How not to Answer a Direct Question

For your amusement today. Enjoy the insecurity and evasiveness. It’s all Kabuki Theater to some people.

— mike

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  1. Many people who have different gods from yours, who live according the dictates of them, also say that objective morality comes from their god/gods. Must one be Christian or even theistic to be moral?

    • I’m going to assume you’re a decent person asking a question out of actual curiosity.

      “Must one be Christian or theistic to be moral?”

      Please define “moral.”

      • Moral for me would be good and not evil or harmful to others or myself

      • Thank you for answering so concisely.

        You said that morality is essentially not to do harm to yourself or others.

        Question. Is that “morality” personal to yourself (subjective)? or is it a set rule that all must live by (objective)?

      • This is not an interogation of my morality. I asked you the question. What I believe about or define as moral isn’t relevant to your answering the question. Please answer.

      • What you believe and who you are is important to how I choose to deal with your question. You’re a stranger to me and I don’t just dish out quick answers to strangers. I have no idea about your motivations, your stage of mental or emotional growth or your stance on truth. Each of these are factors in how I should deal with the question. Personally, I don’t just dish out to strangers on demand. “Hey, dude, I’m the one who asked the question, so you don’t get to examine me, just answer please.” No.

        It may be that you don’t appreciate my way of dealing with people. That’s ok. To each their own. We can just go back to exactly what we were a few moments before you chose to post a question on my blog. Absolute strangers totally irrelevant to the life of the other.

      • Wasn’t asking based on what I believe. I was asking based on what you believe. No worries. Answer or not. Your choice.

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        Comment below. Thx again -mike

Updated: When comments disappear…

You know you’ve struck a chord.

I recently commented with a question regarding a Father’s POST on the Catholic abuse issue. His post was in answer or refutation of someone’s rather rude and profane comment from a previous post (perhaps?)

From the title of his post

Militant atheist: “F*** religious rights!” He asks about Jesus. Look Pope Francis!

Obviously, the person felt strongly, and so did the Father who wrote the Post in response.

My questions were more to where was/is God when the abuse was happening? I can’t copy and paste to show the exact wording, my two comments were deleted without explanation, so I will do my best to duplicate them here, opening the floor for discussion.

I first asked where God was and was He interested in stopping the abuse and protecting the children, rathe than just punishing the perps after death.

I guess both were very similar questions about whethr God was interested, willing or able to prevent the abuse in the first place.

I can understand why no answer. I would have been uncomfortable with the question myself when I was still a Christian. But the comments deleted… As if they were never asked… On a blog supposedly dedicated to… Answering questions and representing God’s mind on these things.

Of course I did ask, in two other deleted comments, why my two previous were deleted. They were not rude nor were they profane. They were just questions that the Father not only didn’t want to answer, but he also didn’t even want to acknowledge their being asked.

So… What would the answer be to my question? From both a Christian and a non-christian theist point of view.

Update 9/26/19

I was able to grab the comments still in moderation from 9/24

  1. My question would be where is god when all this abuse was (is) happening? Is He interested in stopping it, and protecting the children so it doesn’t happen, or just punishing the perps after death?

  2. If I saw someone being abused, especially a child, and could do something about it to stop the abuse in the first place, I would. Free will of the perp be darned. I’d stop it to protect the child. Why does God not seem able or willing to do the same?

He thought he’d be smart and post a separate POST without actually answering an of my previous questions.

Here are my comments to his second post.

  1. My comments didn’t go into moderation. You deleted them after they showed up on your post. I saw them one by one post, then I saw them one by one disappear. You should be honest.

  2. Oh. Now I see you didn’t fully delete them, you just took them to moderation. Where they still are on your original post. Days ago, your not holding them because you haven’t got to them. You’re just holding them. Be honest.

  3. Release the other comments to others can make a fair evaluation of both sides of the conversation

Here’s the deal with both posts

The Father is not being honest with my questions, he’s still not being honest with his answers, he’s not being honest in how he’s charachterized my questions or my posts and he hasn’t even been honest in how he hs labeled me an Atheist. He hasn’t asked, I didn’t offer, but he assumed that I am because I am no longer Christian, as if all non christians or former Christians are automatically in the Atheist bin.

By the way Father, I’m not an Atheist. Just no longer Christian, partly because of the type of responses I have received in the past like yous from Christians, ministers and apolgists like you to honest questions.

Update:

He’s still hiding my comments, and the second post received a comment from an “Aussiemom” that again misses the point. She an his readers should be allowed to see the whole story, but I guess he’s not really into that. I responded to the Aussiemom but again, its in moderation to hide me and my side. I post my response here as well.

“It’s not kind of you or the father to lable me as atheist when I’m not. Please visit my blog for the other side of the story on our ‘conversation'”

I encourage all to read the posts he did with my comments. What do you all think?

