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  1. Having read the constitution and finding it kind of open to interpretation how the pardon power works, I'm no closer to finding a good answer for this. Can a President pardon themselves? Is one question. Can the next President revoke that pardon? Is another. Obviously we are only talking about pardons of federal charges. Can Trump even pardon himself for a federal charge that has not been formally filed yet? If so, where does it end? Why shouldn't every president end their time with giving themselves a pardon for any federal crimes they may have committed while in office? It all seems so confusing to me. If it is the presidential office giving out the pardons, what is to stop Biden from revoking any pardon given by Trump to himself or others?
  2. Not at all. Your tangents are always welcome with me. In fairness I probably should have made it clearer I was using a broad but context specific definition, in order to be charitable to the kids. Yeah, Mr Wednesday visits our house too. He likes all kinds of awesome foods. He never stays for very long though. Mr Wednesday actually likes my butternut squash chilli, my kid... Not so much 😄 What do you think are some good follow up questions with my sons current answer to the meaning of life? I was going to start by pointing out that some people can live with doing some things and that some people can't bring themselves to do those things for fear that they may in fact be bad things to do. Even the neediest can over-empathise to the point of declining charity, for fear there may be someone needier out there they may be depriving, which would leave them feeling guilty. it's all very well to say do anything and everything you can live with, there is a certain maximalism implied in that way. But what can we live with and what can't we? How are we defining living exactly? Is living just, breathing, excreting waste and taking in nutrients? Or is that just surviving? Then it would be as simple as not doing anything that could potentially kill you. Which covers quite a lot of ground and left open to interpretation, could lead to an extreme of avoidance of every day dangers like crossing the street or just going outside. Now, obviously I cannot go into this much detail with my kid yet, but it would be nice to have discussions in this thread about some of the things kids have said that could lead to interesting discussions. That and I could use other perspectives on how to get my kid to think more and expand on his thoughts. Side Bar: Thank you so much for your contribution to this thread and the work you did as a care manager. I have a lot of respect for people who work in care. jeez! Poor Robert, I really hope he isn't giving that advice based on first hand experience.. Ouch! Frank Gallagher on Shameless did that too, peed on a generator though! Eileen, you had me at baptize.. Thanks for sharing Michel! +1
  3. Humour can be wisdom! Sounds to me like your son has something important to say about the meaning of language. I believe it was Wittgenstein who said that a serious and influential piece of philosophy, could be written consisting entirely of jokes. Someone should go to Wikipedia and alter the etymology of a merry-go-round. Amerigo round the world!
  4. On that, we can both agree. I'm Scottish, swearing is an art form to us. Young people have morals? Since when?! Do you expect us to believe you weren't an ass as a teenager? In all serious though, teens swear more than I do. The best insults in Scottish though don't really have a lot of swearing. You can cripple a guy just by telling him his da sells Avon. True story
  5. A pragmatist ought not to disregard optimism, planning for their best while preparing for the worst. That's all I'll say on that here though. Might have to start a topic about Pragmatism and the neo-pragmatic schools of ethics and epistemology. I think you'll enjoy it and I imagine you are already somewhat familiar with the subject anyway. Side bar: I'm glad we seem to be getting along now. Sorry for telling you to fuck off before.
  6. Is that a foregone conclusion itself? Georgia by election is still to happen. I'll need to check the polls of those races myself but as I understand it, Reps have 48, Indies have 2, Dems have 46. If Dems were able to take both seats in Georgia, then the Independents and the vice presidents tie breaker vote would be the pivotal votes. Then you have the 2022 senate elections where, depending on a number of things, but also association with Trump, we may see a dem majority then, or even a Republican one again if Biden's first two years are perceived and received badly by the public. An extremely funny image there! Let me add to it by saying, I'm not the guy oblivious to playing a game with a chaos monger. I'm the guy waiting to Han Solo a bitch with a trigger trained on them, ready to fire the moment I smell burning or see a cheese puff. Even chaos has a pattern and trends. Ultimately, their are rules, even to chaos. Just because I think like a fox, doesn't mean I don't know how to act like a lion or think like one when I need to, Lions fuck up hyenas and jackals. A real worry for me too. What can I do but have a measure of healthy optimism that democracy can defend itself? I can be ready to act pragmatically should a more pessimistic outcome come to fruition. As it is, I cannot generalise that all Republicans or even Trump supporters are chaos-mongers as you seem to imply sometimes, don't know if that's intentional or not. I assume not. Can this be avoided?
  7. MSC


