Thursday, May 3, 2018

Villain Insurance

Harley: Hey Seraphin!!

Seraphin: yes Harley?

Harley: I’ve just haf a thought about superheroes and villians

Seraphin: this better not have any spoilers from any new movies Harley!!

Harley: it doesn’t! I swears on all my favorite animals.

Seraphin: ok, well in that case the spoiler free floor is yours

Harley: thanks!!

Aight lords and ladies so here’s the thing!

What if heroes and villains were real, not like The unbelievable cheeto real but like proper villains like lex luthor, the Joker, and such. Now think about this. Anyone who has ever Actually read what their home insurance covers knows that it doesnt cover things like war or nuclear incidents and the most emphasised flood or earthquake. Now with those last two at least you can buy specialty insurance from specialty companies to cover flood and earthquake because these are things that could happen but your average insurer doesnt cover. Now i know this seems off track but here me out aight

So what if in the comic earth there are specialty insurance companies that sell villian insurance. And “no, no no no, we dont insure heroes specifically but if a hero damages your property whilst fighting a currently covered villian than that is included.” Thats gona be a line you hear alot from your local villian insurance agent. They dont cover heroes directly, only as an incident in regards to villians on your policy.

Now here’s where they get you. Not all villians are covered all the time. The way it works is you get to first choose a package. Do you want the Double Daring? That gives you two villians of your choice and all choices are locked in for the next week minimum and no you cant make a change in the middle of an attack, we heavily enforce binding restrictions in areas once an attack has begun. We also have the Devils Threesome, no we dont mean that sexually you perv, it mean you get to pick three villians instead of two, now we do offer certain discounts at this level for example certain package deals get a discounted rate such as the Gotham Sirens, they are usually seperate entities but as a team up they can be quite destructive so if you choose each of them for this package we do offer a frequent team up discount. We also have the Four Horseman level, you get 4 choices, then the Fearsome Five and the Sinistery Six, this one was originally the Sinister Six but then the actual  sinister six sued us for copyright infringement so we added a y.

Now with these packages you do have to pick specific villians for your coverage and only that villian or villians group in cases like Joker and his gang or minions are covered. Now with this coverage we do cover teams as a single choice. Originally  we had a great example for this with Joker and Harley Quinn they were a package deal but what is true love anymore am i right? Hatley deserves better anyway, but like i was saying, in recent years with thier breakup now they are seperate options but constant teams do count as one so like if Ra’s and the assassins wreck your house thats all covered as one pick.

Now it can get difficult this covwrage can cuz if a villian on your list goes to jail it is your responsibility to update your policy. Premiums are of course going to be higher in the villian’s preferred locations. Also if your property gets wrecked by a team up and only part of the team is on your list we are only gona cover you for the percentage that your listed villians make up said team. SO if two face and penguin wreck your shit but you only had penguin listed youll get 50% covergae.

Seraphin: now wait a moment Harley, this is gona end up getting bery exhausting for people always having to call in and guess what villians might attack next. Why can’t we offer general billian coverage.

Harley: its still a buisness Seraphin, we still have to be able to make a profit somehow and general coverage would bankrupt us in a matter of days.

Seraphin: ok, ok, it sucks but i at least see your point. I almost feel bad for the service reps tho.

Harley: how come?

Seraphin: well think about it like this...

A customer calls in “ hello, i need to file a claim, Harey and her group of Quinns just trashed my house.”

“Oh dear that is terrible, I am sorry this has happen d but unfortunately I see that currently Harley Quinn is not a covered villian on your policy.

“Not covered! What the hell do you mean not covered! I have coverage for the Joker and his cohorts on my plan! This is Gotham! Who would be crazy enough not to have the Joker listed?!?!”

“Well of course Sir, I agree the Joker is a very popular coverage option and rightfully so but with their split up as of 2016 as well as Harley dipping more into the anti-hero roll her classification is only covered with the evolving character endorsement and she is no longer connected with the Joker so you see Sir, while I absolutely sympathize with your situation, unfortunately in this instance you ate currently not covered for this incident.”

“Well this policy is a joke!”

Si2: Did you two really just go through all of this for a halfwitted pun?

Harley and Seraphin: Yup :)

Monday, March 19, 2018

A few photos from Katsucon photo shoots..

So Katsucon was the first con where I largely spent my time doing planned photo shoots and it was a blast. here are just a few of the shots, me as Todoroki Shouto from My Hero Academia as well as HP Lovecraft from Bungo Stray Dogs. Unfortunately, the bull riding videos from the restaurant we went to are not wanting to load so we will look into that and see if we can get a copy up for everyone later.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Millennial Talks: Guns and a note on Generations

Harley: Don’t you dare touch my guns Seraphin!! 

