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Magic: Considered Pure or Evil?

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One of the most debatable topics for books and movies today is the use (or abuse) of magic in our society. Really, it’s become just a normal thing for us to see, but parents are raising the question everywhere,”Is it okay if I let my child watch a show with magic in it?”

No, I’m not talking about magical princesses and unicorns. That’s a different sort of magic (which I’ll explain here in a minute.) and frankly, I see nothing wrong with that, but what’s with wizardry and witches today? Shows like Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter as well as other numerous books and movies exhibit the use of magic, but is society just trying to make us conform to magic as some type of religious works? Are we being sucked into a world where magic is used for evil?

Well, that depends on how it’s used, I think. Wizardry in the olden days was almost considered a religion, and people built cults around this type of stuff. Violence was typical of them, and frankly, pretty much everything about it was just plain evil, from the devil himself, I’m afraid. Are we any different from that today? To some degree, we are not.

Consider the great writers C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, the creators of Narnia and Middle Earth. Both were devout Christians, and both were writers. If you have ever read their books, you already know magic is used in them. Gandalf is a wizard, and in Narnia, all the animals have an ability to talk. This is not evil. This is a different sort of magic. Not like the crap that happened long ago. This is used for innocent purposes to display a truth or fact to the reader, and is therefore, in no way, as harmful as some would like to think.

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However, there are multiple levels where I struggle with  series like Harry Potter, though. For many years, I have gone back and forth, trying to decide whether or not this would be considered an evil use of magic. I have never read the books, but I have done extensive research on them. I wasn’t looking for the bias,”It’s so good. Why would anyone hesitate to read it?” types. Sorry, I do not like that attitude. I am searching for other people who look at this from a Christian standpoint. I want their opinions based on what the Bible alone says.

So what’s my answer to whether magic is good or bad? It depends on the type of book and the author. Magic today is still used in an evil form, and it’s also used for good, so my answer would be both a yes and a no. I write about some magic in my books, but there is a clear understanding that I have that too much goes too far. Be careful what you watch or read, because it can corrupt even the most innocent of minds.

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The Myer-Briggs Debate

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The Myer-Briggs concept is not new. In fact, it was built in 1943 by a mother and a daughter, two people who wanted to learn more about how the brain works in people and why they are different with each personality. They began creating the Type Indicator, a simple way to find out about the self’s personality once they have answered a few questions about what they prefer in situations and if they are logical or creative, orderly or disorderly, and sensitive or hard.

Many think this is similar to the horoscope idea. It’s not, and there is proof of it. However, Myer-Briggs does not define us; it is simply a way to help people understand themselves and others as well. Each person’s brain works differently, and that makes us all unique.

There are sixteen different types, all narrowed down into separate groups. Each person is introverted  or extroverted (and some are even ambiverted, which is just a fancy way of saying they are both social and non-social), intuitive or sensory, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving. Here are the groups for each:

(I) Introverts-Most people instantly assume negative of a person called an introvert. They may think of a person who hates people and going outside and prefer to sit indoors and read reference books. While this is true for some people, this is not the definition of an introvert. When someone is called introverted, it means they do enjoy the indoors, but they are rather shy individuals and enjoy thinking inside their minds. When in a group with close friends, they can rather talkative

(E) Extroverted- Extroverts love socializing very much. They gather their energy from hanging around others, and they love to speak their minds (not always in a bad way.) to surrounding people. Their thinking is displayed on the outside and feelings are their hearts are on their sleeves, quite the opposite of the quiet introvert.

 

The next section is those of intuitive or sensory natures.

(N) Intuitive- Perception of a fact or truth is easy for people of intuitive preferences. They have keen insight on a topic or a person and will thus pull an observation from them. Though this insight may not always be true, observing the nature of something or someone will help an intuitive person receive an opinion. This is their strong point.

(S) Sensors- Actual feelings that can be touched or seen are the sensors’ strong point. Practical usage of facts help them determine what they are looking at, but rather than preferring an observation that can not be seen, such as the intuitive person likes to use, sensors need the actual proof of something before making a final opinion.

 

Next are the thinkers and feelers.

(T) Thinkers- Much like Sherlock, the thinkers do not like to use their heart. They see such think as illogical, because the heart desires only what it feels like having. Thinkers, therefore, rely more on their brain, using complex patterns and calculations to get them through. Situations involving people may make them guard their personal feelings and they may become quiet. Truth is the best way in all situations to them.

(F) Feelers- Feelers value feelings about people and things. They may be sensitive to situations and may “feel” different personalities and behavior. This is a great asset to them, as it tells them who should be avoided and who needs help. Feelers may be sensitive, but not necessarily in a bad way. They use their heart instead of their head and tact instead of harshness in truth is the best way to them.

 

Lastly, the judgers and perceivers.

(J) Judging-This does not mean they judge people. Judgers are calculative in situations that may lead to one path or another. Order very important to them, and anything that is not in the right place will drive them mad. Order may include writing lists, making mental note, work comes first before any play, and they arrive early to events.

(P) Perceivers- Spontaneous lives are led by perceivers. They believe life should be fun, and order can wait for later.  Openness and bursts of energy characterize perceivers. Keeping all options open instead of making a decision right then and there is the best way for them. Loose and casual ways are the type of life perceivers want to have.

 

There are in-betweens with all of these types, which is why I say this does not characterize and conform anyone. This was just a simple test for two women who wanted to learn more about the way people think, and they shared it with the world, providing a more accurate understanding of others.

