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For all who are celebrating, Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!! ☺
 

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I rarely exhibit any patriotic sentiments. But seeing something like this on a local newspaper makes ne proud to be a Finn.

Edit: For some context, I guess every country has a neighbour they like to make fun of. In case of Finland (and most of Scandinavia) the neighbor is Sweden. The article was about Finnish immigrant in Sweden whining about that he's expected to chitchat and smile to people around him. And that just won't do. The most Finnish thing I've read for a while.
 

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My good friend, the former editor-in-chief of a military magazine, writes that there will be a war. Real, not just hybrid. And not a small, not a regional conflict. A big hot physical war. And rockets will fly to us and from us, and many will die both with us and with them. The tangle of interstate contradictions has become too much entangled. Therefore, it is better to die from enemy missiles at home than from your native Russian missiles, sitting at your "spare airfield", in foreign real estate or at a resort.
It will be ugly, not honorable and very insulting.
2021/11/21
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Why iPhone software is so bad? What I've done wrong to deserve this? Why does Tim Apple hate me? Just why?

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I rarely exhibit any patriotic sentiments. But seeing something like this on a local newspaper makes ne proud to be a Finn.

Edit: For some context, I guess every country has a neighbour they like to make fun of. In case of Finland (and most of Scandinavia) the neighbor is Sweden. The article was about Finnish immigrant in Sweden whining about that he's expected to chitchat and smile to people around him. And that just won't do. The most Finnish thing I've read for a while.
Really interesting. Brazilians are pretty much on the other side of the spectrum, to the point of ticklishness. If we're describing any nationality that isn't ourselves we'll eventually mention they're either rude or cold. I had a eureka moment when I realised we're the weird ones.

I think this has to do with our historical class dynamics, but that's another topic.
 

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If we're describing any nationality that isn't ourselves we'll eventually mention they're either rude or cold. I had a eureka moment when I realised we're the weird ones.
You are. I once met a Bolivian guy who joked that Argentinians communicate mostly through insults. The idea brought me great joy.

Jokes aside, Finns are mostly fairly polite. It's just that we have stronger sense of personal space than some other folks might have and people around here might have less need to fill silence with talk so we tend to keep to ourselves. I guess it's kind of North/Eastern European thing but I guess Finns might take it to extreme. Think of Kaurismäki's movies if you've happened to seen them.
 
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You are. I once met a Bolivian guy who joked that Argentinians communicate mostly through insults. The idea brought me great joy.
Yeah, people from Rio also do, but that's between close friends, plus tone and context cancel out any potential rudeness. Our un-Finnishness is more about friendliness than about politeness.

Perhaps our stronger Portuguese heritage makes us more like them. Portuguese people are big on swearing. Even old ladies, it's hillarious.
 
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My eureka moment was when I realized that these kinds of differences are not about which culture is better or different than this or that culture but rather which kinds of customs feel awkward or cumbersome to different people. Mostly everything's quite understandable in it's context and practical consequences' are the same. It's just that different people use different means for the same result.
 

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Christmas gifts, shopping for Mom, using the handy naughty and nice list. It's gift cards and gift baskets only.
 

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Today it's been 10 years from my chrismation in the Orthodox Church and... Joining oc.net ;) (despite I had been reading it much earlier).

And for this occassion, my tribute: video 'As many have been baptised into Christ' feauturing 32 chants in almost 30 languages, various traditions.

 

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The older I get the more I realize how my taste and opinions are determined by my education, nationality and social class rather than my own personal choices. Feels strange to think how such random choices like which school to go or which field to choose affects personality.
 

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Today it's been 10 years from my chrismation in the Orthodox Church and... Joining oc.net ;) (despite I had been reading it much earlier).

And for this occassion, my tribute: video 'As many have been baptised into Christ' feauturing 32 chants in almost 30 languages, various traditions.

Many years!!
 

