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2023.06.06 19:23 likeadriplet Resources for adolescents?

Hi everyone,
I’m not a parent yet but have used a lot of ideas from gentle, respectful, and conscious parenting to heal the wounded child parts of myself.
I’m going to be doing an internship in the fall at a teen outreach center which actually provides services to people aged 10-18. All of the books and resources I’ve read have been geared more so to childhood. I think the same ideas can apply to interacting with and guiding people of any age if adapted. I’m wondering if anyone knows of any books or resources that carry these parenting ideas and values beyond childhood and focus directly on guiding in adolescence?
Individuation is such an important aspect of this age group, which gentle parenting for sure prepares for, but I’m certain many of these teens did not grow up in homes where they had the foundation they deserved. I’d love to expand my own understanding to better show up for them.
Thanks so much! Karyssa
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2023.06.06 19:20 InducedPhobia [US] [SELLING] No Longer Human Furuya SINGLES 1-3, Blame! TokyoPop SINGLES 1-3, Act-Age 2, Akira Box Set, Beastars COMPLETE & Beast Complex and MORE

Trying to clear out the parts of my collection I don't need anymore.

Items for SALE
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Act Age vol 2. (G4) $20 shipped
Akira Boxset COMPLETE (G4-5, Patch never opened) $110 shipped
Beastars vol 1-22 COMPLETE + Beast Complex vol 1-2 (G4) $175 shipped
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No Longer Human by Usamaru Furuya SINGLES 1-3 (G2) $65 shipped
Spy x Family vol 1-9 (G4-5) $50 shipped
Tokyo Ghoul vol 1-8 (G3) $45 shipped

Item Condition Price
Yu Yu Hakusho vol 1, 4, 5, 17 1 (G5 Italian print, misaligned spine), 4 (G2 library copy, marks on barcode), 5 (G2 possible library copy), 17 (G3) $12 for all
Oshi no Ko vol 1 (G5) $6.50
Tista vol 1 (G5) $5
Slam Dunk vol 19 and 29 (G4 Italian print, denting on front cover and other various damage from shipping and handling by retailer, can ask for pictures) $8 total
One Piece vol 1 single (G4) $4
Eyeshield 21 vol 35 (G3) $5

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2023.06.06 19:18 devilsravioli A refutation of the First Presidency's 2023 claim that, "The temple covenants and ordinances remain the same.": The evolution of the Law of Chastity as presented in the LDS temple endowment.

Disclaimer: In the following post I outline language from the LDS Temple Endowment, past and present. Nothing disclosed in this post is promised by adherents to remain strictly confidential (names, signs, tokens, and penalties). I can not promise whether the links included disclose what you may deem sacred.
In February of 2023, the LDS Church released a new endowment ceremony that contained a myriad of changes. The changes include adjustments to the visual presentation, upfront disclosures of the covenants, more Jesus, less touching, restructuring of the creation narrative, modifications in character dialogue, omissions, attempts to remove patriarchy, and explicit rewording and explanations of the covenants. Naturally, attendees will notice these differences. The FP added the following quotation to soothe patrons as part of the disclaimer at the introduction of the 2023 endowment (emphasis mine):
You will notice that additional adjustments have been made in the presentation of the endowment, all of which are in harmony with the doctrine of the Savior's restored gospel. The temple covenants and ordinances remain the same.
According to the FP, despite the apparent "adjustments" to the endowment ceremony (bonus points to anyone who can tell me the difference between "adjustments" and "changes"), "The temple covenants and ordinances remain the same." I do not believe this is an honest statement. We can examine the Law of Chastity as it has been presented over the last 100 years in LDS Temples and make a judgement. Below is a table with five different presentations of the Law of Chastity given in the LDS endowment over time (the three oldest from and the two newer from transcripts I possess). Each column represents the ceremony of the title period. Each row represents comparable passages in that period. Forgive me for any errors in formatting this information to fit in the table.
Pre-1927 Pre-1990 Post-1990 2019 2023
A couple will now come to the altar. A couple will now come to the altar. A couple will now come to the altar. Adam and Eve, please come to the altar.
Brothers and sisters, please consider yourselves as if you were respectively Adam and Eve.
We are instructed to give unto you the law of chastity. This I will explain. To the sisters, it is that no one of you will have sexual intercourse except with your husband to whom you are legally and lawfully wedded. To the Brethren it is that no one of you will have sexual intercourse except to your wife to whom you are legally and lawfully wedded. We are instructed to give unto you the law of chastity, which is that each of you shall have no sexual relations except with your husband or wife to whom you are legally and lawfully wedded. We are instructed to give unto you the law of chastity, which is, that the women of God’s kingdom and the men of God’s kingdom shall have no sexual relations except with those to whom they are legally and lawfully wedded according to His law. We are instructed to give unto you the law of chastity, which is that God’s sons and God’s daughters shall have sexual relations only with those to whom they are legally and lawfully wedded according to His law.
Sisters, please arise. All please arise.
Brothers and sisters, as invited by Peter, please raise your arm to the square as instructed:
Each of you bring your right arm to the square. Each of you bring your right arm to the square. Each of you bring your right arm to the square. Each of you bring your right arm to the square.
You and each of you do covenant and promise that you will not have sexual intercourse with any of the opposite sex save your lawful husband, given you by the holy priesthood. You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will observe and keep the law of chastity, as it has been explained to you. You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses that you will observe and keep the law of chastity, as it has been explained to you. You and each of you individually covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses that you will observe and keep the Law of Chastity, as it has been explained to you. Each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses that you will keep the law of chastity as it has been explained to you.
All bow your heads and say yes. Each of you bow your head and say, "Yes." Each of you bow your head and say "Yes." Each of you bow your head and say "Yes." Each of you bow your head and say “Yes”.
That will do. That will do. Thank you. Thank you.
Brethren, please arise.
Each of you bring your right arm to the square.
You and each of you do covenant and promise that you will not have sexual intercourse with any of the opposite sex except your lawful wife or wives who are given you by the holy priesthood. You and each of you covenant and promise before God, angels, and these witnesses at this altar that you will observe and keep the law of chastity, as it has been explained to you.
All bow your heads and say yes. Each of you bow your head and say, "Yes.”
That will do.


As Mormonism transitioned, the endowment changed. This was particularly the case when the Church was forced to abandon polygamy at the turn of the 20th century. As generations of active polygamists died off, the endowment language for the Law of Chastity was revised to reflect the iron fist of Grant (ironically) and Clark. All this to squelch any lingering fundamentalists in the Church. A man no longer covenanted to limit their "sexual intercourse" to their wives, but only promised to remain loyal to their legal and lawful wife (emphasis on the legal).


Any changes to the endowment between 1927 and 1990 are insignificant compared to what occurred in 1990. In 1988, the LDS Church issued and distributed a survey to gauge members' attitude toward the temple and other aspects of the church. Some of the instructions/questions included:
Q28: Based on your experience In receiving your own endowment, how much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
a. I felt prepared for my temple endowment.
b. I had people with me who cared about me
c. I was nervous about what would happen
d. The experience was unpleasant.
e. I was confused by what happened
f. I felt spiritually uplifted by the experience
Q29: Briefly describe how you felt after receiving your own endowment.
Q30: What do you wish you had done or known before you went to the temple for your own endowment?
Q35: If you were unable to participate In these temple ordinances as much as you wanted to during 1987, what are some of the things that made It DIFFICULT FOR YOU to go to the temple?
Evidently, church leadership wanted to know how members felt about the temple. Many believe that a direct result of this feedback was the 1990 adjustments to the temple ceremony. Changes included the removal of the penalties, the removal of the preacher, the removal of explicit phrases in the Adamic language, and removal of the lecture at the veil. These changes reduced the time requirement of the endowment and fortunately blessed us with Michael Ballam as Lucifer. The 1990 version of the endowment is more egalitarian, in that it combines the men's and women's covenant to obey the Law of Chastity (maybe this change was simply for brevity). Also, "intercourse" was replaced with "relations". This ambiguity sure doesn't help when attempting to define what is and isn't restricted in the Law of Chastity. Regardless, the meat of the Law of Chastity did not change in 1990.


2019 is when the endowment changes got really interesting. Here is a summary put together by Jonathan Streeter of all the significant changes that took place. Faithful feminists saw these changes as a massive leap forward. There were significant changes to the wording of the Law of Chastity. Here they are outlined (text=no change, italics=addition, strikethrough=redaction):
We are instructed to give unto you the law of Chastity; which is, that each of you shall have no sexual relations except with your husband or wife to whom you are legally and lawfully wedded. the women of God’s kingdom and the men of God’s kingdom shall have no sexual relations except with those to whom they are legally and lawfully wedded according to His law.
Husbands and wives are no longer the subjects of the covenant. "Men" and "women" of "God's kingdom" are now making the covenant. The Church no longer shares ownership of the titles "husband" or "wife". They were forced to change the Law of Chasity to accommodate this shift in the definitions of these titles and their relationship to one another. After 2015, in the US, legal and lawful husband/husband and wife/wife pairs existed in and out of the Church. It is important to note that, technically, the Law of Chasity, as presented in the temple prior to 2019, accommodated legal and lawful same-sex marriage. Despite this accommodation, the Handbook of Instructions was modified in November 2015 to make entering a legal and lawful same-sex union an excommunicable offense. The temple endowment changes lagged significantly. They did not come until after the Nov 2015 policy was rescinded. The addition of "according to God's law" further galvanized the Church's attempt to fence their heterosexual boundary. These changes have Russell Nelson, Dallin Oaks, and Obergefell v. Hodges written all over them. For example, in 2019 (after the endowment changes), Russell Nelson stated in his infamous "Love and Laws of God" address at BYU (emphasis mine):
Thus our commission as apostles is to teach nothing but truth. That commission does not give us the authority to modify divine law.
For example, let’s consider the definition of marriage. In recent years, many countries, including the United States, have legalized same-sex marriage. As members of the Church, we respect the laws of the land and abide by them, including civil marriage. The truth is, however, that in the beginning—in the beginning—marriage was ordained by God! And to this day it is defined by Him as being between a man and a woman. God has not changed His definition of marriage.
God has also not changed His law of chastity. Requirements to enter the temple have not changed. And our desire for there to be love at home and harmony between parent and child has not changed.
Irony is soaked in his declaration considering he is responsible for changing the meaning of the Law of Chastity as presented in the 2019 endowment. This isn't even considering the changes to the Law of Chastity as a result of Smith's (apparent) denunciation of Celestial Marriage at the turn of the century. Russell Nelson explicitly defines the Law of Chasity being the union between a singular ("a") man and singular ("a") woman. This has not always been so. The Law of Chastity has changed.


