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  1. Forgiveness is strength precisely because a person needn't forgive!Is it strong when we do things we need to or have to do? No! Strength is being able to do things that are difficult! How can you let go of the hurt someone has caused you? It's very difficult, right? That's why forgiveness requires strength.Forgiveness is a sign of true inner strength. When we forgive we understand that we don't need our anger and hatred to protect ourselves. We don't need the pain as a crutch anymore. Forgiveness doesn't depend upon who hurt us, what they did, or whether or not they are sorry for their actions. We don't forgive out of our weakness toward the perpetrator, but out of our own internal strength.As for describing Machiavelli's "Prince"...I think you need to read it again and also do some historical research.Machiavelli's prime motive in writing The Prince was to encourage Lorenzo the Magnificent to unite Italy. The modern usage of the term "Machiavellian" denotes ruthless opportunism and manipulative techniques. And, in fact, as a practical guide for leadership, the author's proffered advice lacks any semblance of morality. His paradigm of princehood was Prince Cesare Borgia. Praising Borgia's killing and despoiling of as many lords and lands "as he could lay hands on," Machiavelli cites this Prince as an almost perfect archetype of bold rule: "I can find nothing with which to reproach him... " The influence of The Prince has been felt deeply, even in the twentieth century, as evidenced by the actions of such men as Hitler, Stalin, Lenin. None of these men possessed any of the qualities that I listed above. Machiavelli's prince is not mature, secure, strong, courageous, graceful, kind, or loving.
  2. Forgiveness is the first sign of weakness?!?!Forgiveness is a sign of maturity, security, confidence, assuredness, strength, courage, grace, kindess, and love! Those who lack the ability to forgive are usually hateful, vengeful, weak, selfish, cowardly, insecure, and immature.I think you're too young to have gained any wisdom. You just don't know any better.
  3. I don't know about what exactly it means to be russian or armenian. And I'm not about to judge what it means to be good or bad/damaged. But can say this...I know people. And people are like chamaeleon's. They change to blend in with their environment...I know some people at school that act different even within different social groups in our dorm! So do you expect anything different when someone moves to another country and culture?An armenian from Yerevan that moves to Moscow, if they can't find other armenians to socialize with, will become russian. Not completely russian. They will retain some of the armenian identity but how much they retain depends on the person. But they all change.Take a class on social psychology if you ever get a chance. It's very interesting.
  4. This fight will completely depend on Lennox Lewis. Lewis is stronger, faster, more skilled...he's just better! But Lewis doesn't always have the right mental mindset. Sometimes he comes to the fight unprepared mentally.If Lewis doesn't get overconfident or complacent or lazy, Klitchko is a dead man.
  5. Kubrick was capable...but IMHO he was overrated...
  6. You like jazz? What jazz do some of you listen to?Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Joe "King" Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock?If anyone says Kenny G, I'll be administering a knuckle sandwich!!!
  7. Michigan, another mid-westerner!! My major? The most popular major of all...UNDECLARED, BABY!!! YEAH!!! :laugh: I'm going to be a street bum when I grow up! :)I'm making this thread go way off topic now...so lets remedy that: So love at first site very rare and a product of pure luck...and to agree with socalgal, physical beauty worthless!!There...all fixed...
  8. Does my opinion count?I like the new one better!
  9. too familiar? should i be flattered or offended? seems like should be offended!! :laugh:did you say you lived in the states? where have you lived? i was born in jersey and lived there until i was...12? 13? then we moved to chicago. right now i'm in evanston for school. you near me?do you go to northwestern?!?! how funky would it be if you're like someone i pass by all the time on campus at Norris uni-center or something!!! :oOr wait...it just occurred to me...do you ever visit thesite.org? I may have been influenced by this article: http://www.thesite.org/magazin....ne.htmlI read a similar article in a old Time magazine...so I could have accidently plagarized some Time magazine writers words...but if I did, I did not intend to!
