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We (as humans) often look to affirm various ideas we hold, reasonably justified or not, with nonsensical arguments and bad logic.

When we see something that doesn't look quite right, yet validates our beliefs, we all too often accept it, ignoring reason. We want validation. We want to be understood and to have others share our convictions.

We do this repeatedly, and we gradually become more ignorant about opposing views. We call other people fools and yet our own arguments are just as foolish.

We are never right. We never completely understand our world, our lives, or other people. We are always learning. Don't hinder that.

Never put convictions over sound logic or beliefs over pursuing truth.

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Ideas are dangerous things. They can be used to uplift or destroy. Defend or attack. They lead to revolutions, terrorist attacks, and everything in between.

Ideas can cause terrible actions, but the way to prevent these terrible actions is not to restrict those ideas from being presented. Instead, we must refute the bad with good ideas.

Many ideas have been buried throughout the centuries by opposing forces who did not see it that way. It was easier for them to burn books and kill dissenters than to properly address them.

Hold the ideas of others (however terrible as they may be) to the same standard that you want your ideas to be held.

Luke 6:31 (WEB) - "As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them."

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Don't Repeat Yourself and Keep it Simple Stupid are important principles in software design. They are often abbreviated respectively as DRY and KISS.

To easily remember not to repeat yourself when you code and to keep things simple, just remember DRY KISS, or dry kiss. You're welcome for the mental image. 😛

Credit to @PetabyteStudios

Conversely, we also tend to easily dismiss opposing arguments because they don't sit well with our current ideology, even if they are strong and well-founded.

We need to understand our beliefs and the reasons for them, and just as importantly, we must be willing to change any of them if better reasons are presented to us.

Many people throughout history have held onto terrible ideas out of willful ignorance. For example, 150+ years ago, many slaveholders would not accept that their slaves deserved humane treatment. They did not believe this because good reason or science showed it, but because racism was built into their culture. It was so ingrained that it continued long after slavery and even to today.

We hate being wrong. Especially when being wrong has economic or emotional risk for us. But truth should be pursued at all costs.

If one wishes to ignorantly refuse to believe in something, they are free to do so, but they should not impose ignorance on others or hurt them in the process.

Encourage reasonable discovery and increasing in understanding. Never hinder knowledge.

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We (as humans) often look to affirm various ideas we hold, reasonably justified or not, with nonsensical arguments and bad logic.

When we see something that doesn't look quite right, yet validates our beliefs, we all too often accept it, ignoring reason. We want validation. We want to be understood and to have others share our convictions.

We do this repeatedly, and we gradually become more ignorant about opposing views. We call other people fools and yet our own arguments are just as foolish.

We are never right. We never completely understand our world, our lives, or other people. We are always learning. Don't hinder that.

Never put convictions over sound logic or beliefs over pursuing truth.

@sir By the way, how did you get Minecraft on Alpine Linux? Unfortunately the distributed executable of the launcher doesn't like musl.

A single thread with certain tags is taking over all of the trending hashtags. 😂

Has anyone else been followed by @followbot? It has sent me a third follow request.

I want a CSV spreadsheets TUI program that supports math with cells.

I am trying to think of a good language to use for a new Bible format. @Heb12 wants to make something actively maintained that can replace OSIS (which uses XML).

It has to be able to handle formatting but also semantic structure.

It also needs to be trivial to parse and pretty flexible. Working with Bibles, commentaries, and other works.

I don't want to use XML.

I just rejected a follow request from @followbot, and it sent me another.

Something is wrong here.

I hate computers. So complicated. So time-consuming and filled with artificial barriers to getting stuff done.

Ideas are dangerous things. They can be used to uplift or destroy. Defend or attack. They lead to revolutions, terrorist attacks, and everything in between.

Ideas can cause terrible actions, but the way to prevent these terrible actions is not to restrict those ideas from being presented. Instead, we must refute the bad with good ideas.

Many ideas have been buried throughout the centuries by opposing forces who did not see it that way. It was easier for them to burn books and kill dissenters than to properly address them.

Hold the ideas of others (however terrible as they may be) to the same standard that you want your ideas to be held.

Luke 6:31 (WEB) - "As you would like people to do to you, do exactly so to them."

Personally I am ready for a change and a challenge (from the administrative point of view) with There's Life.

@zudn brought up something that really piqued my interest lately. It was soapbox.pub . I am interested in transferring There's Life to a Pleroma instance with a Soapbox front end.

I will of course do a dry run to set it up on my own machine to make sure it works, and when I go to mess with the actual server it should be able to be updated within a very short amount of time.

What do you think? Should this be pursued?

I found a couple HTTP servers for Zig and am now trying it out.

Zig on the server? Awesome.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the poll and gave feedback. I am considering setting up a system that could help increase adoption, and was wondering what to focus on.

My idea involves putting together a suite of Mastodon (or Pleroma with Soapbox) plus Matrix plus maybe a website and some other things and selling hosting to various organizations such as churches for communication and announcements. That could be an effective way to get people onto the platform.

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I never wanted There's Life to be a political or even religious instance. But rather a place where we discuss God, His teachings, and how they apply to our lives. In the end, what else matters?

Follow up poll.

What is the main barrier to inviting your friends onto Mastodon?

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Also, if not, please explain why. That would be invaluable information.

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Josias's choices:

There's Life

A family-friendly social network (Mastodon instance) devoted to the new life found in Christ.