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Welcome to /ub/ - Überhengst
German for "over stallion," and a reference to Nietzsche's "Übermensch," /üb/ - Überhengst is about bettering yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. It is about self-improvement, constructive self-reflection, and seeking advice from others. You may discuss here those personal hobbies through which you develop your creative energies, and the efforts you take to improve your talents, artistic and otherwise. And of course, this is a board for fitness and literature, as they are parts of the backbone of physical and mental wellness. This is also a board where we may discuss Western culture - history, literature, architecture, and philosophy - as when imbibed, culture improves the mind and spirit, sharpening mental faculties, and providing a greater connection to those around you and to civilizations millennia old.

As this is a self-improvement board, discussions of personal problems should be constructive. No wallowing in self-pity. We are here to become better, and while seeking company in misery may be a helpful part of the process, the process does not end there.


Cook your food
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One problem plaguing a lot of people these days, especially burgers like myself, is that many people eat out at restaurants too much instead of preparing home cooked meals. Eating out is frequently both more expensive and less healthy for you than a home cooked meal. Furthermore, many people live with a limited library of meals that they know how to prepare and don't realize the culinary possibilities that are right in front of them.

The purpose of this thread is to try to break that habit of eating out and to make cooking at home become the norm in our lives. Please share meal ideas and how to prepare them here. All meals are welcome, although preferably we should post meals that are easy to prepare so that novice cooks will not be intimidated by the prospect of preparing them for themselves. Even simple sandwiches are fair game. Sometimes that may mean cutting corners with pre-made mixes instead of preparing everything from scratch.

Remember that the goal isn't necessarily to post the most inexpensive meals or the healthiest meals, although those meals are certainly very welcome. The goal is to encourage people to dust off their kitchen appliances and flex their atrophied cooking muscles. I realize that this opens the door to culinary nightmares like /tg/'s infamous meat-bread, but so be it. Let's get cooking!
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Ew, no.
Old big stove.jpg
I wish to have one of those old fancy stoves.
I love fluttershy with all my heart and couldn't stand her getting tortured but this really is so hot
Flutters is not impressed.
>Dr. Ken Berry’s method of Cooking Bacon in a Pot Version 2.0 #Carnivore #AnimalBased
I rarely eat fast food anymore, got out of it during the covid lockdowns and when I tried to eat it again it was all so PACKED with salt that it made me sick. had a chik-fil-a chicken sandwich and fries and it took me all day to recover from all the salt, no wonder we have a high blood pressure and heart disease epidemic, not too mention it all got hit by shrinkflation so not only is it way more expensive but they cut the portions in half

Nofap tips
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I'm coming to my wits end with this shit. I'm getting tired of feeling drained and passionless towards what I used to love. I want to write again. I want to enjoy playing games again. I want to wake up and not feel like I got to fap first just to get out of bed. I want to feel something other then nothing.

The thing is when I try I always fall right back in. I've made it three days and I saw some cleavage and suddenly got horny I thought I would collapse. I left and had to drive home but the urge would go away! I couldn't fight it and I felt so disgusted with myself. The moment I got home, I had to jerk it.

How do you guys deal with these urges? How do I get a life back?
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>Don't stress and pressure yourself if you fail
I concur that is some solid advice.
Do you know what "fascists" do?
Complain about what the "anti-fascists" do.
And that's it.
Victims who want the jews to stop or be stopped.
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Enough is enough. A bunch of little things tried in isolation have all failed, even Easy Peasy, and I am literally getting too old for this shit. But now I'm gonna make it and someone, i.e., (you), are gonna hear about it

Have set up a good blocklist after many years, and have made it so that I have to remove the extension itself to remove the porn blocking.
>block using host file is my friend. Has a few incompletions if I search long enough but LeechBlock covers that for me. Customized version from https://github.com/4skinSkywalker/Anti-Porn-HOSTS-File
>hide my root password
This is key. LeechBlock and /etc/hosts fail on their own, too easy to disable by logging on to root when in coom mode. Of course root password is too precious to lose. So
< Changed root password to a string of random characters
< Wrote down password on notecard
< Take note card to work and hide it there
< Need root? Bring laptop to work
With this I have no way of giving in, unless I take the card back home, or drive to work in the grips of a fitful urge, or something more extreme.
>Keep busy
Idle hands are the devils plaything and all. In horny mode, I would put porn before useful personal development. Now with porn hard to access I turn the tables, and let productivity smash the urges.
The blogpost is part of the plan. Going to bring some traffic to this board quasiweekly. Will let y'all know how bad the urges get. I haven't been on a streak longer than 10 days in years.
I've intellectually returned to Christianity and internalizing the Faith should seal the demons away. But I know I'm prone to temptation and a Confession without a plan of action is meaningless penance, so I place this as the last step, once I'm well on my way. The step that seals Satan away for good.