In 2023, there was yet again more changes made to the endowment ceremony. These changes were not minor, they were significant. The tone of the entire ceremony shifted. Part of this shift in tone is an emphasis on covenants (Russell Nelson's finger prints). Wherever covenants could be inserted, they were added. In some places these changes were awkward and alter the meaning of the original endowment. For example (text=no change, italics=addition, strikethrough=redaction):
Narrator: Brothers and sisters, through the ages Heavenly Father has sent messengers to communicate with His children. In the endowment, Peter, James, and John symbolically represent such messengers.
Peter: Good morning.
Satan: Good morning, gentlemen.
Peter: What are you doing here?
Satan: Observing the teachings of these people.
Peter: What is being taught?
Satan: I am teaching the philosophies of men mingled with scripture.
Peter: How is this teaching received?
Satan: Many receive it very well, except but these people do not seem to believe what is being taught.
Peter: Good morning. What do you think of this teaching?
Adam: We are looking for messengers from our Father to teach us.
Peter: That is good. Have you any tokens or signs? Have you been true to the covenants you made in the Garden of Eden?
Satan: Have you any money?
Peter: We have sufficient for our needs.
Satan: You can buy anything in this world with money.
Peter: Do you sell your tokens or signs for money? You have them, I presume. Have you been true to your covenants?
Adam: We have them, but we do not sell them for money. We hold them sacred. We have been true to our covenants and are looking for the further light and knowledge Father promised to send us.
Peter: That is right. We commend you for your integrity. Good day. We shall probably visit you again.
Satan: Now is the great day of my power. I reign from the rivers to the ends of the earth. There is none who No one dares to molest or make afraid oppose me.
Satan's famous interjection directed at the Apostles makes no sense with the replacement of "covenants". The find and replace function was used a little too liberally when redrafting the script this time around.
Two significant revisions to the wording of a specific covenant during one administration (Nelson) seems unprecedented, but it happened. The Law of Chastity was affected in 2023 (text=no change, italics=addition, strikethrough=redaction):
We are instructed to give unto you the Law of Chastity, which is that the women of God’s kingdom and the men of God’s kingdom God’s sons and God’s daughters shall have no sexual relations except only with those to whom they are legally and lawfully wedded according to His law.
The parts that were added in 2019 were redefined in the 2023 version. This flip-flop is unprecedented (just as unprecedented as the Nov 2015 policy flip flop). The subject of the covenant is no longer the men and women of God's kingdom, but "God's sons and God's daughters". Also, the Law of Chastity is no longer presented as an exception, but an expectation to follow. The requirement of adhering to "His law" remained.
The reasoning behind the 2019->2023 change to the Law of Chastity remains a mystery to me. The "legally and lawfully wedded according to His law" remained the same. This is the primary refutation of same-sex marriage. The change in subject and restructuring of the covenant serve what purpose? Is the Law of Chastity only applicable to those in God's Kingdom, meaning members of the Church? Are non members not accountable to the repercussions of breaking the Law of Chasity? Did the FP realize this and change back to the generalized sons and daughters of God to encompass all people? Who knows. I would appreciate feedback and insight here.


What is the Law of Chastity? Do words define the Law? If so, have the words not changed? More importantly, has the meaning of the law changed? If the meaning of the law did not change, who determined the words that define the law? Prophets? Does man really direct God? Do man's words define God's laws? Do we not have the vocabulary to define God's laws? Did God not have the LGBTQ community in mind when he revealed the Law of Chastity to his prophets in 1990? 2019? 2023? Is the text of the explanation of the Law of Chasity as presented in the endowment the ultimate definition of the Law of Chastity? If not, then what is? If we make a covenant to keep the commandments at baptism, why do we need to make an additional covenant to obey the Law of Chastity in the temple? Why is the explanation of the Law of Chastity so trite in the temple when the explanation for the Law in the Church Handbook is so long? Are we not bound by the specificity in the Handbook?
I finished this exercise with more questions than I did when I started. One item became abundantly clear though, the explanation of the Law Chastity has changed. One could argue that the meaning behind the explanation has not changed, but they would then need to explain why the explanation has changed. Do the words matter? The words seem to matter in every other ordinance (i.e. baptism). The leaders of the Church are in such a state of suspension, that in the last 5 years, we have had three different explanations for the Law of Chastity presented in the temple. Things are in motion. This will be the topic of the decade. Irrefutable declarations, such as Nelson's, will not be treated well in the annals of history. Absolutes only become regrets as maturity and nuance grow through experience. This is why we are discouraged from discussing what happens in the temple.


For a general summary of the changes made between the 2019 and 2023 endowment ceremonies, refer to this post. For a really enlightening summary of changes made to the Law of Obedience over the decades, check out this post by u/AscendedScoobah.
For additional study of the Church and LGBTQ rights, refer to Prince's Gay Rights and the Mormon Church, Petrey's Tabernacles of Clay and Toward a Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology, and Ostler's Queer Mormon Theology.
For additional historical study of the evolution of temple worship, refer to Anderson's The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History and Buerger's The Mysteries of Godliness: A History of Mormon Temple Worship.
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2023.06.06 19:13 justafriendlywatcher 28 [F4M] Frisky Latina wants play ❤️‍🔥

So I’ve posted here before and still haven’t found what I’m looking for. I’m a married, short, thick Latina. 180 lbs so yes I have extra weight but I carry it well; I have pics on my profile. I’ve been told I have a really nice face. I take care of myself; do the hair, nails, makeup ect. I’m unhappy in my marriage and am looking for a re-accruing situation. Please don’t hit me up and expect me to hop right into bed; I do have standards. Not saying we have to date but I’d like to see if there’s any chemistry first.
Please be EMPLOYED, mature ages 28-35, attractive and I do like either white/ Latino
Please send a few pics to be considered. Thanks!
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2023.06.06 19:12 acedeca99 [Relationship] 23 M4F looking for the one who’ll love me like I’ll love them

I’m a 23M looking for the woman I want to spend the rest of my life with.
My description
This is everything I feel comfortable sharing about myself right now. Hopefully you’re out there and looking for me as hard as I’m looking for you.
You’re the one I’m looking for if you are:
If you’ve read this far, you’re just amazing. Direct message me if you feel a connection and want to talk more, but include something about yourself and include the phrase “I’ve missed you.” No chats please, my chats on Reddit have been bugging really bad so I might not see it. If you think we may be great for each other include your discord, snap, or whatever you normally use so we can talk.
If you’re here still, know that I love you and want to hear from you soon. ❤️❤️
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2023.06.06 18:51 Pantsquailtwig26 Proof that getting baptized young is like puberty blockers for your brain (and WT knows it)

