DevilNuts

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    • 6 years ago

      DevilNuts

      So... I've been selected for Staff Sergeant, and I'm PCS'ing to Brooklyn for I&I duty. Life is interesting.

    • I find my lack of faith.... disturbing?

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      DevilNuts

      As defined by an online source:
      faith
      n.
      1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
      2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.

      My personal definition is nearly identical: "Belief in something despite a lack of supporting evidence."

      I've been engaged recently, and over the years, in a multitude of theological debates, arguments and discussions of diverse dispositions, and I am realizing that I do not fully understand one of the things I have been arguing against: Faith.

      I understand Faith as a concept, but in practice I always see it falling short of what I perceive the definition to be. In other words, when I hear people speak of their Faith I oftentimes automatically label them as full of shit, whether they realize it or not. I understand how terribly condescending that is, which is where my problem lies...

      To me, Faith by its very nature is absolute; Either you have Faith, or you don't. It isn't a sliding scale like "hot" and "cold," but rather a binary question.

      "Do you have legs?"
      "Do you have Faith?"

      The answer must either be yes or no; there can be no in-between. If your Faith is not absolute, then it is something other than Faith. And if your Faith is absolute, then it can allow for no new evidence. Once a person of "Faith" begins either 1) searching for proof, or 2) collecting proof, then Presto! Suddenly that "faith" has unwittingly become a hypothesis, and the Faithful is now inadvertently utilizing the scientific method, which largely precludes Faith.

      How much "wiggle room" should be allowed before Faith changes into something less absolute? I hate seeing myself as a militant atheist, and I go to great lengths to avoid giving off that impression for the sake of maintaining civility throughout my relationships, but this position is one that frequently seems to get me in trouble.

      For example:

      My wife is a follower of the Asatru faith (I guess you could call it Germanic Neo-Paganism). But she was not always this way; A few years ago I beheld the curious spectacle of watching my significant other "go shopping" for a new religion. She read up on several similar denominations of Paganism and Norse Mythology, and when it was all over she settled on this particular brand of... whatever it is. Now she has several books about the religion, wears Mjolnir around her neck and leaves offerings outside to appease the Wights.

      To this day, I am still uncertain as to her level of Faith in all of this, and not due to her apathy in attempting to explain it to me. We have had countless exasperating discussions on the subject, and it always ends the same: In my mind she is full of shit (although I present my position in a much kinder light), because it is absurd to just pick a religion and actually, humanly have the ability to faithfully believe in it almost overnight. The debate usually ends with her being annoyed, and me being overly condescending and unmoving as to the nature of her Faith as compared with my definition of it. She insists there are varying degrees of Faith.

      Am I taking this too literally? Obviously I understand that I should not be trying to win every argument on the subject, but the fact remains that I am presently unable to even consider the possibility that anyone has the type of Faith described in the definition. From where I stand, you either Know something, or you Don't.

      You either Know there is a God, or you Don't -- there is no Faith involved here. Even if your only evidence is anecdotal (holy text, oral tradition, spiritual experience, etc.) you are still using it as evidence, thus removing blind faith from the equation.

      My problem is that I often press too strongly on this one point, and I come across as obstinate and condescending. But am I wrong? Am I interpreting Faith incorrectly? Or do I have it right, and I am just being a dick by rubbing it in? How many people think their Faith is strong when in fact it is not Faith at all?

      These are impossible for me to answer, because I do not have Faith in anything. The closest I can ever recall being to Faith has been a semi-educated guess, supported by even the most marginal of probability analysis. I often try to imagine what it must be like to fully accept and believe something with zero evidence, nor the desire to seek it out. The feeling eludes me...

      I'd like to hear from both those whose Faith is present and strong (I'll try to be as open as possible to your explanations), and also those like myself who cannot seem to qualify literal Faith as anything more than theoretical.


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    • Scrubs wisdom...

      9 years ago

      DevilNuts

      "I always used to think growing up was something that just happened automatically as you got older, but it turns out you have to actually want to do it."

    • Almost there....

      10 years ago

      DevilNuts

      ....So this morning after pulling an all-nighter I finally sent my wife off to Nevada, along with the dog. I will not see the wife again until September, and the dog when we return from Okinawa.

      I still have a week and change here in PA before shoving off for the schoolhouse. Oh, found out I will not be headed for division or wing as previously anticipated, but instead back to 3rd MLG, where I cut my teeth to begin with. Cool.

