T.I.T. ratioYears ago I came up with the T.I.T. explanation of history.Yes I know, technically that is T.I-E.T., but you'll remember T.I.T. better. Anyway, cultures that embody those three things tend to thrive and expand while cultures that restrict those things diminish. Throw in the Ethic of Reciprocity and you pretty much have the framework of the free market - voluntary exchanges between consenting adults.
Trade Immigration-Emigration Tolerancehttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#t.i.t.
table stakesMy euphemism for political deals that always cost more than you think and usually more than you can afford.❝Everything you care about, everything you remember, everything you dream, all that you have plus more than you dare. And maybe just a pinch of sacred honor…❞Count on it being a bad bargain if someone demands you pay before you can examine the price. If the benefit outweighs the cost, then it's worth thinking about. Otherwise walk away.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#table
tacere - To keep silent.Start by listening. Before you say anything, listen again. Just to make sure you understand, listen again. Let people discover truth before you speak. Make sure the truth is necessary before you speak. Judge if the listener is worthy of truth. Answer honestly when asked, but don’t volunteer information. Traditionally associated with Earth and darkness, tacere is why I don't talk or write much about my rituals and private practices of faith. That, and my Christian heritage taught me it's more important to live your faith rather than discuss it. Especially with those who may not understand the why or how. If I give away my passion and energy seeking approval and validation, what's left to change the World? Faith is between me and the Divine, no one else. I know some take great comfort in public displayes of piety and paganism. In most cases, I think that disperses any good that might be done.See also
4PM, Four Powers of the Magus, Ro3 № 1, Ro3 № 3, Ro3 № 4https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tacere
Tailltean games❝In Irish Gaelic, the feast was referred to as “Lughnasadh”, a feast to commemorate the funeral games of the Irish Sun God Lugh. However, there is some confusion on this point. Although at first glance, it may seem that we are celebrating the death of Lugh, the God of Light does not really die (mythically) until the autumnal equinox. And indeed, if we read the Irish myths closer, we discover that it is not Lugh’s death that is being celebrated, but the funeral games that Lugh hosted to commemorate the death of his foster mother, Taillte. That is why the Lughnasadh celebrations in Ireland are often called the “Tailltean games”.❞➢ LAMMAS The First Harvest from The Witches SabbatsSee also
Tailltean marriage❝One common feature of the games was the “Tailltean marriages”, a rather informal marriage that lasted for only a year-and-a-day or until next Lammas. At that time, the couple could decide to continue the arrangement if it pleased them, or to stand back to back and walk away from one another, thus bringing the Tailltean marriage to a formal close. Such trial marriages (obviously related to the Wiccan handfasting) were quite common even into the 1500s, although it was something one “didn’t bother the parish priest about”. Indeed, such ceremonies were usually solemnized by a poet, bard, or shanachie (or, it may be guessed, by a priest or priestess of the Old Religion).❞➢ LAMMAS The First Harvest from The Witches SabbatsSee also
Lammas, Tailtiu, year and a dayhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tailltean-marriage
Tails OS The Amnesic Incognito Live System❝Tails, an encrypted and anonymous OS that bundles widely used open source privacy tools on a tiny device, is one of the most secure operating systems in the world. The Linux distribution rose to popularity when it was revealed Edward Snowden relied on Tails to secure his identity while sharing NSA secrets with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. In the past half decade, Tails has been embraced as an essential security suite by journalists, hackers, and IT workers. Tails is an acronym for The Amnesic Incognito Live System. The OS runs Debian and is easy to run on Macs and PCs from a USB drive. Tails encrypts all local files, runs every internet connection through Tor and blocks all non-secure connections, and provides a suite of secure communication tools like the Tor browser, HTTPS Everywhere, OpenPGP, the Claws Mail client, I2P, an IP address overlay network, and a Windows 8 camouflage mode to deter over-the-shoulder snooping. Much of Tails' appeal is that the OS lives on a discreet and portable USB drive. It's also easy to install, and easy to launch and navigate from almost any Mac or PC with a USB slot.❞
➢ Getting started with Tails, the encrypted, leave-no-trace operating system
✧❝Tails is a free service that promises to keep you 100% anonymous online. However, after digging deeper into it, I discovered that it won’t actually completely protect your privacy. During my tests, I found that connecting to the internet with Tails doesn’t hide you completely. Your ISP can’t see what you’re doing, but when you connect it can see that you’re using Tails (and Tor). The problem with this is that frequent use might alert your ISP and result in your connection being put under surveillance. The best option for maximum anonymity and privacy is to pair Tails with a reliable VPN service… This gives you added encryption when you connect and you can make use of its other security features too.❞
➢ Tails: What Is It and can I Use It as a VPN? from WizCase
✧❝To use Tails, shut down the computer and start on your Tails USB stick instead of starting on Windows, macOS, or Linux. You can temporarily turn your own computer into a secure machine. You can also stay safe while using the computer of somebody else.❞
➢ How Tails works from Tails See also
Tails, Tails Linux (A Tor Linux Distro) – An Ultimate Guidehttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tails
tain't mineDo I have room for the Christian God? Yes. Do I worship him? No. Should it matter? No. My best answer, “Tain't mine.” Christian beliefs matter to me about as much the mortgage that your third cousin twice-removed took out. The only reason I would need to integrate Christian beliefs is if I were trying to impress Christians with how good a Christian I was. I'm not saying that Christianity is not important to Christians. I am saying that Christians shouldn't expect their beliefs to govern others. If you look at Christian holy writings, at the end of the day the only thing that really matters is how you touch the lives of others, not if your side got credit. I don’t think that carpenter from Galilee was interested in the scoreboard or the record book. Or how many butts in pews there are. Although I started this in response to Christianity, I'm now applying it when anyone mixes their faith with politics and demands that I submit.See also
acknowledge but not celebratehttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#taint-mine
talisman❝An amulet engraved with characters that attract occult influences, often used to perform a specific act, such as healing. They bring good luck and avert danger. Unlike an amulet (which is passive) a talisman must be waved, kissed, touched or used in some similar way.❞
- an object held to act as a charm to avert evil and bring good fortune
- something producing apparently magical or miraculous effectsSee also
TANSTAAFLWe don't know who said it first, but Robert Heinlein used “There ain't no such thing as a free lunch” in his novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Anything you do is going to take time, effort, and resources. Know yourself. Know what you can do. Know what you're willing to do. Know the price you're willing to pay. That's where the sacrifice comes in.See also
fourth law of ecology, Ro3 № 11, table stakeshttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tanstaafl
tarot❝A standard tarot deck has 78 cards, and is divided into the Major arcana and Minor arcana. The Major arcana made up of 22 cards and are often referred to as trumps (some tarot experts cite 21 cards as trumps, plus The Fool card). The Minor arcana has 56 cards and largely resembles a regular playing deck.❞➢ Star Bustamonte, Finding the right deck for divination: a discussion
✧❝Each suit has meaning regarding a specific approach to life. The cards within these suits are numbered one through 10 and also include the court cards — the king, queen, knight and page. The minor arcana cards represent the more minor, practical daily ups and downs in life. The major arcana are not associated with the suits. They include the picture cards that represent principles, concepts and ideals. They are numbered one through 21, with the 22nd card (the "Fool") marked as zero. The major arcana cards represent strong, long-term energy or big events in some area of life.❞➢ How Tarot Cards Work at How Stuff Works
✧❝All those familiar with reading tarot cards, must also have come across some instances when the tarot cards must have been pulled out in reverse. In such a case, you may have just turned it upright and read the card as per its upright meaning. The fact is that when a tarot card is pulled out in reverse, it has a specific meaning, which may or may not be the opposite of its meaning when pulled out upright. They signify the same importance as that of the upright tarot card meanings and can also be helpful in predicting more precisely.
