NeuroTypical

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  1. NeuroTypical

    Stewardship vs Trust vs Joe-Schmoe

    Oh hey, if it was up to me, I'd prefer to be personally ministered to by angelic representatives, sent down to earth by my Father in Heaven for the specific purpose of blessing me in my time of need. If, for some reason, the Son of God isn't available Himself. But if I think about it hard enough, I figure every blessing I've ever received pretty much fits that bill, except the representatives are still in possession of their earthly bodies.
  2. So, did the kid get hurt, hide it from everyone, and sneak home before anyone found out? A story I'm told by the parents of a drama-queen-always-loud-about-every-little-inconvenience daughter. One time she blew up her mom's phone begging to be picked up early because she was sick and dying and dying and sick. Mom went to pick her up early. Turns out she moved heaven and earth to not let anyone in school know what was going on. Told the teacher she needed to leave and her mom was coming, sat on the steps, actually threw up on herself, snuck around and hid from everyone in the school, until mom appeared, then she made a mad dash for the car and demanded to be driven away quickly. Has she actually approached any of the leaders about this to figure out what happened? Lawsuits are what should happen when people are given the opportunity to do what they're legally required to, and refuse. People get to be fallen humans, who struggle against their own imperfect nature. Complacency is a normal thing. But folks have to be given the chance to get their act together and do the right thing, before lawyers get involved. I'm guessing the most-likely explanation, is kid got hurt on accident, it's not really anyone's fault, and there is no legal recourse. The leaders involved either will or won't stand up and do the right thing of expressing the range of emotions and outrage that your mamma bear daughter needs to have to feel ok about the whole thing. That's my guess. But no, for absolute heaven's sake, if someone at that activity was criminally negligent in some way, DO NOT PROTECT THE PERPETRATOR OF A CRIME. Do not sacrifice your grandchild at the altar of the false god of "if people knew, they might think worse about the church" or some other luceferian nonsense. That's not "glue holding family to the church", that's evil calling itself good. Don't be that guy, JJ. The church just finished paying $250 million dollars into the Boy Scout sexual abuse claim fund, because so many people used to think that way.
  3. NeuroTypical

    Stewardship vs Trust vs Joe-Schmoe

    I have asked for/needed blessings several times throughout my life. Many times I've asked a bishop/friend/family member/etc. Once I asked someone who I figured would benefit from giving a blessing. Once the the ambulance people were working on me, and someone just appeared out of nowhere. (And yes, his name was Joe, actually.) I don't think any of these can be ranked in any meaningful way, other than drawing a big circle named "important/sacred", and putting them all in the circle.
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    Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far

    I remember creating this in like March of 2020. It aged rather well, I think.
  5. Yeah, you say you hope good things are happening, but I keep checking an empty mailbox...
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    Sacrament talk - Atonement and Repentance

    I struggled through all sorts of panic and fear around giving talks in my '20's. The first time I was asked to speak in sacrament, I ran my talk past my wife. She said "this isn't a good place to beat yourself up like that." I rewrote the whole thing and it went much better. I was thinking if I didn't say all that stuff, I wasn't being honest in my talk. The key learning was: "It's a talk, not an opportunity to clear the air and repent. You're here to bless them, not you." So tell 'em what you think they would be blessed to hear. If that means sharing a personal anecdote or two, then fine. But it's not required.
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    What the history books don't tell you...

    A festival of conviviality.
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    Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far

    Such a fun subject. Compare with Trump's comment, back during the spreading violence and rioting of 2020: He made many other firm statements about sending in national guard troops to quell violence if governors didn't take care of their own business. And he sent troops to Portland. Good summary written at the time: https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/508531-federal-agents-in-portland-set-a-dangerous-precedent
  9. NeuroTypical

    How to deal with gossip?