Seraphin: Did you purchase them legally?

Harley: well, yea...

Seraphin: Are you properly trained in the responsible use and maintenance of your weaponry?

Harley: yes...

Seraphin: Do you properly store youre weaponry in a safe and/or storage area where those who shouldn’t have access to it can’t reasonably gain access to it?

Harley: yes...

Seraphin: Then congratulations. Noone cares about your guns or that you have them. Your argument is infantile and knee jerk.

Harley: Can I go now?

Seraphin: you can, but if you do you’ll miss the actual message pst the humor...

Harley: Im a prankster and chaos loving clown Seraphin...

Seraphin: we might piss off Both sides...

Harley: oh! Ok continue!

Seraphin: Thanks...

Ok so here’s the thing. Everytime a shooting happens both sides lose their damn minds. And that is a big part of the problem. People are polarized to A Side. Well my side supports blank or my side supports this instead. Just shut the fuck up. Your Sides is a big part of the problem in this country, but thats another topic for another time.

But heres the gun issue. And ill warn you NRA fans now, read fully or dont bother. And you full on gun hippies who want to “ban all guns”, you aint gona like this much either. But for my larger audience. Those who understand life is not nor has it ever been black and white. It has always been a beautiful and vast specteum of color and nuance.

Now to the issue. Lets start with an easy one to agree on shall we. Schools getting shot up by Anyone is bad! Still with me? Good cuz otherwise youre hopeless and We can’t help you. Now this is where this portion of the issue gets speculative.

How do we fix it?

First off we have to all actually agree this is a problem and work together to fix it. So lets start with this. Children can not legally own a handgun by federal law, and federal lw prohibits the sale of firearms to minors, however in 30 states there is no law about a minor Owning a Long gun, ie a rifle or shotgun, and according to my research thus far, this includes and this surprised me actually, an Uzi depending on its make and modifications.

 Now I’m largely against telling people how to live thier life up unto the point living your life infringes on the life of another or even worse, hurts them in anyway. So I wont say we should change these laws. If Johnny wants Junior to have his own rifle and learn to be properly trained and properly maintain his own gun, thats their business UNTIL IT HURTS SOMEONE ELSE. Then its a problem.

So how do we help this issue? Well for one let’s look at something else that people love to reference during this conversation. Automobiles. People are killed every year by automobiles. And youre right noone is calling to ban them. And Im not calling to ban guns, but i am calling for responsibility. What happens to earn your right to drive, you have to pass a competency test showing you know how, you have to be Licensed and you have to have insurance. Now why do we do these things. 1. Well this ones obvious, we dont want people who don’t know what the hell they are doing operating these one ton death machines. 2. We need to be able to identify you have proven your competency to operate a vehicle and 3. And this is the one well circle back to later, If under Any circumstances you damage someones property or even worse, hurt or kill someone, you are held liable for the damages.

Si2: Seraphin, are you trying to say people are not liable if they shoot someone?

Seraphin: not entirely Si but I see your point, let me explain further.

Yes of course people are liable. Legally those at fault can be tried for manslaughter and murder among other things, but perhaps we can approach it further in a different way. So back to the car example. If Junior, borrows Daddy’s car, legally or illegally, with or without permission, what happens if Junior wrecks and injures someone. Prize for those who said Daddy’s insurance or Daddy has to pay for it. And practically speaking if you wanna see change in the use of something, add in insurance. Regulation will happen Very quickly.

Now again. I don’t care how you live your life. But damn well believe you are responsible for your choices and actions, or inaction in some cases. My proposal is simple. 1. You can own a gun, that's fine, it is you're Constitutionally given right. But to do so you must take a class and pass a test showing you know how to properly use and maintain the weapon as well as are properly educated on the laws regarding the weapon. 2. You must pass an in depth background check showing you are not only a law abiding citizen but also that you do not have a history of violence. 3. You will be required to properly store you're weapon and provide proof of said proper storage. 4. Each gun owner will be required to carry firearm liability insurance with a state minimum level of coverage.

Will this plan work? I don't know, Since it was my idea, I am of the biased opinion that it is at least an attempt in the right direction. Our current attempts haven’t worked out overly well to prevent further attacks and this disingenuous bickering that ultimately devolves into name calling and fruitless arguments is getting us no where.

