Ah, Natasha.... I feel your pain. I too am a lone atheist surrounded by ignorant brainwashed superstitious Jesusers. Stay strong! Peace.
There was a time when i was on another atheist site, Left it long ago. Just do not have much time to complete necessary projects.
I am hoping that you will do something for me, but mostly for yourself. Go for a walk, smell, see, pet a dog, cat or do whatever strikes your fancy.
Life is so short and i have let myself become a debt slave in need of a 3rd job. Very difficult to smell, to see, to do enjoyable walks that clear the poisons.
I was never to fancy of being a slave to "GOD's money" ... I think I'd rather sell everything and move out and buy a cheap ass lot than let myself be busy with 3 jobs.
I kinda wonder... Do non believers have less debt (on average) than faithful sinners AKA (the religious)...?
Just a question. Personally for me freedom is owning everything outright. I worked and saved a lot to get to that point but now that I've arrived I've pretty much wasted a lot of time petting dogs and taking long walks ... Stopping to smell the roses on a road less traveled... I also have a young Chinese G/F. I'm going back to college even tho I have no reason why. I guess to get out of the house. It's put a cramp in my time of doing nothing all day tho! :)
I find it Amusing when I had a job. I'd see old people ... You know that they had no job ... you'd see them pushing carts in grocery stores... I always dreamed of being like them... Not having a worry about anything. Just go buy food, and go home cook and go to bed. Now that I'm semi like them... I kinda wish I had a job again. :) Can't win for losing and that old saying goes... Careful what you wish for? Damn it's true.
Eric, I don't know if believing in god or not makes the difference, but I am not one who pays money for money. Can't get ahead that way, unless it is building a business. I pay cash for what I want, borrow very little for what I need and pay it off as fast as I can, and live off earnings. At 78, that seems to work fine for me.
I haven't had a boring day since I retired from teaching, just too many interesting things to do.
As for feeling like you "wish I had a job again", may I suggest volunteering for something that matters to you. Today, I had a cancer treatment; the place was jammed with people waiting for treatment. The poor nurses were running as fast as they could to keep the drip lines flowing in the 17 cancer patients getting the dreaded chemo drips. When volunteers are there, they are able to bring around beverages or snacks. When they aren't there, a patient has to unplug from the wall, take the tower holding the chemo along to get a drink of water or eat something to get that awful taste of the chemo out of one's mouth. I am so grateful to those who come to help patients and nurses.
Perhaps, if you like kids, volunteering with youth groups keeps one active, but that is not for those who don't enjoy kids.
I hope you find something that fills your time with things you like to do and with people you enjoy.
I'm from Concord New Hampshire!
I live in Oneonta NY. I am retired on disability. I am concerned with the rights of the ageing and the mentally and physically disabled. Global warming and peace are also concerns of mine. I welcome contact with like minded people. Im into scientific pantheism, philosophy, history and celebrating life. I enjoy community online and off.
welcome.........I like the fact that you are concerned with issues such as aging,disabled,the underdog............sounds like you might just be a humanist........so glad you are here.
From Albuquerque New Mexico - originally from Alberta Canada.
Wilmington, North Carolina.
An American bible belt stronghold of the KKK. It has several colleges, but 100x more churches. A place where anybody can lecture a complete stranger on why he/she should become a Christian or suffer pre and post mortem consequences. A place where a person can lose his/her job, because a "good Christian woman" got her knickers in a twist, because "OMG! An atheist!"
What? Too much information?
Dougibert, it was enough information to earn my sincere condolences...
...and to stir my appreciation for living in the SF Bay Area,
Most of the xians in my life know I'm a way-out-of-the-closet atheist, although a few like the word agnostic more.
Xians who lecture me will probably hear me say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. More polite xians might hear me say that if I hadn't spent twelve years in Catholic schools I might still believe their god exists.
Welcome to A/N.
I like your comment that "religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind." I'll try to remember it.
Your post makes me want to move back to the Bay Area. : )