    (4), become known as the guy who doesn't like to be around gossip. Like, get up and leave, and politely let it be known why. I like this one because it isn't trying to manipulate change out of other people. They get to pick if they want you around or not.
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    Judgement and attributing motives

    I know three people with PTSD. Two of them are so used to being misunderstood, that they have done the work necessary to not give a crap about what most people have to say. The third talks a big game about not caring, but is deeply sensitive and deeply wounded whenever he feels misjudged. All three of them have developed thick skins (that fail them sometimes), and have small closely guarded doors, that they rarely let people through. All three of them deeply value someone who understands them and can still express love and acceptance towards them, even though they know they fall short of perfection. At least two of them understand they occasionally fall so short, they harm those they love.
  11. NeuroTypical

    20 year anniversary of 9/11

    Indeed.
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    20 year anniversary of 9/11

    20 years ago tomorrow, I was working in one of the tallest buildings in Denver. They emptied the building out within the first hour or two I was there. I called my wife, who was at home with our not-quite-1 year old. I told her I was ok, that I was coming home, and she should turn on the TV. Later, my boss sent us this story that his brother gathered from a co-worker. I dig it out and read it every year.
  13. Almost. I pass on passing judgement of cultural aspects of the past. And it's pleasing.
  14. Yep, passing judgment on the cultural aspects of other or past cultures. I try hard to pass on the opportunity.
  15. It's such a fascinating chapter in US, LDS, and frontier American history. Is this a cut and paste from somewhere? If so, please cite the source.
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    3.5 Trillion spending bill

    My old college buddy figured he had a bulletproof solution to the whole thing. Once things got bad, we'd just dissolve the union and re-incorporate under new ownership. "You want to redeem your bonds? I'm sorry, this is the Confederated Federation of Northern Mexico. We know nothing of this 'united states' of which you speak." He figured we'd have to remain the world's strongest superpower to pull it off. Otherwise, our creditors might figure they could pull off a nationwide repo effort.
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    3.5 Trillion spending bill

    Oh, I'm pretty darn convinced what enough debt will do in the long run. Problem is, we won't know what is "enough", until it's pretty much too late to do anything about it.
  18. NeuroTypical

    3.5 Trillion spending bill

    I remember getting stuck in unforgivably slow traffic jams in California my last trip there in 2018. I also remember getting stuck in unforgivably slow traffic jams in California in a prior trip in the 2000's. And also from a prior business trip in the 1990's. And I remember sitting in the back seat listening to my father swear about the unforgivably slow traffic jam in a family trip to Disneyland in the 1970's. Perhaps those bridges will be coupled with various infrastructure projects to divert traffic from the daily logjams that has made Cali a laughingstock for 50 years. One can hope. Actually, you can hope. I don't need to hope - I don't live there. All of the traffic and projects and whatnot in my life in Utah and Colorado have made sense to me. Even the stupid syncrete failure in 1989 Utah, was a test for a promising new technology that would have been cool if it had worked.
  19. NeuroTypical

    Charity sufferereth long

    Uncharitable response: "Yeah, tell that to Christ." Better response: You should fall on your knees and thank your Father in Heaven for keeping you as innocent and untouched by the evils of the world as you are. I would say that charity is usually never going to harm someone else, but not always. Here's a personal example from folks very close to me: A girl grows up in an abusive environment where more than one brother molests her, one for several years, and the parents are either unable or unwilling to help. As the girl grows, she learns of other victims. She learns her abusers were themselves victims. As the siblings grow and marry, a new generation springs into existence. At least two of the younger generation suffer at the hands of at least one of the brothers. The parents, through decades of this, remain unable or unwilling to protect the innocents in their home. In fact, the parents act to protect the perpetrators, to shelter them from any consequences, and to continue to fuel them with a fresh supply of future children. The parents claim "forgiveness means forgetting", "you can't forgive if you don't trust", and "if people found out, it would ruin the chances for the brothers to go on missions". The girl, now a mother, has been making decisions on how to have charity towards all of the following: - The parents who were unable or unwilling to stop (or even try to stop) decades of multigenerational sexual abuse in their family. - The perpetrators who harmed her, and others. - The other victims from the generation after her. - Herself (Yep, must have charity to ones self as well.) - Extended family/friends/church/peers/etc. Examples of toughies: - Earthly justice demands you take sides. You cannot sit behind the accused, and testify in behalf of the alleged victim. In practical terms, in order to do the best charity to the youngest, newest, 8 yr old girl victim, you can't be hanging out with the perps and the parents. And when you show up to multiple parole hearings to speak on behalf of the victim, your list of people willing to say "you're not harming the jailbird, you're making sure he is receiving the blessings of enduring harsh consequences of his own actions" grows thin. - When your own children aren't safe in your grandparent's house, or around your brothers, because of all the unchecked intergenerational incest flying around, you realize that the best way to charitably handle things, is to cut ties with your own parents. This denies everyone future victims and protects you and yours. While at the same time, both you and yours suffer at the lack of grandparents. The grandparents suffer from losing a daughter and her family. I'd say the vast majority of opportunities to be charitable, harms no one. But holy heck, when it comes to multigenerational unchecked child sex abuse, it's often downright impossible to do meaningful charity towards one party, without making other parties suffer.
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    Charity sufferereth long