Ninety days >>3466 before I even THINK about relaxing on any of these steps. LFG
Did you recieve the Holy Spirit by obeying the Law?
Or was it the result of hearing The Good News and believing that to be true?
Galatians 3
So the two questions are these:
>"From whom did the set of actions come from?"
>"Are you walking with The Holy Ghost?"
I've had/having a strange ride. What is generated by me as the flesh to solve the flesh problems, doesn't stick.
What occurs with The God is transformative. Very specifically by doing everything in fellowship with the Holy Comforter, Jesus and the Holy Father.
I've been gaining in experiences it's by the grace of God and His Mind, The Holy Ghost education, knowing when and where and how I go try doing something (anything) without God.
With God, He confirms what He says. That's for our sake.
Alot of the time by worldly standards, once something is presented its automatically taken up and going about a set of actions.
It's an issue, as it's making increasing more complex means of digging deeper what's presented. Into a question of what additional out of the box loops are there to jump through.
It gets out of hand.
By asking and talking with and trusting and cooperating with God and Jesus' COMPLETED WORK there's a different option than the one presented by those attempting to be without God in the midst working together.
God has amazing and great things in store for you. He has more thoughts about us, about you, than sand in the world.
His yoke is light.
Come to Him and rest. He got this.
Together you'll know what you do.
I'm in a similar situation, friend. My brain dodges EasyPeasy bullets like neo, though I have made some progress lately(few almost-week long streaks of abstinence), and am looking forward to reading your posts too.
Hiding the root passwd like that is a great idea though I tinker with my system too much so I can't properly keep my hands busy with those hobbies. What helped, what I read on 8/sig/ a long time ago, is repelling urges by doing a set number of push-ups or sit-ups each time instead. Doesn't always work because of lack of self-coomtrol but when it does it does.
Tried my hand at composing music and somehow got myself busy on it for an entire week, some asked if I was okay because I didn't even log into steam at all during that time. Another thing was programming but I didn't hold onto that for long sadly.
Good luck!

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There are a few things I'd like to do in this thread
- document my soap making process
- document process changes and upgrades to equipment
- detail common problems when making soap
- answer any soap making questions
- eventually let everyone know when and where product can be purchased
Basically everything to do with soap.

I'm not concerned about telling somebody how to make a product that I'm selling either. There are a few reasons for this: Some people won't be able to receive such a product overseas, or it wouldn't be feasible to ship. I'm not so petty to think that trying to conceal information somehow results in "job security". The soap making process is already quite well documented. Finally, I didn't start making soap to make money with, I started because of the memes, but also to have a product to better prepare myself for economic collapse.
I wish to share this with you guys so (you) too can better prepare yourself for whatever is coming.

Lets start with the boring stuff, like what is soap?
I would define soap as a surfactant. A surfactant is a molecule that will bind to water, oil, and particles.
The US legal definition is 'soap made from natural ingredients'. Synthetic soap is often sold as 'beauty bars' or 'body wash' instead of soap, because they are not made with natural ingredients.

Most modern engine and transmission oils, and heavy grease used for equipment will contain detergents. Don't let the word detergent mislead you, it means the same thing as surfacant.

Lye harvested for soap making in ages past is called potash. The potash lye soap making process is a fair bit more involved, and the chemical reactions are a bit different. https://classicbells.com/soap/woodAshLye.asp
Potash soap has been made for a very, very long time. If one of you decides to try this out, please let us know how it goes!