Harley: Think you managed to piss of everyone?

Seraphin: Well Harley, as long as they consider more options and find it in themselves to grow and become more than this bullshit us and them, then I don’t care if they agree with the specifics as long as they are opening dialogue and discussing ideas rather than blindly bashing one another.

In case we have not however on another note and just a quick aside for everyone on the topic of Generation, a topic we may address further later. Millennials are not teenagers. The youngest millennials are now 21 by many references but at the very youngest they are 18. We outnumber Baby Boomers and we are doing little with that. Largely we are nostalgic and do our level best to be largely distracted. as a whole we are just trying to survive in the world we found ourselves in. Numbers mean nothing if there is no action. Where we Are seeing action right now however is from this rising generation the oldest whom are 18-20 the youngest are still being born but these teenagers, Gen Z (How original), so just an FYI the generation of 'tide pod eaters' (which isn't a real thing except among the stupidest of people. its a meme, a joke actually) those speaking out and walking out in protest is Gen Z, or whatever name they ultimately end up saddled with. Either way, I wish them well but caution that they not just follow trends but seek to understand the issues and focus their passion and fire into making things better. Perhaps we will more fully address the idea of generations and such another time. We shall see.

Much love to you my friends. Until next time.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Around the homefires burnin’

Hello again dear friends!

Harley: you’re making this a habit Seraphin

Seraphin: yes I know. I do apologize. There has been much changing and going on here in Ithaka and I have been trying to keep up. Unfortunately being available here was one of the things that got sidetracked. How has everyone been?

Harley: Been popping around a few new ideas for costumes for next year. Lots of leather armor and sexiness. You’d better be hittin the gym

Seraphin: sounds fun. Well have to get on with designs soon

Harley: dont keep me waiting ;)

Seraphin: How bout you Si?

Si2: Just minding the shop and thinking on recent events. Do you care to discuss the current events as of late?

Seraphin: perhaps later. Its a bit late in the wvening atm and hat sounds like it may be quite the conversation, soon tho.  Raven how about you? Doing well?

Raven: chat later. Busy atm. Current world climate is ripe for the picking! Lots of souls to collect. Tata for now.

Seraphin: well that was quick

Well, alot has been going on and I am trying to refocus. A few quick notes to our beloved readers: 

1. Comments do not appear automatically so don’t fret if you don’t see yours right away. 
2. As it may be confusing to our new friends, all of the content of our blog prior to October 2017 was written by our dearly departed Dream God, Silas. Beginning in October of 2017 we began to cowrite together to maintain the blog within the Ithakan family and I, Seraphin, King of Ithaka am now the sole author.
3. Much of my writting will be personal and include the Ithakan Court (those discussed above) as well as others, but i will be discussing several differwnt matters as well that relate to the world itself
4. The Philosophers Club is on extended hiatus following several rough occurences in individual lives preventing meetings at this time.
5. While I will consider questions, comments and even requests for topics, i do not offer any assurance I will answer or address the topic.
6. Feel free to comment and interact and i will work on being able to respond as well
7. Yea each character is me. See prior post about seraphin and characters for full introductions.

So anyway, a quick update this evening and i will be working on more content this coming week as well but for now. I did have a slup with the no drinking. Convention fun got me and i had a few drinks. Nothing terrible happened but Im not happy with the slip up. That was back in february tho and tuesday will yet again mark 30 days sober. So that is exciting for me. In even more exciting news, my endeavors in the workforce of the world...

Harley: Seraphin, why are you working if youre a king?

Seraphin: would you accept ‘needing to set a proper example for our subjects?’

Harley: not wven a little

Seraphin: Very well, I tried. King doesnt pay much to be honest Harley. Its mostly responsibilities and looking good

Harley: so about that gym...

Seraphin: yes yes i skipped this week but well b there Monday so chill. But yes as i was saying...

I am very proud to announce that I have been transferred from my previous department to the department I really wanted to get in to and am doing even better than I was before. As always when it comes to work I will remain more vague than usual but suffice to say I am, if you can believe t, even happier than i was before and things have been greatly improved by the transition. So, coming soon we will have some fun from the latest photo shoots I was involved in, we will joke around about something stupid that may happen in the world (no shortage there), and we will see what tomorrow holds.

As always my friends, much love to you all and enjoy your day

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Story Time with the King!

Hello again! Finally right? Yes i know its been a while simce my last post.

Harley: yea almost a month you reclusive jerk

Si2: now Harley thats rude. Im sure his highness had a legitimate reason to leave us all languishing away here in our little corner of the kingdom.