      SOOO many loose ends to tie up. Gotta TMO my shit into storage (Wednesday thank goodness), get the wife her passport, sell my car, blahblahblah, etc.

      The folks we have been staying with have been absolutely awesome. These guys have let us stay in their house, taking up space since March and never asked for rent or anything. They bend over backwards any time we need something. To thank them, we got them a nice knife set, with an engraved plate on it. I wish we could do more. I feel bad because the husband is deploying about a month after I leave, so after having a full house, the poor wife is going to be alone once we are all gone.

      I feel so cracked out right now, barely any sleep and all of this stress is eating away at my stomach lining. I think I need to get nice and shitfaced tonight so I can reset myself. I see the light at the end of the tunnel - let's hope it's not a train.

    • Orders!!!

      10 years ago

      DevilNuts

      ....Well, not officially. But my monitor called me yesterday (that's right, HE called ME on the cellie) and gave me the four one one:

      * I am leaving mid-May for the SCHOOLHOUSE in 29 Palms for a 2 month CCNA certification class, followed by a one month Data Network Supervisor's course. Needless to say, both of these things will look fucking fantastic on my resume.

      * I will execute orders to Okinawa (either wing or division) sometime in early September.

      This gives me plenty of time to get my shit sorted out before hopping on a plane to the edge of the earth. Plus, the wife gets to visit with her family while I'm off playing student for three months. Everybody wins.

    • Teddy.

      10 years ago

      DevilNuts

      I am currently working as a recruiters assistant at a recruiting station in PA, awaiting orders to okinawa.

      Yesterday, we are sitting around bullshitting during one of the slower periods of the day when an older gentleman comes into the office, wearing a beat up old navy dress cover. The recruiter tells him "I'm busy right now, come back later," and the old man walks out again.

      I knew something was odd because we were not busy, and recruiters never behave that way to people. He must have noticed the funny look I gave him, so he turned around and explained, "Oh, that's just Teddy..."


      Teddy is an older gentleman, approximately in his 50s. When he was seven years old, poor teddy was hit by a car and had his eggs scrambled pretty good. Now it seems he is permanently stuck at seven, in a perpetual state of playing pretend -- that is to say that every time Old Teddy visits the office, he thinks he is someone else.

      Today he was obviously a Senior Chief in the Navy. Last time it was a Navy SEAL. Time before that, Indiana Jones.

      Gunny calls him a "High Functioning Retard." Supposedly he has no job, can't drive, and his poor old mother (who must be a thousand) takes care of him, leaving him to wander main street all day, regaling every cashier and shopkeeper with tales of his adventures. Being totally harmless and quite amusing, the town helps look after Teddy and keeps him out of trouble as he makes his rounds each day.

      Gunny tells me he came in one day pointing to the collector's edition USMC WWII plates, asking him to write down the names of the battles so he could tell people he was in them.

      "So he knows he's full of shit?" I asked.
      "No," says gunny," that's just how his mind works. you tell him the name of a place, and he was there -- in his mind he was at that place."

      Cool, right? Gunny continues....

      "Right around the time that crystal skull movie came out, Teddy stopped by with an Indiana Jones hat on and his leather jacket, and showed me a photo in his wallet of Harrisson Ford from Star Wars... you know, Han solo. He points to the picture and says ," See that? That's me. I'm Indiana Jones. Now you can tell people you met a famous person.""

      The recruiters have been dealing with this guy for years, so to them he is a mild annoyance. But I'm only here for a few weeks, so I think next time Old Teddy comes around, I'm gonna have a little chat with the guy.

      You know, it really wouldn't be all that bad to be stuck at seven years old forever. I hope the guy comes back in soon.

    • The noose is loose.

      10 years ago

      DevilNuts

      I still don't get paid until the 15th, but Navy Marine Corps Relief Society came through and paid my bills for me.

      Funny, I never imagined myself needing to make use of the organization, even though I have given to them in the past. I guess that's what it's there for. Nice people.

    • I'm a Marine again!!!

      10 years ago

      DevilNuts

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      I swore in today, for another 4. I am officially back on active duty once again.

    • Wahoo.

      10 years ago

      DevilNuts

      Just talked to the monitor yesterday....

      Looks like they want me for Okinawa.... again. Ugh I have to get my dog so many shots.

      If anyone has experience PCS'ing to Okinawa *with* a family (wife/pets) please give me some words of wisdom, I have no idea what the fuck I'm doing.