"modern" naturally made soap uses either potassium hydroxide or sodium hydroxide for the lye. Sodium hydroxide is used for making liquid soaps, sodium hydroxide for solid soap bars.
The easiest way to get sodium hydroxide is from a hardware store selling containers of "pure lye" drain unclogger in the plumbing section. For example https://www.homedepot.com/p/Instant-Power-Crystal-Lye-Drain-Cleaner-1650/204374017

Soap made from natural ingredients is a very sloppy chemical reaction. There are untold numbers of different chemicals and compounds found naturally in any given type of oil. Most of those oils will react with the lye to make some rather complex reactions that result in "soap". It is not uncommon for the soap to change color as it cures for this reason.

Oils are typically mixed and matched to make a nice bar of soap, as no single oil has a good mix of the fatty acids necessary for a good bar of soap.

When making your first batch of soap:
Start with solid bars of soap, instead of trying to make liquid soap. Liquid soap is much pickier about what kind of oils you use.
Use an existing recipe for your first batch, then try to make soap using as much local products as possible. When economic collapse happens, getting those foreign oils will be much more difficult or impossible.
Start with a 2:1 water:lye ratio. If your recipe calls for 12 ounces of lye, use 24 ounces of distilled water. Ignore however much water the recipe calls for.

When building your own recipe, or modifying an existing one, use the following two web pages:
And when in doubt, ask in here.

This first post is just a boring autistic dump on chunks of important or related information. I'll post a lot more (actual making) soap stuff when I get the chance. I think this is a pretty good start though.

Be sure to ask whatever in here about anything related. Over the last year I've been pretty autistically going over how most people make soap, refining my own process, and doing fairly deep-diving research on the topic and general chemistry.
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Has this happened before on /mlpol/? I figure it wouldn't be too hard to coordinate unless I'm severely underestimating the user base here, hmm...
I don't think it has, and somebody trusted enough would have to be the one collecting doxes to pair people up otherwise most skizos won't even bother.
I think people would trust you, hell ya already got the dox of everyone who's ordered soap from you
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shorter shitpost this time
Got one of their bars at harmonycon and while I was trying to search for their web page I had their soap sitting on my computer desk. In the short amount of time its been sitting here, I got a bit of a headache just from the shitty fragrance they use for their soap.
I'll probably use it once, maybe twice, but I expect to break out in rashes from the shitty fragrance.
Apparently they use a pre-mix of oils sold to soap makers because they can't brain hard enough to figure it out themselves.
They only list a couple of bars of soap on that page but they had a lot more, including bath bombs, at their harmonycon table. They were also one of the only ones wearing a mask other than the furfags.
Their soap is also freaking tiny, less than half the size of a "I Can't Believe It's Not..." soap bar.
At least the colors are interesting with swirls and stuff I guess. Mica is expensive to use for soap dye, but it does offer more control over color and is generally more vibrant.
Their soap bar was somewhat squishy, which means either they did not let it cure long enough to let the water evaporate, or they didn't use enough lye.

Gave them a bar of "I Can't Believe It's Not Appul" soap, maybe they will drop their soap making thing out of shame.

I know I sound like I'm out there to destroy everyone who tries to make pone-themed soap, but its really not the case. There was a lot of dialog while I was talking with them and was never rude about it. They were just starting and were trying their best.
They mentioned they wanted to make some proper old-school soap by collecting ashes and extracting the lye and selling that at a renaissance fair. Good luck Sweethaven Soaps and Sundries, its a lot of extra work on top of everything else.
Damn dude you didn't have to rip the newbie a new one like that. They just need to improve their product, not get browbeaten into giving up their hobby.
inb4 the brony soap conflict escalates into a full-blown Breaking-Bad-tier turf war in which people actually get murdered over who cooks the best snowpity

How far up this hierarchy of needs pyramid are you currently?
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Jewish pyramid
Well, damn. Was going to try rebut this, but...
Good point, although I feel that if sex weren't a physiological need but instead a social/psychological need that would put it even higher on the pyramid.
It's arguable that people don't actually need sex, but it's still in the same category as the rest of the lizard-brain physiological impulses (eating, breathing, pooping, shelter, etc).
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Hah! Nice try Maslow, but you'll never have my wizard powers.
>not using the toilet
Indian detected.

Resolutions for 2020 and beyond
Happy New Year /ub/. We all know New Years' resolutions are a popular way that people try to effect positive changes in their life. This board is all about that, so tell me, what are your resolutions for 2020 and beyond? It is even the start of a new decade (depending on who you ask), so all the more reason to view today as the start of a new chapter in your life.