Seraphin: Si, I think Harley's shade is rubbing off on you.

But yes I agree it has been too long and I apologize for that. There is reason however so I will tell you of what has been occuring in our wonderful little kingdom.

A lil over a month ago the Queen and I attended a regalia of the finest quality found in Ithaka. And as such things go I found myself having had a bit much. Now this concerned the Queen greatly as I had been getting on in this manner a bit too frequently as of late. So we had a discussion and I have quite drinking. Over 30 days now in fact. And combined with several other changes, Ive never felt better.

This has been one of my main focuses in the last month. Ive been a heavy drinker since college. An addictive personality matched with a general disinterest in self. Led to many risky and perhaps bad decisions over the years.

I have been slowly dropping many of my bad habits in recent years. Several which i wont discuss here but some more notably however I will. The first to go was smoking which i know delighted Silas to no end as he had for years preached the evils of cigarettes. This year marks over 3 or 4 years since I had my last cigarette. I do still on occasion go to the hookah bar but this is largely a here or there occurence now.

And even with having kicked cigarettes and other bad habits, I leaned all the more heavily on alcohol when things werent perfect. This crutch however has finally been kicked thanks to the strength and support of my loving Queen, as well as the overwhelming support of our dearest friends.

Now please dont look for a self help here. I cant offer much advice on that as I have been lucky thay when I determine to do a thing or not, I do. Anything Ive ever quit, while sometimes it took several tries. The changes that stick have always been, "well no more of that", and then I didnt do it again. So i cant offer much in the way of helpful tips on how to quit other than do your best to replace actions that you associate with the bad habit with something new.

Harley: that's terribly unhelpful

Seraphin: I stated as much

Harley: you really dont have Any secrets that help you when you have to quit something.

Seraphin: be forceful in your determination to quit and have supportive people around you..? I told you this isnt a guide, anyway.

I have been making several such changes recently. I no longer drink, i only have a few sodas on the weekend if that, i workout hard 5 times a week, and i take better care of myself. Im refinding passions, writting, leather work, cosplay, working out, things id let fall aside due to depression, laziness and a general uncaring. Things are continuing to look up. And hopefully Ill also hear good news soon about the position i applied for in my company!

So i guess really what this story is about is a thank you. Thank you to those who have supported me, parents, sisters, Silad, my friends and recently and most all my Queen, they have supported me when i didnt care to support myself, when i wasnt worth supporting, and now in my efforts to be worthy of their support. I love all of you and thank you for continuing to help me on this path.

Always with love to you all. Be good to one another.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Happy Holidays...

A preview of the start of festivities with my family in the Kingdom of Butterflies. Me and King Padre are doing the fusion dance to try and join the yellow beasts into one super beast. Results are indertiminable so far. From all of us in Ithaka, we wish you all a Happy Holidays no matter what you choose to celebrate or believe, much love to you all. Be awesome to one another.
~ Seraphin

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Life Updates

Alot has been going on recently. I am up for a new position at work which is exciting and has been a whirlwind of awesome so far. It has really shown me how amazing my company is. Also I am excited that my novel is being reviewed for publishing and that ontop of that I was invited to submit a short story for a collection of short stories. The next meeting of the Philosophers Society will be this coming weekend so I am looking forward to that as well.

Much love to you all!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fairy Princess

I am super excited about this weekend. Not only has a dear friend, Bluepool, come,to visit while he is in town, but best of all this weekend is Yamacon and with that i get 3 days of costumed fun. Saturday is the day im most excited for tho because The Fairy Princess herself will be joining our royal court for a full group cosplay and it is going to be legendary! This will rank as one of the best group cosplays we have gotten to do so far :)

Much love to you all

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My Novel

I got exciting and long awaited news this week. My first novel, which i spent years on, is being reviewed and edited. This is something near and dear to my heart since Silas was the first to ever look it over and give me feedback. Work is underway on the sequel but the truly exciting part is that there is for the first time in a while. Visible progress on all fronts :)
Much love to you all

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Con Season Recap

Its a weird time of year where we are not going to any conventions and all of the focus has shifted to the everyday. Now as you can imagine, we in Ithaka generally find the everyday rather dull so the Off Season is always a bit of a drag as it begins.

This year was packed full of amazing cons, the first of which was scheduled to be just for Her Majesty the Queen, however, courtesy of Royal Aid from the Parental Kingdom I was able to make a last minute trip to join her. The trip was full of excitement and fun and inspired me for future costumes.