Update again 9/27/19

And now apparantly he’s removed the both the second and the first post altogether.

https://ariseletusbegoing.com/2019/09/26/atheist-meltdown-and-moderation/

I get a page not found when I go there. How about you?

Down in the bucket. You know what to do.

Blogging Question: How Many?

So… This may be a difficult question not only to answer but also to ask without being… Indecorous, shall we say. 😉 And I apologize in advance for the possible offense it may create.

Posting

When you post blogs, how many do you post a day without feeling like you’re inundating your readers, and the wordpress community in general, with posts and ideas that are WTMI (way too much information) and causes TLDR (too long, didn’t read) Syndrome?

Following

Same gist, different side of the Coin. How many posts per day from One Blogger can you handle or accept before you SOB (scroll on by) the ‘next’ post or the next day’s seemingly endless barrage of otherwise helpful, creative, fun and insightful posts? How many before you think about Unfollowing?

I guess my answer might be 3 or 4 at the most per day. An it would have to be a pattern in the blogging style of the blogger in question. But what do you think?

  • What’s YOUR limit and…
  • Whats your LIMIT?

Let me know in the comments below. And have a great day.

-mike

100 Word Wednesday: “9/11 Collateral Childhood

Image by Cyranny

Its Time again for the next installment of a weekly post 100 Word Wednesday. It’s a writing prompt meme by

100 Word Wednesday: Week 138

which invites others to share in the joys and creativity of micro fiction. Visit her blog for a full explaination of how to participate:

My entry for the week will be a carry on from last week’s and a combination with yesterday’s Twittering Tales post. Enjoy.

“I still can’t believe it. She was here… gone? Her parents said that she was just going on a short trip to Pennsylvania for chemo and would certainly be back for Monday school.
I should have told her how I feel before she got on that plane. All those summers playing near that creepy old building. Cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, boyfriend and … gone?
If I had it to do over, like in the movies, I’d tell her. I’d tell her not to go. Why’d she have to use that old beat up suitcase her dad gave her?”

(99 words)

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Now it’s your turn.

-mike

100 Word Wednesday: “Shes Gone”

Image by Cyranny

This will be a new weekly post 100 Word Wednesday. It’s a writing prompt meme by https://bikurgurl.com/2019/09/11/100-word-wednesday-week-137/ which invites others to share in the joys and creativity of micro fiction. I’ll let her explain:

How to participate? A few guidelines as we begin….

  1. Simply check my feed, or search the reader, for the 100WW or tag #100WW, post each Wednesday. I’ll also be posting on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Feeds.
  2. Write your submission on your blog, Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook Feed and ping back to the weekly blog post. Feel free to use the image provided or your own. Please do credit the artist whose image we use — Links provided.
  3. I have not enabled automatic pingbacks due to a plethora of spam messages attempting to link up. Do feel free to also continue posting your links and I will enable your pingbacks as I check my blog. Thank you for understanding!!
  4. I’ll provide a Weekly Summary, or Windup, of posts on or by Tuesday; take the opportunity to read and comment on your fellow bloggers posts {keeping in mind to give each other grace and space}. I try to read them all and post your submission in the Weekly Windup.
  5. Have fun! I enjoy reading your challenge submissions!

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My entry for the week.

She was gone. He couldn’t believe it, but it was true. One moment he was waiting at the bottom of the steps noticing her bike still untouched from last Friday’s return from school, the next he found himself here staring into the eyes of the boy in the fountain who’s gaze was as motionless as his own.
“What now”, he asked himself as if he were the one surrounded by waters he could not part, as catatonic and immobile as the one he stared at. As if the boy would answer a question he himself hadn’t solved yet.
“She’s gone”.
(100 words)

-mike

Saturday FWIW: Indirect Answers

“for what it’s worth. informal. said when you are giving someone a piece of information and you are not certain if that information is useful or important.”

This will be a new weekly post of the mundane and possibly useless things that come into my head or have been scavenged from blog posts or the general internet that I’ve found interesting, provocative or just downright strange. Here’s my entry this week.
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A selection from this week’s interactions

  • Does it matter?
  • Why do you want to know?
  • I think you have an Agenda, so I’ll just not answer.
  • Then I’ll get “pissy” when you actually expect and answer.

 
Why do people do This? It used to be, when I was a small fry, that when someone asked you a direct question, you were obliged to respond as directly as possible, regardless of why they asked, or sometimes more importantly, regardless of how worried you were about how the answer would be perceived.

It’s called being open, honest and able to be challenged… even dare I say, Teachable. Why is it nowadays that so many on the web, specifically WordPress Blogs, seem to be so damned insecure and seemingly unwilling to answer a direct question… well… Directly?

Here’s where you come in. Down in the bucket… you know what to do. Thanks in advance for your input.
-mike