So True, Tom.
Independence has many strengths that sheep (followers of others and religion) who require leadership from others are afraid of. It threatens and highlights their delusion of stability.
When free thinking, strong people are near, they sense the weakness of their own insecurities and need for subservience to others or their belief system.
I actually enjoy having such people near, because I'm an "IN YOUR FACE" kind of bloke who would likely look for ways to prank and stir them. LOL!
Yes, the Jehovah Witnesses now keep a wide birth of my place, they consider me the devil incarnate, especially after the things I taught a group of their children about their own religion.
I used to read all their literature, so they thought I was close to becoming a believer and they were silly enough to leave me in charge of a group of their kids while they harassed their intended victim who had just lost her father a few days prior. I fed back to them all the mistakes I had found in their literature and they soaked it up like sponges, agreeing with much that I had stated.
A few days later I was walking down the shopping center when some of those children were approaching with their father, they called out to me smiling and waving, to which their father quickly grabbed them and literally dragged them over to the other side of the road. I've never had a visit from them since! :D :D
That was a laugh! :D :D
Greetings from New Hampshire, home of the Free State movement. We have "Live Free or Die" on our license plates, and do we ever love our firearms!
PAKISTAN - ISLAMABAD
Is anyone planning on attending the atheist convention in March in Austin, Texas ? I have a room booked and would not be adverse to splitting the cost of the room. I don't expect women to reply so men only please. Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested. I would have to know somewhat in advance to have another bed assigned to the room.
Dee-troit Michigan, USA!
I live in front of mighty Himalaya, the naked peaks made me naked in faith, spirituality. Belonging to a conservative orthodox Hindu family. Exposing the myth of India being home to spirituality, but a home to the largest literature treasure trove of Atheistic thoughts and literature. Himachal Pardesh, India.
Texan now living in Vancouver, Canada!
A great grandmother and her brother, Sophie and Jacob Guth, came to the USofA from Austria and Jacob fought for the Union in our Civil War. My mother spoke German but didn't pass it along to her kids. When our President Reagan invited Xians into the Republican Party I swore I would not vote Repub again, so after I moved to California I did not vote for Arnie.