Me dressed as Oda from Bungo Stray Dogs. Photo by InTempest Photography

Our next con of the year took us just the short drive to Downtown for the day where Her Highness won the beginners division makers costume contest for a costume she not only made from scratch but also designed and created the pattern for. (Shes much more talented than I am in but has never competed before), while I was bumped up to the Intermediate division and placed 3rd.

This wad a great honor to me because my inspiration and the man i look up to in leather crafting was one of the judges and his acknowledgment of my progress from when i first started made the entire hospital visit worth it (long story short, i became so focused back when i made the outfit that my diet for 3 days was soda and rum/soda and i forgot to eat completely. I ended up having to go to the er for a blood sugar of 34. Short visit, slap on the wrist. Luckiky now when i get too focused there are ppl shoving food at me once in a while haha) either way, it was worth it. Shown below is the costume that got me 3rd place and a huge med bill lol: Gladiator Harley Quinn (the hammer i made too and doubles as a "backpack"). Picture courtesy of Her Royal Highness the Queen

Harley: oh, hey! There I am! Bout time you let me in on the fun again.

Seraphin: well Harley its been very busy lately and you tend to be a trouble maker.

Harley: gasp* I'm offended! If anything I'm a fun maker!

Seraphin: that may be true as well but weve had to stay focused lately. I know you hate the off season but theres more fun coming, don't you worry.

Harley: not soon enough.

Now anyway, following that we were off for a short visit to the Parental Kingdom and a little con over that way. It was small but entertaining, largely because i got to debut 3 new cosplays, one of which noone had done yet and I was blown away that people noticed and talked about it on a message board within hours of my first pictures posting.

The above is my debuted character people loved. Mushitaro from Bungo Stray Dogs. Photo courtesy of the Queen.

Ohio was my last stop for the year, where i got to not only enjoy a wonderful weekend with close friends, I also got to meet and get to know a new friend who is now very important in my life. It was an Amazing weekend and everyone loved all of our outfits. So I am eagerly awaiting the next con I can attend. Below is a photo of or squad relaxing at the end of the con as well as my top cosplay for the weekend.
Pictures courtesy of me (top) InTempest Pgotography (bottom)

Si2: that is really a quite nice edit job he did on your arm and around the hand.

Seraphin: It really is! The character is Todoroki from My Hero Academia and half his body controls fire while the other controls ice. This is really wana my favorite shots from this shoot.

Another last minute con that I wasnt able to attend with Her Highness and our retinue is definately on the list for next year since the entire thing takes place at a water park and I'm quite excited for that.

We had planned for one more con in Atlanta prior to the end of the season but we chose instead to redo the living room and dining area of the castle with new paint, new lighting, new outlets and of course new furniture. It is now much more Ithakan than before and we feel the trade was well worth it.

For now we have begun plans for next years season and we are very excited to be starting with a con we have not gone to before near DC. Itll be quite fun.

That's all for now on the Ithakan Con Front. Have a good evening. Much love to you all

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Circle: An In Depth Review of Humanity through an otherwise dull film

Spoilers ahead! Proceed at your own risk....

The Circle is a film that as a whole is largely of little entertainment value. The plot revolves around a single room with a group of individual trapped in one spot. I say trapped because should they exit the circle they are standing in they are immeadiately excecuted by a bright laser type stream,of light.

The group is a seemingly random collection of individuals. However as the story progresses, it becomes clear that these people were most likely placed as a representation of the population as a whole. They appear as any person you might see on the street. Theres a high profile buisness type, a soldier, a cop, a thug, a couple having an affair together, a mother to be, a child and several more.

Now as one of the participants figures out and explains to the group, and by extension, the audience, the circle is not randomly selecting people to kill every few minutes. The movement of everyones hands is causing a "vote" on who dies next.

Now what makes this interesting is that as you watch. Initially it is fractured and chaotic and all you want is for them to stop being idiots and band together.

This is a terribke fucking idea.

Because once they band together, and begin to organize, initially to buy time, they start by voting for the elderly to buy time to figure out whats happening. There is one boy, merely sixteen or seventeen, who sacrifices himself for the group. He doesnt know what else to do and he hopes that mayb this last kindness will help others.

There are a short number more who sacrifice themselves because it is inevitable. They have lost hope but had contributed during their time before it ended.

Now what truly stands out are a few specific instances.

The first being the backlash against the first to try and organize the group, when his methods, as thoughtout, and seemingly reasonable as they may be, when the majority no longer feel protected by his voting dictates, he is immeadiately dispossed of.