It is often assumed that the meanings are just the opposite of an upright tarot card meaning, but it is not so with all the cards. Also, most of the reversed meanings are negative traits and situations..❞➢ The True Meanings of Reversed Tarot Card That You Did Not Know
at AstrologyBaySee also
Lenormand deck, Shapeshifter deck, oracle deckhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tarot
- needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”
- an instance of such repetition.
- a compound propositional form all of whose instances are true, as “A or not A.”
- an instance of such a form, as “This candidate will win or will not win.”https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tautology
TCoL Ten Commandments of Logic, Ten Commandments of Rational Debate
- Thou shalt not attack the person’s character, but the argument itself. (“Ad hominem”)
- Thou shalt not misrepresent or exaggerate a person’s argument in order to make them easier to attack. (“Straw Man Fallacy”)
- Thou shalt not use small numbers to represent the whole. (“Hasty Generalization”)
- Thou shalt not argue thy position by assuming one of its premises is true. (“Begging the Question”)
- Thou shalt not claim that because something occurred before, but must be the cause. (“Post Hoc/False Cause”).
- Thou shalt not reduce the argument down to only two possibilities when there is a clear middle ground. (“False Dichotomy”)
- Thou shalt not argue that because of our ignorance, the claim must be true or false. (“Ad Ignorantiam”)
- Thou shalt not lay the burn of proof onto him that is questioning the claim. (“Burden of Proof Reversal”)
- Thou shalt not assume that “this” follows “that”, when “it” has no logical connection. (“Non Sequitur”)
- Thou shalt not claim that because a premise is popular, therefore, it must be true. (“Bandwagon Fallacy”)adapted from The 10 Commandments of Rational Debate
at Relatively Interesting
performer❝A contrast between a highly-skilled, perfectionist virtuoso and a less-skilled, but more inventive and original, artist. This is a plot common to stories that focus on the arts (usually music or theater), or sports that require mixing physical ability with creativity (such as dancing or skating).❞➢ Technician vs. Performer from TVTropes
✧❝In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh.❞— Neil deGrasse Tyson❝Wrong! Because the gift does not lie in your hands. I have hands, David. Hands that can make a scalpel sing. More than anything in my life I wanted to play, but I do not have the gift. I can play the notes, but I cannot make the music. You've performed Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Chopin. Even if you never do so again, you've already known a joy that I will never know as long as I live. Because the true gift is in your head and in your heart and in your soul. Now you can shut it off forever, or you can find new ways to share your gift with the world - through the baton, the classroom, or the pen. As to these works, they're for you, because you and the piano will always be as one.❞
✧— “Morale Victory”, M*A*S*H (TV Series)Magick is shaped by thought and driven by passion. Even more than the arts, innovation, originality and passion makes magick work. You have to put yourself into it and not just follow another's direction.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#technician
technopaganI am a technopagan. I seek the Divine in human, nature and machine. I want to find the synthesis between mankind and ideas, between faith and technology, between what was and what will be. My tools are words carried by electrons. The electrons link you, me, and countless others in a living web of information and ideas unrivaled in human history. Maybe together we can find the forge for a better future.
- Gods and magick have always lived in technology.
- Recognize the Divine in human endeavor.
- Honor the magick through skill & craft.
- Form joining function in something greater than either.
- Use what the gods inspired.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#technopagan
technopagan green#0A4F00My favorite web color. A close variant of the green used in a now defunct pagan web site, The Witches' Voice.See also
liberty blue, technopaganhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#green
technopagan itemsJoining lower elementals to technology to operate autonomously.See also
technopagan networkonline workingGathering over phones, IM, or texting to facilitate, coordinate and conduct a ritual. Working together in person is still the most effective, but a network does some of the job in a pinch. Using Twitter for a technopagan network doesn't work. I think it has something to do with more distractions.See also
technowhiz Making technology dance and sing.Someone with a strong relationship to technology and often to just a few choice items. Someone who tinkers and gets performance better than expected and often beyond the design. Someone who blends their creative spark with technology and made it exceptional. Probably derived from gee whiz, wizard and technology.See also
kitbash, Technowhizzes I have known, technowiz, technowizardhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#technowhiz
temptation, THE Meddling for the Greater Good❝More and more I'm convinced that one of the greatest and most destructive evils humanity has produced is Meddling For Your Own Good.❞❝Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions. There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.❞— Daniel Webster
✧❝Service, compassion, mercy, those are the words we live by. That is our Code, and it’s the most important thing in the world.❞— The Utopian in By Dawn's Early Light, Jupiter's Legacy
✧❝We don’t govern, and we don’t kill. That’s the Code. That’s not just our values. That’s our system of checks and balances so that nobody here can even think about ruling the world.❞— The Utopian in How It All Ends, Jupiter's LegacyIf only you could get those silly people to shut up and do what you tell them. You know what's best. It's obvious. If only you could control government and politics, everything would be better. It appeals to your pride. It offers everything. If only… Yes, this is familiar territory. It's one of the most recognized and least discussed myths in human experience. The power to rule without personal consequences, the power to change the world with a snap of your fingers. Oh the justifications differ. But somehow it's aways about your sacrifice, never mine. For the Children. For Your Own Good. For America. For Mom, Apple Pie, and Traditional Values. Your sacrifice, not mine. It's only good for me and you get to pay the price. Why do you think it is such a powerful myth and such a big part of history? It's the temptation of Christ in the desert. It's Galadriel and the One Ring. It's Cincinnatus. It's Washington. It's the premise of American presidency. Vast power limited by time. Nothing lasts forever. Rare indeed is the individual who can voluntarily walk away from power when the job is done. Of course, without limits, all it might (will) cost is a little compromise. Things you'd never really miss. Things there are good reasons to give up. A few principles that no one really honors anyway. In return for that token cost, there would be power to do what is necessary for as long as was needed. Maybe just a little bit longer. Maybe long enough to establish a legacy. A monument to power that will survive the ages. And maybe making sure the "right people" stay in power. Perpetually. Do you see the trap yet? Power is not the answer. Power is not the reward for a job well done. Just power is used only in service. Without that limit, power will destroy all you hold dear. The more you use power for glory, the more it will cost you. It's the first and last temptation, the only that will never leave you as long as you hold more power than your fellow humans. Are you strong enough to sacrifice your power over others for the greater good?See also
allies not servants, compulsory approval, the default assumption, iron law of bureaucracy, Jupiter's Legacy (comic) at Wikipedia, FAQ-KYFHO: Keep Your Freakin' Hands OFF!, the Great Reset, “Isaiah's Job” by Albert Jay Nock, MYOB, Seven Assumptions of the Comfortably Numb, Why does your enlightenment demand that I sacrifice?, woke https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#temptation https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#utopian
While often proclaimed as a universal morality by certain monotheists, there are issues. Number One on that greatest hits list requires those who don't follow the G*d of Israel to make their gods secondary. Number Two (which apparently doesn't apply to crucifixes) also violates the beliefs of non-monotheists. Number Three or Number Four (depending on the version) requires honoring the sabbath day and keeping it holy. Shabbat (the Jewish sabbath) starts on Friday evening, some Christian versions have it on Saturday, and some Christian versions have it on Sunday. This isn't necessarily required in other faiths. Rather than long debates about which religion should be raised over all others and why, it's easer just to say tain't mine and move on. If the Ten Commandments aren't part of your faith or belief, why should you be bound by them?See also
Ten Commandments of Honest Discourse
A (classic) Liberal Decalogue
- Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
- Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
- Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.
