Archive for July, 2002

Re: sj: programming, ethics, embodiment

Sounds religious, which is worrisome

It is religious in a way. I dislike proprietary standards because of how they can concentrate power and wealth. Knowing that there are people starving and dying because of how power is distributed bothers me and there is a moral aspect to trying to change things. In a world without scarcity I wouldn’t care who wanted to have control.

Also keep in mind what it means to be “open” — take for example, Mono. Mono does a really good job of running .NET apps. There are Frontpage extensions for Apache, that do some stuff (never used em; I don’t know, and I don’t care). One of Mono’s primary goals is to support ASP.NET, and Microsoft hinted that they may be supporting Apache ASP.NET integration in the future.

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re: why commit to anything?

Subj:	why commit to anything?

how can we ever know what is right? this suggests that there is an ethical decision being made, without which no commitment can be made.

Do you think commitments (or anything) can be done without an ethical decision? People have to look at their picture of the world and weight various values and make decisions. I don’t see how you avoid that.

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d: ending

“i just want you to know that I’m here and I’ll be here if you need me and that i love you and I’m glad I’m with you”

“this is just a valley right now”

How do you tell that person that you don’t think this is just a valley? That you have lost hope that things will change. That you are just tired of trying to make something work that seems meant not to be. That you just want it to end.

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sj: programming, ethics, embodiment

Of all the places to find something insightful, I ran across this little quote in the “Bush goes on a hunger strike” article on the onion.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

I was just writing about the programming project with M. I mentioned at the end that he is working in asp and that I won’t work with him because of it. This quote got me to thinking about why…

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sj: codescape

M and I have been attempting to work together for the last week to write an online newspaper system for the Oracle. Neither one of us has even done any extensive work in a group project and this seemed like a good project that would be both entertaining and meaningful.

We have been having trouble though and last night we gave up and M is going to work on it on his own and I am going to focus on my other work.

The desire to have peer relationships technologically is something that I would really like. It was disappointing to me that this didn’t work out. I have been trying to figure out exactly what happened…

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re: j: romans road

I didn’t answer the vocab questions in the last one to sort of keep it separate. The answers are interesting to me though and I’d like to go over them. Having read your response to Wayne, I know that the questions had different expected answers, but they are still good questions. =)

I have been thinking about how my faith developed and it seems like alot of what happened is I kept the same basic structures, I just changed the meanings of the words to suit my perceptions of reality.

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re: j: romans road

As I read through your statement, however, it struck me as more reflective of a Synthetic / Conventional faith style than an Individuative / Reflective one. Some questions:

I didn’t quite contextualize completely. That message is the first of probably five that are going to cover some of where my beliefs are now. Even then though I don’t quite understand you.

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j: romans road

Reading all the Fowler has gotten me to thinking on faith. I feel pretty solid at stage 4, individuative-reflective faith, but in thinking about it some of the structures seem a little fuzzy. I wanted to write about them a little and see if I can make a coherent model.

My faith has always been driven by questions; at different times I have had different questions and I needed an understanding that satisfactorily answered my questions, keeping in mind both my internal sense of justice and my external perception of reality.

The first question that I remember and the one that has been the strongest driving force for me centered around people going to hell. Most traditional Christians picture of the nature of salvation and the nature of mankind can be summarized by a series of passages in Paul’s letter to the Romans, sometimes called “The Romans Road”.

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q: community

“A strong theme in the theological writings of on faith of H. Richard Niebuhr and Paul Tillich has to do with faith as a way of seeing the world. Faith for them is a kind of knowing, a constructing the world in light of certain disclosures of the character of reality as a whole that are taken as decisive. Different faiths are alternate modes of being in the world that arise out of contrasting ways of composing the ultimate conditions of existence. Ways of being and ways of seeing are reciprocal. As Niebuhr puts it in The Responsible Self, we shape our actions and responses in life in accordance with our interpretation of the larger patterns of actions that impinge on us. Communities of faith are communities of shared interpretations.”

James Fowler, Stages of Faith, pg. 98

Something that I thought about while on my choir tour was community. I was involved with a variety of religious groups in high school and early in college and I found the first real peer acceptance of my life there. Something I was noticing with Salt and Light was the high level of affection and emotional availability. People were present and caring in a way that I haven’t experienced in this community for a while.

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RE: [Cor] Re: Allegiance Etc.

Science, as I understand it, goes something like this:

  1. 1. observe
  2. 2. theorize
  3. 3. predict
  4. 4. repeat

I would say that your theorize and predict statements oversimplify what is going on so as to completely strip away my argument, but essentially I agree with your grasp.

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