Critical thinking and logic can be used to see through ridiculous claims. One of the reasons children aren’t able to enter into legal contracts or be held to the same standards as adults, is because these parts of the brain develop over time. The following quotes about the importance of teaching our kids how to think from a young age are from a website called “” If you’d like a crash course in logic and critical thinking, I’ll put the link below.
“At the age of 13 and older, children can begin to learn the rules of formal logic and further hone their critical thinking skills. Whether or not their children are learning these skills in school, parents can help by discussing how to analyze concepts and arguments”.
It goes on to say:
“From ages 11 to 12, there gradually develops what Piaget called the formal operational stage. New capabilities at this stage, like deductive (if-then) reasoning and establishing abstract relationships, are generally mastered around ages 15 to 16.
As we saw, by the end of this stage, teenagers, like adults, can use both formal and abstract logic—but only if they have learned the language of logic (“if,” “then,” “therefore,” etc.) and have repeatedly put it to use. Under these circumstances, children learn to extrapolate and make generalizations based on real-life situations.”
Now let’s look at the cartoon propaganda videos, made for children by the WT. Do they teach these skills? Does anything watchtower produces? Do they encourage children to train their brains from a young age? Or do they use a number of dirty tricks to scare young kids in to getting baptized as young as possible, swearing an oath to an organization (their’s of course) under the ultimate penalty of death, at any moment, and a lifetime of lonely separation from family and friends if any change of mind or heart takes place? Consider the following examples:
Strict obedience at meetings. No, sleeping, no day dreaming, no playing with toys, young children must sit still, eyes forward, listening to the speakers, for 1.5 hours twice per week, about topics impossible for children that age to understand. They are also forced to accompany their parents in field service for many hours per month as well as have “family worship night” and read books designed for kids from the moment they can read. This is obviously incredibly boring for children, yet they are instructed repeatedly not only to never complain, but told how to feel about it. They are to call this loving, and are physically punished for not doing as they are told. This installs their earliest examples of religious cause, effect and cognitive dissonance. Even though they feel bored, they must act interested. Do this and get rewarded, don’t do this and get punished. They experience it now, so god will do the same to them as taught by their parents and the organization.
Their parents, along with everyone they are allowed to associate with tells them that doing more for God AND his organization is what makes God and everyone else happy. Everyone outside of this circle of influence, all non JWs, is called evil, dangerous, mentally disturbed, satanic and so on, regardless of the visible qualities that person or group of people display. Acts of charity are meaningless and must be avoided if provided outside the circle. Disagreeing with the circle instantly places you outside of the circle, proving something is wrong with you. It’s safer to not ask questions, or study the Bible on your own, and encouraged instead to study publications the organization distributes which tells them how to act, think, dress, talk, love, play, spend their time, educate themselves, spend their money and how to feel about doing these things. This extremely high control, “B.I.T.E” model that all but forbids being exposed to anything that would introduce critical thinking.
That’s why 2 year trade schools, or high labor, low skill, part time jobs are heavily encouraged, yet all other forms of higher education or career paths are demonized.
Thinking differently about anything the WT says, proves that person has an evil heart condition. God would have drawn someone into the JW circle if they had a good heart, it’s why you’re in the circle.
On one hand, god loves children, on the other, they must prove to god they want to serve him since they are born an enemy of god. This would instantly jump out as impossible if the basic fundamentals of logic were learned.
Sadly, the answer given to being born as “god’s enemy” is to become a “publisher” at a single digit age and become “baptized” no later than 12 or 13 to avoid certain death. In doing so, along with forbidding education that could lead to critical thinking, has the following devastating effect, quoted from the same article as above:
“In adolescence, the individuation process heralds the initial stages that a child takes toward becoming a unique individual, something more than just your parents’ offspring, is a psychological necessity.
Part of differentiating yourself from the world around you is developing a self-image. It is the only way to avoid fading completely into your surroundings—and ending up in utter conformity, or worse”.
By administering this mental puberty blocker during this critical developmental stage in life, they have the highest chance of fully indoctrinating the child, condemning them to a life of servitude, slaving away in a futile attempt to do more and more for an organization they honestly believe is the key to life for them and everyone they know. An unverifiable reward that will never have to be paid and impossible to prove after death. The ultimate long con, from cradle to grave is being and has been perpetuated for over 140 years. One man’s “special secret knowledge” has tricked millions of good people out of billions of hard earned dollars, by telling them they don’t have to die. All of those original “believers” are long dead and the new “overlapped” generation making the same claim today is getting older and older. When they are all gone too and the next in line to hold the “special secret knowledge” worthy of yet another generations lifetime of time and money, they will just explain it away as “new special secret knowledge”.
Learn to use logic and critical thinking skills, teach them to your children and break the cycle of manipulation, lies and abuse.
Here’s the link, I hope it helps someone out there:
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2023.06.06 18:50 ApprehensiveCoat197 22 feeling hopeless and alone

Around October 2022 I realized if I ever want to actually make something out of myself I’d have to invest my time more wisely. Which was the first time in my life, since I discovered porn at the age of 9 that I actively tried to stop watching it. That’s when I realized I truly do have a problem. The longest I’ve lasted since then was 12 days and I’ve read lot of material on porn addiction and tried several ways to control myself but somehow always give in to my desire. Now I know it might sound weird but this post is really to find a sponsofriend I can talk to when the voice in my head starts trying to justify masturbating. I have friends irl but they’re response to me saying I have a problem is simply “I don’t think I could ever give up jerking off completely”. My friends are great but short of going to actual therapy I don’t feel I have anyone I can actually talk to about this. I’ve always been a big Vegeta (dbz)fan and have thought of myself as a strong willed prideful man. I’ve shown discipline in my diet and have been going to the gym for 3 years straight now. Porn isn’t directly effecting my life in any way but this feeling of not having control over my desires is the most awful I’ve ever felt about myself someone please help!
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2023.06.06 18:42 SarkastiCat [Eurovision] [Pre-selections for Eurovision] UnPolished pre-selections

Eurovision Song Contest is an international competition that has been running annually since 1956. It's a massive event as a total of 52 countries participated in Eurovision and it's a fun event. Everybody has their own reason for watching it from supporting their own country, celebrating different cultures, enjoying music to appreciating Dustin the Turkey.
You don't need to know details on how voting works or how Eurovision works as we are going to focus on something else. Specifically, the process of choosing the performer. Some countries have a committee that picks a willing performed and some host a competition.
The size and length of the competition differ in each country as every country has their own budget. You can either have Swedish Melodifestivalen or Polish Tu Bije Serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję!. Today, we are going to focus on Poland's history of pre-selections and the latest drama.
Important information.
The post is a bit unique due to the nature of the sources. It's recommended to listen to music videos from 2023 with headphones and without them to get the full experience. There will be mentions of gossip and conspiracies, so wearing a tin foil hat is recommended. Almost all sources are in Polish and they were translated by me. I'm not a professional translator and so I am prone to making mistakes. After a while, this post is going to be edited to include a link to a comment explaining the translation process. Some sources have comments sections and you may encounter triggering content.

Holding onto memories - The history of Poland in Eurovision

Poland debuted in 1994 with "To nie ja" by Edyta Górniak, who was sent by a Polish tv broadcaster known as TVP. The song almost got disqualified, but it wasn't and Górniak got 2nd place for Poland. It was the first time, when Poland was in the top 3 and also currently the last one.
Then there were 5 years of being outside the top 10, which resulted in Poland withdrawing from Eurovision 2000. Poland returned for the 2001 edition, but Piasek's bad performance resulted in Poland withdrawing again.
Then in 2003, Ich Troje with "Keine Grenzen - Żadnych Granic" finally breaks the unlucky strike as they manage to get 7th place. Unfortunately, the unlucky strike comes back. Blue Cafe only manages to get 17th place. Next years are similarly bad. 2 years of not qualifying for the final, 24th place and 3 years of not qualifying. One of the representatives that didn't qualify was Ich Troje, who came back with "Follow my heart".
Poland withdrew again for 2 years, partially due to hosting UEFA Euro with Ukraine. The return of Poland in 2014 was controversial as "My słowianie" by Donatan & Cleo was chosen. The song is basically about how Slavic girls are the best wives as they know how to use body language. It divided Polish viewers. Some treated it as a fun satire of Polish stereotypes (hypersexual girls, poor old-fashioned country, etc.), while others had issues with the song spreading these stereotypes and the sexual nature of the music video. According to one of the biggest Polish newspapers, Britain described the song as a typical weird Eurovision song and they thought it was about bread. Sweden threw sexism allegations, while Germany described the music video as softcore porn.
It also started a discussion about Eurovision and how it's viewed by others. The same newspaper described Polish viewers treating participation in Eurovision as a matter of national pride and how the scale of emotions is similar to a schizophrenic patient running from one end of the room to another. Even when the quality of competition can be questionable.
Donatan&Cleo got 14th place and Poland didn't withdraw. It was probably a good decision as Michał Szpak with his song "Colour of Life" got 8th place in 2016. There were two controversies surrounding Szpak. One of them was a difference between televotes and judges' votes, but the controversy was quickly forgotten. Another controversy is related to TVP, but I will cover it later.
Then Poland got 22nd place and it had 3 songs not qualifying for a final in the row, again. The third song that didn't qualify was "The Ride" by RAFAŁ, which became a meme due to a horrible live performance. It was so bad that many Polish viewers wanted RAFAŁ to not qualify for finals.
The unlucky strike got interrupted by "River" by Ochman, who managed to get 12th place. The live performance became meme due to cheap special effects.

I ain't done yet - Everything about TVP

TVP (Telewizja Polska S.A) is one of the oldest TV broadcasters in Poland and also a controversial one. If you say "politics" and "TVP" in one sentence, you are legally allowed to change your name to Pandora. But you can't escape from TVP, especially if you are interested in music competitions for newcomers. They are associated with one of the biggest music festivals in Poland (Opole Festival) and run three different editions of The Voice (Of Poland, Kids and Senior). Other TV broadcasters don't offer too much. Polsat keeps changing trying different formats and the last music competition was in 2020. TVN has only Got Talent.
Going back to Eurovision, TVP is responsible for anything related to Eurovision. Depending on the year, you may expect either an internal selection carried or a competition. Both of them have their own unique reputation due to many reasons.
The most controversial entry from an internal selection is The Ride from 2021. At that time, most people expected to see Alicja with her song "Empires". Alicja won Szansa na Sukces (a music competition, where singers get a chance to perform somewhere) and she was supposed to participate in Eurovision 2020, but it got cancelled due to covid. Most countries decided to send their 2020 representative, so expectations weren't unreasonable. Yet, TVP decided to do something else and Poland ended up getting multiple memes about RAFAŁ instead of the sweet victory.
However, this doesn't mean that music competitions are without flaws. Some people in TVP wanted to remove Michał Szpak from the competition due to being worried about him potentially winning, but the director Radek Kobiałko and other people organising the competition 2016 decided to stand up against it. The reason behind it is unclear, but Michał Szpak used to be controversial due to his androgynous looks and presentation.
Then there were some minor issues with the first edition Tu Bije Serce Europy!, which were brought up one year later due to the 2023 drama. Some viewers have noticed that one song "Paranoia" by Daria has been promoted by TVP. Daria performed her song before the show. She performed at New Year's Eve's Music Festival by TVP and somebody could say that was TVP's conspiracy to secure Daria's televotes victory. However, Ochman won and some say it was due to the voting consisting of two rounds.
This leads us to 26th February 2023 and the latest drama. Grab your popcorn as we are going back to the past and I am going to serve as your host.