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You know you've been in your pajamas too much when even your dogs think actual clothes means you're going somewhere... 🤦‍♀️
 

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The older I get the more I realize how my taste and opinions are determined by my education, nationality and social class rather than my own personal choices. Feels strange to think how such random choices like which school to go or which field to choose affects personality.
The individual is a lie.
 

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"And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children." (Matt. 14:19)

'Beside women and children.' This means, allegorically, that a Christian man, woman, or child, must not in any way be childish, womanly, or unmanly.

-- St. Theophylact of Ohrid, Commentary on Matthew
Come to my sermon next week to learn this one weird trick that women and children in your local area are using to not be women or children in any way! 👨
 

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Come to my sermon next week to learn this one weird trick that women and children in your local area are using to not be women or children in any way! 👨
I recall reading something about how the ideal Orthodox Christian man would have a lot of typically feminine characteristics and vice-versa, and that marriage helped with that.
 

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As I contemplate how to build bunk beds... ☺
 

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Some really progressive bishop ought to write something about how to express your anger. How to be angry, and do no sin.

I like the thing from St. John Chrysostom on anger, essentially saying that an excess of patience is a hotbed of every sort of vice, and is a temptation to the saint. However there is the troubling follow-up from St. Paul: "Do not let the sun go down on your anger."

In context it's a little like something sun-tsu said, strike while the iron is hot. Instead of being meek and mild, deal with the situation at hand. Be strong and courageous, and take care of business. Yeah?
 

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A little over a week ago, I received a recent printing of the Great Controversy. When I saw that the original text was by E. G. White, I tossed it. I wonder if statistics were ever done as to how many people read things because books or pamphlets were sent to them? I wonder if senders must have some success since they keep sending out things
 

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My house sounds like an arcade... 🎮
 

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Kind of apocalyptic.

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Can you get paid to daydream? Asking for a friend...
 

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The search function (and google) are coming up empty for me, so I'll ask on this thread: there was a sermon or writing by St. Nikolai of Serbia in which he mentions twice when Christ portrayed himself as a woman in a parable, does anyone know of a thread that mentions it or know where I can find the original (English) text?
Found it:

 

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Sun Tzu said: In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, and a hundred thousand mail-clad soldiers, with provisions enough to carry them a thousand li, the expenditure at home and at the front, including entertainment of guests, small items such as glue and paint, and sums spent on chariots and armor, will reach the total of a thousand ounces of silver per day. Such is the cost of raising an army of 100,000 men.

- Sun Tzu
 

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Sometimes I think that if I was rich I wouldn't be religious, or at least my interest would be much less and of a different type. I try to think of it in an orthodox way ("God lets us have struggles to remind us of our need for Him, etc."), but it's still discouraging at times.
 

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Don’t forget Psalm 23:5 that says
“Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.”
Even though we are experiencing hardship we are wealthy for all that God has provided us.
 

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"...give me neither riches nor poverty, and appoint what is necessary and sufficient for me; lest being full, I become a liar and say, 'Who sees me?' Or being poor, I steal, and swear by the name of God."

It's hard, though. There are only so many corners to cut, and things just get more expensive.
 

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I accidentally learned what "parament" means. ☺
 

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Paramentos is the name we use for liturgical vestments in Portuguese, so I already used the word in English thinking it was common. :LOL:
I was trying to type "parameters" for a completely unrelated and non-religious project. Spell checker didn't give it a red squiggle, so I had to look it up, thinking surely that's not an actual word. 😁
 

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Travel show guy Easter special, "they" couldn't include the connection to the Jewish Passover, only the Pagan stuff. If it weren't typical I couldn't say typical.
 

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Today I filled out an application, to become a volunteer at the state park. Hope they pick me.
 

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I had some Bush's chili beans last night, almost couldn't sleep from all the strength I got from them.
 

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When you are looking for something very important, remember that it is only in one place. Then, go clean the dirtiest room in your tent.
 
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