All of my older advanced students in Korea spent years learning, believing, and indeed criticizing me for failing to follow a "rule"of English grammar that I had...and still have, no cognizant familiarity with. This rule made me question things, seemingly ancient things, for a time...it is as follows: "the," preceeding a consonant, is pronounced "the," but preceeding a vowel, as in The Idiot, is pronounced "thee."
And I feel foolish, just now, wondering if my incredibly intelligent and wonderful former students, apply similar logical leaps to the pronounciations of "either" and "i-ther..." Afterall, they always defended their "the/thee" theory very well, citing precedence (of a kind) with "AN idiot" and "A fool.." This picture, taken of me taking a picture of a field, was taken by a good friend...and looking at it a few hours ago, made me think about Iggy Pop's briliant album The Idiot, featuring on it the first recording of David Bowie's "China Girl," and how I should pronounce the albums title... and Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel The Idiot. I prefer, asethetically, "the" as pronounced "thuh." #englishgrammar#idiot#atheos#atheist#atheisthumor#iggypop#davidbowie#dostoevsky#theidiot#korea#southkorea#southkorea 🇰🇷 #teacher#esl#eslteacher#imgoodatgrammar but not at #spelling
This guy is really a role model for me. He’s blazing the path for atheists, freethinkers, and skeptics that can engage in dialogue with believers in such a way that it truly has an impact. His approach of Socratic questioning and genuine interest disarms the interlocutor and sets the pace for an honest conversation with real self reflection. Rather than waste time and build frustration, a Street epistemologist can aim to discover how a person came to hold their beliefs. If you have ever struggled to consider how you might begin a conversation with a loved one or a friend, I strongly encourage you to visit @magnabosco210 YouTube channel and learn some Street Epistemology skills. He has a regular podcast as well. His work is based on Peter Boghossian’s book, A Manual for Creating Atheists. Enjoy.
Just a little about me.. I am a young adult female from England. I grew up in a Turkish family so I come from a Muslim background. My family are not practicing and never taught me about religion however they do believe in God (Allah). I always thought myself to be an atheist as I have always believed in science and evidence over blind faith. I didn’t have the easiest upbringing and have experienced great difficulties in life which led me to believe God didn’t exist. I see the pain and horrors of the world and couldn’t understand how a world like this could exist if God also existed. I am now at a stage in my life where this is my final journey of seeking out the truth. I would love to know about everyone else’s spiritual journeys and or beliefs. Please feel free to leave a comment and start a discussion :) #God#Christianity#Allah#Islam#Brahman#Hinduism#Yahweh#Judaism#Guru#Sikhism#Atheist#Agnostic#Christian#Muslim#Jewish#Hindu#doesgodexist
Hello everyone :) I created this page to hopefully connect with many people around the world to discuss one thing.. Does God exist? And if so, what is the evidence? Which religion is the right religion? Or are they all correct? And can science and religion work hand in hand? This is not a page to be malicious towards one another or hate on other religions. It has been created with the intention of finding out answers for myself and others out there who do not know what to believe. All comments will be read in hope that I can personally find my correct path and understand why I am here on this earth; to find my purpose, additional help others like myself who feel lost. Thank you :) #God#Christianity#Allah#Islam#Brahman#Hinduism#Yahweh#Judaism#Guru#Sikhism#Atheist#Agnostic#doesgodexist
Truth changes with the season of our emotions. It is the shadow that moves with the phases of our inner sun. When the nights falls, only our perception can guess where it hides in the dark. Within every solar system of the soul lies a plan of what truth is--- the design God has created, in our own unique story. This is as varying as the constellations, and as turning as the tide. It is not one truth we live to, but many. If we ever hope to determine if there is such a thing as truth, apart from cultural and personal preferences, we must acknowledge that we are then aiming to discover something greater than ourselves, something that transcends culture and individual inclinations. Some say that we must look beyond ourselves and outside of ourselves. However, we don’t need to look farther than what is already in each other. If there was any great plan from a higher power it is a simplistic, repetitious theme found in all religions; the basic core importance to unity comes from shared theological and humanistic virtues. Beyond the synagogue, mosques, temples, churches, missionary work, church positions and religious rituals comes a simple “message of truth” found in all of us, that binds theology---holistic virtues combined with purpose is the foundation of spiritual evolution. The diversity among us all is not divided truth, but the opportunity for unity through these shared values. Truth is the framework and roadmap of positive virtues. It unifies diversity when we choose to see it and use it. It is simple message often lost among the rituals, cultural traditions and socializing that goes on behind the chapel doors of any religion or spiritual theology. As we fight among ourselves about what religion, culture or race is right, we often lose site of the simple message any great orator has whispered through time----a simplistic story explaining the importance of virtues, which magically reemphasizes the importance of loving one another through service.
Shannon L. Alder