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#116122 - 03/22/18 09:20 AM Any Other Writers Out There?
Wilhelm R Offline
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Greetings everyone. I do apologize if this is not the correct place to put this, but as I did not see a better spot, here goes.

Writings, essays, diatribes... whatever you want to call them - I want to read them (if they are good)!

I have been on a kick lately, absorbing as much as I can, and outputting my own thoughts for discussion, praise, and/or criticism. Most of my work is written entirely off the top of my head, and is in a constant state of flux, and revision. As such, input is almost always appreciated. After failing to find anyone of interest amidst the general public, I remembered this place and decided to kick around and see what comes of it.

So show me yours, I'll show you mine.
-W

https://mardia422936082.wordpress.com/ -My WordPress site, a depository of my writings

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One of my writings: "The Poison of Altruism"

Defined as the act of selflessly giving to others, sometimes at great cost to oneself; Altruism, as rare as it is in the world, is a dangerously tempting drug for those who imbibe its bittersweet nectar. Without reason or understanding the WHY of what they do - they give and give in a self-destructive cycle that ends, often times, far too late. Of course, I am not referring to the act of giving in general, but the obsession that can grow from so harmless a seed.

Why should one give to others at great cost to themselves? Let us look at two examples; giving to charity, and helping the homeless. As selfless and generous as these endeavors may appear - those who partake must understand they are not simply giving something away, they are purchasing a service. Through their actions they are validated – another punched hole in their “Good Guy Card”. It is not merely giving money away for nothing; they are purchasing self-aggrandizement. The sense of Civic Duty is sated, and sleep comes easier through whatever perceived bad deeds may have been committed elsewhere. By making others happier, they make themselves feel happier. This can also apply to helping out friends and family in a lighter air; their happiness makes US happier. Truly, if you can understand this process, can your actions be labeled as Altruistic? I will leave that bit of semantics up to your own personal preference, needless to say I believe the cyclical nature of giving in order to get does not a martyr make.

However; there are also those who break themselves down - making themselves feel miserable for the sake of others. They are modern martyrs, whether intended or not in the undertaking of such a title. Now, unless you are a masochist - and such wires respond as pleasure - this self-destructive tendency MUST be fixed.. A realization of self-worth is usually enough to put these suicidal actions to rest, but it is not so easy for some. Some people simply slaver and scrape for the sake of those around them because they are conditioned to do so. Maybe they never had help, and as such they see it as helping others the way they never had themselves… Maybe they had TOO MUCH help and so see it as necessary for survival of those they preen. It is a tricky balance that delves deeply into the realms of psyche and mental integrity; far deeper than this writing means to scrape. Suffice it to say that one must look to their own needs first and foremost - even if they desire to do nothing more than serve others. A broken column only puts at risk that which it upholds.

In addendum to this, there are two more unfortunate circumstances revolving around those of the thoughtlessly altruistic. More often than not their condition is only revealed to them by outside intervention. This leads to the situation only becoming worse as time goes on, until someone else has a moment of "healthy" altruism to break the cycle and help push the thoughtless provider to a healthier path.

More common, regrettably, is that those who give beyond their means often attract leeches. So-called "Psychic Vampires" - those who knowingly or not drain energy from others. This can be either emotionally or physically, through such acts as constant need of re-affirmation or to be used as a human stress ball. Most of these drainers of human psyche are working entirely subconsciously... It is the ones that know well what they do and still remain careless that should be worried about. One must take steps to identify these people for who they are, and either change their relationship dynamic, or sever the tie entirely.

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#116123 - 03/22/18 10:53 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Wilhelm R]
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Eh. Shades of the Devil’s Notebook. I prefer to keep my writings to myself because I’m a selfish bastard, but kudos to you for giving it a shot and putting it out there.
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#116124 - 03/22/18 11:19 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Dark Light 444]
Wilhelm R Offline
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Ugh... I know! I kick myself every now and then when I go back to read something from that or Scriptures or other sources and realize that I cut way too many parallels for my own comfort. I re-wrote this one a few times to try and separate it. Definitely looking at doing it again - hearing that from someone else. hahaha

Thanks!

