You already believe in God: a concise and modern argument

You heard me. You already believe in God. Atheism is logically impossible. Why? Because the definition of God is so broad and wide-reaching that it is essentially impossible to disbelieve. If you live in the modern West, you cannot exempt yourself from this, unless perhaps if you are: 1. a traditional Buddhist (no, shitty individualized English sutra-recitation doesn’t count), 2. a real nihilist (of whom there are very few), or 3. a radical ultra-skeptic (you do not qualify for this title if you browse Reddit or watch Rick & Morty).

So what’s a decent definition of God? Let’s start with what the Bhagavad Gita says:

I am the goal of life … I am the beginning, the staying, and the end of creation … I am what is and what is not.”

There is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.”

We can see here at least four things identifiable with God: the purpose of life, the entirety of the universe, Existence itself, and Absolute truth. What does this mean for atheism? It means that if you believe in any of these things, you believe in God. This is not something that most people can choose to disbelieve in. Although there are many who claim that human life has no meaning, there are few who are willing to say that the universe has no origin, that Existence does not exist, or that truth is not truth. Western atheism is, fundamentally, not about belief or disbelief but about definitions. If you believe that there is existence, you must believe in God.

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Return to no one

Hello, no one. You haven’t missed me, but I have certainly missed [sharing stuff with] you! I am back, and probably I am here to stay.

You might have read an old anime review from me many years ago. Or you might be loitering around because of my Ping Pong soundtrack download (by the way, that show is still the best anime ever made). Perhaps you’re lacking in your consumption of strange opinions on the internet, in which case you’ll find my blog to be an interesting read. If you’re looking to hear a diverse and fresh voice, maybe you will find it here.

I won’t be writing much about anime or video games this time. What really interests me nowadays is classical philosophy, medieval history, esoteric theology, politics, and the pursuit of a good and virtuous life.

Why have I decided to start this up again? Not because I have any novel opinions to share with you — really, I don’t. Most of what I will talk about can be summed up by a few key authors synthesized together in interesting ways and applied to the particularly weird world we live in, which suffers from all sorts of modern diseases. The reason I am writing to you is because my world has changed, my ideas have changed, and I see not much public representation of these ideas, especially not by eloquent people. Friends, acquaintances, and random drunk people I meet at parties enjoy hearing me talk, so I hope that this particular type of person is satisfied by what I write.

My name is Theodore Kong, and I’m a layabout with a Bachelor’s degree in Medieval History and Applied Mathematics. I invite you to take a look at whatever I happen to write in these next few months!

What is the “Parasyte Glare”? A look at Madhouse’s currently-airing anime

What does it mean for something to be faithful to the original work? Producing a faithful adaptation involves more than just copying the precise happenings of a story. It’s about capturing the spirit of the original work. And unfortunately, Madhouse does an injustice to Hitoshi Iwaaki’s original manga, transforming the story from a classic horror story to a new age science fiction action anime.

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Download the Ping Pong OST v2 Bundle + Extra [FLAC and 320 kbps]

In response to various and very legitimate criticisms of my previous torrents, here is a revised v2 bundle of the audio with the Extra soundtrack files included as well. Album art, tagging, and everything has been included now. This is the soundtrack for Ping Pong: The Animation, ready for download.

FAQs:

  • Where are the Japanese track titles? These ARE the Japanese track titles. The box set comes completely with English titles, except for Track 39 on Disc 1, Te no Hira wo Tai You ni.
  • Did you actually purchase the whole box set? Yeah, it was awesome.
  • How much did the box set cost? Can I still buy it? Yes, you can still buy it. It was about 300 dollars.
  • What is the encoding and quality on the mp3 files? The mp3 files are encoded with FLACSquisher with quality mode set to 320 kbps. Average bit rate is around 300 kbps.

FLAC Torrent:

320 kbps (really!) mp3 Torrent:

 

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Ping Pong: The Animation EXTRA OST! [320 kbps] with download

UPDATE! Please check out version 2 of this torrent here: https://finewhiningandbreathing.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/ping-pong-the-animation-ost-v2-bundle/

 

The Ping Pong box set comes with an EXTRA ost, so here it is:

320 kbps MP3 Torrent: http://www.nyaa.se/?page=view&tid=593410

320 kbps MP3 DDL, with metadata tags*: http://www.mediafire.com/download/l34qr4j86ogk2cg/Ping+Pong+Extended+OST.7z

*Contributed by a kind user on /a/

Ping Pong: The Animation OST [320 kbps], with download links

UPDATE! Please check out version 2 of this torrent here: https://finewhiningandbreathing.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/ping-pong-the-animation-ost-v2-bundle/

My Ping Pong: The Animation box set just came in today, and I’m uploading all the files to youtube.

By the way, if you enjoyed Ping Pong, please feel free to look at my analysis of ithttp://wp.me/p4y3Dh-4H

YouTube playlist:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpA14iy5pxO2WX8ywWUemYMDf9RROdX58

Download links:

FLAC Torrent:

320 kbps MP3 Torrent:

Why “The Stanley Parable” Sucks and the Problem of Engineer Philosophy

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For a game that claims to be about free choice and determinism, The Stanley Parable sure fails on every account to engage in a meaningful philosophical dialogue. It makes me sad to see such a potentially compelling narrative medium wasted on a boring, pretentious, and unambitious storyline. The game is cute and a little funny, but that’s all it ever ends up being. It tries very hard to be deep and clever and philosophical, but the writing makes it pretty clear that the author hasn’t read a single hard book in his life. What good is “intellectual humor” written by a non-intellectual?

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