Welcome to the party - The show

It's 17:30 and you are watching TVP 1. The show begins and so it's time to explain to you how the show works.
Tu bije serce Europy! Wybieramy hit na Eurowizję! 2023 works similarly to the previous edition. Every performed could send one song and that song had to meet standard requirements for Eurovision. Specific requirements are under point 6 and other rules, can be read here. Around 300 songs were sent to TVP and only 10 of them could make it to the show.
Each judge has 100 points and they have to judge each contestant... That's how I would explain rules if they weren't changed 4 days before the competition. It was a fully legal move from TVP as rule 39 specifies that TVP has the power to change rules. The explanation was given by TVP and rules were changed to be closer to those in Eurovision.
Now each judge gives points (12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) to contestants. Points are then added together and the contestant with the highest total gets 12 points. The next person gets 10 points, etc. Viewers can still vote and they are still as important as judges. Voting works the same, except viewers don't give points.
Without further ado, let's meet the judges and the contestants.
The judges
The contestants
At this point, you may probably see 3 things that were pointed out by fans and the media. The most obvious one is a lack of songs in Polish. Feliver's song only has one Polish segment and that's it. It has been a point of competition criticism, but it isn't anything abnormal. Poland has sent multiple entries in English and even English & Spanish before.
Another thing that can be noticed is the fact that only Ahlena and Jann don't have ties to TVP. Many contestants have performed for TVP at one point and many of them performed a couple of months before the competition. In the case of Yan Majewski and Blanka, you could see them on TVP a couple of days before the competition.
The third thing would be the quality of the show. While not all videos come directly from TVP, the quality doesn't differ that much from what you would see on TV. Journalists and fans openly talked about their ears bleeding thanks to some performances. There were even jokes about the quality of special effects and anything related to visuals. At this point, Poland's special effects are a meme and you can find videos depicting how the performance of (Insert Eurovision 2023 contestant) would look like if they represented Poland. What doesn't help is the fact that recordings from the audience and journalists tend to have better audio.
From things that you could only see by watching the full show, all contestants got at least one round of applause from the public. The craziest applause was for Jann before and after his performance. The beginning of his introduction could be barely heard and even hosts acknowledged the madness after his performance.
Now let's reveal results. During the show, Edyta Górniak was responsible for revealing results.
Name Score
Blanka 12
Dominik Dudek 10
Felivers 8
Jann 7
Natasza 6
Alicja 5
Yan Majewski 4
Kuba Szmajkowski 3
Maja Hyży 2
Ahlena 1
This didn't sit well with the public. When Jann's score was revealed, many people started booing. It was so loud that Edyta Górniak had to ask whoever was giving her score to repeat themselves and you could hear it on TV.
There was also another moment of booing and screaming "EDYTA" after the results were revealed. Then it changed to screaming "USTAWKA" (set-up) and one of the hosts had to calm down the public again. Performances of the contestants were replayed and you can guess what happened when Jann's performance was shown. The crowd went for applause this time and became quiet during Blanka's performance.
This brings us to televoting. Rules changed again and now you can send up to 20 SMS from one SIM card. The cost of one SMS is 3.69 zł, which was the equivalent of $0.83 (US), £0.69 or €0.78. The total number of votes is unknown.
So now let's reveal the final score and the televote scores.

Name Total Score Televote Score
Blanka 22 10
Jann 19 12
Dominik Dudek 18 8
Felivers 14 6
Yan Majewski 11 7
Alicja 10 5
Natasza 8 2
Kuba Szmajkowski 6 3
Maja Hyży 6 4
Ahlena 2 1
Originally, TVP didn't reveal televote scores and viewers only had the total score. The televote ranking has been released by TVP one day later. Number of televotes is still not confirmed. According to one source, TVP has received over 35000 votes. There is also gossip that Jann has received 18000 votes, while Blanka has received only 6000.
But even without specifics, the audience was lukewarm. When 2nd place and 1st place were about to be revealed, the audience was cheering for Jann. When Blanka was revealed, the audience lost its energy. There were some cheers instead of booing, but they weren't too loud.

They mad - Initial reactions

While Blanka's show didn't end with booing, celebrities and social media exploded.
The celebrities' side had reactions ranging from strongly negative to neutral. Ralph Kamiński was openly supporting Jann and even promoted him. He also criticised the format of the show and how only viewers should decide whom to send to Eurovision. He called the situation a "SCANDAL!" and "SHAME!!!".
Michał Szpak was supporting Jann. When the results were revealed, he supposedly end up laughing and swearing on Instagram. During one of his interviews, he openly states that he is in Team Jann but he will be still supporting Blanka. He also added there will be lots of work for Blanka, but he is still hopeful and the song itself is catchy. Maja Hyży, Kuba Szmajkowski, Doda and Roxie Węgiel (Eurovision Junior 2018 winner) share similar views. Their interviews can be reduced to how they were cheering for Jann or another contestant, but it doesn't mean that they will not support Blanka. Then there is a small talk about how she doesn't deserve hate or how her song is catchy.
When ask about songs and singing abilities, Agnieszka Hekiert end up praising Jann's vocal abilities and only said that Blanka's song is a well-produced pop piece. Similarly, Ochman avoided answering a more direct question "Does Blanka sing nicely?".
Another celebrity worth mentioning is Ramona Rey. She also preferred Jann and she was the first celebrity to call out the lack of clarity from TVP regarding how songs for the show were selected. She also called out the lack of Polish songs and mentioned how her rejected song predicted the future.
Even those supporting other contestants had a negative reaction to Blanka. Sandra Kubicka was supporting and promoting Dominik Dudek due to him "singing, playing the guitar, composing and writing his own songs". Her reaction to Blanka was calling her song "disco polo". Disco polo has a similar reputation to modern pop. Some love it and some consider it low-quality music.
Social media was less kind than celebrities. People were either attacking Blanka or TVP. Every tiny move of judges and contestants was analysed. Some even dug through the social media of contestants to make their point about how somebody deserves or doesn't deserve to represent Poland. At that time, you could easily encounter homophobia, racism and conspiracy theories.
Media obviously decided to produce multiple articles about this situation and every website presented something different. It's hard to say if they media the situation worse or better as multiple things have been happening at the same time.
People were divided. For some, Blanka was a twin sister of Ariana Grande that didn't show anything special. That's from one article and from there comments kept getting worse or better. Blanka was either considered a shallow rich girl with a generic song or a singer making others smile with her summer vibes. On another hand, Jann was a talented underdog who was too controversial for TVP or a copy of Måneskin that was singing out of tune.
TVP and others also got lots of comments. Some openly stated that they would be fine with Jann losing, if TVP decided to send either Dominik Dudek or Alicja. Others mentioned the political situation in Poland and how TVP perfectly shows corruption in Poland. One of the things that got pointed out was Blanka having a contract with Warner Music Poland and how TVP could earn money by having Blanka work for them.
Similar theories were slowly popping out and they were discussed by fans. So quickly fix your tin foil hats as we will be moving to the next sections.

Dance along with me - Egurrola's involvement

One of the most popular theories was how judges were voting for Blanka due to personal reasons. Agustin Egurolla and Edyta Górniak were the main focus of these theories.
To start with Egurrola, you can't run away with him as he is always doing something associated with dancing. He either sends his dancers or creates choreographies for multiple shows. Egurolla was supposedly working with Blanka for NYE 2022 music festival and his dancers performed with her for Tu Bije Serce Europy!. There were implications of potential bias and some people pushed this theory further. Supposedly, Egurrola didn't want Jann as Jann wouldn't agree to perform with his dancers and Egurolla wouldn't make money. The extra bit of this theory is based on the fact that Jann created his own choreography and performed without dancers.
Egurolla's controversy got worse thanks to his co-worker, Michał Piróg. Piróg published on his Instagram a picture of him with Egurrola and judges from You Can Dance - Nowa Generacja. In his description he wrote:
"I always sat behind the table and waited for something that would suprise me and enchant me, but there were those who asked beforehand "Who should be the best?"...."
This was later followed up by his comment, which appears to be deleted. Fortunately, the media saved it.
"The chairman, the second man on the picture, the man of the internal businness. Call it as you like"
The post was published a couple of days after the show and most people interpret it as a criticism of what happened in Tu Bije Serce Europy! and the implication that Egurrola had something to do with Blanka's victory.
In the end, the drama surrounding Egurrola died after a reveal that he will not work on Blanka's choreography for Eurovision.