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#116125 - 03/22/18 11:30 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Wilhelm R]
Wilhelm R Offline
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My most recently written piece I've yet to find too many subconsciously grafted bits:
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Tribalism.

The word at it's very core evokes a myriad of response depending on whom you ask. To some it carries ethnic implications, to some outdated notions of society, and to others a natural psychology that is ingrained in each of us. For the purpose of this writing, it is the latter that I will be discussing.

Since the dawn of man we have separated into tribes, and the very core of xenophobia is rooted in distrust of outsiders. Be it martial dangers, cultural overshadowing, or even disease that our own tribe has not adapted to defend against; our psychology has evolved to naturally distrust those who are not "our own". As our tribes melded to form cities - and then nations - our circles ever expanded. Today, the dichotomy of "outsiders" is almost alien to our external presentation. We are an inclusive culture as a whole, concerned with humanity as a whole rather than "Team A" and "Team B"... at least this is what we tell ourselves.

In reality, we have shifted the goalposts away from such things as nationality and ethnicity, into the less apparent strata of ideas and beliefs. The division that drives us now is "thought". What has not lessened is the intensity - the fervor - in which these tribes are defended. If anything, the call to arms has intensified to the pitch of the earliest examples of warring clans - either they "think" the same as us, or are less than us; deserving fully to be treated as such.

Others have taken to referring to this phenomenon as 'Toxic Tribalism', and the term is quite apropos. It is toxic in that it is a detriment to the evolution of us as a society, as a whole. The opposition to have civil conversations, the idea that merely letting an opinion be spoke is tantamount to full acceptance of that opinion as fact... Erroneous ideals that lead to stagnation and entropy. Already even the methods of combat between tribes has devolved into "No you" and other childish refrains.

So what is the fix? To just tell everyone "let's all get along"?

No. The human mind - as evolved and changed as it may be - will always crave division. We will always feel more comfortable around those we consider "our own", regardless of what form that takes. Thankfully we have moved past racism and other bigotry as a whole (though there will always be outliers who wish to remain in those camps), but the point remains... there will always be something. Skin-color, eye color, height, weight, gender, ideas, religion... something will always be there, and as soon as we find comfort and togetherness in one of those factors, another will unveil itself like a leak in a dam.

The only foreseeable panacea that I can see is through total immersion environments. A place we can go to disconnect from all tribalism and be in a Utopia of our own design, for however long we wish. It used to be only through personal isolation, or through reenactment that we could find this, but the re-emergence of Virtual Reality as offered the ideal bedding for our idyllic ideological future.

Now this does not fix the current political state of "Us vs Them"... But I believe - as with all conflicts - this one will burn and taper out, and whoever stands triumphant will do so. To the victor... history is written... all that drivel.

Total immersion environments will however - upon their fruition - provide an avenue to curtail future budding of hatred through avoiding the irritation of conflicting existence.

To avoid the idiocy of the herd, if only for a short while...

Sign me up.

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#116126 - 03/22/18 02:05 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Wilhelm R]
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Welcome back. Your writings are pretty good. I might not agree with everything but the blogs are thoughtful and well-written and can, for sure, raise some interesting discussion. Personally, I'm not such a big fan of blogging and free writing. I have a WordPress site (it's put in my signature) but it's secondary to my forum activity. I post there only occasionally and about stuff I didn't have a chance to talk about in the forum. I'm more a forum type than a writer and prefer discussions to blogging.

Re altruism, there is no such a thing. In helping others, there is some self-interest involved or just natural instinct. I see nothing wrong with deriving pleasure from helping others. It can get destructive if there are some unresolved psychological issues involved. If the person helping is needy and insecure, then feeding a "psychic vampire" caters to one's obsessive emotional needs.

As for tribalism, not everyone is prone to the same bullshit. The move from the default tribal programming towards individualism is difficult but not impossible. It comes at a price though. Those who are not willing to pay it will think of a thousand excuses to justify their convenient bandwagon jumping.