This is not surprising, throughout history, those who have been trying to help have been killed for it. Humans protect themselves naturally. Those willing to become a target for others is the exception.

Now the next part that stands out is the cop pointing out a thug who had beaten the crap out of his girlfriend for cheating on him. Now the thug knows admitting anything will get him killed, Because if anything, humans overall are a fairly violent and vengeful race. It is only with effort that we can be better. But i digress, the thug, adamantly denies the claims until its clear he is fucked, at which point he tries to justify it and blame her cheating for his behavior. She smugness of the group when they kill him is very clear.

Now as the group dwindles it basically splits into 2 tribes. Those trying to make it out at all costs, and those trying to guarantee either the little girl or the mother to be make it out. This gets fairly heated and results in several more deaths while further showing some fairly instinctual aspects of the process of death, including bargaining.

I skip to the final portion because "tribal conflict" and "us vs them" is a whole other topic, and the final portion is where it really lands one to the gut.

Seriously tho, if you want to watch the movie and hate to have the ending given away. Stop reading now!
I'm serious, im about to discuss the ending of the movie.
You've been warned.

Now as i was saying, the ending here is a gut punch, Especialy if youve been spending this movie trying to decide howd youd survive this same type of ordeal and ended up on the side of, I prolly can't so we save the kid or unborn.

So it comes down to one of the "I must save them" tribe, the kid, and the mother to be. And right here is where it fucked me up. The dude explains that he cant be the one to decide which of them dies. So it comes down to the LITTLE FUCKING GIRL! Who this entire time has been terrified and crying and afraid she would be next, which she almost was a few times. This terrified little kid, who barely understands the world, in this moment is the greatest and saddest of humanity.

She chooses to die, to give the baby a future! This scared little girl, gives up her life for another. Shes amazing! So its right here where it kicks you in the teeth and spits in your face, because this is not a feel good film but a pschological head fuck representation of humanity. And its fairly accurate.

So the guy tells the girl its ok and that hell go with her and as he yells at her to "go now" and she jumps from her circle, to be killed, the guy remains unmoved and votes for the mother to be, killing her as well and saving himself.

A snake in the grass the whole time. Humanity easily seeks out and destroys its blatant enemies, while embracing, to its destruction, the enemy in our midst. People have the ability to be either great or terrible. And tho this ending is a kick in the teeth and saying, see, all that work to save them was for nothing. And that may be, but it doesnt lessen the sacrifices of those who tried, because as we see in the final moments, amongst other survivors back on a normal street. Other groups did save the mother to be or the kid. So it may not work in Your group, but remember yours is not the only group.

Basically, never give up, because you might fail, but failing is not the worst that can happen to you. Also, people suck, but they Can be so much better when they try.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Philosophers Society: The Beginnings.

The first meeting of the Philosopher's Society went very well. We have begun with questions to get to know one another. We are a group who tend to expand on topics and find tangents to those topics, however we remain productive as we get to know one another further. We have diverse backgrounds, diverse opinions and experiences and i believe this will serve our discussions well as we go forward.

Today began with a basic 101 of what Philosophy is, what common fallacies are and a look at inductive and deductive reasoning. A good site for understanding fallacies is:

Philosophy is the study of ways to address fundamental questions in all other fields. Basically, question everything. Do not merely accept something, question it. Ask why or how. Learn from those we are speaking with. This does not mean we must agree with them, but it is a downfall that in recent years the ability to discuss and debate without attacking the other person has been lost.

One of the keys that I believe is needed for this is Active Listening. We should stop listening just so we may answer or retort. We must listen to other points of view in order to understand what they are saying. Many misunderstandings can be avoided by actually listening to anothers point of view. Furthermore, we may learn something from the experience should we be so lucky.

We went on to discuss briefly our backgrounds, where we come from and what our upbringing was like. We did this to better understand where each person is coming from in the discussions down the road. We have the advantage that with our diverse group, We examine and believe in different things. We acknowledge things in different ways and analyze things differently. Our group holds individuals who ascribe to varying beliefs from christianity to atheism and even pantheism. Beliefs ranging from the strictly provable to the intuitive. Skepticism to mysticism. We acknowledge that we do not agree with one another on things, there are things some of us may find unbelievable or even unrealistic, or close minded. We do not however attack one another, we discuss and we learn one anothers views. The more we learn of others, the better we may peacefully and successfully function in the world.

We will be deciding on a topic in the coming weeks for our next meeting. We further decided that the Society shall meet once per month for our discussions.