- When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your (spouse) or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
- Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
- Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
- Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
- Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
- Be scrupulously truthful, even when truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
- Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.— adapted from The Best Answer to Fanaticism
by Bertrand Russell at The New York Times December 16, 1951
✧❝Russell held that the burden of proof lay with whoever made an assertion and not with whoever was trying to disprove it. He posited that he might claim there was a china teapot, too small to be seen with current telescopes, making a particular orbit around the sun. The inability of anyone to disprove this did not make the claim in any way likely. He felt that the Christian God was as likely as that teapot and that He was only accepted as a result of millennia of affirmation.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#discourse
Ten Principles of Burning Man
- Radical Inclusion
❝Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.❞
❝Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.❞
❝In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.❞
- Radical Self-reliance
❝Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.❞
- Radical Self-expression
❝Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.❞
- Communal Effort
❝Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.❞
- Civic Responsibility
❝We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.❞
- Leaving No Trace
❝Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.❞
❝Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.❞
❝Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.❞adapted from The 10 Principles of Burning Man from Burning Man See also
Burning Man, Seven Principles of Leave No Trace https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#10-burning
https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#inclusion https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#gifting https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#decommodification https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#self-reliance https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#self-expression https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#communal https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#civic https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#leave-no-trace
thank you cardsA pagan guy’s best friend. Handwritten, hand addressed, and above all PERSONAL thank you cards. Never address a thank you card to just a group, always address it an individual first and then maybe the group. But don’t just wait until someone does something for you. If you help out with something, write them a thank you card for letting you help. If you didn’t help but you see someone giving to the community, thank them.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#thank-you
theoria❝The Greek theoria (θεωρία), from which the English word "theory" is derived, meant "contemplation, speculation, a looking at, things looked at", from theorein (θεωρεῖν) "to consider, speculate, look at", from theoros (θεωρός) "spectator", from thea (θέα) "a view" + horan (ὁρᾶν) "to see". It expressed the state of being a spectator. Both Greek θεωρία and Latin contemplatio primarily meant looking at things, whether with the eyes or with the mind. Taking philosophical and theological traditions into consideration, the term was used by the ancient Greeks to refer to the act of experiencing or observing and then comprehending through consciousness, which is called the nous or "eye of the soul" (Matthew 6:22–34). Insight into being and becoming (called Noesis) through the intuitive truth called faith, in God (action through faith and love for God), leads to truth through our contemplative faculties. This theory, or speculation, as action in faith and love for God, is then expressed famously as "Beauty shall Save the World". This expression comes from a mystical or gnosiological perspective, rather than a scientific, philosophical or cultural one. Christianity took up the use of both the Greek (theoria) and Latin (contemplatio, contemplation) terminology to describe various forms of prayer and the process of coming to know God. Eastern and Western traditions of Christianity grew apart as they incorporated the general notion of theoria into their respective teachings. Several scholars have also demonstrated the similarities between the Greek idea of theoria and the Indian idea of darśana (darshan).❞➢ Christian contemplation explained from Everything Explained Today Contrast with
thermal depolymerization❝Thermal depolymerization is a process wherein depolymerization takes place with the help of hydrous pyrolysis. This reduces complex organic materials into light crude oil. Pyrolysis is nothing but the decomposition of any organic substance with no oxygen present. Waste products of different types such as biomass and plastic are usually treated to thermal depolymerization. This is fast gaining a lot of attention worldwide as an alternative source of energy. This process is particularly helpful as solid wastes contain carbon that can be chemically transformed into liquid fuel.❞➢ Everything I need to know about thermal depolymerization
from Green DiaryThermal depolymerization has been sold as an alternative energy source. There are significant restrictions. At this point it's better to treat this as a way to dispose of plastics.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#depolymerization
thinkumA word or phrase that makes people think. A former blog category at both Technopagan Yearnings and Pagan Vigil that I used to store interesting quotes and ideas. I'm replacing those with my new site Quotes & Thinkums. The word itself comes from Robert Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, but I changed the meaning. Heinlein used it to describe a large scale computer.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#thinkum
third law of ecology “Nature knows best.”❝Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, “likely to be detrimental to that system.” The Creation, one can argue, has an intelligence, and to tinker with that “unintellectually” we get global warming pollution, etc.❞
✧❝Nature knows best, the third informal law of ecology, Commoner writes, “holds that any major man-made change in a natural system is likely to be detrimental to that system.” During 5 billion years of evolution, living things developed an array of substances and reactions that together constitute the living biosphere. The modern petrochemical industry, however, suddenly created thousands of new substances that did not exist in nature. Based on the same basic patterns of carbon chemistry as natural compounds, these new substances enter readily into existing biochemical processes. But they do so in ways that are frequently destructive to life, leading to mutations, cancer, and many different forms of death and disease. “The absence of a particular substance from nature,” Commoner writes, “is often a sign that it is incompatible with the chemistry of life.”❞➢ The four laws of ecology and the four anti-ecological laws of capitalism
from Climate & CapitalismSee also
American chestnut, ecology, ecology vs. environmentalism, first law of ecology, fourth law of ecology, second law of ecologyhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#ecology3
thirteen13Ten plus three, twelve plus one, seven plus five plus one. An odd and prime number considered potent for many reasons. Thirteen lunar months make up slightly more than a solar year. Actually the full lunar cycle averages a smidge more than 29.53 days, but the poetry is there. The lunar cycle was commonly thought of as 28 days (sidereal month), so a “year and a day” was thirteen moons plus one day. In the “COVEN” entry of the classic An ABC of Witchcraft Past and Present, Doreen Valiente lists several uses of the number thirteen, including Romulus and his twelve companions, the Thirteen Treasures of Britan, jury trials with a judge, and covens depicted in art with twelve members and a God figure. The interesting entry runs several pages, far too much to quote here. Of course, one of the best known thirteens is Yeshua ben Yosef and his disciples. That's probably why most folk magick and witchcraft thirteens were called corrupt. This site uses thirteen often in the coding. So by reading the site, you're invoking thirteens. Hopefully you don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#13
thirteen virtuesadapted from Franklin's thirteen virtues
- Temperance - Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
- Silence - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
- Order - Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
- Resolution - Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
- Frugality - Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
- Industry - Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
- Sincerity - Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Justice - Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
- Moderation - Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Cleanliness - Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
- Tranquillity - Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
- Chastity - Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
- Humility - Imitate Jesus and Socrates.See also
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, How to Develop Your Character – Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues from Daring to Live Fully https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#13-virtues https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#13v-temperance