Edited by Czereda (03/22/18 02:12 PM)
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#116127 - 03/22/18 02:27 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Czereda]
Wilhelm R Offline
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The only reason I took to wordpress was as a friend's suggestion. I just wanted a platform to get my writing "out there". I can certainly see the benefit and detriment of both... but forums have a spark of "life" to them. Hence why I am here! \:\) I would be quite surprised if someone DID agree with everything I wrote, and be wary of sycophancy at that point.

As for altruism, as with most things it depends on the definition. As you said, the TRUEST form of it does not exist, though those I wrote about are the closest examples I could find. It was meant to open up the flimsiness of it as a one-way street... Something I will compound upon.

Ah! Yes - I think an addendum on those outside the normative of tribalism is a good thing to touch upon. I will definitely be adding that in future revision.

Thank you for your time.

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#116129 - 03/22/18 05:52 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Wilhelm R]
Michael A.Aquino Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Wilhelm R
So show me yours, I'll show you mine.

O.K., here you are. Enjoy! \:\)

FYI When I followed your link above, it was a bit confusing. I saw an illustration which I couldn't figure out ... decoration? Book cover? Clicking on it didn't lead to any on-line writings, at least not evident on my Safari browser. There were just some comments below the picture.

If you've reached a point in life, experience, and/or research where you have something substantial to share, consider publishing it as one or more books. It used to be that this was a very complicated and tiresome process, when you had to deal with traditional publishing houses and their demands, editorial tinkering & censorship, etc. Today it's an entirely different climate. I use and recommend CreateSpace, which is user-friendly and integrated with the worldwide Amazon book and Kindle ebook system. If you're meticulous, you can do everything yourself and it costs you $0. If you want some expert editing, formatting, art, etc. services, they are available for various charges. I've never needed to use any of them. So keep it in mind as an option.
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#116130 - 03/22/18 06:47 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
Wilhelm R Offline
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
O.K., here you are. Enjoy! \:\)


I have read a select few of those, in fact. ;\)

I can honestly say I am unfamiliar with Safari as a browser! It might not play well with with WordPress. I've tested on mobile devices and Firefox/IE/Edge with good results. Usually it is the title "Marchosian Diatribes", followed under by the entry categories, then banner art, finally the most recent entry.

Thank you for the recommendations though! I will certainly be looking into that CreateSpace site when I have all my ducks in a row.

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#116131 - 03/22/18 08:36 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Wilhelm R]
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I'm a writer, but of fiction - supernatural, romance and erotica. However, my Vampire saga does have a thread of LHP and even anti-PC politics woven into the script, but written in a way that a regular reader wouldn't take it personally if it was against their viewpoint. It's more of a subtle influence which I hope would make some readers question some things. But most of my stuff is very primal... because you write what you know!

I agree with Michael - when you get a small collection together, publish it! You're writing looks good! I self-publish through Amazon (KDP) - it cost's me nothing. I sell way more Kindles than Paperbacks because of the price difference I think. (When I first started, before I knew how to Photoshop my own covers, I paid 5USD each for my covers through Fiverr.

I used to publish my Paperbacks through Createspace, but then I started doing them through KDP (when the option came available) simply because my royalties get to me sooner as they add onto my Kindle sales. Like I said, I hardly sell any paperbacks and because I am in Australia (It might be different for US citizens (I have to earn 100USD in royalties before I get my deposit, and if I was to wait to earn that on Paperbacks alone I would be waiting a long time). My Amazon.au sales are deposited each month no matter how small they are.

Very soon, I want to shift my Paperback Publishing to Ingramspark which is similar to Createspace but probably better for someone in my region. I have heard awesome things about them from other authors in my local area.

Amazon is also opening a branch in Australia soon (so I heard) which will also help because at the moment, if we order a Paperback, it costs a fucking fortune in postage.

In a couple of months, I want to try my luck chasing down a traditional publisher for my Vampire saga.


Edited by ShadowLover (03/22/18 08:49 PM)
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#116132 - 03/22/18 11:46 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: ShadowLover]
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If you do a paperback book on CreateSpave, you can send it directly to Kindle from CS. CS will even create a Kindle cover from yourt CS one.

