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The Purg’s Not-Tag

The Purg has non-tagged us to link to The Purgatorian Blog with things that fascinate us.

It fascinates me that thirty year olds are sounding like really really OLD people, criticizing the young people just the way the adults used to criticize them, their choice in music, their ideas of fashion and I wonder how we change from young people who explore new ideas into old people who criticize new ideas?

It fascinates me that although we became “human” so long ago, we find the most amazing reasons to beat up on each other, kill each other, torture each other, and if you just step back a step or two, you begin to see that all the reasons to fight one another are flimsy compared to the great miracle of our creation. I wonder if we are really civilized? I wonder just how thin the veneer of civilization really is? How little it takes to turn us back into beasts?

It fascinates me how the things we own really own us. I have a horror of being forced, in the afterlife, to carry all the THINGS I consider important in this life on my back, like a turtle with it’s shell.

It fascinates me the trivia I give my attention to, the time I WASTE when I have things I really need to do.

I am fascinated by the darkness we all carry within us, and the heroic people I know who strive on a daily basis to overcome that darkness, to give their best in every situation, with earthly good humor and humility.

The Purg sent out this not-challenge to anyone interested to write a post on the sorts of thoughts that fascinate you.

February 17, 2008 - Posted by | Blogging, Character, Random Musings, Tag


  1. hehehe I agree with the 30 year old thing.. well, I don’t feel old from the inside (i am 18 lol) but sometimes people around you make you feel that way..

    Comment by ::: ShoSho ::: | February 17, 2008 | Reply

  2. I meant I am 18 from the inside but in reality i am 31..

    Comment by ::: ShoSho ::: | February 17, 2008 | Reply

  3. ShoSho . . . You really had me going there for a minute, since I think your first child is 6 years old! I was thinking HOLY SMOKES SHE MARRIED AT 12!!

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 17, 2008 | Reply

  4. I did not think anyone would do such a post, must be some Fibo effect.

    Comment by Purgatory | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  5. Purg, you are one of the most creative bloggers in the ‘sphere. I’m surprised I did it, too, but you caught me in a moment of darkness.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  6. I am reaching 30 soon will I be like that 🙂

    Comment by Amu | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  7. You know, a couple of days back a friend of mine and I were discussing how savage and beastly human beings are. The idea was that each one of us, given the right set of circumstances has the ability to turn into a rampaging monster. It’s a scary realization to think of this dark beast that lurks within each one of us just waiting for the right time to unveil itself and its powers.

    Human beings are the cancer of this planet – everything else lives in complete harmony with their surroundings except for us. It’s sad!

    Comment by kinano | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  8. Nicely written and thought-provoking Intlxpatr.

    “I wonder just how thin the veneer of civilization really is”… Good question. I think we get back to basics when our instincts are involved, when we feel we’re being threatened, when the animal in us is brought out and norms and standards or even laws or fear of punishment don’t matter. Like everything else in life, the test, the real challenge, is how you behave when your instincts overwhelm you, such as when you feel you’re in danger. Civility is easy when the going is smooth – a luxury that people who are sheltered and well fed can easily afford. Humanity is truly tested…FAITH is tested and belief is tested when your instincts are commanding you to behave immorally…kill, lie, deceive, corrupt, thieve.

    Comment by 7zaya | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  9. why r u fascinated? u should be desensitized by now… as kinano said humans are the cancer of this planet. we are all scum. all of us (as morbid as that sounds). that is why i wish i were a platypus.

    Comment by Mrm | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  10. This is so weird! I left a comment earlier on in the day and now it doesn’t show up! GRRRRR! 😦

    Comment by 7zaya | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  11. Amu, honest, 30 isn’t so bad, it’s 35 when things start falling apart! 😛

    Kinano – how strange it is to me, that you, who carry so much light, are so aware of that dark beast.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  12. 7zaya – Your comment takes my breath away. I wonder what it would be like to sit down and drink coffee with you and Kinan and Mrm and talk about books and darkness?? Yes, truly, faith and character are tested, and all too often we fail our own standards, we deceive ourselves.

    And yet . . . I have witnessed in my life such heroism, such self-sacrifice on a daily basis. . . it can only be powered by faith, and clinging to the very best that is within us.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  13. Mrm – Are YOU desensitized? I don’t believe it for a heartbeat. The only reason you, and Kinan, and 7zaya, and yes . . . me . . . still feel so violated, still feel outrage, is because that thirst for justice and character and righteousness is so unquenchable.

    7zaya, thank you for mentioning the lost comment, I quickly went to SPAM and rescued it. Thank goodness! It was such a well thought out, measured, comment, and added greatly to this conversation.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 18, 2008 | Reply

  14. You know xpatr! Those who speak of the beast, know the beast.

    I have to say that 7zaya touched on a great point. When you think about it, what would any of us do when his/her world the way s/he knows it is falling down? When his/her life is threatened? When the things that matter are jeopardized? Everything else flies right out the window; faith, morality, civility…etc. they all become irrelevant when our mere existence is at stake!

    Acknowledging and recognizing what we are darkly capable of is the number one strategy to have control over our most primitive instincts.

    Oh and btw, coffee isnt such a bad idea 😉

    Comment by kinano | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  15. You are right, Kinan. We don’t want to acknowledge the beast within. And you know who I think really understands that beast? Stephen King. Have you noticed how it is a steady theme in his works that it is in community, it is by joining together with other flawed-but-trying-to-be-good people that evil is overcome? Harry Potter series, same thing – something we know in our hearts, that we can’t do it alone – we need community with fellow believers.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  16. Oh so my comments have been going to SPAM? Why does that happen? So strange. Yes please do rescue them lol 😀

    Comment by 7zaya | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  17. Indeed, no man is an island!

    Comment by kinano | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  18. intlxpatr- believe it or not, i am desensitized; hence my obsession with deeming everything ‘blasphemous’ in a parody like manner. of course, that doesnt mean i am completely unaffected by everything…i am at times, but it does not phase me, i go on thinking ‘oh well thats life’ or ‘yeah yeah theyve done it again’. 🙂 smile blasphemously at the mrm camera!

    Comment by Mrm | February 19, 2008 | Reply

  19. 🙂 It might be because 7zaya starts with a “7” but GreY and Touche’ have the same problem. Are you all with Blogspot? WordPress has gone a little hinky since upgrading and going with that OpenID thing. I think it will work itself out, and meanwhile, I check the blog late in the afternoon, and rescue all the legitimate non-spammers sent to spam!

    Kinan – yeh, but maybe it’s more than that. Maybe the sum of our parts, in community, is greater than the sum of the parts?

    Mrm – The loudest blasphemers are often those who believe and are frightened of their own idealism and belief. I have a feeling about you, Mrm.

    Comment by intlxpatr | February 19, 2008 | Reply

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