Paul Ivinskas

Westerville, OH, United States

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Paul Ivinskas
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why do we let this happen in the world?
Why do we let this happen in the world? I don't know. Creationists probably lose more followers than they gain. This is a small blip on the radar. They are a dieing breed. It stinks for the children in South Korea but I don't see it as a long lasting world issue. Christians are starting to realise they must accept evolution. There is nothing wrong with that either. Evolution and the Bible can coincide.
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Paul Ivinskas
Posted almost 2 years ago
Anarchism
Sorry a bit confused, define "we" and do you have modern examples of free society working, or any in the last 2000 years? Even small samples would be great to learn about. I am not well versed in the subject and came to TED to learn. I just don't see free society/anarchy being possible in a large society as companies with advanced technology would surely take control.
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Paul Ivinskas
Posted almost 2 years ago
Why live?
Live for those around you. On the topic of suicide, it has such a negative effect on those who care for you or even simply know you. You essentially leave everyone asking questions with no absolute truth. What could I have done? Why did they do it? Just four days ago my old neighbor/parents neighbor of 15 years just took her life a day after her 52nd birthday in the garage of her home. Her daughter found her. When my mother asked the police officer why she would do this and allow her daughter to find her, the officer said that she did not plan for her daughter to find her. I suspect there was a note of sorts possibly directed at her husband. No one in the neighborhood including her husband knew she had suicidal thoughts. Now she is left with a suffering family trying to tie lose ends that can never be tied. If she didn't have a gun where it was so easy to just pull the triger, would she have taken an extra second of thought and perhaps not done this? A few years back I had a friend take his life as well. I was left wondering such things as if the weather had been 5 degrees warmer or if it was sunny would that have been just enough to stop him from doing it? Trivial questions but everyone is hurt with no answer. WHY LIVE? Once again for those around you. In both instances I saw a great amount of love. In the most current, a tightening of a neighborhood bond. Everyone it seems was doing something to comfort the family. For those who weren't super tight-knight, and didn't want to interupt grieving it was something as simple as leaving a basket with food and a note on the door step. I believe that being human is a gift not to be taken for granted. Why be a Lemming?
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Paul Ivinskas
Posted almost 2 years ago
Anarchism
Anarchy can't last. Someone or some group of people will always grab power. The only way I see anarchy working is in a very small group of people. You would essentially have to be "off the grid." For an entire nation such as the United States, it would be utter chaos as there are too many people occupying the space allotted. You need checks and balances to contain extremes.
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Paul Ivinskas
Posted almost 2 years ago
What makes you truly angry? How do you handle this emotion?
Not sure of the TED etiquette on being completely off of the thread topic, so sorry if I'm breaking rules here. I also know this isn't in the context of what I was writing about before. It just relates to the collapse of the U.S. economy. If the U.S. and Canada hold on to their oil supply and don't tap it unti the middle east is nearly out of oil, don't you think it would regain/maintain it's economical power? It seems to me that would be a fail-stop of sorts. Granted, it won't fix the underlying problem, just delay the inevitable. From everything I've ever learned about world history, powerful civilizations just don't last. Inflation/ethics/debt/power struggles will eventually tear any large civilization down. Human nature at its finest. I promise I'll start a new thread for this discussion, just wanted to get this last part in! EDIT: I ignored many underlying ethical issues with drilling but that is for another conversation as well.
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Paul Ivinskas
Posted almost 2 years ago
What makes you truly angry? How do you handle this emotion?
I hope it's ok the stray from the topic for a few responses. Off the main topic but I took your advice and went to the bookstore and picked up the five books that caught my eye. I had a sixth book in numerology but read how my birthday reflected my personality and discarded it as complete rubbish. However, maybe it was a reflection on the future me... Anyways I had to put that one back and skip that section of the book store. I'd like to find a job in the financial field as that's what I went to school for, however I struggled to find any books that caught my eye, Mitch this is where I need your help, I'd like to find some resources on anything relating to monetary ethics and deconstructing the monetary system, something that would be completely unique in an interview discussion. I also find this topic very interesting and I know it's a passion of yours. In case your curious, the books I grabbed were as follows; -Critical Success Strategies For New Leaders at All Levels, The First 90 Days by Michael Watkins -The World is Flat, A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century by Thomas L. Friedman -Ethics for the New Millennium by the Dalai Lama -Decoding Reality, the Universe as Quantum Information by Vlatko Vedral -God is not Great, How Religion Poisons Everything by Christopher Hitchens I have no background on any of the authors except Hitchens and the Dalai Lama, Hitchens writing, (I've read a few essays) while sometimes over the top have always pulled me in whether I agreed or disagreed with his POV. Paid $40 total for these but well worth it for the time I'll spend reading them.
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Paul Ivinskas
Posted almost 2 years ago
What makes you truly angry? How do you handle this emotion?
My laptop likes to backout of what I'm writing and force me to start over. This has happened four times since I started writing in this thread. Maybe it's a test in anger management? Colleen, I think I'll take your advice and start writing my responses in Word first. After I finish this response without exiting it..... "Tell me how we can experience happiness, contentment, joy, peace, harmony, etc., if we have an underlying belief that we need to sacrifice and suffer to "see the light"?" While I feel that you can feel contentment, peace and harmony without sacrifice and suffering, I think happiness and joy come from experiencing some lows or suffering/sacrifice. It's inherent as a way to gauge ones emotions. Experiencing suffering can turn a normally mundane event in to a joyous one just because of past experience. Failing constantly and finally succeeding at something is also one of the best feelings I have felt. On another aspect of suffering: I can relate this to the high rates of suicide in young adults compared to the rest of the population. They have yet to experience any real lows in life and are at a complete loss of how to deal with them when they happen. Hopelessness occurs. So much anger and it gets directed inward.