    • Still unemployed.

      10 years ago

      DevilNuts

      So I am still living with a friend, along with my wife and dog. It's really getting old being someone's houseguest, but I guess it's better than being homeless.

      The recruiter says my package will come back any day now. Lets hope so.

  • Comments (124)

    • Shura0107

      9 years ago

      PS3s are hitting $299 stateside. Price cuts were announced September 1.

    • MiraSuMuerte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold /dev/null

      9 years ago

      This User has no friends.


      Daaaamn, Devil. RT Punk'd your ass. smiley8.gif

    • MiraSuMuerte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold /dev/null

      10 years ago

      Nah. My second family is over there. Their dad is Corpsman E-7 over there. Think they're staying in kadena at the moment.

    • MiraSuMuerte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold /dev/null

      10 years ago

      You already there, bro?

    • MiraSuMuerte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold /dev/null

      10 years ago

      Where in Okinawa you stationed/going to be?

    • GoldenZephyr

      10 years ago

      LOL

      He's Boot and in some sort of Comm MOS. He's headed to MCT this week from Boot leave.

    • GoldenZephyr

      10 years ago

      I've got a type of half brother in law type gonna be married by relations showing up to the Stumps in a month for Comm school. Any gouge you can give?

    • DevilNuts

      10 years ago

      Thank you. I vaguely remember you, but I cannot remember if I like you or not.

    • youwish

      10 years ago

      Wow, the last time I talked to you was YEARS ago. You were so full of hate...and yet I see you've since been married! Well, congrats on the marriage I hope all is well. You always did entertain me smiley1.gif

    • MiraSuMuerte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold /dev/null

      10 years ago

      Sup, bro?

    • JonathanL27

      10 years ago

      HAHA RUN THATS FUNNY!!! being a marine yourself you know i only run to the sound of a gun fight. OORAH!!!!!

    • MarineTech

      10 years ago

      Yeah. He already blocked me.

      That's OK though, posers have done that before.

      I just took over his "the Force" group when he abandoned it and I'm posting screenshots of his posts all over it..

      There's also the little fact that even if we're blocked, we can always start sending the evidence direct to all his friends and in any thread he posts in. Mjolnir Rock tried the same thing and we dealt with his ass.

    • Sgt_Death

      10 years ago

      Hey man congrats on the promotion (even if I'm late in congratulating you.......dont judge me)


      I got a good laugh at numbnuts

      Q-What does Semper Fi mean?

      A- "Fight On" i am not stupid

      I had no idea it was opposite day, damn I missed it again.


      Anyways thanks for your service devil dog.

      SemperFi.jpg

    • MiraSuMuerte FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold /dev/null

      10 years ago


      Are you playing airsoft..... with Desert Digitals...???

      You know those are not authorized to wear off-statin, right? Likem if I leave work in my cammies I am not even allowed to get out and pump my own gas.


      Nope. Was portraying an SG-3 member at an event. You've seen Stargate SG-1, right? SG-3 and SG-5 are Marine combat teams.

      Not something I plan to repeat next year though.

    • JAFOOfficer

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the info, and i'm assuming it has something to do with your promotion. Congrats!

    • ECHO_8

      10 years ago

      Congrads on the promotion, Sgt.

      ~Nick

      Post edited 1/06/09 8:41PM

    • SpaceLemur FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      There's actually a third solution to a Rubik's cube. Pull it apart and put it back together. Once you see how they work, it simple not only to figure out how to put it back together, it makes it easier to solve the hard way.
      The key... the center never moves. I'm sure there's a lesson in there somewhere.

    • ulobmoga

      10 years ago

      Well, I am currently working on getting my bachelor's degree. I have about 3 years left to get it and then I will be waltzing down to a recruiter's office. I am currently weighing my options between the U.S. Army or the U.S.M.C. Dunno which yet but I am doing all my homework.

      Ulob

    • Firedrayke

      10 years ago

      Argh, stupid goddamn clicky wheel, that was supposed to be a +1 Zing, not a -1 Lame. Soz. smiley5.gif

    • Bigchief117

      10 years ago

      You know I just realized how old that picture is and how young those girls were in it...I think it might be time to take it down

    • DevilNuts

      10 years ago

      Semper Fidelis, since you deleted my comment on your page.

      Choke on it, fuck face. Enjoy your freedom. Those Marines you hate so much fight and die so you can spew your ignorance in peace. It is because of cowards like you that I will always have a job.