Everybody has somebody - Involvement of Górniak's family

In the case of Górniak, there were multiple dramas surrounding her and her son. They lived for longer than Egurrola's drama due to Edyta's multiple responses and the fact that she was a chairwoman of judges.
Allan Krupa is Edyta's son and he is known as Enso. Most articles refer to him using his real name and so I am going to use it to be more or less consistent.
Going back to the main topic, it has been noticed that Allan was sitting next to Blanka during the competition and one picture was enough to start drama. People quickly started calling Blanka his friend or even lover. However, the first theory that Blanka is his friend became more popular due to Allan already dating somebody.
Allan quickly reacted to negative comments as some people were also attacking his girlfriends. He explained that he didn't even know there were pre-selections and he knew about them after his mother called him a day before. He didn't know other contestants, except for Felivers. He thought that Blanka was just a dancer and she asked him if she can sit next to him.
This wasn't the end as Allan went on some angry rants. Some phrases can't be directly translated without losing their original meaning, so I've tried my best to localise some bits. Check this comment for more information.
"People are writing to me - as if I had a f^^^ing connection to Eurovision - you are re^^^^ed or you are f^^^ing something else"
There was also another rant where he called people NPCs and how they make sh^t on the internet like animals for attention. He ends his rant saying that he understands that pre-selections are a situation of life or death and there is slaughter, when somebody doesn't win.
His story of not knowing Blanka was considered as weird. If it was true, then why Blanka had to search for a seat? Some questioned the legitimacy of this story as Allan has performed at NYE Music Festival 2022 like Blanka and he could theoreotically meet her there.
Allan was later defended by Edyta. He also posted some memes about how he manipulated pre-selections and Eurovision.

You do you and I do me - Edyta's involvement

Just after Blanka's victory, Górniak has been interviewed. She started her interviews by saying that Blanka was chosen by judges and also viewers, when she was expecting to see a change. She then went on a talk about how she thinks that viewers chose Blanka as they need something sunny and international. Also, how people lack something optimistic after all these dramas in their lives.
She then started describing Jann. She described him as demonic, but characteristic and full of charisma. The use of the word "demonic" became controversial and a meme due to being peculiar. What makes the situation worse is the reputation of Edyta when it comes to spirituality. As I've previously mentioned, Górniak is open about her beliefs and she even talked about bad energies, including how Halloween is bad. Funnily, Jann and somebody from his environment knew about this line and even made a joke about his salt necklace and potential exorcism.
To add salt to this situation, a recording from Dobry wieczór Europo! caught Górniak looking away and staring at the ceiling during the performance of Jann.
The day after the show, Edyta wrote a comment on her Instagram post saying that if anybody sees issues with the clarity, they should report them to the producer of the show.
There was also a small misunderstanding of rules from Edyta's side as she said that if people really wanted Jann to win, he would have won as televotes are responsible for 50% of the total score. But according to her, there were probably not enough votes sent to him.
To clarify, Jann got the maximum possible amount of points from viewers and it's unlikely that getting more votes would change anything. So either Górniak was confused by how scores work or she didn't know that Jann has won televote.
Small bits like that started accumulating and started creating a weird picture. During one of the interviews, Edyta stated that judges were questioning a bit if they should vote together or separately. At the end they shared each other's views while hiding their notes and voted separately.
The weirdest thing was the timeline of events presented by Edyta. According to her, votes were collected right away and judges didn't have time to further discuss them. Votes were counted while she was preparing for her guest performance during the ad break. However, later she stated that judges gave their voting cards when she was going to the stage to perform. What doesn't click here is the fact that Górniak was performing after the ad break.
This either means that votes were collected twice (before and after the ad break) or Górniak misremembered the timeline of events. This added fuel to the fire and people kept asking for voting cards. Górniak responded to that stating that she wouldn't have issues with her voting card being revealed. She also revealed that she was receiving results through her earpiece. It had a mixed reaction as TVP didn't reveal anything specific about voting cards and the bit about the earpiece fuelled the theory that somebody was manipulating behind the scenes.
The whole drama with Edyta Górniak was closed by her final comments. In one of the deleted comments she openly said that she is getting hatred for just reading results and some hatred is coming from people due to her being an easier target than the institution. Then there were two comments that you just have to read:
"Regarding the project Eurovision, I've lost my trust to everybody. Even if the rules were about to be change and fixed, I will never go back to this topic. I've seen what was happening last year, I have also seen what people were doing when Rafał was sent to Eurovision. And now the same thing is happening. I feel like a shield that was borrowed by somebody and put at the front of doors. This topic is closed for me."
The other comment:
"I am sure that time will tell and respond to all doubts. [...] I recommend to remember that despite of me being an influential person, I am not a boss of bosses and I can't do everything. [...] I will pray for justice"

You are about to know - Other dramas

So before we talk about Blanka herself, there are some small things worth mentioning. They are mostly based on gossip and they didn't live too long.
According to one of the theories, TVP was setting up MaRina as Poland's representative. She supposedly had to just send her song and everything would be set up. But after her performance at NYE Music Festival 2022, she supposedly withdrew.
From the same source, there is a gossip that one judge had issues with Jann's costume and choreography They supposedly found his costume as too inappropriate and too controversial. His choreography supposedly had some errors. These factors together supposedly created an impression on this judge that Jann would struggle to get points at Eurovision.
Another drama was caused by the release date of the article about Blanka's victory. The article was supposedly released around 2 hours before the competition and some people supposedly have seen it before Blanka's victory was revealed. However, there is no evidence of that and TVP explained the issue with the time of the article. The article supposedly saved the date of creation of the article instead of the release or final edit. The article was created early to publish results as fast as possible and it didn't contain names of contestants.
The final thing worth mentioning is an article talking about how pre-selections in Moldova and Serbia were better than Polish pre-selection. Moldova showed the individual votes of judges and amount of votes sent by viewers, while Serbia released voting cards. Even Lithuania and Latvia were praised.
The cherry on top is a depiction of how much Germany's ranking would change if they followed the rules of Polish pre-selections. Lord of the Lost would get a second, while Will Church (the winner of the judge's voting) would win instead.
This is similar to one theory that the previous representative of Poland, Ochman wouldn't win if the competition followed new rules. This cemented an impression that rules were changed to set up a winner.

It's kinda crazy - Blanka

Since results the reveal of the results, Blanka had to deal with multiple comments and memes. Depending on whom you ask, their perception of Blanka will vary. For some, she became "Bejba" due to her pronunciation of "Babe" and multiple memes. Bejba became viral and Ochman joined the trend. Even Blanka herself embraced the meme by wearing a dress with the text "Bejba". She explained her decision by stating that everybody now calls her bejba.
For some, she became a symbol of everything wrong with TVP and people started searching for evidence of corruption or Blanka being evil.
Somebody pointed out that Blanka's mother was working for TVP as a make-up artist for some shows. But it's possible that she was working for a company that happened to work for TVP and other tv broadcasters. For some, it was treated as evidence that Blanka has direct connections to TVP and there could be some bias.
Then there was another controversy regarding Blanka's social media. She supposedly liked comments that were saying that Jann is from the margin of society, which was interpreted as a classist remark or queerphobia. Just in case, Jann didn't say anything about being LGBTQ+ and only his appearance is relatively androgynous. Going back to the topic, some people defended Blanka stating that she could miss this bit as the comment starts as rather supportive. Some questioned the validity of it as Blanka's relationship with Jann appears to be positive. Blanka complimented Jann, while Jann was one of the first people to cheer her up after the competition and even defended her.
Another controversy was plagiarism. Specifically, there were allegations that Blanka either copied Clean Bandit's Solo or INNA's Up. These allegations remained allegations and that was their end.
The final controversy surrounding Blanka was a petition for Blanka's removal. There were two petitions and one of them has 91170 signatures. People wanted transparency from TVP and to see Jann perform in Eurovision. Blanka reacted to the petition and she was hurt by it.

Never back down - Eurovision

This year, Eurovision was divided into two parts. There were two semi-finals and one final. During the semi-finals, only viewers could vote.
Blanka performed in the second semi-final without massive issues and got 124 points. As a result, she got 3rd place in the second semi-final. It was a gigantic success and she beat the previous representative of Poland. Details can be found on Eurovision website.
Generally speaking, there was a positive reaction. People have praised Blanka for improving her performance, especially her vocals. Solo became one of the most popular Eurovision 2023 songs.
There were only two minor issues worth mentioning. Norway's newspaper Verdens Gang has openly criticised Blanka. Unfortunately, my Norwegian is non-existent and so this translation is straight from Google Translate. The original comment can be found here.
"Polish plastic pop reggae in the category that was once dominated by Swedes in the Stone Age (nineties). Blanka is probably not singing about Norwegian orange soda or a scruffy looking Star Wars hero, but about being completely alone in a relationship. The best thing that can be said about the "Solo" show is that she has the best glove of the finale. She falls out of tune, and loses her tone several times, That she actually thinks she can sing is hopelessly overwhelming. That, and that no adults have stopped this - regardless of the corruption charges."
Even Sweden talked about potential corruption and nepotism. They mentioned that Blanka's choreography was created by Egurolla. Funnily, even Edyta Górniak was mentioned, but she was called Blanka's mother-in-law.
Then there was a final performance, which had a similar reaction. The only difference was the lack of drama from the media and Polish fans even being proud of her. Blanka was placed 24th by judges and she was better than two performers. However, she got 8th place in televoting and it got her 19th place. A bit worse than the previous representative, who got 12th place.

The conclusion

Blanka managed to partially save her face and it's unclear what's going to happen in future. Blanka after Eurovision went on vacation and there hasn't been much news about her.
There was some discussion regarding her placement in televotes ranking and some people in the Eurovision subreddit have used her to make a point about how televoting is bad, while discussing the whole drama that happened due to Loreen's victory. For more information, I recommend checking this write-up.
Other contestants of pre-selections are doing fine and many of them released new songs. Especially Jann is doing well as his fanbase tripled in size and he is going to perform at OGAE Second Chance. Edyta Górniak and her son are still active, while Agustin Egurrola is focusing on his dance studio.
TVP is still controversial due to politics and it will probably remain controversial for a long time due to recent events. Years of bad reputation are hard to erase and most people are ready for another controversy Eurovision controversy.
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2023.06.06 18:41 Single-Procedure1537 [M23] MS = Wheel Chair?

