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    Re: contempory society and the gods

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharysa View Post
    Personally, I think the Morrigan would ADORE the cut-throat world of politics. XD She'd probably adapt to modern warfare very well, although the thought of her with a nuke or land-mines is terrifying.
    That's an odd equivalency of nukes and landmines. Care to elaborate why you'd find her terrifying with both of them?


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    Re: Contemporary Society and the Gods

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    With modern society that has things that did not exist back pre-christian times, how do we view the gods? Do you see them being willing to use modern technology and items that did not exist back then?....
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    Re: contempory society and the gods

    Quote Originally Posted by sailor View Post
    That's an odd equivalency of nukes and landmines. Care to elaborate why you'd find her terrifying with both of them?
    Sorry, I meant "nukes and/OR landmines," not necessarily "Nukes and landmines at the same time."

    The Morrigan is already very intimidating, and the thought of her being able to kill dozens to thousands at a time is very unsettling.

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    Re: contempory society and the gods

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharysa View Post
    Sorry, I meant "nukes and/OR landmines," not necessarily "Nukes and landmines at the same time."

    The Morrigan is already very intimidating, and the thought of her being able to kill dozens to thousands at a time is very unsettling.
    Still an odd equivalency. Nukes that can kill 100s of thousands on one end. Landmines that might kill a dozen or less on the other.

    What about bombs, missiles, artillery, machine guns? All are pretty much more deadly than landmines. If you are going for high end (nukes) to low end, I'd think pistols would be more low end in terms of effectiveness.

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    Re: Contemporary Society and the Gods

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    Sometimes I think of the Internet not as a thing Hermes would like, but as a thing that is, on some level, a manifestation of him and his energy.
    This feels very true.

    I always think of Hermes as the god of internet.

    And i would guess that Hekate, given Her nature is right home with psychoanalysis and psychotheraphy.
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    Re: contempory society and the gods

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    Still an odd equivalency. Nukes that can kill 100s of thousands on one end. Landmines that might kill a dozen or less on the other.

    What about bombs, missiles, artillery, machine guns? All are pretty much more deadly than landmines. If you are going for high end (nukes) to low end, I'd think pistols would be more low end in terms of effectiveness.
    I think actually it's the /randomness/ of nukes and landmines. The sense of the being nowhere near a battle and still being a potential target.

    A gun is a deliberate attempt to shoot /someone/. A landmine is any damn bastard that steps there.

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    Re: contempory society and the gods

    Quote Originally Posted by HeartShadow View Post
    I think actually it's the /randomness/ of nukes and landmines. The sense of the being nowhere near a battle and still being a potential target.

    A gun is a deliberate attempt to shoot /someone/. A landmine is any damn bastard that steps there.
    Considering we've only used two nuclear weapons, and neither target was random, that doesn't really fit.

    Landmines are not random if the groups follow the Geneva Conventions other than the Additional Protocols.

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    Re: contempory society and the gods

    Quote Originally Posted by herkles View Post
    With modern society that has things that did not exist back pre-christian times, how do we view the gods? Do you see them being willing to use modern technology and items that did not exist back then?
    Well, I'm a bit of a technophobe and resistant to progressive technology, so I find this a very difficult question to answer. For me, the gods are the forces of nature, and the natural functions of the cosmos. In the Greek pantheon, the younger Olympians (Athene, Hephaistos, Apollon, Hermes, Ares, etc.) are more the gods of civilization, while the elder Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Demeter, Aphrodite) are associated with the natural forces like the domains of sky, earth, and water, as well as fertility and generation. I've always been more drawn to the gods of nature rather than civilization, so I guess I don't really find the spirituality in new-fangled gadgets, no matter how much easier (and often, more stressful) they make our lives.

    These days I'm mainly a follower of Isis and Osiris/Serapis, who are pretty universal in function, but I still see them as more associated with the forces of nature. For example, Isis is the feminine reproductive power in the universe, the womb of the sky that gives birth to the sun and the fertile earth from which life sprouts. Serapis is the sun that is born, dies, and is ever renewed; the king of the world and underworld; the bringer of fecundity and the fructifying waters of life. Modern technology is much more a strictly human concern rather than a universal life-bringing power, and actually makes it easier for us to bring devastation to the life in the universe. For example, I don't see Demeter or Isis in factory farming and all the abuses forced on animals and the earth through machinery, hormones, and chemical pesticides. Radiation from cell phones is linked to cancer (though I'm no scientist, and not an expert), industrialization causes a lot of pollution and environmental devastation. Dependency on individualized computers, mp3 players, and even communication devices, cause more isolation and disconnection from one another than anything. I use them, since one can't really avoid it in modern society, and they do have a lot of benefits (like connecting with like-minded people on forums like this, which would be difficult without modern technology), but I try not to overdo it.

    I'm not totally against modern technology, I just associate it more with humanity than divinity.

    Quote Originally Posted by sailor View Post
    Still an odd equivalency. Nukes that can kill 100s of thousands on one end. Landmines that might kill a dozen or less on the other.

    What about bombs, missiles, artillery, machine guns? All are pretty much more deadly than landmines. If you are going for high end (nukes) to low end, I'd think pistols would be more low end in terms of effectiveness.
    She probably just means devastating modern war weapons in general would be terrifying in the hands of a raging goddess.

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    Re: contempory society and the gods

    Quote Originally Posted by Carnelian View Post
    She probably just means devastating modern war weapons in general would be terrifying in the hands of a raging goddess.
    I do indeed mean that.

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    Re: contempory society and the gods

    Quote Originally Posted by Sharysa View Post
    I do indeed mean that.
    OK so nukes I could understand with that definition. Landmines don't fall into that category, unless you want to down grade devastating to include basically any weapon post 1860.

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