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Spider

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  1. Spider

    Shalomaleikum

    But I was thinking, why give it a kick anyway? Are we that bored? I did? Why do you think that?
  2. Spider

    MM Awards 2024

    ^ Better to have one more, so I nominate Breeze and Spud to do it.
  3. Spider

    MM Awards 2024

    I agree. I think we should.
  4. Spider

    Inspirational Quotations

    "Creativity requires taking what Einstein called 'a leap into the unknown.' This can mean putting your beliefs, reputation, and resources on the line as you suffer the slings and arrows of ridicule. Other common attributes are a strong motivation to bring order and definition to the world, as well as independent judgment. Creative people are able to go against the mainstream. While in many ways they can be quite conventional, they tend to rebel against conformity as they accompany their own private visions down lonely, untrod paths." Frank X. Barron (1979)
  5. Happy Birthday Summer Haze!

    1. Breeze

      Breeze

      Happy bday Summerhaze wherever you are!

  6. Spider

    What are you reading?

    I like him too. I am planning to get this book next: Jung on Art: The Autonomy of the Creative Drive Lots of crazy but interesting ideas.
  7. Spider

    What are you reading?

    Glad to know your opinion.
  8. Spider

    What are you reading?

    Neither, but I'm going to a vocational/employability type of program so that I can find something which is easier for me. I've already worked before, though. Are you asking me that because I'm not on MM a lot these days?
  9. Spider

    What are you reading?

    I'm not sure, but I like to think that there's probably a relationship. The contents of a book are ordered in such a way so that the ideas or lessons being taught can be connected in a much easier manner. However, I seem to have a hyper-associative type of cognition, which means that I can easily find connections between something I read on page 6 and something else that I read on page 96, for example. So I can read in a pretty chaotic style and yet be able to understand quickly what the connections are. I don't even read fiction anymore.
  10. Spider

    What are you reading?

    I started reading a book titled Trying Not to Try, by Edward Slingerland. The book elucidates on a Chinese philosophical concept called "wu-wei" (pronounced oo way), which has been given a paradoxical meaning, roughly translated as "doing through non-doing" or "effortless action." I was specifically looking for a book on this subject because it piqued my interested while I was reading articles about wu-wei on the internet. Essentially, the author talks in length about the counter-intuitive effects of trying too hard or striving too much in life, and explains that instead there is a 'right' way to try, a kind of trying which is more natural, spontaneous, and effortless - or, in short, a matter of commitment vs. manipulation.
  11. Spider

    What are you reading?

    Well, sometimes I do wish I could read a book in order, just the way it should be, but once I start reading this way it feels like there is more of a demand and pressure on myself now. And then it reduces my comprehension somewhat (or it feels like that a little bit). So, then my brain tells me to read in a different way, in a more relaxed and care-free manner: to start reading from wherever I want to.
  12. Spider

    What are you reading?

    I have a weird way of reading. That is, I don't read from front to end of a book as most people do. I read the first chapter or two, and then I start to read by just opening the book and reading from wherever I feel like, in a more random fashion. For some reason reading that way makes it easier for me to stay focused and interested in what I'm reading. And I can also understand everything as I read, since I read non-fiction only, unlike fiction which has to be read from beginning to end without skipping.
  13. Spider

    Thread Al-3rabi

    I knew that already.
  14. Spider

    Thread Al-3rabi

    What's a fatha?
  15. Spider

    Random Islamic Questions

    In short, it's because Prophethood is an extremely heavy task, and by nature, men compared to women are better able to handle it. But Allah knows best. Here's a fatwa on that, if you want a little more elaboration: https://islamqa.info/en/158044
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