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Greetings all.

Thanks to the admin for the approval.

My name is Insanis because I am judged to be in this modern day, but: non insanio, sed veritatis et sobrietatis verba loquor.

I was originally going to say that I used to be active on Catholic forums and I was looking for what happened to all the old people (who are even older now) I sort of remember, but I just had the most disturbing experience in recent hours (coincidence my approval happened now). Another forum from back when I was active on forums turned out to harbour a dark secret I either forgot about or never knew about.

Everybody is entitled to a skeleton in the closet, but some people apparently have ossuaries in their front gardens. I strive to be a Catholic living faithfully and simply, so I hope there are no surprises lurking here.

And here is my introduction according to the sticky:

I used a web browser, Firefox, to visit this forum. I am not a member of any forum or a user of social media of any sort, until recently when I decided to try to revisit Catholic forums. I was not approved here until today, but I registered more or less at the same time as another forum. That other forum is the one I referenced above. My activity there, if maintained, will be modified to suit the environment (which is very weird I have found out).

I hope my activity here can be with a basic fundamental understanding of right and wrong, that men are men and women are women, and what is good is not defined by "feelings". The world calls me (us?) insane for believing that (hence, my username). I hope that is not the case here. I do not plan to choose an अवतार, because I am Catholic.

I live in the land of the US Federal Reserve, on the side with the good coast. You know the one I mean.

I am unmarried and living a simple lay life. I had considerations that my vocation might be different, but in the past decade and more, it has become very clear that this is the right and only choice. I'm old enough now that people at church will not be inclined to offer to set me up with a nice girl they know.

I do not believe in "personality" types, at least, not in the "take this quiz and find out an answer" type of personality. I tend to be technically inclined and enjoy clever puns and witticisms. I think the Three Stooges are funny. I sometimes choose to do difficult things just for the sake of doing it to exercise discipline.

I like non-fiction the most these days, with most attention to technical things, history, and philosophy. I used to enjoy a lot of fiction, but these days, I tend to only really read fiction that I've read before rather than seek out anything new.

My favourite TV show is Yes, Minister. I don't think I have a favourite movie, but I tend not to care to watch new movies.

I like sport, but don't follow any teams or events. Olympic Weightlifting is probably my favourite.

I am an amateur radio license holder and an active VE (I take part in testing people for licensing, which requires a team of at least three Volunteer Examiners). I have been happy to spend this "pandemic" being available to get people licensed in person, as it should be.

I do not have any pet peeves, but I sometimes feed wild peeves in my yard.

Fun fact: I forgot my old username from back when I was active on forums, but I found it by digging through the archives on that other forum. I do not want to be connected to that old activity, although, theologically, I haven't changed, I have changed in other ways. Circumstances are much stabler now and I am not as busy as I was back then.

Another fun fact: I don't have a smartphone, carry a cell phone, or have any "smart" devices at all. I wear a watch and carry a tiny notebook and a nice pen and have a card with important phone numbers on it in my wallet.

A third fun fact: I was raised Catholic and didn't know about the NO until I was a teenager (about 14). I heard the "English mass" mentioned a few times growing up, but since we never went to them, I didn't think about it.



 
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2021, 05:52:13 AM »
Welcome.
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2021, 09:27:30 AM »

I was originally going to say that I used to be active on Catholic forums and I was looking for what happened to all the old people (who are even older now) I sort of remember, but I just had the most disturbing experience in recent hours (coincidence my approval happened now). Another forum from back when I was active on forums turned out to harbour a dark secret I either forgot about or never knew about.

Welcome to the forum.  :cheeseheadbeer:

Tell me, does it have anything at all to do with transgenderism? Just curious.
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2021, 09:32:18 AM »
 :toth:  You lift bro? What about pants on women? On or off? Placentas?
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2021, 09:34:26 AM »
Welcome to the forum.  :cheeseheadbeer:

Tell me, does it have anything at all to do with transgenderism? Just curious.
Thanks.

I don't believe in "ism". I believe in truth. Feelings don't redefine that.

But some people don't think this way, so yes, that is one of the major things that revealed itself. It wasn't that alone though, but what surrounded it.

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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2021, 09:37:12 AM »
You lift bro? What about pants on women? On or off? Placentas?

I used to lift, but now I do something else. I look like I lift though.