Will i ever be on wheel chair in the next 15-30 years even if i take my medications?
I saw someone on this sub the same age as me said he’d rather start HCST now instead of being on wheel chair in the next 20 years, what i understand from his words is wheelchair is a must for most MS patients as they age?
Please correct me if i’m wrong because that made me sad and sick
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2023.06.06 18:40 bikingfencer 1st John, chapter 2 - walk the talk

1st John   Chapter Two  
The Anointed learns upon us right [זכות, ZeKhOoTh]
[verses 1-6]  
-1. My children [ילדי, YeLahDah-eeY], write I to you [את, ’ehTh (indicator of direct object; no English equivalent)] the words the these to sake you not sin,
and if sins a man, we have to us an advocate [מליץ, MayhLeeYTs] before the father – YayShOo`ah [“Savior”, Jesus] the anointed, the righteous.  
“…ethics in the N.T. [New Testament] is never finally a matter of a ‘works-righteousness’ or code. The Spirit interprets our duty to us in various situations.” (Wilder, 1955, TIB p. XII 227)  
-2. And he is atonement [כפרה, KahPahRaH] for our sins,  
“`Ιλασμος [‘Ilasmos], the atoning sacrifice for our sins… כפור kippur … The word is used only here, and in chap. iv.10.” (Clarke, 1831, p. VI 862)  
and not upon our sins only,
rather [אלה, ’ehLah’] also upon sins of all the world.  
“The apostle does not say that he died for any select part of the inhabitants of the earth, or for some out of every nation, tribe, or kindred, but for ALL MANKIND: and the attempt to limit this is a violent outrage against God and his word.” (Clarke, 1831, p. VI 862)  
-3. And in this know [נדע, NayDah`] that we recognize [שהכרנו, ShehHeeKahRNOo] him: if we guard his commandments.  
-4. The sayer, “I recognize him”,
and has not guarded [את, ’ehTh] his commandments,
a worder of falsehood is he,
and the truth has not in him.  
-5. But [אך, ’ahKh] the guarder [את, ’ehTh] His word,
in same the man is completed [נשלמה, NeeShLeMaH], in truth, love of Gods;
in this know that in him are we.
-6. The sayer that he stands in YayShOo`ah,
as [the] way that walked YayShOo`ah, yes also is upon him to walk.  
The new commandment
[verses 7-17]  
-7. My beloved, not a commandment new write I to you,
rather [כי אם, KeeY ’eeM] a commandment old,
that was to you from [the] first.
The commandment, the old, she is the word that you heard.
-8. And in all that, a commandment new write I to you,
a word that is established [שנכון, ShehNahKhON] also in him and also in you,
that see, the darkness passes and the light the true already shines [זורח, ZORay-ahH].  
-9. The sayer that [כי, KeeY] in light he is and with that hates [את, ’ehTh] his brethren,
still is he [עודנו, `ODehNOo] in darkness.
-10. The lover [את, ’ehTh] his brethren stands in light,
and scandal [ומכשול, OoMeeKhShOL] has not in him.  
-11. But [אבל, ’ahBahL] the hater [את, ’ehTh] his brethren, in darkness is he;
in darkness he walks [מתהלך, MeeThHahLayKh], and he does not [ואינו, Ve’aYNO] know to where he walks,
for the darkness blinds [עור, `eeVayR] [את, ’ehTh] his eyes.  
-12. Write I to you, my children,
So [מפני, MeePNaY] that will be pardoned to you your sins on behalf of his name.
-13. Write I to you, fathers,
so that you recognize him [אותו, ’OThO], that he was from [the] first.
Write I to you, first-born,
so that you conquer [שנצחתם, SheNeeTsahHThehM] [את, ’ehTh] the evil.  
-14. I wrote to you, children,
so that you recognize [את, ’ehTh] the Father.
I wrote to you, fathers,
so that you recognize [את, ’ehTh] him, that he [was] from [the] first.
I wrote to you, first-born,
so that you strengthen,
and word [of] Gods is realized in your midst,
and you conquer [את, ’ehTh] the evil.  
-15. Do not love [את, ’ehTh] the world, nor [אף, ’ahPh] [את, ’ehTh] what that is in [the] world;
man, if he loves [את, ’ehTh] the world, has not within him love of the father.  
“… a love of the creature and the creation is disparaged over against the primal and everlasting ground of existence, the Father and his purpose….  
Such an emphasis is indeed exposed to the modern reproach of a false otherworldliness, and this passage has often been used to fortify such a piety.” (Wilder, 1955, TIB pp. XII 238-239)  
-16. For all that is in the world - lust of [תאות, Thah’ahVahTh] fleshes, lust of the eyes, and pride of [וגאות, VeGah’ahVahTh] the possessions [הנכסים, HahNeKhahÇeeYM] - not from the father is it, rather from the world.  
“For the lust of the eyes a passage in the Testament of Reuben10 (ch. [chapter] 2) is illuminating. It speaks of the ‘seven spirits of deceit’ which are ‘appointed against man’ of which one is the ‘sense of sight from which ariseth desire’ (cf. [compare with] also Ezek. [Ezekiel] 20:7-8). Jesus strictly warns against the eye as the occasion of temptation in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. [Matthew] 5:27-29)” (Wilder, 1955, TIB p. XII 240)  
10 “The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs is a constituent of the apocryphal scriptures connected with the Torah. It is a pseudepigraphical work comprising the dying commands of the twelve sons of Jacob. It is part of the Oscan Armenian Orthodox Bible of 1666. Fragments of similar writings were found at Qumran, but opinions are divided if these are the same texts. It is considered Apocalyptic literature.  
The Testaments were written in Greek, and reached their final form in the second century CE. In the 13th century that they were introduced into the West through the agency of Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, whose Latin translation of the work gained immediately became popular. He believed that it was a genuine work of the twelve sons of Jacob, and that the Christian interpolations were a genuine product of Jewish prophecy; he accused Jews of concealing the Testaments ‘on account of the prophecies of the Saviour contained in them.’  
With the critical methods of the 16th century, Grosseteste’s view of the Testaments was rejected and the book was unjustly disparaged as a mere Christian forgery for nearly four centuries. Presently, scholarly opinions are still divided as to whether the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs are an originally Jewish document that has been retouched by Christians or are a Christian document written originally in Greek but based on some earlier Semitic material. The feasibility of the Jewish author hypothesis is increasingly difficult to defend, while the Christian nature of the book is a given. Scholarship, therefore, focuses on this book as a Christian work, whether or not it has Jewish original (Vorlage).  
A copy of the testaments is published in The Lost Books of the Bible and the Forgotten Books of Eden.  
The work is divided into twelve books, each purporting to be the last exhortations of one of the twelve titular patriarchs. In each, the patriarch first narrates his own life, focusing on his strengths, virtues, or his sins, using biographical material from both the Hebrew Bible and Jewish tradition. Next he exhorts his listeners to emulate the one and to avoid the other. Most of the books conclude with prophetic visions.  
The Testament of Reuben is predominantly concerned with admonishing lust, and the sinfulness of Reuben in his having had sex with Bilhah, a concubine of his father. It is likely that the author wished to cover the topic of fornication anyway, and assigned it for Reuben to discuss due to Reuben's relationship with Bilhah being recounted in the canonical bible.  
Distressor [צורר, TsORehR] [of] the Anointed
[verses 18-28]  
-18. My children, that is the hour, the last, and, like that you heard that [כי, KeeY] would come the distressor [of] the Anointed [αντιχρισος – antichrisos ~ antichrist], also now have risen distressors of Anointed multitudinous. From here know we that that is the hour, the last.  
“The actual term antichrist appears only in I and II John in the N.T. but the same figure is in view in the ‘man of lawlessness’ of II Thess. [Thessalonians] 2:3-4, in the great agent of sacrilege in Mark 13:14 and its parallels, and elsewhere. In our epistle he is identified with the ‘spirit’ of heresy (4:3) or error (4:6) as already come. He has in mind disturbers of the life of the churches generally and pretenders to messiahship or divinity in various parts of the empire. Words assigned to Jesus in the Gospels bearing on these events were thought of by the evangelists as fulfilled in their day. … The church fathers, rightly or wrongly, supply the names of Dositheus11, Simon Magus12, Judas Gallaeus, and later, Montanus13, as having made messianic claims.” (Wilder, 1955, TIB pp. XII 243-244)  
11 “The legendary background of the Pseudo-Clementine polemic informs us that the precursor of ‘Simon Magus’ was a certain Dositheus. He is mentioned in the lists of the earliest hæresiologists, in a Samaritan Chronicle, and in the Chronicle of Aboulfatah (fourteenth century); the notices, however, are all legendary, and nothing of a really reliable character can be asserted of the man. That however he was not an unimportant personage is evidenced by the persistence of the sect of the Dositheans to the sixth century; Aboulfatah says even to the fourteenth. Both Dositheus and ‘Simon Magus’ were, according to tradition, followers of John the Baptist; they were, however, said to be inimical to Jesus. Dositheus is said to have claimed to be the promised prophet, ‘like unto Moses,’ and ‘Simon’ to have made a still higher claim. In fact, like so many others in those days, both were claimants to the Messiaship. The Dositheans followed a mode of life closely resembling that of the Essenes; they had also their own secret volumes, and apparently a not inconsiderable literature.  
Dositheus (Dousis, Dusis, or Dosthai) was apparently an Arab, and in Arabia, we have every reason to believe, there were many mystic communities allied to those of the Essenes and Therapeuts.”  
12Simon Magus (Greek Σίμων ὁ μάγος), also known as Simon the Sorcerer and Simon of Gitta, was a Samaritan proto-Gnostic and traditional founder of the Simonians in the first century A.D. He appeared prominently in several apocryphal and heresiological accounts of early Christian writers, who regarded him as the source of all heresies.  
Simon Magus has been portrayed as both student and teacher of Dositheus, with followers who revered him as the Great Power of God. There were accusations by Christians that he was a demon in human form, and he was specifically said to possess the ability to levitate and fly at will. The fantastic stories of Simon the Sorcerer persisted into the Middle Ages, becoming a possible inspiration for Goethe's Faust.”  
13Montanism was an early Christian movement of the early 2nd century A.D., named after its founder Montanus. It originated at Hierapolis where Papias was bishop and flourished throughout the region of Phrygia, leading to the movement being referred to as Cataphrygian (meaning it was ‘from Phrygia’). It spread rapidly to other regions in the Roman Empire at a time before Christianity was generally tolerated or legal. Although orthodox Nicene Christianity prevailed against Montanism within a few generations, labeling it a heresy, the sect persisted in some isolated places into the 8th century. Some people have drawn parallels between Montanism and modern Pentecostalism (which some call Neo-Montanism). The most widely known Montanist was undoubtedly Tertullian, who was the foremost Latin church writer before he converted to Montanism.
-20. And you have to you the anointing [המשיחה, HahMeSheeYHaH] [from [מאת, May’ayTh] the Holy [one], and all of you know.  
“The word [anointing] is not used in the N.T. outside the present chapter.” (Wilder, 1955, TIB p. XII 245)  
““The χρισμα, chrism, or ointment, here mentioned, is also an allusion to the holy anointing ointment prescribed by God himself, Exod. [Exodus] xxx. 23-25. which was composed of fine myrrh14, sweet cinnamon, sweet calamus15 , cassia lignea16, and olive oil.”  
14 “Myrrh is a reddish-brown resinous material, the dried sap of a number of trees, but primarily from Commiphora myrrha, native to Yemen, Somalia, the eastern parts of Ethiopia and Commiphora gileadensis, native to Jordan…. Myrrh was used as an embalming ointment and was used, up until about the 15th century, as a penitential incense in funerals and cremations. The "holy oil" traditionally used by the Eastern Orthodox Church for performing the sacraments of chrismation and unction is traditionally scented with myrrh…”  
15 “Sweet Flag, also known as calamus and various rushes and sedges, (Acorus calamus) is a plant from the Acoraceae family, in the genus Acorus. It is a tall perennial wetland monocot with scented leaves and more strongly scented rhizomes, which have been used medicinally, for its odor, and as a psychotropic drug.”  
16 “The spice now known in pharmaceutical literature under the name of Cassia lignea has, from time immemorial, been an article of trade from South China. Flückiger and Hanbury are indeed of opinion that it was the cinnamon of the ancients, what now bears the name being peculiar to Ceylon and unnoticed as a product of the island till the thirteenth century. (‘Pharmacographia,’ pp. 520, 521.) Cinnamon and cassia are, however, enumerated amongst the products of the East from the earliest periods; and the former was known to the Arabians and Persians as Darchini (dar, wood or bark, and chini, Chinese). It seems in ancient times to have been carried by Chinese traders to the Malabar coast, where it passed into the commerce of the Red Sea. In this way the statements of Dioscorides, Ptolemy, and others, are accounted for, who speak of cinnamon as a product of Arabia and Eastern Africa, countries in which there is no reason to suppose it ever grew.”  