If you are interested in finding out what your own type is, you can take the test here:

http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

http://www.truity.com/test/type-finder-research-edition

 

All these quizzes give good insight on the topic and provide knowledge on what type you might be. I have taken all of them, and they are pretty consistent with eachother, which I find important when taking a personality or enneagram test.

Well, that’s my post on the Myer-Briggs type! Have wonderful weekend!

 

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More About the Blog!

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Today I am going to be doing something a little different and fun (at least for me.) and I’m going to introduce a little bit more about my blog! So, for anyone out there curious about it, here you go! May your curiosity be quenched.
The idea here came up after reading one of my friend’s blogs. Melody is a wonderful friend of mine and is skilled in her knowledge and experience in writing (who knows how many times we have discussed possible story plot lines and countless other writing tips.) so make sure you check her out here: http://melissapersonette.blogspot.com. You won’t regret it!
Okay, here it goes!

1. Why did you start blogging?

Well, oftentimes I found myself in the mood to share reviews and opinions as well as facts about many different topics, and when I found out a few friends were doing a blog and having a great time doing it, I said to myself,”Why not try it out for yourself?” It is a great hobby to do, too, if you are bored.

2.What is the story behind my blog’s name?

I discussed this a little bit in the ‘About My Blog’ page here, but I’ll go into a bit more detail. The name originated from what I do and what I am called. The ‘deducing’ part is just a typical day-to-day thing I find myself doing, and I liked how it sounded, so I thought it would be a wonderful adjective in my name. The ‘dove’ part is a bit of a joke my parents like to tease me about. I am able to do mourning dove calls, and my family found it rather fascinating, so they dubbed me ‘mourning dove.’

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging?

Currently, only this one, but I may change in the future. This was just a simple, out-lined way for me to work my blog. At the start of my blog, I was getting numerous compliments, and I just kept with the design.

4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed, why?

Hm, well, that’s a bit of a tough one there. My blog does not stick to a certain topic, as I like to have a good amount of topics to write on, however, I did originally want to write on just movie reviews, but I realized how disastrous that would be. I wanted to write on my blog frequently, not just when I had finished watching a movie, so I decided to write on a few of my other hobbies: Poetry and writing as well as anime and TV.

5.How long does it take for you to write a post? What is your postly process like?

Mighty interesting question there, if I may say so! Writing a post takes a while for me, as I like to use vivid words and clear explanations in my writings, so it usually takes me about forty-five minutes. The postly process usually consists of finding a few interesting pictures or videos to put on the post to interest the reader and the rest is just reviews, facts, quotes, and all that other stuff I write.

6.Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?

Well, now! Honestly, I haven’t been super freaked out about a post, but I think the one I was most anxious about was my first one, The Hobbit Movies. It was super weird to be writing something the whole world might see, so I wanted to precise in everything I wrote. Plus a joke or two would make it seem funny. And I like funny.

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

I do! Every weekend, Friday and Saturday or Friday and Sunday, I write a post.

8. Do you tell people in-real-life about your blog? Their reaction?

Well, I suppose I have told a few people about it. Their reactions are usually awe and maybe a,”That’s so cool!” remark.

9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on?

Oh my gosh! You expect me to pick that many? There are only a few I can name.

-Melody’s Musings

-The Peculiar Messenger

Told ya.

10. If you could change/improve your blog, what would it be?

To change or improve, I would probably set up the posts a little more organized and maybe pick a specific topic I could write about frequently.

Wow! So I actually did that! Haha! That’s awesome. Phew!

So what’s your blog about? What are you most interested in? Tell me about your blog and what gets you inspired to write!

And there you have it! A complete, filled out Q&A about my blog! Still can’t believe I did that.

 

Leadership

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Leadership.

True and faithful leadership seems like it’s such a rare thing today. Leaders today may seem greedy, cruel, and arrogant, and that tends to make us think of the word ‘leader’ as someone who leads followers. So what is true leadership then?

For starters, a true leader is not someone who is only looking for a way to benefit themself, but rather he looks for ways for those he is leading to get something. A leader puts himself before others, and his needs are cast aside so he can help others that need help more. Greediness in someone who is the leader is not a leader at all; it is only someone looking for a way to manipulate others to give him what he wants.

In a world of leaders, we must decide what we believe versus what they believe, but we must always respect our leaders. Someone who is leading may say something we do agree with, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and we must respect that. Besides, leaders are people too.

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What is a true leader’s objective? We know what we don’t want a leader’s objective to be, so what do they strive for? Leadership is not about being put ‘higher’ than those around us. A leader puts others’ needs before his own, as was stated before, but he also looks for ways to make a person successful. He wants the person he is leading to be their very best.

A leader will learn from his mistakes. Life is all about learning all we can to better ourselves so that we can be the best we can out in the world. Here is a famous quote I find very true:

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to eachother.” – John F. Kennedy

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Leadership  is not cowardice either. It is important to listen to other people’s opinions, but in the end, a leader must make a decision based upon his beliefs and morals, and even if that means he stands alone in what believes, he will still stand up for what he knows, believes in, and hopes for. And this makes a leader truly respected.

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So to sum up all that was said, here are some points:

What a leader is not:

-Greedy

-Arrogant

-Selfish

-Unwilling to listen to his followers

 

What a leader is:

-Selfless

-Loyal to his people

-Builds others up

-Listens to advice and his people’s opinions

 

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!