I'm not sure you want to phrase the second two questions that way. It is ambiguous in multiple ways.

I'm not a woman and don't have any authority over any particular woman, so the question isn't something I have to deal with. If asked for advice, I say trousers were utilitarian and could be used when needed for function, but that modern styles are sometimes worse than being naked.

I used to have a placenta, but I don't remember it. Apparently, we were quite inseparable when I was a baby.
 
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2021, 09:45:56 AM »
Welcome to the forum.  :cheeseheadbeer:

Tell me, does it have anything at all to do with transgenderism? Just curious.
Thanks.

I don't believe in "ism". I believe in truth. Feelings don't redefine that.

But some people don't think this way, so yes, that is one of the major things that revealed itself. It wasn't that alone though, but what surrounded it.

Interesting, I was just curious because another forum I recently left had a controversy surrounding that subject resurface and contributed to why I left, albeit, that wasn't the sole reason.

Thanks for sharing. God bless.
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2021, 10:39:01 AM »
Hello!
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2021, 12:13:36 PM »
Hello!

Hail, "Morgoth". I am not so easily fooled.


 
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2021, 12:16:02 PM »
Lol, a fellow hardcore Tolkien fan I see. Casuals have no way of knowing that!


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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2021, 12:25:57 PM »

Interesting, I was just curious because another forum I recently left had a controversy surrounding that subject resurface and contributed to why I left, albeit, that wasn't the sole reason.

Thanks for sharing. God bless.

I don't want to bring particular attention to it, as it seems like it is probably not as hidden as I thought. I guess I was just not diligent in looking deep past appearances. One doesn't normally expect that kind of thing. I found out in active posting and getting weird responses about basic definitions of Mortal and Venial sins, and someone was posting constantly about venial sins were to be avoided at all costs. It was out of context and my words were being misrepresented, and I was wondering whether I made some error in expressing myself, as it all seemed like basic catechism and moral theology stuff. They really fixated on the evil of venial sins, to the point where they would pretend that making a distinction was somehow advocating for willful venial sins in particular.

I looked at the history of some of the posters (besides the people posting, they got consistent "upvotes" or whatever it is called on the forum which showed who did it) and I found a group of people who had personal histories public on the forum that made discussing the intricacies of living a spiritually perfect life in this world moot. I was expecting people with a consistent theological outlook, or a pattern of devotion, or some history which showed this to be an issue that was in the recent post that they thought I was a part of it (maybe if someone were advocating for being dismissive of venial sins, then my posts might be seen as a part of that mentality).

But I found individuals who openly professed to live intrinsically disordered lives and hold the identity personally and publicly, before going into even more disorder to make themselves "feel" better (inner turmoil is sometimes a good thing to drive us towards good), and another who openly doubted basic revelations and truths, and I stopped going too deep, as it was clear that the forum was centered around something foreign. I still don't know why one was very defensive of co-habitation either, and I don't want to know.

I left a few posts about the topic and then went away, and then I couldn't sleep and I got up to check a source (in a book I had been reading, and I actually forgot what the question was), and saw I was approved here and I did my initial posts then.
 

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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2021, 12:36:59 PM »
Lol, a fellow hardcore Tolkien fan I see. Casuals have no way of knowing that!

I was actually wrote out that I had seen your name when checking the forum before registering and I was concerned about a corrupted Vala being present, but I figured you knew who you were and what you called yourself, and I just went with it.

If I remember correctly, Morgoth is mentioned at least once in the theatrical release of the films (Legolas tells Galadriel about what happened in Khazad-dum [sic]). So the casuals should have some familiarity if my memory of the film is correct.

 

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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2021, 12:40:04 PM »
Yeah you are right I believe Gandalf says “A Balrog of Morgoth, demon of the ancient world. This foe is beyond any of you.’ This is the only Morgoth reference (I think) in the films. But casuals still don’t know who Melkor is


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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2021, 01:09:25 PM »
But casuals still don’t know who Melkor is

Sneaky thing to do.

Had I know this would come up, I'd have made my name Mairon.

(But I think that name would be open to misinterpretation by "casuals" as you call them.)
 
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Re: I've always been Catholic, but it has kept me from going insane
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2021, 04:55:05 PM »
Knew I'd heard this title somewhere. Waylon Jennings.
"It's so lonely 'round the fields of Athenry"