Originally Posted by meese
Careful, Norris, that word can carry some pretty negative connotations around here.
Besides, you seem to be able to hold your own.
Your primary mistake is a pretty common one; that is being so wrapped up in your own beliefs that you just can't possibly see any other way. Hence your desire to "save" people by converting them to what you know must be right. The trouble is, many of us don't want or need to be "saved".
How can you convince someone to choose the glories of heaven over the tortures of hell when they simply don't believe that either exists, except as fables and bogey-man stories designed to keep the masses happy and sedated and in line?
And I have a pretty good idea where Pål stands, based on his public persona and a few private conversations. Sometimes though, he can't help but poke at the hornets nest to see what comes out. But I dare say that he's not the only one around here who does so.
So many words of wisdom, if only the "other" side took it in
The word Trolling:
The term troll is highly subjective. Some readers may characterize a post as trolling, while others may regard the same post as a legitimate contribution to the discussion, even if controversial. The term is often erroneously used to discredit an opposing position, or its proponent, by argument fallacy ad hominem. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll
A troll is a fearsome member of a mythical race from Norse mythology. Originally more or less the Nordic equivalents of giants, although often smaller in size, the different depictions have come to range from the fiendish giants – similar to the ogres of England (also called Trolls at times, see Troller's Gill) – to a devious, more human-like folk of the wilderness, living underground in hills, caves or mounds. In the Faroe islands, Orkney and Shetland tales, trolls are called trows, adopted from the Norse language when these islands were settled by Vikings.
Nordic literature, art and music from the romantic era and onwards has adapted trolls in various manners – often in the form of an aboriginal race, endowed with oversized ears and noses. From here, as well as from Scandinavian fairy tales such as Three Billy Goats Gruff, trolls have achieved international recognition, and in modern fantasy literature and role-playing games, trolls are featured to the extent of being stock characters.
The meaning of the word troll is unknown. It might have had the original meaning of supernatural or magical with an overlay of malignant and perilous.
Much like the beliefes in a Godm where his wraith will come down on you if you dont follow him or his laws.
While the everyday folklore consisted mostly of short anecdotes describing things that had (supposedly) happened to local people, fairytales are narratives that rarely claim to be true in the same way.
To ward off the trolls you could always trust in Christianity: Church bells, a cross or even words like "Jesus" or "Christ" would work against them.
We all know now that the tales of Trolls are fairy tales spun out of wild imaginations to maybe tame the children, and a spin of like Santa to make them happy or a God to make the trolls go away. All are connected into gobblings, trolls, gods, and all other kind of superstition with a hidden agenda.
The trolls and goblings and Santa to control the children and the more advanced God to controle the grown ups. And by giving God a human form they kind a write him into be true and the others to be fairy tales. Fairy tales for grown up!
It is SAD really.