thorium reactorA type of molten salt reactor that uses thorium as fuel.❝Thorium is a naturally-occurring, slightly radioactive metal discovered in 1828 by the Swedish chemist Jons Jakob Berzelius, who named it after Thor, the Norse god of thunder. It is found in small amounts in most rocks and soils, where it is about three times more abundant than uranium. Soil contains an average of around 6 parts per million (ppm) of thorium. Thorium is very insoluble, which is why it is plentiful in sands but not in seawater, in contrast to uranium.❞➢ Thorium from World Nuclear Association
✧❝Thorium is a basic element of nature, like Iron and Uranium. Like Uranium, its properties allow it to be used to fuel a nuclear chain reaction that can run a power plant and make electricity (among other things). Thorium itself will not split and release energy. Rather, when it is exposed to neutrons, it will undergo a series of nuclear reactions until it eventually emerges as an isotope of uranium called U-233, which will readily split and release energy next time it absorbs a neutron. Thorium is therefore called fertile, whereas U-233 is called fissile.❞➢ Thorium As Nuclear Fuel from whatisnuclear.com
✧❝There are several basic facts of nuclear power that have made it a tough sell around the world. For one, the uranium needed for nuclear power plants is rare and expensive. The uranium used in power plants can also be turned into weapons-grade material, requiring tight regulation. The other waste byproducts of nuclear energy are less useful, but still extremely dangerous. We don’t even know what to do with all that waste yet. Lastly, a nuclear power plant, no matter how well designed, could experience meltdown under certain circumstances. You need different fissile material if you’re going to change any of that, and now we come to thorium (atomic number 90). Unlike uranium, thorium is abundant, and it’s not nearly as dangerous. Enrichment is not necessary, and thus it’s extremely difficult to create nuclear weapons with a thorium-based reactor. Most importantly, meltdowns aren’t possible with thorium reactors because the reaction is not self-sustaining. That last safety advantage is also the main drawback of thorium. You need a little uranium and a neutron source to get the reaction kickstarted. Oak Ridge National Laboratory ran molten salt thorium reactor experiments from the 1960s until 1976. Now, the European team is giving it another shot.❞➢ New Molten Salt Thorium Reactor Powers Up
for First Time in Decades from EXTREMETECHThorium is much more common than uranium or plutonium. Thorium reactions do not produce transuranics and are much harder to weaponize. Thorium reactions are not self-sustaining and can be more easily controlled. Thorium fuel is harder to prepare. Irradiated Thorium is dangerous and harder to shield against. It's much harder using thorium in a breeder reactor. At present, laws and regulations favor large scale breeder reactors over smaller scale molten-salt reactors. The technology hasn't proven itself on an industrial scale. Given the existing state of technology and the amount of uranium and plutonium available, the only major advantage of thorium is safety.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#thorium
It’s not just that they believe, they need the perception of others to validate their belief. A version of the True Believer™.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#noticed
thought modesbehavior maps • analysis/synthesis • intuitionThe only way I could make a practical definition of intelligence and intuition. Thought modes are the “gears” of intelligence. Each mode involves a different approach and different parts of the brain. Each ascending mode is more complex and requires more creativity. The first thought mode uses behavior maps (see the Robot). These are the “rules of the game,” the learned scripts from your family/society/culture, the expected behaviors. Behavior maps are given. It's how a man treats a lady, it's the recipe for apple pie, it's the steps in a government form. Encounter a situation, pull up the expected script, and follow all the steps to the end. That should give you the expected result. Behavior maps depend on rote memorization. A rule set is not necessarily the best mental tool. It's a working shortcut to get started. It may not be the best way to do things, or even a good general case. It's just fast and workable. Behavior maps are almost pure stimulus/response, most people never move beyond this "gear." They learn the correct rules for the given situation and measure their success by the rules. Rule sets can work pretty well until there's a situation that isn't covered by any script on file. It's more likely that an individual will create their own behavior maps and rule sets through experimentation than to move into the second thought mode. When a teacher doesn't understand the subject, the only way they have to judge the student's success is how close the student adheres to the script. Most American education rates knowledge of and expertise in using behavior maps, not problem solving ability. I suspect this has something to do with an ace factor, another 80/20 rule. But I haven't run the statistics. I call the second thought mode analysis/synthesis. When people think of intelligence, this concept commonly pops into their head. Use what's known to measure what is unknown and experiment for better solutions. This mode makes people build or rebuild their mental tools. Existing rule sets aren't nearly as important as finding a better working solution under the circumstances. The third and least understood thought mode is intuition. Intuition finds a solution that probably works, but there is no clear progression and often not enough understanding to explain. This is where analysis/synthesis can really shine, something has to go back and fill in the blanks.
- direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process; immediate apprehension.
- a fact, truth, etc., perceived in this way.
- a keen and quick insight.
- the quality or ability of having such direct perception or quick insight.
- an immediate cognition of an object not inferred or determined by a previous cognition of the same object.
- any object or truth so discerned.
- pure, untaught, noninferential knowledge.
- Linguistics. the ability of the native speaker to make linguistic judgments, as of the grammaticality, ambiguity, equivalence, or nonequivalence of sentences, deriving from the speaker's native-language competence.See also
intelligence, rule set https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#thought-modes https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#behavior-maps
thrall mediaAny supposedly unbiased media acting as an unabashed PR and propoganda arm of a specific individual or group. Thrall media celebrates actions of their side, reveres the words/plans, suppresses any criticism, and exaggerates or fabricates “news items” that show opposition or dissent in a negative light.See also
enemedia, politics, regime mediahttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#thrall-media
three daysReal celebrations last three days. In Jewish tradition, Shabbat is observed from a few minutes before Friday sunset until the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night. This may have influenced Western ceremonial magic and eventually neopaganism. Celtic tradtions certainly contributed to folk celebrations in Germany, England, and France.❝The Celts would light balefires all over their lands from sunset the night before Midsummer until sunset the next day. Around these flames the festivities would take place.❞➢ Litha - Summer Solstice from The White Goddess
✧❝ Again, it must be remembered that the Celts reckoned their days from sundown to sundown, so the June 24 festivities actually begin on the previous sundown…
… Although our Pagan ancestors probably preferred June 24 (and indeed most European folk festivals today use this date), the sensibility of modern Witches seems to prefer the actual solstice point, beginning the celebration on its eve, or the sunset immediately preceding the solstice point.❞➢ A Mid-Summer Celebration from The Witches Sabbats
✧❝The name Bealtaine derives from the Irish meaning ‘Bright Fire’. Pre-Celtic and Celtic traditions involve the lighting of fires at Sunset. Tonight the dark half of the year ends and the bright half begin. The biggest Celtic festivals in Ireland fall on Cross Quarter days which mark the astronomical half way point between the equinoxes and the solstices.❞➢ Eve of Bealtaine/Beltane from Stair na hÉireann/History of IrelandI observe the dark Moon and bright Moon from midnight the night before to midnight the night after. My solar festivals (Lesser Sabbats) run from sunrise the day before to sunrise the day after. Solar festivals mark the middle of the season and the peak of power. My fire festivals (Greater Sabbats) run from sunset the day before to sunset the day after. Fire festivals mark the gateway between seasons and times of transition.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#3days
three laws of politicsusually attributed to Robert Conquest, unable to verify.
- Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
- Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.
- also known as O’Sullivan’s First Law named for John O’Sullivan, former editor of National Review.
The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#3-politics
three marks of an adult human
- Choosing one's own words and actions despite the threat of punishment for making improper choices.
- Accepting responsibility for one's choices.