-22. Who is he, worder false, if not with [בלתי, BeeLTheeY] the denier [הכופר, HahKOPhayR] in thus, that YayShOo`ah, he is the anointed?
This is him, distressor [of] the anointed: the denier in father and in son.  
“… not the Jewish refusal to recognize Jesus as the messiah; this denial would hardly be made by members of the church… it is the denial that ‘Jesus Christ has come in the flesh’. … The Doscetists made a separation between the earthly Jesus and the heavenly Christ. These verses sound very harsh and dogmatic to us (and cf. 5:10, 12). As a matter of fact, the impulse of the writer was not that of an inflexible orthodoxy: it was an appeal to the abiding dynamic witness of the Spirit, which quickens and leads into all truth. This Spirit was indeed related inseparably to the old oral confessions of the church (cf. Acts 8:37, RSV mg [margin]), but these evidently were already taking various forms, and the meaning of the term Christ, for example, had changed markedly.” (Wilder, 1955, TIB pp. XII 246-247)  
“Some have supposed that an Ebionite denial of Jesus’ messiahship is all that is intended here (so Maurice Goguel). But the second part of the verse makes it likely that Docetic-Gnostic issues are involved.” (Wilder, 1955, TIB p. XII 271)  
“There were certain persons who, while they acknowledged Jesus to be a Divine Teacher, denied him to be the Christ, i.e. [in other words], the Messiah.  
He is antichrist that denieth the Father and the Son.] He is antichrist who denies the supernatural and miraculous birth of Jesus Christ; who denies Jesus to be the Son of God; and who denies God to be the Father of the Lord Jesus: - thus he denies the Father and the Son. The Jews in general, and the Gnostics in particular, denied the miraculous conception of Jesus: with both he was accounted no more than a common man, the son of Joseph and Mary. But the Gnostics held that a divine person, ᴁon or angelical being, dwelt in him; but all things else relative to his miraculous generation and divinity they rejected. These were antichrist, who denied Jesus to be the Christ.” (Clarke, 1831, p. VI 866)  
Children of Gods
[verses 28 to end of chapter]   An Amateur's Journey Through the Bible
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2023.06.06 18:34 therealmindful 23 [M4F] Iowa/USA—Seeking an online relationship

Good morning or afternoon depending on what coast you’re from here in the states! How are you doing today, good?
My name is Myles, what’s yours?
I’m hoping to find a woman between the ages of 23 and 25 with a profound sense of self and witty humor, confident and emotionally intelligent/empathetic. Extroverted and sociable. Preferably we have a good deal in common and can carry on deep, meaningful and intimate conversations.
Some things I’m interested in are poetry and song lyrics with a deeper, more subtle meaning, the sciences of genetics and evolutionary biology as well as psychology, world religions/folklore and mythology. I’m also a fan of movies such as Twilight and The Fast and The Furious. I grew up on Disney and loved watching 00’s shows of a wide variety. Some of my favorites are Wizards of Waverly Place, Cory in The House, That’s So Raven, Hannah Montana, Girl Meets World and Shake It Up.
Once we’ve talked for a couple days I’d be open to talks of moving to Discord or Snapchat!
Can’t wait to hear from you ;-)
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2023.06.06 18:31 OkDingo4570 If I (17f) want to me with my boyfriend, (17m) Id have to marry him.

I am coming to reddit because there is no one else i can go to for advice. Everyone in my life would just tell me the wrong things. I (17f) have been dating my boyfriend (17m) for just about a year now. He lives with his mom and has a step dad that I only recently found out about. I feel like its important to mention that him and his family are SUPER religious, as for me, the opposite. Ive always been open to learning about religion especially for him because he is such a huge part of my life. We have always happy in all aspects of our relationship, except for one. I have never met his mom or any of his family for that matter. I never pushed because I thought maybe he just needs time because of our differences and all. It came up in an argument that i have never met his mom and he told me that if I did, i’d have to marry him. I said i couldn’t marry him because of how young I am and I personally would prefer to live my life a little before being married. He said that its fine, but as long as I wanted to meet him mom, id have to accept being married. He has met most of my family already and has been invited to almost all of our family functions, I felt off that i have never met anyone in his family besides his cousin who we bumped into while out together. I havent met his childhood friends, i dont like his school friends because they like to convince him to go find other girls, and i especially havent met his mother. because of this, i feel as though im not close to him and the important people in his life enough to sustain a healthy relationship with him. This rolls back to my initial issue, marriage. we talked about this last night and he told me he felt like we are growing apart. I pretty much explained that we are not growing apart, ive just accepted my place in his life. I also told him i don’t want to lose him but I dont feel truly happy and neither does he. I told him I want to fix this but to give me until graduation (which is in a year from now) to make my choice wether I want to marry him or not. At least at graduation ill be of age and can make my own decisions, and if I decide I do not want to marry, we can go our separate ways without seeing eachother everyday. Until then I want to focus on keeping eachother happy. I just dont know what to do or say or feel. I love this boy so much, i dont want to lose him. What do i do?
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2023.06.06 18:29 aloenono Ivory soap?