Here are mine:
>NoFap 2020
My best streak last year was 29 days and it was doing me a great good. At the very least I need to go 90 days this time around.
>Limit internet usage
I have blocked most time-wasting websites for most hours of the day. That includes 4chan, after all nothing useful happens there anymore.
>No background music when working at the computer
It's either distracting or I don't notice it's there, so why even bother? I can focus better in silence anyway.
>Read more
Despite taking the redpill I have yet to read any of the suggested literature to form an intellectual foundation. Three days a week, one hour a day, should be easy right?
>Go to church
I am not religious by nature but it seems like the best time to find a family-oriented young woman would be Sundays.

I think that to increase the odds of success you should make multiple resolutions and make effort on all of them. Hopefully at least one will stick. I was able to keep one resolution from 2019 (lifting) which has already improved my life significantly. So let's hear them, /ub/.
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Dunno why but I thought about how we skipped Feb 29 this year which reminded me of my last post here Leap Day last year. Neat to see some new activity.

2020 retrospective: 1/5.

>NoFap 2020
Never exceeded 47 days.
>Limit internet usage
>No background music.
Turned out okay, mostly. But I started up with this again six weeks or so ago so almost shouldn't cont.
>Read more
I reread LOTR. Still not good with this.
>Go to church

For 2021 (here on) I'll try the first 4 again, and substitute church with financial planning. I've had some luck and crypto's been good lately so no excuse to not start building a capital base and passive income. Also for NoFap I'm on Day 22, though in a moment of weakness I browsed porn 2 days ago. Turned away but killed more of my day than I want to admit.

Still lifting. The habit is now a mental pillar of mine. Never giving it up.

>if trad qt christian waifus and based christian bros still exist they don't use those big sites. X for this.
Damn and my parents want me to join Christian Mingle too.

Remind yourself that it's just that, fear. The sensation is fleeting anyway.
I have gotten over the fear of missing out on new food. Eating a consistebtly healthy diet is comforting and pure.
Does anyone even make New Year's resolutions anymore? I know of no one that even made mention it this year.
Anyway I need to be more organized in my life. Bought a record book to start an achievement diary to record what I did each day to help stick with it.
not really, or at least I don't make any resolutions. In general I'm way too busy to make a resolution that would hamper future issues that need to get fixed/made/addressed should I be strict about following the resolution.
Normally I'll just review what needs to be done for the year and have a small mental list that I work on as time marches forward. Generic things like "replace the old plumbing, fix car, do things to help keep food around when the economy dies..." most things on the list are such large projects that to do all of it all at once would be a month or more only working on that, but I still need to go to work for cheap jewbucks.
So stuff gets done as I can get to it.

At this point in time, taxes made being a specialist unsustainable. I can't work my highly skilled occupation (outside of union or government) enough to pay for somebody else to do all the things I need to get done.
I know it's a christmas tradition for me to post here but I'd rather not. Then again, fuck it.