    Intellect is the knowledge obtained by experience of names and forms; wisdom is the knowledge which manifests only from the inner being; to acquire intellect one must delve into studies, but to obtain wisdom, nothing but the flow of divine mercy is needed; it is as natural as the instinct of swimming to the fish, or of flying to the bird. Intellect is the sight which enables one to see through the external world, but the light of wisdom enables one to see through the external into the internal world. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

    Reflect on this and grant us the mercy of your own self-reflection. You may or may not have found god, but you have not found the way.

    Peace and blessings to you, Duolingo might help you explain yourself more clearly. Right now, I don't think you are saying what you want to mean.

  8. "Nooooo, my inventions are meant to help mankind, not to destroy!" You'll get a laugh out of this, Major Agnew
  9. We all hear a lot of doom and gloom when it comes to man-made climate change. What I hear less of, is what science, technologies and policies are being developed that might have the potential to halt it. So here is a scenario; imagine we have access to the military budget of every nation and we could use it to fight climate change. What should we do with that money in this scenario? Assuming all nations agreed to cessation of all military conflicts until the climate is no longer under threat from us, for the time being. Obviously this is a highly unlikely scenario, but for the sake of argument I want to know what could be done with a massive re-prioritisation of resources in favour of fighting climate change. This is not my AOE outside of the ethics of it, so forgive my ignorance. Appreciate anyone who takes the time to respond.
  10. Depends on how you define wise. Having the wisdom to turn an awkward situation into a humorous one is sometimes no small feat sometimes, wisdom can come from what we say after we've done something kind of strange. Your cousin sounds like he thinks fast on his feet and on his ass 😄 Kid's are awesome Pragmatically explaining consequentialism. Invade my personal space with your hands, I'll invade yours with my urine. Wisdom haha
  11. God dammit! Can we bring them back for five minutes so I can rail them for wasting my time being nice to them? Haha
  12. No? I'm not sure I'm catching your drift but the point of this thread isn't to debate whether or not children have the capacity to be wise, the point is to share your own experience of when a child has said something interesting at the very least, even if it doesn't fit your definition of what it means to say something wise. I want to hear from other people about what they have heard and was sharing my own story to get the ball rolling. It wasn't really an open invitation to have a proxy debate with a 6 year old. Be careful though because you're currently in the territory of ageism and I don't appreciate anyone trying to invalidate my kids development. If you are comparing him to you, that's quite frankly not fair on him at all. He's not even 7 yet. So in line with the spirit of this thread, has a child ever said anything to you that has made you stop and think? Something you found interesting?
  13. Which we acquire more of everyday of our lives, from the first day onwards. Children too, it's just about figuring out where the milestones are and considering what they say charitably. Admittedly, if an adult had responded to that question in the same way I'd not have been impressed but as a parent you've got to be able to see the forest for the trees and figure out what is wise or intelligent depending on stages of development. An example might be; it's not impressive for a 20 year old to tell me that the square root of 81 is 9, but it's very impressive if it comes from a three year old. Seriously, why do you carry the Worcestershire sauce around?
  14. I was at the park with my son today. Last night he'd been asking his mother some really big questions. Why are we here? What does it all mean? Why do we have to have blood when it's so messy? Things like that. He is almost 7 now, if you're familiar with CDP, you'll be aware that around his age, we start to form the cognitive faculties we need to be able to utilise logic. So I asked him today "What do you think the meaning of life is? Answer honestly, I won't judge what you say." His response was this; "To do everything that you can live with." So what little wisdom gems have you heard from a child that were pretty interesting to hear, despite their age? I mean to ask him more questions about his answer later, for now I think it is a good start to let him have a simple answer to a complex question, for a little while.
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