CS & KDP royalty systems are also interlocked. You get a combined payment each month.

If your CS book is just straight narrative, like a story, your original CS pdf will suffice for KDP. But if like me you produce books with lots of footnotes, sending the original pdf over to KDP will result in an unreadable jumble and pisse off readers who assume you're sloppy.

For books with footnotes you need to download the free program called Kindle Textbook Creator and run the pdf through it before uploading to KDP. This produces a "print replica" Kindle book, which is like a photograph of each page. Everything stays where it should be.

KTC is also necessary if you have custom page backgrounds, las in my Morlindalë and Ode to Esme. Otherwise they'll be disconnected and scattered.

Don't look for a traditional publisher thinking that it will handle the advertising and promoting of your book. That's only if you're a big shot lole Stephen King. Otherwise you're on your own. CS and KDP have a variety of promotional options, most of them free. And of course your book is available worldwide on all the Amazon systems almost instantly, and permanently unless you stop it. Once it's on Amazon, the other big online sellers wikll also pick it up immediately - alibis, Barnes & Noble, etc. You don't have to do a thing. They pay Amazon and Amazon pays you.

CS drawbacks:

1. No hardcover option.

2. 500-page limit per book.

3. Don't expect to see it in bookstores. Stoes buy bunches of books with an option to sell unsold ones back to the publisher at a discount. Because CS is print-to-order, it does not have a buyback option.

Other thank this CS is a pretty easy and bulletproof system. This includes its online Cover Creator, which is also free and easy. I've used it for all the covers on my books.

Old style "vanity" publishers would charge authors a big upfront fee, and any unsold copies were just money down the drain. CS costs you absolutely $0 to publish your book (unless you want an extra-cost assist, which again I've never needed on any of my books). The only $ involved are royalties Amazon pays to you. So if you're on a tight budget, CS & KDP are the way to go. \:\)
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#116133 - 03/23/18 03:11 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Good to see you, Col Aquino and thank you very much for this clarification! :-)
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#116134 - 03/23/18 03:31 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
CS & KDP royalty systems are also interlocked. You get a combined payment each month.


I used Createspace before the Paperback option was offered through KDP. But I still have royalties sitting in my Createspace account which have never been paid. It's not much, so I'm not bothered by it.

A downside of KDP is it doesn't have an option to purchase the books wholesale yet like Createspace and Ingramspark.

 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
Don't look for a traditional publisher thinking that it will handle the advertising and promoting of your book. That's only if you're a big shot lole Stephen King. Otherwise you're on your own.


Yes, I realise that - the publishing industry has changed a lot. I wouldn't sign with a publisher that wouldn't market me - there would be no point. Marketing is the hardest part! If I can't find a big one to accept me I would just stay Indie.

About 18months ago I looked into one semi-publisher that had different packages. I think you got marketing in the $16,000 package. They offered me an $800 package, but I declined, telling them that at the end of the day I would be paying them $800 to redo what I have already done on my own. Such a wrought!

 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
CS drawbacks:

1. No hardcover option.

2. 500-page limit per book.


Ingramspark has a hardcover option and also retails through Amazon. Maybe you could do both if you wanted a hardcover option for your books?

When I used to make covers for people I learned that white pages (like my saga) are limited to 500pgs. (They sent me the reconfigured template with narrow borders and smaller writing so they could squeeze it into 500pgs. But I made a book cover for a client with more than 800 pages when the interior was cream (and from memory it was a 5" X 8"). Are your books on white pages? I don't know what the limits are on Ingramspark.

 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
Other thank this CS is a pretty easy and bulletproof system. This includes its online Cover Creator, which is also free and easy. I've used it for all the covers on my books.


Yeah, I used it before I learned Photoshop. It was easy to use even for me and sometimes I struggle with computer things... and phones. It was fun to use, too.

I have since also made a short film ad for my series on Animoto. That was loads of fun, too.

But I still can't work out how to upload a photo to this site. D'oh!

 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
So if you're on a tight budget, CS & KDP are the way to go. \:\)


Yep. Free options work well!