My life is going good. I tried talking to my little sister, but my parents groomed and brainwashed her, she's still hating me because they told her to and refusing to talk to me about it. No change there, she's still gone. Choosing to be my parents daughter, not my sister. I don't resent who she chooses to be but I wish she didn't resent me for being hated by abusive groomers. I have a woman and I like this woman. I finally know what it's like to have a genuinely positive relationship with a woman. I thought I did once or twice before but looking back I was just in denial about how she treated me and how little I knew about relationships. Now I definitely have a good relationship with a woman. We read books. Her taste in literature isn't the same as mine but it's still valid. If I was an insecure child I think I'd try to find an excuse to dislike it. Looking back I regret calling my roommates gay retards, they're cool now and they've been cool for a while. Except for the guy who got himself arrested for something retarded, he got replaced with a different cool roommate. It's fucked up that I posted here ranting about that Chatoyance douchebag whenever he pissed me off when we talked. I wasn't trying to get anything to use against him, I just wanted to befriend the guy even though his irrationality and casual hatred of my race pissed me off so much. That wasn't a healthy foundation for a friendship. What was I thinking? Did I really expect a moment where he said "wow for a white human you're really non evil, maybe I misjudged your species and should stop drinking libtard koolaid and playing damage control for epstein island aristocratic jews"? I didn't consciously expect it, I just wanted to see where it would go, but now that it went to a gay retarded place it feels pointless in retrospect. The bitter boomer hates all white men and embraces libtard's toxic conceptualization of femininity and fanatical materialism and escapist pseudointellectual "transhumanism" because he failed to grow into a genuinely good man and by the standards of western masculinity he is not a genuinely good man, his parents and upbringing can be blamed for this, he resents his father and views him as the devil, the representation of le toxic masculinity, and it's retarded. My mother and father were pieces of shit too and I don't hate all white people over it. My own mother raped me when I was a boy and I don't hate all women over it. Tragic that modern therapy doesn't view Chatoyance as somebody who needs help to become sane and should get some help. Still fucked up that when he found out about this place he posted private messages from our conversation on his page then deleted it later after his friends laughed over the gay shit I said in private messages. That's fucked up. I didn't post anything here he hadn't shared publically already. I'll never know what he considered worth reposting from our conversation and I don't care. Fuck that guy and fuck trying to hide parts of yourself to befriend people who want you dead. Leftists want whites dead or conquered. That won't change. There is no reasoning with them. If reasoning with them worked the 2010s era Gamergaters would have successfully debated all feminists into seeing the light. I've met some overly online people and my new year's resolution is to avoid repeating their mistakes. And also finish my work on some of the games I'm passionate about making. That's important too. So far my break from being so online is going good. I'll let you all know how it's going if I feel like coming here next year.
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>Resolutions for 2020 and beyond
2024 and beyond.

Pharmakeia medicines
A thread to talk about commercial medicines, their use and stockpiling.
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I can tell you've never been to a small town in Pennsyltucky, stopped at an Amish farmer's market, and seen half the family come shambling out to lick your car's mirrors and windows. Many such cases.

A horror show.

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Most modern drugs are made from oil.
This is true. Petroleum is useful for a lot of things. Synthesizing organic drugs from Petro chemicals has enabled people to produce them in far better quantities and purity than, say, grinding up willow tree bark into a paste.

Bible Study Thread
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IIT we discuss and study the Bible. I will be using the King James Version and will take the stance of a fundamental literalist, which is a bit redundant, but these days there exist many that claim to be fundamental but reject the literal interpretation of Scripture when they encounter something they don't agree or understand. I am not a Bible scholar, I'm not a pastor, I don't currently attend any denomination's church service. I'm just an anon that really like to study the Bible. Feel free to argue with me, I could be completely wrong and I hope to learn more about the Bible along the way.

I will post below my first study topic and what I have researched about it. Hopefully it will be interesting and somewhat engaging.
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Oh man, looking at it more closely - what a great thread! I'll be going through everything in detail and asking some questions later.

For now though, there's something I hope to get help with:
An old friend of mine (we had drifted apart over the years) had "retreated into his shell" when I sent him a letter with well-sourced warnings/articles about the injection, just before they became available. To be honest, despite "meaning well" there was arrogance on my part at simply "expecting" him to process that information and make the choice I thought he'd make - my arrogance was partly fueled by my own waves of feeling intimidated on occasion and still refusing to fully confront the whole reality of such serious events beyond my control. (Standing strong in the face of accelerating end times events is quite a challenge.)
In hindsight, this may have even contributed towards his decision to get it (which he did), possibly due to him becoming even more "intimidated" by the scale of evil around him - not being able to "handle" some very confronting facts. He broke off all contact with me, and had become the most broken and inwardly-hurting man I had ever seen (although apparently this was going on for years before, possibly exacerbated by some persistent bad human elements/relations in his life that he wouldn't address). His inner pain and suffering is getting stronger and it's starting to manifest as serious physical ailments/diseases that could lead to his death soon.
TL;DR: He embraces and believes "in the Matrix", and is bound/married to it. Perhaps he even wants to die, but has a crippling fear of dying.

I don't want to repeat the same mistake when approaching him again regarding Christianity - he's a member of a church that teaches "judeo-christian" feel-good BS and it's part of his "shell" that he's built around himself.
I was going to send him a heartfelt and apologetic letter, retracting my arrogance and explaining my feelings with humbleness. Also included with the letter would be burned CDs of some selected sermons by Pastor Marrs from Bible Home Church, where he talks about finding freedom and relief from fear.

