trump's an "idiot" seems to be because he does things like call other people idiots and the like. Irony meter activated.
    (Note: please take this in the light-hearted spirit it was intended, hopefully communicated with the winky emoji. @Vort, I'm telling you...emojis are awesome!!)
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Vort in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    How do we, collectively, show Him such a thing?
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from person0 in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    Same. My rational self much prefers the idea of DeSantis. But.... 
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    The Folk Prophet reacted to Vort in Trump's Home Raided by FBI   
    I admit that I don't really get the lionization (here literally) of Trump. I believe it's largely a reflexive reaction to the media's unceasing drumbeat of hatred toward the man. I myself, no huge fan of Trump, have felt the itch to get behind the guy and support him much more than I normally would, just because the leftist hatred of him is soooooooooooo far overboard. My rational faculties are hoping that Trump does not run in 2024, but some vindictive and grudge-holding part of my being secretly wants to see it as a way to give a big middle finger to those who despise Trump supporters.

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    The Folk Prophet reacted to estradling75 in Alex Jones, false prophet   
    Freedom of speech is a right that needs to be protected just like the other rights we have...  Also like our other rights it is not absolute, it has limits.  Those limits are when it comes against the rights of others.  You can't harm others.   The common example given is Yelling Fire in a crowded theater.  Other cases are statements that are harmful to reputation and whatnot.   Freedom of speech is one of the few rights that have an exception to this limit.  That exception is TRUTH.  If the Theater is crowded... and it is on fire... then we want you to be yelling fire even if by doing so you cause some harm...  Truth can be harmful to people's reputation.  We can and should tell the truth even if it hurts... If we do not want to be hurt by truth then we should live in such a way that it can not hurt us.   Now I have not followed this case beyond what has been presented here.  But if you accuse someone of being a 'Crisis Actor' that is something you better be ready to prove because that is an attack on that person's reputation.   In the case where causing others to take action that hurts (aka the Theater example) that can get murky fast, but it is not unreasonable to think that with greater power/influence comes greater accountability.  But that greater accountability needs to be equality applied.  You don't get to go after commentators/talking heads/politicians that say things you do not like for causing harm while ignoring the commentators/talking heads/politicians that say things you do like that cause harm.    It is unwise to protect one group because you "like/agree" with them and strip the protection from those you "do not like/agree" with.  Because the day will come that you find yourself in disagreement with the group you protected. What are you going to do when they turn on you and you helped them become too powerful to stop?  That is just short sighted and foolish
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from LDSGator in Alex Jones, false prophet   
    That a broken clock is right twice a day?
    Well...thinking deeper on the matter...I suppose it depends on if the clock is analog or digital.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Carborendum in Alex Jones, false prophet   
    I agree. And so does, pretty much, everyone. In point of fact, it's already illegal to do that. If you tell me to shoot someone and I do it, you're already breaking the law.
    But if you tell me you don't like someone and in response I shoot them...well now where are we? Should you be held accountable then?
    We'd be in a position where you couldn't say you think anyone is problematic, dishonest, or anything of the sort...ever... because someone who hears you might then take that as justification for shooting at them and then you are liable.
    Is that how it should be? Is that free speech? No ability to even question someone you don't agree with?
    This is clearly the path we're headed down. And, note, pretty much everyone who's being held accountable in these cases is a "conservative" voice.
    You can criticize a conservative all you want. But if you are a conservative....watch your mouth.
    If this were true I totally agree. But I do not believe this to be true.
    And, also, if someone takes a shot at Jones because of what you just said, you might be accountable for millions of dollars! Watch it!   Oh...wait... he's a conservative. So you're okay.
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    The Folk Prophet got a reaction from Carborendum in Religion and Politics   
    Shouldn't being a role model be specific to whatever role is being modeled? I look up to certain composers as composers. That doesn't mean I want to emulate their personal lives.