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Re: So long its been good to know you

by zentara (Archbishop)
on Jul 01, 2008 at 12:03 UTC ( #694929=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to So long its been good to know you

Maybe it's time for Perlmonks to add a new monk level for those that have passed on...... like "Promoted to God INC". :-) Old Perl Programmer Haiku

I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth CandyGram for Mongo

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Re^2: So long its been good to know you
by Gavin (Bishop) on Jul 01, 2008 at 12:22 UTC
    I like that zentara, a new divine level would be a good idea perhaps "Angel".
      stay out of others' life, before or after.
        If thatís what you feel say so out loud with some conviction and donít hide behind the mask of anonymity.
Re^2: So long its been good to know you
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 01, 2008 at 15:59 UTC
    It can be a huge disrespect to those who doesn't believe. This site should have no business in monks' personal life.
      I'm a "pure" atheist, but I have no issues whatsoever with the term "Angel". It is an appropriate fit with the naming convention used here and it would be my first choice. An alternative suggestion that is less sect-specific to my ears would be "Spirit".


        I'm an atheist, too, and I subscribe every single word of your post.

        We are metaphoric monks in a metaphoric monastery, so if I agree to be called "friar" now, I should not object to be called "angel" or "spirit" when I'll be dead. Indeed I don't object to it, and certainly I'll not do then.

        My materialistic point of view is that I don't know if (and I don't believe that) there is an immortal part of what is me, but I do know that each one of us can achieve a little bit of immortality doing something useful for the others. And useful can be a very wide word.

        So, I can't think of anything more appropriate than remember who is no more here by mean of what he did. I'm thinking of a place (a crypt? is it the right word?) to remember them and their work. I'd love to be there when my time comes.

        Rule One: "Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man."

        I'll drink to that.
      I agree with 5mi11er, this site is a pseudo-monastery. In the Middle Ages, the monks were in monasteries copying and preserving books and knowledge, we maintain the tradition in the modern age..... copying ,preserving, and maintaining code. If you don't believe in the Judeo-Christian ethic, just play along like its a game. I was raised in the Catholic Church, but now I am more of a Bhuddist. So I would say attaining "Angel" level, would be like attaining Bhuddhood, and sitting on a lotus flower in the spiritual realm, radiating positive energy.

      But whether you call it Angel, Bhuddahood, TopDog, or whatever; anyone who believes in one God( spirit, etc), should realize it is all the same thing, just filtered thru different civilizations.

      If you don't believe in any of it (a pure atheist), you can call it a practical delusion to make life meaningful, the opiate of the people.

      I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth CandyGram for Mongo
      Considering this is Perl Monks, there is already at least a nod toward religion; titles on Perl Monks are already within religious categories. So, I think it would be entirely appropriate.

      Whether anyone "believes" or not, recognizing their contribution and current status as being no longer of this earth is, I think, a good idea.


      Update: Fixed awkward sentence.

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