- Trusting that others will make their own choices without coercion.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#marks
three percentThree quarters of the time all I do is listen, depending on the person, I may use active listening. Nine percent of the time I listen and give common sense answers. Thirteen percent of the time, no matter how much I may wish otherwise, there is nothing I or anyone else can do, it just has to happen. Ninety-seven percent of the time, there is no practical magickal solution. Three percent of the time, well, three is a magick number and that is when I use magick.See also
magick, Ro3 № 32, Wisdom and the Three Percenthttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#3%
Three Sisters Corn, beans & squash❝Corn, beans, and squash are called the “three sisters.” Native Americans always inter-planted this trio because they thrive together, much like three inseparable sisters. By the time European settlers arrived in America in the early 1600s, the Iroquois had been growing the “three sisters” for over three centuries. The vegetable trio sustained the Native Americans both physically and spiritually. In legend, the plants were a gift from the gods, always to be grown together, eaten together, and celebrated together. Each of the sisters contributes something to the planting. Together, the sisters provide a balanced diet from a single planting.❞➢ The Three Sisters: Corn, Beans, and Squash
from The Old Farmers Almanac
✧❝The Three Sisters Method uses three different vegetables – corn, pole beans and squash. Each vegetable is interplanted together so they benefit one another while growing and producing fruit. The corn stalk provides a climbing support for the pole beans to grow up, the pole beans provide nitrogen in the soil for the corn, and the squash creates a living mulch to block out weeds and to conserve soil moisture for the pole beans and corn. They are known as the “sisters”. A trio that works in complete harmony.❞➢ Companion Planting with the Three Sisters Method
from Veggie Gardener
✧❝Sometimes there’s a fourth sister or an alternate sister, depending on how you look at things and that’s sunflower. It serves the same purpose as corn, just yielding a different end crop. Corn and sunflowers can be interplanted too which is why it’s sometimes a fourth sister. I’ve done many variations of this garden and just about all of them have been successful in some form or another, even if I considered them to have failed. The plants really do take care of eachother and grow symbiotically, making it not only a pretty garden but a productive one. Not much care is needed after those first few days after transplanting and in the early stages, which is nice.❞➢ The Three Sisters: An Ancient Symbiotic Plant Relationship
from The Homestead Guru See also
Thunderbolt (interface connector)❝Thunderbolt (codenamed Light Peak) is a hardware interface that allows for the connection of external peripherals to a computer. It uses the same connector as Mini DisplayPort (MDP). It was released in its finished state on February 24, 2011. Thunderbolt combines PCI Express (PCIe) and DisplayPort (DP) into one serial signal alongside a DC connection for electric power, transmitted over one cable. Up to six peripherals may be supported by one connector through various topologies.❞➢ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt_(interface)See also
thunderbolt iron❝Meteoric metal carries inherent significance. Anything made out of it will be some combination of magical, good, evil, or just incredibly strong. Crafting meteoric iron is Older Than Dirt: iron from meteorites has been used to make tools and weapons since the Ice Age, when it was the only iron available. The trope that it is special or magical isn't documented from that long ago, but some scholars believe that the Older Than Feudalism story of the forging of Zeus' thunderbolts refers to meteoric iron.❞➢ Thunderbolt Iron from TVTropes
✧❝Thokcha (Tibetan: ཐོག་ལྕགས, Wylie: thog lcags; also alternatively Tibetan: གནམ་ལྕགས, Wylie: gnam lcags) "sky-iron" are tektites and meteorites which are often high in iron content, refer iron meteorite. The usage of meteoric iron is common in the history of ferrous metallurgy. Historically, thokchas were held in esteem for sacred metallurgical fabrication of weapons, musical instruments and sacred tools, e.g. phurba. Their inclusion as an auspicious addition in the metallurgical fabrication of sacred objects cast of Panchaloha is documented. The term has also come to denote ancient metal objects which serve as amulets made from thokcha. They are traditionally held to be endowed with magic and protective power and in this respect are comparable to Tibetan Dzi beads.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#thunderbolt-iron
thymosthumos❝The first thing we should point out is that there is not an exact translation for thumos. The general understanding of the word is that it refers to “spirit” or “spiritedness”. However the implications of this term are far more important and far more complicated than what is suggested by such a simplified definition. Thumos, in the context of ancient Greece, refers to a sense of righteous anger, a need and desire to fight against the perceived injustice of the world. Thumos can refer to the rage, grief, horror or sorrow of any individual who is faced with insurmountable atrocities. Thumos is our will to fight, our need to rebel against that which is intolerable. It is what makes us stand up and declare ‘I will not be silenced!’. It is what makes us dive headlong against the devastation of this world; what compels us to courageously fight the good fight. And if we are to fail, thumos is the thing within the human spirit that requires us to go down swinging, cursing our oppressors all the while.❞➢ A Tradition of Thumos from Classical Wisdom Weekly
✧❝Plato's Phaedrus and his later work The Republic discuss thumos as one of the three constituent parts of the human psyche. In the Phaedrus, Plato depicts logos as a charioteer driving the two horses eros and thumos (erotic love and spiritedness are to be guided by logos). In the Republic (Book IV) soul becomes divided… "Megalothymia" refers to the need to be recognized as superior to others, while "isothymia" is the need to be recognized as merely equal to others. Both terms are neoclassical compounds, coined by Francis Fukuyama. In his book The End of History and the Last Man, the author mentions "thymos" in relation to liberal democracy and recognition. He relates Socrates' ideas about Thymos and desire to how people want to be recognized within their government. Problems emerge when other people do not recognize another's Thymos, and therefore do not provide the justice that it requires. In order for people to exist in harmony, Fukuyama argues, isothymia rather than megalothymia must be used to satisfy the human need for recognition. Any system that creates political inequality is necessarily feeding the megalothymia of some members while denying it to others.❞➢ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThumosSee also
Ideology Is Out, Identity Is In from Reason.com,
Another overcomplicated word for some very easy ideas. In conventional Western thought, time is considered linear, non-reversable, and relatively uniform. However the math doesn't support those assumptions. Our perception of time is shaped by our cultural expectations and the passion we're experiencing. Other cultures perceive time as cyclical and possibly helical.
- Movement along the fourth axis of space-time.
- Measurement of that movement❝Sunrise always follows sunset. Sunset always follows sunrise. Time isn't nearly as important as what we do with it.❞❝Many if not most non-monotheistic faiths tend to view time as a cycle. The roots are still there in the old Torah. It's an easy assumption to make if you mark time by the natural cycles around you, the days, the seasons, astronomical events. My own theory is that when people start measuring time by the lives of their rulers, it becomes linear. Seventh year of the reign of Lord Pointy Sword the Noisey, that sort of thing.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#time
❝When you are under time pressure to make an important choice, you use a different decision strategy. Hustlers steer you towards a strategy involving less reasoning.❞adapted from Understanding scam victims: seven principles for systems security by Frank Stajano, Paul Wilson See also
seven principles of social engineeringhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#time-principle
TINVOWOOT ❝There is no voting our way out of this!❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tinvowoot
tipping point❝the critical point in a situation, process, or system beyond which a significant and often unstoppable effect or change takes place❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tipping-point
tit for tat❝with an equivalent given in retaliation, as a blow for a blow, repartee, etc.:❞
✧❝The best strategy for a repeating game (called the Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma) is not Screw The Other Guy, and -- surprisingly at first glance -- it’s not Always Cooperate With The Other Guy, either. The winning strategy is Tit-for-Tat. That is, you do to the guy what he did to you last turn. If he cooperated, you cooperate. If he screwed you, you screw him back. Over thousands and millions of computer runs, using every strategy from complete aggression to complete forgiveness, Tit-for-Tat “wins” every time – that is, it results in the least jail time for you.