My friend has so much fear and intimidation inside of him, I don't think he's saved, but who am I to just blurt it out to him or disrupt his shell that he clings on to so much - he has his own life, and judging by outward appearances it's a good one.
We've both been through a lot and I don't want him to suffer, but despite further introspection still don't feel "qualified" to assist him - especially since I'm still "suffering/injured" in various ways myself and not the shining hero-example that a small part of him still appears to be looking for. In addition, his character-type moves towards his abusers (and still suffers/digs-up from events decades ago, and looks to peers/the-crowd for validation/judgement), my character-type moves away from abusers (and remains independent), but we both "glance behind us" at times and in most ways we're very "far apart" now.

TL;DR: Do you have experience in reaching out to someone like that, or know of some Bible passages or sermons or pastors (or maybe "heroes") that can help my suffering friend? If not, no pressure - I'll default to my own idea.
Unfortunately, I have no experience of success in reaching others. I don't really have the charisma that is required to get people to listen and consider application. I can share what I know about the Bible though.

People that are consumed by fear are in a struggling relationship with God, if not devoid of the relationship altogether.

Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

1 John 4:18-21
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19We love him, because he first loved us.
20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

The desire to fit in with the world in fear of losing something valuable is natural, as it strikes the hearts of the prophets as well. Elijah was gifted with miracles to present to the people that had abandoned God.

1 Kings 18:36-39
And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
37Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
38Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
39And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

Yet, after this display, the king of Israel was mad that he disproved his favorite false god of Baal, as his wife was pagan. The wife demanded the head of Elijah for crimes against the gods and so he ran.

1 Kings 19:9-15
And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
10And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
11And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
13And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
14And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
15And the LORD said unto him, Go, return on thy way to the wilderness of Damascus: and when thou comest, anoint Hazael to be king over Syria:

This shows that Elijah fell into a depression, wishing that he could just fit in. He states to God that he is the only one left that makes any sense. Even after seeing the power of God and figuring out the meaning behind the display, he simply returned to his statement to God.

The meaning is that God is not found in the expected places, but in what appears to be weak, unlikely, and not desired. Elijah wanted the support of others, which is natural, and distressed over the lack of human support, despite having the support of God. God then answers this by having him go on another mission, during which he would meet Elisha, who would be his companion and support him in trouble, eventually taking his place as prophet.

Why do I mention this? I think this might help in a couple different ways. First, the expected answer that you will get is dismissal, as even God was dismissed by a prophet in fear and depression. Second, being the Elisha in the story, being an aid to the person in question, would be a great benefit, even when the person is resisting all aid. Third, sometimes people will never change, even in the face of irrefutable proof that fear is not the response to have in the face of opposition. Elijah was proven that God controlled the universe and no person could realistically oppose him, but he still felt powerless and alone.

Ultimately, the way to reach out is to reinforce companionship and to go over the Bible with him.
Being part of a church already can be a dangerous thing in this era, as it can lead to one of two thoughts where the person can either believe himself already knowledgeable about the text and has already applied the lessons, or believes the Bible to be something akin to a community gathering point with a book reading. Especially in the churches that express modern values and interpretations that deviate from the obvious meaning being expressed. In either case, I would prepare for a resistance to the content of the Bible.

The matrix belief I assume is the belief that the world is a simulation? Or perhaps it is the belief that the world is an illusion and the reality lies behind what can be see? Though an element of this is the truth, as the world is not the totality of existence.

2 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 John 4:20
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

But the world is very much real, as God created man in it, bothers to fight for it, and will make another earth.

Revelation 20:4-6
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
6Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Revelation 21:1-5
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

>who am I to blurt it out to him
God can do this for you. The response to the Bible reveals the truth and someone that is saved will grow in the fruit of the Spirit, as he desires to grow closer to God. He won't be perfect, but he will respect the Bible.

Asking if he is ok lately and if he would like to hear the comforting words that you read in the Bible might be a good way to introduce the Bible into the equation, which will reveal where his heart is. Again, I have as of yet not had success with my methods, so perhaps they are not the greatest to restore friendship and bringing someone to Christ, but it is the best I can provide.

