Begin with gratitude

Can I just say– you guys are awesome? Cause you are.

My health has been pretty abysmal, which has impacted my mental well-being, and even my faith. But through it all I’m still here, and so are you – and your affection and support mean so much to me. I know I’m not a very good person, but I love our Gods, and I want to do extraordinary things for them, and so do you guys, and we’re doing it together, and man, that’s really cool and inspires me, particularly on the bad days.

So thank you. And let’s fill this year with beauty and devotion to the point of bursting – and beyond!

Io Dionysos! Io io evohe!

16 thoughts on “Begin with gratitude

  1. I think saying you’re not a good person is a bit extreme. There are plenty of virtuous things about you that outway anything bad about you. I’ll never not be thankful that you’re in my life.

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  2. It distresses me that you say that you are not a good person. I cannot see how that could be the case. There is a huge difference between being imperfect, as we all certainly are, and not being good. To me it is clearly good that you are here, and I am probably only aware of very little of the good that you have done. That of which I am aware would outweigh any evils of which I am not, in all likelihood. It is far too easy for us to apply to ourselves standards more rigorous and less charitable than we would ever apply to others.

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    1. I don’t know about that. A good man wouldn’t have blown up at you when you reached out the way you did, especially over long passed internet drama. For which I am sorry.

      Beyond that, good and bad don’t really factor into my decision making. I’m more of a pragmatic utilitarian when it comes to ethics. For me the question is: does this further my goals or impede them. Or, more accurately – is this action pleasing to Dionysos (and secondarily the other divinities) or not. Consequently I tend to side with Thrasymachos and Euthyphro, though I’ll concede that Sokrates put forth the more sophisticated argument in both cases.

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      1. If a good person can’t be testy now and then goodness isn’t worth the trouble. As for utilitarianism, it’s just a way of quantifying the good that one does, which is exactly the measure by which I judge. To have good goals and to have done everything one realistically can to realize them is surely the lion’s share of goodness by anyone’s definition.

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  3. I suppose ‘good’ is a pretty broad word to use. You’re not really good, are you? You’re a rapscallion. A rake. A buccaneer. A renegade.
    You’re too interesting to be ‘good’, I guess.
    But I also think you’re good. Just not in a way we usually define it.
    I’m glad you’re here, for good and ill!

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  4. Greetings from the Texas Gulf Coast.

    You are an authentic person. The good/bad person paradigm doesn’t mesh well with authenticity.


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