But Tit-for-Tat combines generosity and toughness. And look at the terms used to describe the most successful strategic version of Tit-for-Tat: Nice. Retaliating. Forgiving. Non-envious. Now, this is where my own analysis kicks in, because frankly, nice, retaliating, forgiving and non-envious pretty much sums up how I feel about the West in general and the United States in particular. The web of trust and commerce in Western societies is unthinkable in the Third World because the prosperity they produce are fat juicy targets for people raised on Screw the Other Guy. Crime and corruption are stealing, and stealing is Screwing the Other Guy. It’s short-term win, long-term loss.❞➢ “You Are Not Alone” by Bill WhittleSee also
The Evolution of Co-Operation by Robert Axelrod, Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma, Prisoner’s Dilemma, tit for tathttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tit-for-tat
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.
- a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs, and practices that differ from one's own.
- interest in and concern for ideas, opinions, practices, etc., foreign to one's own; a liberal, undogmatic viewpoint.
- the act or capacity of enduring; endurance:❝The whole “I'm ok, you're ok, and let's excuse that guy's behavior because he is only human” thing just doesn't work. So let's use a more historically accurate definition of tolerance. Let's define tolerance as “We won't attack you on sight. And if you're nice enough, your child can marry one of our children. Anything more and you have to prove that it's worth it.” So it's not blindly accepting and adopting the other guy's behavior and beliefs. It's more “We'll mostly ignore you and you can do your own thing as long as you don't mess with our own thing.” By current American norms, that's pretty harsh. History shows that is a fairly open meaning of tolerance though.❞➢ Okay, rain break over from Technopagan YearningsSee also
Paradox of Tolerancehttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tolerance
toolsAn object or process that concentrates effort or time to do more work.
- an implement, especially one held in the hand, as a hammer, saw, or file, for performing or facilitating mechanical operations.
- any instrument of manual operation.
✧❝A tool is any instrument or simple piece of equipment that you hold in your hands and use to do a particular kind of work. For example, spades, hammers, and knives are all tools.❞
- Tools concentrate your ability to work.
- The wrong tool can be worse than no tool.
- Tools are always a tradeoff among several factors.
- Usually someone else can make the tool better than you can.
- In magick, the best symbol is the tool itself when backed by your passion.➢ adapted from The right thingamajig for the job See also
toxic femininitysometimes mistakenly called toxic feminism❝An embodiment of double standards and misandry, that is void of self reflection. Where Third Wave Feminists believe it is OK to behave rudely towards the opposite sex for no reason other than the fact they are male. They condemn what they deem as "toxically masculine" behaviors among men such as competitiveness, love for physical activities, and emotional stoicism. Ironically, they see no fault with their juvenilely privileged and sheltered female behaviors, such as spreading gossip, commenting on one another's clothing, oggling hot guys, and overreacting emotionally to trivial things.❞Many feminists will tell you that toxic femininity does not exist. They are wrong. My first principle of humantics states “Humanity is a colony organism.” No one group, no one gender, no one person has all the answers all the time. We're at our best when we are surrounded by people we trust to tell us truth, even if we don't want to hear it. It's one way we reach beyond ourselves and grow. Femininity unbound and unbalanced by masculinity is just as disruptive as masculinity unbound and unbalanced by femininity.See also
Feminism as fascism, toxic masculinity
toxic masculinity❝A social science term that describes narrow repressive type of ideas about the male gender role, that defines masculinity as exaggerated masculine traits like being violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth. Also suggests that men who act too emotional or maybe aren’t violent enough or don’t do all of the things that “real men” do, can get their “man card” taken away. Many people confuse the difference between Masculinity and toxic Masculinity. However, one can be masculine without having toxic Masculinity.❞
✧❝A man’s man does not raise his hand in anger against a woman. He despises men who do that: he considers them to be less than the mud on the sole of his shoe. Women, for their part, are attracted to strong and virile men for the protection they will afford them, because women are vulnerable—smaller and weaker than teenage boys, even when they are not bearing a child or taking care of an infant or of small children. To use the old poetic image, she is the fruitful and “marriageable vine” that clings to the tall and strong but otherwise barren elm. We may find “toxic masculinity,” then, wherever there is toxic aggression but without manliness, without the sense that power is to be used sparingly and always for protection of the weaker, without the strict accountability that the man demands of himself, blaming himself first for things that go wrong, while giving credit to others when things go right. The more masculine you are, the more confident you are that you need not prove your manhood by swagger, by picking on the weak, by pumping yourself, and by stiffing those who have assisted you.❞➢ The Real ‘Toxic Masculinity’ from American Greatness See also
toxic femininity, TruMale™https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#toxic-masculinity
traceurOne who practices parkour.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#traceur
❝traduttore, tradittore❞❝Translated literally, the Italian adage “traduttore, traditore” in English means “translator, traitor.” If you don’t understand at first, don’t worry. That’s kind of the point. The literal translation of this phrase isn’t all that useful at conveying what the adage actually means. This is because the phrase is an idiom and a play on words that loses its meaning when strictly translated to another language. Fittingly, this loss of meaning in translation perfectly illustrates the definition of the phrase itself. Traduttore, traditore refers to the concept that “translation is always a betrayal of the true meaning of the original.” In essence, no translation can ever fully convey the full depth of meaning, emotion, and context as the original work intended.❞➢ “Traduttore, Traditore” and Translating the Untranslatable from BunnyStudiohttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#traduttore-tradittore
❝These four in ten Americans, and the politicians who speak for them most vocally, are not advocating socialism at all; they are advocating what we should really call “transferism.” Transferism is a system in which one group of people forces a second group to pay for things that the people believe they, or some third group, should have. Transferism isn’t about controlling the means of production. It is about the forced redistribution of what’s produced.❞➢ Transferism, Not Socialism, Is the Drug Americans Are Hooked On
from the Foundation for Economic Educationhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#transferism
- The act of comitting a vile act or transgressing against another person.
- A wrong doing unto another.
- Hurting another for no apparent reason.
✧❝From "transgress," to pass over or beyond; to overpass, as any rule prescribed as the limit of duty; to break or violate, as a law, civil or moral; the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or known principle of rectitude; breach of command; offense; crime; sin. In the Old Testament pesha`, occurs 80 times, rendered in all versions by "transgression." Its meaning is "rebellion". The word "rebellion" differs from this word in that it may be in the heart, though no opportunity should be granted for its manifestation: "An evil man seeketh only rebellion" (Proverbs 17:11). Here the wise man contemplates an evil heart, looking for an excuse or opportunity to rebel. The New Testament uses parabasis, "trespass": "The law .... was added because of transgressions" (Galatians 3:19); "Where there is no law, neither is there transgression" (Romans 4:15); "for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first covenant" (Hebrews 9:15).❞➢ Transgression from Bible Study Tools
✧❝an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#transgression
transhumanism❝Transhumanism can be viewed as an extension of humanism, from which it is partially derived. Humanists believe that humans matter, that individuals matter. We might not be perfect, but we can make things better by promoting rational thinking, freedom, tolerance, democracy, and concern for our fellow human beings. Transhumanists agree with this but also emphasize what we have the potential to become. Just as we use rational means to improve the human condition and the external world, we can also use such means to improve ourselves, the human organism. In doing so, we are not limited to traditional humanistic methods, such as education and cultural development. We can also use technological means that will eventually enable us to move beyond what some would think of as “human”.❞
✧❝Transhumanism is a cultural and intellectual movement that believes we can, and should, improve the human condition through the use of advanced technologies. One of the core concepts in transhumanist thinking is life extension: Through genetic engineering, nanotech, cloning, and other emerging technologies, eternal life may soon be possible. Likewise, transhumanists are interested in the ever-increasing number of technologies that can boost our physical, intellectual, and psychological capabilities beyond what humans are naturally capable of (thus the term transhuman). Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), for example, which speeds up reaction times and learning speed by running a very weak electric current through your brain, has already been used by the US military to train snipers. On the more extreme side, transhumanism deals with the concepts of mind uploading (to a computer), and what happens when we finally craft a computer with greater-than-human intelligence (the technological singularity).❞➢ What is transhumanism, or, what does it mean to be human?