James 5:19-20
Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;
20Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
Business Dog
Thank you, for some reason I hadn't yet come across Elijah and Elisha, and will definitely refer to those verses in the letter to my friend.
The NIV church that he and his family visit is one that seems to operate on my friend's terms rather than God's, and it'll likely be one of his "security blankets" that I should be careful to not pull away, but rather let him slowly remove himself and on his own terms when introducing the more Biblically-accurate alternatives.
>The matrix belief I assume is the belief that the world is a simulation? Or perhaps it is the belief that the world is an illusion and the reality lies behind what can be see?
Yes, pretty much but also and more malevolently it's a simulated reality/existence/trap created by parasitic entities, and this artificial reality has limits to it that never exceed those of which the person living inside the artificial reality can handle.
(Personally, I believe that satan and his synagogue-of-satan/etc. minions are trying everything to counterfeit and replace God, using technology, psychology, pharmacology, electromagnetic radiation, media, fake religions/scripture/cults/culture, illness, addictions, alterations to the environment etc. - creating a type of world inside a world, which only they control - though I don't yet fully know how well supported this belief is Biblically.
I do know that satan is currently allowed to be god of this world, but I suppose even that will have its limits of what satan is allowed to do; a set of limits which can be removed by absorbing people into another world, a world only controlled by satan and precursor to hell when the body finally dies. For example, our true-world still has actual Christians passing through it, with the power to make real-world changes, whereas other people will need to specifically turn completely away from God's protection before being able to fully take part inside this fake-world being constructed. We can see fake-worlds inside communist regimes, but advances in and adoption of technology will make this fake-world seem perfectly normal and thus inescapable.)

My friend apparently cannot handle the newfound unknown harshness and dangers of the world that exists outside of the old and known harshness and dangers within the world/matrix that he's inside of. That's why I regret being so "arrogant" in assuming he'd simply see the deeper and even more disturbing reality behind a subject - assuming he'd move away from the dangers that he knows he can handle, rather than bringing them even closer to him, like he has. However, I don't actually know if my letter to him had that effect - for some reason, it feels like he had already made up his mind years before. The Corinthians verse sounds very suitable for his situation, because judging by his letter to me he's strongly holding on to what he can see, while at the same time trying to escape from it.

Thank you for taking time to read through my lengthy outpourings of thoughts and answering them. I've been pretty emotional lately due to recent deaths and illnesses of loved ones, and am myself feeling pretty weak and ineffective right now.

Gently quoting the real Jesus Christ (not the feel-good honey-coated censored NIV/etc.-type counterfeits) and Him being the ultimate authority, rather than satan (or satan's works), would be a positive non-confrontational approach for someone as hurting as my friend.

My thoughts on charisma: satan has boundless charisma (when it suits him), but only God has/is the truth. "One word of truth outweighs the world." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
I just need to speak from the heart, without traces of my own worries or intimidation like in my last letter.
Thank you, again.
Did you bring it to God?
Did you ask?
Did you wait and listen to what He says?
Business Dog
Vital questions, and yes to all. I got the answer months ago, but have been too intimidated to go through with it and instead have spent most of my spare time and thoughts preparing, because I'm doubting my own abilities to handle such a serious situation properly after failing to save another dear friend of mine during a critical time - I was doing much better before that had happened.
That's why I was so open on here - in a way to gather the last bit of courage and get my shit together, but also add some final outside positive influence into the mix. Getting an answer and not going through with it is enough of a crime already, but now there are Earthly witnesses too. No more delays now.

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And if busy, do 40 later!
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ITT we share wisdoms that we have gleaned through our own experiences with our fellow Anons, that they might live a better life. I'll start:

NEVER ask a question unless you are %100 that you want to know the answer. Whatever happens, you literally asked for it, so you better be damn sure you really wanted to know. Remember this and it will help you with friends, family, lovers, and even children. Live your life by it.
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Do your shit on time. Procrastination is the worst habit.
I think it's more Anons presenting their own opinions on terms of hypothetical idealism rather than lessons learned through anecdotal experience (as the OP calls for).
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>on terms of hypothetical idealism
It is more than hypothetical. They express themselves very passionate and sometimes borderline hysterical.
Why don't you answer Anon's questions?
Pretty sure he was talking about you as well.
Wow no answer.
Here's some wisdom two parts, don't be the person who genuinely typed pic related.
Same fagged.
Got caught.
Doubled down. Doubled down again. Got caught continually and doubled down.
Claimed without Uzi's nation's would fall.
Doesn't understand any of the rules.
The second part is to look back fondly and remember history.

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