    “suffereth”. Means “suffers”, not “sufferers”. I’ve taken it to mean that pure Christlike love is not always easy. Sometimes loving a particular individual can be very difficult, even painful. And loving them entails a bit of suffering as you endure whatever crap they’re bringing to the table.
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    Some of y’all be like
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    Oh, I get it. Especially for folks who are young/fit/healthy/etc. And, depending on who you ask, it's totally possible surviving the actual thing gives a bit better protection, for longer than a vaccine. But from a "humans like their civilizations" perspective, we need to do a little math though. With 7.64 billion people on earth, 1% is 76.4 million dead. Not to mention 10-100X factor on people who just need hospitalization. Depending on how many of 'em get sick and die at once, that many patients and corpses can overload services, wreck economies, overthrow governments, and such things. Around 150,000 people die every day on earth. That's ~55 million/year. So the "let nature take it's course" argument basically doubles how many people die in roughly a year. Such a better decision to make it a 99.99% survival rate with a 99.94% never getting sick enough to go to hospital. But folks'll do what folks'll do. In the end, this will still eventually fade from our public consciousness, and take a place as background noise. We'll think about it as much as we do cancer, fatal car accidents, and all the other things that kill humans.
  23. NeuroTypical

    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    For a very limited definition of effective. It protects the person from "when" not "if" they are infected... that is a plus. But all the reasons for mandating the vaccine personal protection isn't one of them. We are told to get vaccinated to protect other people. By those metrics it appears to be wholly ineffective. The vaccinated still become infected, and are still contagious... If want to protect grams and gramps from you accidentally bring COVID to them... you better not be depending on the vaccine and being Fully Vaccinated - Limited definition of effective: "It makes you between 20 and 244 times less likely to get seriously sick or die of COVID". IMO, the absolute bestest, most perfectest limited definition possible. Would you prefer another? - I'm not in favor of mandating or forcing anything. Even in cases where it might be legal. Because history tells us about human nature, and human nature says it won't work. - Yep, notions of herd immunity and stopping the thing via a vaccinated population, are pretty much dead notions at this point. Bummer. Delta variant sucks, we saw the possibility, but hoped it wouldn't arrive. And it did. 'rona ain't never going away. - I'm content with folks making their choices and living with their consequences. Big fan of agency here. "Hey, you wanna be between 20 and 244 times less likely to get sick or die of this thing? They're handing out free shots over there." Make the info available, help people not believe crap or dumb things, run all the incentives you want, leave everyone else alone.
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    Requiring a COVID-19 Vaccine (shot/s)

    Well, again, I signed up for the phase III trial, becoming one of the lab rats that would generate data to fuel the eventual emergency use approvals. But to answer your question, the worldwide crapton of stories painting the same picture of "vaccinated people are only getting sick, going to the hospital, or dying, in a fraction of the numbers vaccinated people are" - that's my confidence builder in the effectiveness of the vaccines. I already knew more approvals by more agencies would do exactly squat to budge people's opinions, as your comment demonstrates. Here - have a few recent articles from the last few weeks: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/08/10/us/covid-breakthrough-infections-vaccines.html Hospitalization rate for unvaccinated teens 10 times the rate for those vaccinated, CDC says https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/08/18/covid-hospitals-delta/ https://www.sciencenews.org/article/covid-coronavirus-vaccines-hospital-cases-rates-unvaccinated Hooray! Effective vaccines! No serious argument can be made against their efficacy!
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    Disney wokeness

    Peak Disney: 1962 and the Osmond brothers. https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRU4XWy2/