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Comment author: Filipe 30 November 2011 11:00:25PM *  8 points [-]

Hi, everyone! I'm Filipe, 21, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I've dropped out of Chemical Engineering in the 4th semester, and restarted College after one year off with Mathematics, from scratch. I thought redoing the basic subjects, if I worked hard through them, would be a good idea. It probably would, but so far I've studied those subjects with the same sloppiness of before, heheh. Now I'm one semester off College, due to depression, obsessive thoughts and some suicidal tendecies. Some of this is related to a deconversion from Christianity at age of 18: I was really devout and lived for the religion. My father is a pastor and my whole family continues to be serious about Christianity and it's pretty obvious that I'm the greatest source of suffering in my parents' lives, as they believe I'm going to end up suffering eternally if I don't return to my former beliefs. It also relates to having been a sort of a child prodigy (many family members, even those who don't like me a lot, testify that I could read at age of 2) and now not being able to excel academically, because of those problems and because of akrasia. Speaking of which, I have never read the sequences even though I've being reading this site for some months. I guess this may change when I convince my parents to buy me an e-reader. Sorry for the babbling and the sloppy English.

Comment author: shokwave 01 December 2011 04:29:18AM 4 points [-]

Sorry for the ... sloppy English.

In this post, your command of English is indistinguishable from a native speaker's. If you have an estimate of how fluent in typing English you are, I suggest you strengthen it :)

Comment author: Filipe 01 December 2011 06:10:43AM *  0 points [-]

I haven't learned how to upvote comments yet. I'll upvote yours when I have.

Comment author: shokwave 01 December 2011 06:23:20AM *  0 points [-]

The little thumbs-up and thumbs-down at the bottom left of each comment. EDIT: how to retract...

Comment author: Filipe 01 December 2011 06:52:20AM 1 point [-]

Heheh, thanks.

Comment author: lessdazed 30 November 2011 11:33:01PM 2 points [-]

suffering in my parents' lives

How can an effect like that have only one cause?

Comment author: Filipe 30 November 2011 11:38:11PM 0 points [-]

Do you mean that their source of suffering = me + misguided beliefs, not just me?

Comment author: lessdazed 01 December 2011 03:33:28AM 1 point [-]

Basically, yes.

Comment author: Filipe 01 December 2011 06:44:50AM 1 point [-]

I agree, but now I'm not sure how I'd rephrase it.

Comment author: lessdazed 01 December 2011 07:53:34AM 2 points [-]

There's no law that says reality must be describable in simple English.

I don't criticize what you wrote! I ask you to not believe a thing merely because the thing is the exact meaning of words you selected, when you selected those imperfectly-fitting words because there were none better.

Comment author: Filipe 01 December 2011 08:15:31AM *  0 points [-]

Ah! I see. Thank you.