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    I don't know and don't think you can, but I do believe.
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    There should definitely be an "it's possible" option. Or at least a "maybe."

    But I suppose for the purposes of this poll "no" is the most accurate answer for me. I don't think there's a "higher" power. I do think there's probably a power that sits near the center of everything like a giant generator, but I don't think the universe works in a heirarchy of "powers". More like a level playing field where the lines are way too blurry to tell the powers apart.

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    There should definitely be a "maybe." I don't know and I like to keep my mind and heart open. I consider it a possibility, maybe a wonderful one, but I don't actively believe or disbelieve - I just leave it open.

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    I've got no idea so I'm not going to commit to believing something if I haven't got at least some sound reasons to do so.

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    I believe that there is someone, or at least some force "out there." I don't know what or who, so I'm probably somewhat Agnostic in my beliefs. I still pray, I just don't invoke any names, and hope that whoever is there will hear me. Kind of unusual, I know, but that's me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lastrailway View Post
    There should be an "I don't know/ not sure" or something option.
    I didn't put that option, because I wanted to see what people who were sure about the answer put.

    Though, I suppose incrementing a counter couldn't waste that much space.

    EDIT:Bseides, it's not obvious to me how to edit the poll at this time.

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    Default How do you define the phrase 'higher power'?

    To flesh out the discussion:

    How do you define the phrase 'higher power'?

    I define it a simply something greater than myself with control over myself.

    I voted yes.

    I would be interested in what people said "no" defined 'higher power' to mean.

    I would also be interested in what people who said "yes" meant, but I think that would get into a lot of different religions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    ...I would be interested in what people said "no" defined 'higher power' to mean...I would also be interested in what people who said "yes" meant, but I think that would get into a lot of different religions.
    Some have already defined what it did mean for them.
    I believe some of us who were raised in environments that favoured the mainstream, monotheistic religions, we consider God to be a higher power. Maybe I should be only talking for myself, but I think many of us accept or reject (or simply doubt) the existence of His archetypal figure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    I voted "no" because, while I feel there is more to the universe and existence than what is strictly empirical, "higher" is a comparative term insinuating the existence of something separate from the universe.

    In plain terms, I believe more along the lines of the Buddha being the universe than a God/Allah/etc. character who up and created himself a universe.
    I agree with this but I put "yes" because the power of the being being the universe is larger than the power of me alone, which is "higher" in a way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    What do I vote if I *am* the higher power?
    I believe in Geoff.

    I DO believe in Geoff.

    I do I do I do I DO I do I DO I do I do believe in Geoff.
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