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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 20 hours ago. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Lary9 on May 19, 2011 at 7:47pm
Semantics...semiotics...Semolina...it'll all be over on Saturday, May 21, 2011 anyway. Who cares? Anyone else going to an "End Of The World" masquerade party? My daughter's giving one for friends and I'm invited. I'm going as a Borgia Pope..
Comment by Heather Spoonheim on May 19, 2011 at 7:12pm
@Kate - LOL, I have a blog cued up for 6pm UTC+14 called Prophecy FAIL! to deal with just that.
Comment by Kate Henry on May 19, 2011 at 7:06pm
Have to share the front page of the Boston Phoenix I stumbled upon today:
Comment by deepthought42 on May 19, 2011 at 9:56am

Sail Roz, I live in a drinking town with a sailing problem (lol), so I'm jealous. :P

 

On the upside, I have a day off today! It's a miracle. ;)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on May 18, 2011 at 7:03pm
ROFL, Larry9. But next time please put your hilarious links in a discussion, so they will be more accessible, and people's responses will "go with" the links instead of being separate bits on the comment wall (where nothing is really connected).
Comment by Lary9 on May 18, 2011 at 3:15pm
Comment by Lary9 on May 18, 2011 at 12:58pm
@El Solo Lobo~
Ironically, I too have pretensions of becoming one of the truly great practitioners of doing nothing. We are fortunate because many unnotable Zen masters have laid the non-extraordinary ground work for our avoidance of self-discipline. I've been trying to merge "sofas, sloth and sarcasm" into a new philosophical paradigm with much success over the long, unproductive years of my adult life. So it is with regret that I report, you are not without competition (though I hesitate to use that term since even the sound of it gives me the willies). Good luck. Let me know what you're not doing. I'll do the same.
Comment by Grace Fitzpatrick on May 18, 2011 at 12:04pm
Sail Roz, if I didn't get so sea sick, you're trip sounds absolutely heavenly.
Comment by Tezcatlipoca on May 18, 2011 at 9:22am

I may not comment on this group often, but it's not for lack of interest. Every 500 years I emerge from beneath the mountains to feast on Earth's latest incarnation of boiled egg masala. Last night was one such staccato interruption of my 8,000 year hibernation, and being that I'm all fat and sassy once again, I'm due to go back under the mountain after this here cup of coffee.

Comment by Vanessa Smith on May 18, 2011 at 9:02am
I'm new to being an active participant of an internet community.  So used to holding back commenting in other groups due to the herd mentality.  I'm happy to be part of a circle where such hang-ups doesn't exist.  Where we're free to just...be.
 

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