It’s been a few years since I’ve had the space for a betta, but I realized I had a question that I thought I’d ask even if I don’t have the opportunity to have one atm, and sadly won’t for a while yet.
I used to have a betta named Dodger (he was a brilliant dodger blue!), and he lived to a nice old age of around 4. When we first got him, I listened to my mom who had previously had betta fish herself when she was a teenager. She made sure we never used soap on anything that the fish would use/be around, but always made sure to use ivory soap on our hands anytime we put our hands in his tank, because we didn’t want to add any contaminants to the tank when we did.
So here’s my question; Was it bad for us to use ivory soap on our hands when putting them in the tank? Or was it safer like my mom assumed? I’m unsure since Dodger had lived for so long and so healthily.
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2023.06.06 18:26 katybug1514 Let's be heroes

Hi everyone I am looking for a MarvelRPp. I can happily double as anyone you wish. I am really really looking for someone to double as Matt Murdock for my OC but I will also take Steve rogers.
So now on to the rules. There are not many so here we go. Please be over the age of 18. , I love long posts but I do understand that sometimes we get going and shorter replies happen. I love OOC chat. Please I have no life and I enjoy talking to people, tell me about the weather, I love doubling your pets anything you want let's just talk and be friends. I am drawing a blank on the other rules that i have so sorry. Be kind, like I said I have no life so I can reply pretty much all the time. I kinda prefer female rpers. give me something to work with. I hate posting a long post and only gettibg a sentence back. I will RP with males but just now I am looking for more romance and fluff. I do like drama so that will be in there as. I am on pretty much daily but I also know that not everyone has the same freedom as I do. If I don't hear from you within 3 days then I will message you to check on you. I will kinda keep checking in at different times for about 2 weeks and then I will stop for a while and I may just randomly check in on you. If you have read this tell me your favorite Daredevil line
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2023.06.06 18:26 katybug1514 Let's be heroes

Hi everyone I am looking for a MarvelRPp. I can happily double as anyone you wish. I am really really looking for someone to double as Matt Murdock for my OC but I will also take Steve rogers.
So now on to the rules. There are not many so here we go. Please be over the age of 18. , I love long posts but I do understand that sometimes we get going and shorter replies happen. I love OOC chat. Please I have no life and I enjoy talking to people, tell me about the weather, I love doubling your pets anything you want let's just talk and be friends. I am drawing a blank on the other rules that i have so sorry. Be kind, like I said I have no life so I can reply pretty much all the time. I kinda prefer female rpers. give me something to work with. I hate posting a long post and only gettibg a sentence back. I will RP with males but just now I am looking for more romance and fluff. I do like drama so that will be in there as. I am on pretty much daily but I also know that not everyone has the same freedom as I do. If I don't hear from you within 3 days then I will message you to check on you. I will kinda keep checking in at different times for about 2 weeks and then I will stop for a while and I may just randomly check in on you. If you have read this tell me your favorite Daredevil line
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2023.06.06 18:25 anaxmii [M4M] { Discord, doubling up ✅ } KAVETHAM

Hello everyone, my name is Nao! She/her pronouns and my timezone is JST ( UTC+8 ). I'm looking for people who are as obsessed with me with Kavetham from Genshin Impact <3 Please do not come at me with low effort response AND no password (hidden in this post), or I will ignore you.
My requirements are simple, I only need you to be:
NOT requirements but are heavily preferred
I've been wanting to do a plot where Kaveh doesn't have enough money to pay Alhaitham back and would have to make it up somehow! ( You know where this is going c; ) I prefer Alhaitham being the bottom and Kaveh being the top, but I honestly so not mind as much as I see them both as switches.
That said, I would like it if I were to play the "submissive" of the relationship, otherwise known as the one who takes the d. I know this is a huge deal breaker for some people, but I promise to try and compensate by delivering great quality writing the best of my abilities and offer steamy hot scenarios on the way as well! I only really top when I am in the mood or if I'm comfortable enough with people, so I'd say I'm a submissive-leaning switch! I am also willing to do some story building and have side-ships.. but I mainly want Kavetham to be the focus on this one. I am open to doubling up for your ship of course!
I think I'm more experienced playing Kaveh than I am with Alhaitham ( his big words scare me 🥶 ) but I am open to playing the latter based from your preference. Despite how genuinely intimidating Alhaitham is to roleplay, I'll definitely be more than wiling to play him against Kaveh!
I'm honestly open to most things! I am open to problematic scenarios as well if you have one. My kinks mostly consist of rough and mean things as I am a huge masochist! That said, my only limits are inflation, heavy gore ( I'm okay with amputee ), feet, musk, armpits, toilet stuff, and others related to that matter. Please dm me if you're uncertain about your kink!
My kinks ( Caps are my favorites <3 )
POWER BOTTOMING, MULTIPLE ROUNDS, TOYS, HEAVY DEGRADATION, MANHANDLING, NON-CON, SADOMASOCHISM, PUBLIC SEX ( especially in the library ;) ), brat-taming, misgendering, mind break, spanking/choking/biting/marking etc, voyeurism, slight bdsm, praising, cockwarming, spitting in mouth, clothed sex, humiliation, double penetration, somnophilia, piss ( kinda ), objectification, cunt boys ( preferably haitham <3 but if we do go down with this narrative then I'd like to be Alhaitham 🥺 ) and honestly a lot more! Don't be afraid to ask! ( The password is Strawberry Kaveh <3 )
OTHERS I ONLY roleplay on discord and please approach me with an example of your writing style, your name/pronouns/timezone, your kinks, what you can offer. Longer and detailed introductions, the better! <3
The ships I'm willing to double up on are:
Cynonari, Kaeluc, Xingyun, Zhongven, Tartali, Zhongxiao, Venxiao, Kasuscara, Aether x ( any male character, really. )
Hope to see you soon!!! <3
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2023.06.06 18:25 katybug1514 Let's be heroes

Hi everyone I am looking for a MarvelRPp. I can happily double as anyone you wish. I am really really looking for someone to double as Matt Murdock for my OC but I will also take Steve rogers.
So now on to the rules. There are not many so here we go. Please be over the age of 18. , I love long posts but I do understand that sometimes we get going and shorter replies happen. I love OOC chat. Please I have no life and I enjoy talking to people, tell me about the weather, I love doubling your pets anything you want let's just talk and be friends. I am drawing a blank on the other rules that i have so sorry. Be kind, like I said I have no life so I can reply pretty much all the time. I kinda prefer female rpers. give me something to work with. I hate posting a long post and only gettibg a sentence back. I will RP with males but just now I am looking for more romance and fluff. I do like drama so that will be in there as. I am on pretty much daily but I also know that not everyone has the same freedom as I do. If I don't hear from you within 3 days then I will message you to check on you. I will kinda keep checking in at different times for about 2 weeks and then I will stop for a while and I may just randomly check in on you. If you have read this tell me your favorite Daredevil line
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2023.06.06 18:25 katybug1514 Let's be heroes

Hi everyone I am looking for a MarvelRPp. I can happily double as anyone you wish. I am really really looking for someone to double as Matt Murdock for my OC but I will also take Steve rogers.
So now on to the rules. There are not many so here we go. Please be over the age of 18. , I love long posts but I do understand that sometimes we get going and shorter replies happen. I love OOC chat. Please I have no life and I enjoy talking to people, tell me about the weather, I love doubling your pets anything you want let's just talk and be friends. I am drawing a blank on the other rules that i have so sorry. Be kind, like I said I have no life so I can reply pretty much all the time. I kinda prefer female rpers. give me something to work with. I hate posting a long post and only gettibg a sentence back. I will RP with males but just now I am looking for more romance and fluff. I do like drama so that will be in there as. I am on pretty much daily but I also know that not everyone has the same freedom as I do. If I don't hear from you within 3 days then I will message you to check on you. I will kinda keep checking in at different times for about 2 weeks and then I will stop for a while and I may just randomly check in on you. If you have read this tell me your favorite Daredevil line
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2023.06.06 18:18 CHEEZYSPAM I've been listening to the new album over the weekend on repeat, here are my unsolicited thoughts. Has your opinion changed?

"Life is but a Dream..." seems like a drastic departure from what we've heard from A7X in the past, but I would say this is a companion piece to The Stage (especially with tracks like COSMIC and Beautiful Morning). So if you didn't love The Stage and the direction they took in their last album, I can see how people wouldn't love, or downright hate this one.
I'm a big A7X fan since Waking the Fallen was released 20 years ago (damn where has the time gone!?) So to expect that the band is going to sound the same after all that time is unrealistic. They have matured both in age and musically.
They lost (IMO) the 'soul' of the band when Jimmy died and have been struggling to find their purpose ever since... The band's library could easily be separated in the category of "before Nightmare and post Nightmare".
Side note: Their white (self titled) album is my favorite to date, while Hail to the King is my least favorite/least memorable album.
Speaking of The Rev... I was surprised to read the notes that the band used contributions from him! I'm interested to know what specifically was written by him. Lyrics, themes, drums, etc.?
I feel like they're on some acid trip since The Stage, that's not a bad thing, it's just different than what we know of them. I'll openly admit when I first heard "Nobody" on the radio, I wasn't initially all that impressed.
However, I have listened to LibaD all weekend and on the 2nd listen, I was hooked. I love the weirdness of some of the songs on here. From the System of a Down inspired Game Over to the driving beats on We Love You "More power, more pace, more money, more taste...more more more", it's so much fun. Cosmic and (O)rdinary sounds like beautiful leftovers from the Stage and I like thematic connection it has between the 2 albums. (D)eath is amazing... I don't know how else to put into words how much I love this song and how Shadows sings it all Sinatra crooning style. It sorta feels like they were in a NIGHTMARE and are slowly waking up and feeling their way through the fog.
In the end, I have no doubt this will be a love it or hate it entry. I feel like they definitely needed to express themselves creatively, but time will tell if they've gotten it out of their system? Will they continue the trend? Or go back to a heavier sound on the next album (which would be my guess). Love the band, love Life is but a Dream... I hope you do too or that you'll discover and learn to appreciate it over time.
What are your thoughts?
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