✧❝Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international intellectual movement that aims to transform the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology. Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations as well as the ethical limitations of using such technologies. The most common transhumanist thesis is that human beings may eventually be able to transform themselves into different beings with abilities so greatly expanded from the current condition as to merit the label of posthuman beings.❞Before too much longer, nanotechnology will let humans change our physiology like we would change clothing or cosmetics. I can see things like configurable tattoos, stronger bones, metabolism enhancers, muscle tone boosters, custom secondary sexual characteristics, strengthened senses, and heterochromia on cue. Most of this will wash out as so much nonsense, but over time certain changes will become habit like shoes.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#h+
Stressing the need for big, transnational organizations running our lives at the expense of national and local control. Usually, the bigger and more dispersed a Tranzi institution is, the less accountable and less subject to change it is. Often Tranzi institutions are designed to resist national governments even as they take money and demand control. Examples include the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the European Union, and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tranzi
The latest tale of woe, usually told by someone with a long history of suffering and anguish. At best it's tiresome after the third or so time. Some people wrap themselves in so much negativity that nothing else touches them. They've no energy left for anything more than going through the motions. The most passion these people get is from the grief they stumble into. Sometimes they seek it out because it is the only emotion and human contact they find. It's not what life does to you, it's what you do in life. We need heroes more than victims.See also
poor little mehttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#trauma
Tree of Life • Web of Life • Labyrinth❝A Tree of Life in various religious interpretations, within myths, and as a mystical concept represents the interconnectedness of all life on our beautiful planet. The Tree of Life connects all forms of creation. The Tree of Life is considered to be the symbol of 'Creator'.❞Tree of Life from Artof4ElementsDifferent perspectives of the same thing. We see and are impressed by the structure. But it's the connections that are important. Most people overlook the connections and the implications. Sometimes the most obvious is the easiest to miss.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tol
tribalism❝…the state of being organized by, or advocating for, tribes or tribal lifestyles. Human evolution has primarily occurred in small groups, as opposed to people's cooperation in society as a whole. With a negative connotation and in a political context, tribalism can also mean discriminatory behavior or attitudes, based on loyalty.❞
- the state of existing as a tribe, or a very strong feeling of loyalty to your tribe
- a very strong feeling of loyalty to a political or social group, so that you support them whatever they do
✧❝In tribal communities, neutral institutions of civil society that Westerners take for granted — such as the police, impartial courts, and the rule of law — simply do not, and cannot, exist. In such societies, everything is tribalised, and the task of building civic institutions is laden with difficulties. In Somalia, I was taught to be suspicious of anyone from a different clan, to always think harm was coming my way and to be guarded against anyone that was “other.” I come from the Darod clan, and was taught to constantly listen to accents, examine face shapes and overanalyse all non-verbal cues, searching for any indications of a different tribe. I can still identify a Somali (and usually their clan) from across a room. We were captives of an echo chamber, hearing constantly of the evils of the neighbouring Hawiye clan. We were taught from a young age that the Hawiye were coming to rape, rob, and destroy us. In response, we amassed weapons, hoarded food and exhorted young men (as young as 12) to join the military. The looming threat of the Hawiye was so great that my mother eventually sent my sister and me abroad. ❞➢ Tribalism has come to the West from UnHerd
✧❝We are built to be tribal. But sometimes that tribalism goes too far. The worst type of tribalism is groups aligned to destroy other groups, such as through ethnic cleansing and genocide. We have heard the word tribalism used a lot today in reference to our politics. Today in our political world, we have “bad tribalism.” Bad tribalism is a group identity that fosters the bullying and scapegoating of others not like you. Bad tribalism joins people out of anger, jealousy, and spite, not for collective well-being. The unfortunate irony is that bad tribalism is easy to provoke, but not healthy to maintain. Staying angry is stressful, and large doses of stress are bad for our health. At the same time, good tribalism is difficult to build, but healthy to maintain. When we connect with others to ensure safety and good health, we lower our own stress.❞➢ When Tribalism Goes Bad from Psychology Today See also
the Other, othering, racismhttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tribalism
tricorne❝Three cornered hat with upturned wide brim. As the Cavalier hat grew larger and the brim began to droop, fashion led to " cocking " the brim up on one side. Last half of 17c., the hat was cocked on three sides, thus becoming the TRICORNE.❞➣ Hat Glossary from Village Hat Shop
✧❝The tricorne or tricorn is a style of hat that was popular during the 18th century, falling out of style by 1800, though actually not called a "tricorne" until the mid-19th century. During the 18th century, hats of this general style were referred to as "cocked hats". At the peak of its popularity, the tricorne varied greatly in style and size, and was worn not only by the aristocracy, but also as common civilian dress, and as part of military and naval uniforms. Typically made from animal fiber, the more expensive being of beaver-hair felt and the less expensive of wool felt, the hat's most distinguishing characteristic was that three sides of the brim were turned up (cocked) and either pinned, laced, or buttoned in place to form a triangle around the crown. The style served two purposes: first, it allowed stylish gentlemen to show off the most current fashions of their wigs, and thus their social status; and secondly, the cocked hat, with its folded brim, was much smaller than other hats and therefore could be more easily tucked under an arm when going inside a building, where social etiquette dictated that a gentleman should remove his hat. Tricornes with laced sides could have the laces loosened and the sides dropped down to provide better protection from the weather, sun, and rain.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#tricorne
❝Your triggers are your responsibility. It isn’t the world’s obligation to tiptoe around you.❞— anonymous
✧❝A warning before showing something that could cause a PTSD reaction. Commonly used as a joke, its meaning has unfortunately depreciated, drawing more stigma to mental illness.❞
✧❝a statement cautioning that content (as in a text, video, or class) may be disturbing or upsetting❞
✧❝Trigger warnings are customary in some feminist and other Safe spaces. They are designed to prevent unaware encountering of certain materials or subjects for the benefit of people who have an extremely strong and damaging emotional response (for example, post-traumatic flashbacks or urges to harm themselves) to such topics. Having these responses is called "being triggered".❞➢ Trigger warning from Geek Feminism Wikihttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#trigger-warning
triskaidekaphobia❝fear or a phobia concerning the number 13.❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#triskaidekaphobia
triskele❝A triskelion or triskele is a motif consisting of a triple spiral exhibiting rotational symmetry. The spiral design can be based on interlocking Archimedean spirals, or represent three bent human legs.