      Post edited 11/11/08 5:07PM

    • HaloACE56

      10 years ago

      Are you even in the marines? it IS LATIN

    • HaloACE56

      10 years ago

      "Fight On" i am not stupid. It is Latin. There lives were lost for no reason, it was a waste of life, and all we can do is respect the ones who are now gone.

    • HaloACE56

      10 years ago

      In my opinion, they are stupid, NOT ALL, but most I have seen and talked to. If they join the marines, they are on a suicide mission. ESPECIALLY WITH BUSH, but now he is gone WOOT.

    • DevilNuts

      10 years ago

      Awesomeness.

    • hgainest

      10 years ago

      I'm still not 100% sure yet. I love being around the armed forces and the people in them.

    • hedleschiken

      10 years ago

      Well at that Vegas gun range, I fired an MP5 and a Glock either 18 or 19. I asked the guy for something with a low kick and he favored the Glocks. My friend fired off an M16 and a 92FS at the same range, I actually dared him to go for the Desert Eagle since he suggested to go another round of 30 shots.

    • MarineTech

      10 years ago

      Back in the OLD Corps, we carried 1911A1s DevilPup.

    • demonswraith

      10 years ago

      Oo-rah Corporal of Marines! It was a 96 and it was too early to get my weekly cut. lol smiley0.gif

      Post edited 9/20/08 11:49AM

    • Fhajad Forum Games Moderator

      10 years ago

      It'd be an enlistment to the military, so it'd be at least a step above a civilian, no matter what.

    • J00J00B33

      10 years ago

      MemorialDay.jpg

      Memorial day.

      smiley12.gif

    • your_funeral

      10 years ago

      Dammit.

      I know I'm not the first to have the idea, but I'm sure they weed out the idiots better than RT does.

    • your_funeral

      10 years ago

      Yeah I agree about MT. But if there was more than one it'd have to be you and him.

      But I'm not saying it would have to be just us in there because I know we are few but I think there'd still be a shit ton of topics. Civilians asking questions, getting ready to join, etc etc.

    • your_funeral

      10 years ago

      Dude, I honestly think we need our own forum category and moderators from our own ranks.

      We could seriously bottleneck some of the stupidity that flows into our thread, keep everyone else quiet about hijacking theirs (because if they want to post about military and do it in the wrong forum it can be moved and if it's stupid we can delete it and keep people on topic) and answer peoples' honest, un-stupid questions. It's a win situation for us and for RT.

    • J00J00B33

      10 years ago

      If there were millions of people who took five goddamn minutes to actually think, about the military, about this country, about honor and respect,

      maybe there wouldn't be millions bitching about the "horrible" state of America and how our President is running it into the ground.

    • ah64mech13

      10 years ago

      hello

    • Jefferoo

      10 years ago

      Damn, there's gotta be some way a civvie can play with one of those.

    • Firedrayke

      10 years ago

      Thanks...?

      Were you thinking of anything specific, or was it just a Hallmark moment? smiley8.gif

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      ...internet cafe.....

    • Sgt_Death

      11 years ago

      Whats up?

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      I'm trying to track the poser down and drag him out in public so I was going through his profile. About the same time you two squared off, he asked a friend for the link to the site, "Can you please show an exact link of this site? I have a few words to this....this....person who started this whole crap up again"

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      Won't he be disappointed/surprised. He'll probably stalk me too. I may have to activate my Air Force network and chase his dumbass down at his command and scare some sense into him.

    • 82nd

      11 years ago

      heh he blocked me

    • GoldenZephyr

      11 years ago

      Careful, Numbnuts is trying to track you down on facebook. I think we really upset him this time. *sniffsniff*

    • 82nd

      11 years ago

      permission to post this? on his homepage?

    • farfegnuggent

      11 years ago

      How about you stop spamming om my homepage? I didn't say anything to you so back off.

    • farfegnuggent

      11 years ago

      ..............................

    • pwoody

      11 years ago

      Nope. Hawks Nest State Park WV. IT IS beautiful. [http://www.hawksnestsp.com/]

    • NovaN75

      11 years ago

      okay, I took it down. Sorry it took so long, I didn't know anyone had replied to that.

    • DemoDiver79

      11 years ago

      DUDE, no WAY. I haven't heard that line in YEARS.

      Land Before Time, baby... the original and still the best.

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