There is so much to learn about the writing industry. I am a member of a local writing group and we share information all of the time. I think a lot of it is best learned talking to other authors. ...Like yourself.

One formatting thing I don't know how to do yet is... I have links to my website and Facebook/Twitter pages at the end of my stories but they are big long http:www. things that look ugly. I have noticed that some authors have neat little buttons. Do you know how to change a big address line into a button in Word?


Edited by ShadowLover (03/23/18 03:32 AM)
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#116139 - 03/28/18 04:23 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: ShadowLover]
Wilhelm R Offline
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 Originally Posted By: ShadowLover
One formatting thing I don't know how to do yet is... I have links to my website and Facebook/Twitter pages at the end of my stories but they are big long http:www. things that look ugly. I have noticed that some authors have neat little buttons. Do you know how to change a big address line into a button in Word?


I haven't used Word in forever... but if it's like most other things there should be a "Create Link" option somewhere, that allows you to put URL in one field and title in the other.

Other than that it would be all html.

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#116163 - 03/31/18 01:30 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Wilhelm R]
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Wilhelm, your writing is pretty good and thought-provoking. Trying to give you a token of feedback to what you wrote about tribalism, I believe we are tribal in nature because we think in patterns, because we are more likely to survive within a group and because being part of a tribe potentially allows greater access to resources, if members of one tribe are able to subdue the other.

We are all (seen by others as) part of often confusingly different tribes, that form along basically any line, including age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle, ideology, income, geography and so on. Depending on personal preferences we choose which tribes are the one we identify most with. If one looks closely at tribal groups, it can be observed that they are not solid but in constant flux and only exist as long as an "anti-tribe" exists. What I mean with an anti-tribe, is a group that the tribe differentiates itself from. This can be seen when one tribe annihilates another, that once the enemy is gone, the victor breaks into sub-tribes and the whole process starts again.

I think the best way to fight tribalism is to ensure everyone equal access to resources. People tend to radicalize in tribes if they feel left out and rejected by society. Including everyone into society doesn't end tribalism, but it softens it enough for people to co-exist. That's why you don't need to be altruistic to be a proponent of a basic income. Like free medical care, that keeps epidemics in check, a basic income would protect society of epidemics of the mind of various kind.

Answering your question, I have written erotica for personal amusement and published it on the rather tame network that I linked to. If anyone is really interested, I might tell you my nom de guerre, but my stories are neither spectacular nor particularly mind-opening.

If you want to get more exposure, why don't you reach out to online mags and ask if they are interested in publishing what you have written.

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#116998 - 09/12/18 07:55 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Brutus]
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To be honest, I just like to write poems. Anyone want to see?
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#116999 - 09/12/18 04:06 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: GoatFurry]
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No. No poems please. Thanks.
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#117115 - 10/06/18 11:31 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: Dark Light 444]
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There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket
But his daughter, named Nan
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket, Nantucket


Copyright © 2018 William Wright. All rights reserved.

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#117128 - 10/06/18 07:37 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: William Wright]
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You copyright that because you fear plagiarism of it?
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#117129 - 10/06/18 09:56 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: aeon6]
William Wright Offline
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Nah, I was just having a little fun. That poem is over a hundred years old. Plagiarize away.
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#117402 - 11/12/18 01:45 PM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: GoatFurry]
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I read the articles you put up, and they were pretty interesting... The article on "Tribalism" was more interesting for me.

I agree with Michael A.Aquino... With the type of content you have written and the work ethic you showed towards it, you should consider selling a couple ebooks on it.

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#118078 - 01/19/19 03:14 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: GoatFurry]
rayanic Offline
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• اسم در نزد اهل لغت و اهل معرفت یعنی چی؟
• اسم ذات احتیاج به اسم دیگر دارد.
• "الله" یعنی خود اون ذات. نه لفظی که دلالت بر اون ذات می‌کند.

https://www.azangoo.ir/blogs/و...83;و.html

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#118084 - 01/20/19 12:14 AM Re: Any Other Writers Out There? [Re: rayanic]
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There are famous cartoons which have translated this.
Try this at home.

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