The Celtic symbol of three conjoined spirals may have had triple significance similar to the imagery that lies behind the triskelion. The triple spiral motif is a Neolithic symbol in Western Europe. Though popularly considered a "Celtic" symbol, it is in fact a pre-Celtic symbol. It is carved into the rock of a stone lozenge near the main entrance of the prehistoric Newgrange monument in County Meath, Ireland. Newgrange, which was built around 3200 BCE, predates the Celtic arrival in Ireland, but has long since been incorporated into Celtic culture. The symbol is also found carved in rock in Castro Culture settlement in modern-day Galicia and Northern Portugal. In Ireland before the 5th century, in Celtic Christianity the triskele took on new meaning, as a symbol of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), and therefore also a symbol of eternity. Its popularity continues today as a decorative symbol of faith for Christians of Celtic descent around the world.❞
✧❝Firstly, the triskele can be thought to represent motion as all three arms are positioned to make it appear as if it is moving outwards from its center. Movement, or motion, is believed to signify energies, in particular within this Celtic Symbol the motion of action, cycles, progress, revolution and competition. Secondly, and the more challenging area for symbolists, is the exact symbolic significance of the three arms of the triskele. This can differ dependent on the era, culture, mythology and history, which is why there are so many variations as to what these three extensions in the triple spiral symbol mean. Some of these connotations include: life-death-rebirth, spirit-mind-body, mother-father-child, past-present-future, power-intellect-love and creation-preservation-destruction to name but a few. It’s thought that through the combination of these two areas we gain one meaning of the Celtic triskele. It is believed to represent a tale of forward motion to reach understanding. However, this is thought not to be the only meaning, as it is also believed to represent three Celtic worlds; the spiritual world, the present world and the celestial world. Like the ancient Trinity knot, the number 3 holds a special symbolism within the triskele.❞➢ What Does the Triskelion Symbol Mean? from Blarney Woollen Mills
✧❝The triskele came to be associated with the Triple Goddess (maiden, mother, crone) in pre-Christian times and has been found in illuminated manuscripts created by monks transcribing early Christian texts. Also, the Celts believed that the most important things in life came in threes: birth, death, rebirth; body, mind, spirit; earth, water, sky; past, present, future; father, son, holy ghost; and the triskele is believed to represents these tripartite meanings. Some of the more current interpretations of the triskele are that it is a symbol for the cycles of life, personal growth, human development, and spiritual expansion. Because, at times, it is drawn in one continuous line, the triskele represents a continuous movement of time. It is probably this unending quality of the spiral that attracts us so greatly, and has contributed to it remaining on of the most popular Celtic symbols.❞➢ The History and Meaning of the Triskele Celtic Symbol from Unique Celtic Jewelry See also
awen, Tree of Lifehttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#triskele
Possesses an absolute belief that their particular book, method, faith, interpretation, or silly hat is The Only Acceptable Choice. A True Believer™ judges the actions and especially the opinions of others by compliance. They will dismiss anything that anyone else does if it doesn't adhere totally to The True Way. Because it's the True Way and obviously the only right way, a True Believer™ expects others to be governed by their belief. Worse, they will overlook mistakes and abuses made by the people on the “correct” side, even as they violate the principles they hold central to their belief. “Thou Shalt Not Dissent!” And “thou shalt not do or say anything that makes the True Way look bad.” This is not limited to religion. There are fundamentalist climate alarmists who call for suppressing dissent and imprisoning any who dare question. There are radical feminists who believe that all men are rapists and should be punished as such. And there are those who believe that free speech must be heavily regulated and must not offend anyone.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#true-believer
true faithFinding the balance point in the universe that makes you experience understanding and growth.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#true-faith
A set of rules and doctrine that has been handed to the True Believer. The True Faith® may not be questioned by ANYONE but especially not the unbelievers.See also
as a rule absolutes don't, AARAD
My phrase for dominant, pseudo "ultra-alpha" behavior. It doesn't seem to have survival value, it just serves power lusts. Inaccurately attributed to ancient Rome, it crops up when a human culture doesn't balance male instincts and desire with female instincts and desire. At it's most basic level, social rank is determined by combat and dominance ability. Supposedly, “real manhood” depends on being the penetrator and not the penetrated. Virility means your penis went into somebody else's body with or without their consent. Gender and age of the penetrated isn't important and forced sex isn't a reflection of the penetrator. A TruMale™ wasn't homosexual or subservient as long as they weren't the one penetrated. A TruMale™ forcing sex wasn't “wrong” if the penetrated was unwilling or unable to stop the sex. The TruMale™ was just doing what came “naturally.” Under these conditions, the penetrated's pleasure and enjoyment came a distant second to that of the penetrating TruMale™. Recently this idea under other names has gained ground in some Muslim sub-cultures, the American polygamy movement, some erotica, and really bad pornography.❝Biological men are at their best when they've learned to balance their urges with their future. Like most things, it's easier to play at it than actually do it. Learning to deal with that hard-wired passion is what makes a man instead of a boy. Much of that can be measured by how the man deals with others. Real compassion takes discipline.❞See also
twilight❝the soft, diffused light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, either from daybreak to sunrise or, more commonly, from sunset to nightfall❞https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#twilight
two most important phrases in human history, the“Let me help.” “I can do better than that!”See also
free market, The City on the Edge of Forever - Star Trek TOShttps://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#two
two spirit❝Traditionally, Native American two spirit people were male, female, and sometimes intersexed individuals who combined activities of both men and women with traits unique to their status as two spirit people. In most tribes, they were considered neither men nor women; they occupied a distinct, alternative gender status. In tribes where two spirit males and females were referred to with the same term, this status amounted to a third gender. In other cases, two spirit females were referred to with a distinct term and, therefore, constituted a fourth gender.❞➢ Two Spirit from Indian Health Service
✧❝Being a gay native is oftentimes confused with being Two Spirit. While the two may have parallels and intersections, they are not the same. Gay specifically is about attraction to a person of the same sex. Two Spirit is more about the embodiment of two genders residing within one person. A Two Spirit person may be gay, but a gay person is not necessarily Two Spirit. Claiming the role of Two Spirit is to take up the spiritual responsibility that the role traditionally had. Walking the red road, being for the people and our children/youth, and being a guiding force in a good way with a good mind are just some of those responsibilities.❞➢ 8 Things You Should Know About Two Spirit People
from Indian Country Today
✧❝Two-spirit people were respected by native societies not only due to religious attitudes, but also because of practical concerns. Because their gender roles involved a mixture of both masculine and feminine traits, two-spirit persons could do both the work of men and of women. They were often considered to be hard workers and artistically gifted, of great value to their extended families and community. Among some groups, such as the Navajo, a family was believed to be economically benefited by having a "nadleh" (literally translated as "one who is transformed") androgynous person as a relative. Two-spirit persons assisted their siblings' children and took care of elderly relatives, and often served as adoptive parents for homeless children.❞➢ The 'Two-Spirit' People of Indigenous North Americans
from First PeopleTwo spirit is not under the ”trans umbrella.“ There is some overlap, yes, but there are two-spirit folk who are not transgender and would take offense if you labeled them such. I think claiming that two spirit is just the Amerind phrase for transexual does a disservice. Perhaps it's even subsuming two spirit people into a political agenda they didn't choose. More times than not, that claim completely overlooks two spirit cultural roles.https://lexicon.neowayland.com/tt/#2spirit