  10. And you know what's funny about beauty? You know the people and things that you find beautiful? YOU DIDN'T DECIDE THEY'RE BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! To a large degree, society and popular culture has taught you what is beautiful!For whatever reason, modern western society has decided that the characteristics posessed by people like George Clooney and Julia Roberts are to be considered beautiful. But in other cultures in other places or bygone eras, they wouldn't be so beautiful!!!When I was younger, I used to try to date all the "pretty" girls...I'd go out with the prettiest girl in my highschool class or whatever. But you get to know some of these people, and they get ugly real quick!!! So many of them are just not good people.Nowadays, I've found that my perception of beauty has changed greatly. I see the physical beauty of girls less and less. The last girl that I was really attracted to, initially, I had no physical attraction towards her. She was in a class of mine, and I never noticed her or payed attention to her. But by chance, I got to know her a bit...and gradually, by getting to know this person on a emotional, intellectual, and personal level, I found that I also began to grow physically attracted to her when before I was not. Sadly, I learned she was seeing someone. :(But still...I love that! I love it when physical attraction is manifested out of non-physical characteristics!!
  11. In my experience, most people, even those that appear to be responsive to advice and guidance, usually will not follow that advice/guidance.Human's just aren't that bright. In fact, I'm pretty convinced that we might be the stupidest organisms on that planet. With most people, the only way they learn is to ROYALLY SCREW UP! Certain individuals have to screw up multiple times before they learn. And some people never learn...It's like the child...you tell him, "don't touch the stove, it's hot!" And what does the child do? He touches the stove...gets burned...and never touches a hot stove again. Same with everything...you can tell someone that they are about to do something stupid or tell someone they're leading their life astray, but they won't listen...they have to mess up...and hopefully learn.That doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to steer people in the right direction. Your words can leave an impact that might catalyse the learning process...so that maybe the person won't mess up as badly or as much as he/she otherwise would have.I don't know...I have no idea what I'm talking about...[Hey, does my post even slightly pertain to what this thread is about? It takes me years to translate these threads, and I'm pretty certain that I'm mangling everything! :laugh: Man, I wish I hadn't found this message board...because of the language barrier, everytime I come to this board, I'm online for a minimum of an hour! I swear, I used to not be such a loser!! ]
  12. *gasp*You are wise, o Webmaster!!! So true, so true...
  13. Not at all! No no no!!! The whole time, I've just been trying to figure armenians out! I'm trying to make sense out of that published report versus what I've heard armenians say. What's the truth? The publication or the hearsay? In trying to figure that out, by posting here, I percieved what I thought to be a conflict between possible cultural and religious values. Now I'm trying to make sense of that. By no means am I attacking anyone or any race!!!! Why would you make such broad generalization about men? Women aren't that different from men. Some men crave sex, just as some women crave sex. Some men have more self control, just as some women have more self control. Maybe you've been around the wrong type of guys...or your opinion of men has been shaped largely by how popular culture depicts men.And I ask again...why are armenian women so willing to let guys have their way, when guys expect so much more of women? I still don't get it... Of course not...that's why I said it was a hypothetical situation! This is completely my fault!! I did not mean to make such a blanket assumption!! I assumed that armenians considered themselves good christians and identified with christianity!! Obviously I was wrong!!! Um...since you're not christian...you can just ignore my whole post! Sorry...again, I shouldn't have assumed all armenians identified with christianity... Again, sorry. I was putting this in the context of christians...to christians virginity is about obeying the Lord.But even in your non-religious context, if it is about respect and being clean...wouldn't a girl want a clean guy who respects himself?Whew!!! Am I making enemies here or what? :laugh: Man o man...guys, girls, christians, non-christians, cats, dogs...they all hate me! Oh well! :blush:But I just learned something...armenian does not equal christian!! :)Er wait, but Webmasters post seems to indicate that you cannot separate armenians from religion...Nevermind, I've learned nothing...
  14. I respectfully disagree...There clearly seems to be a conflict between armenian national culture and armenia's dominant religion (christianity) in at least one aspect of life...sex.If there were no conflict, then the armenian men surveyed in that study would not have overwhelmingly thought it was ok for men to have premarital sex.
  15. Bless you soul! I think this is like the first post on these forums that I completely understand!Well, almost...I still think a non-virgin girl can be spiritually clean and shouldn't necessarily be valued less than a virgin girl. If Jesus can forgive prostitutes and adulterers...if prostitutes and adulters are good enough for the kingdom of heaven...then they must be good enough for me.Well...I mean, if the girl was a devout christian and a virgin, great. But given the choice between a less than devout girl who somehow happened to be a virgin and a devout christian that made a mistake in the past....I'd choose the devout christian.