Hang With Friends

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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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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly on Thursday. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 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

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Comment by Steph S. on March 3, 2013 at 9:28pm

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 3, 2013 at 9:05pm

Melinda, prayer in general is talking to oneself, but your picture takes that idea to a new level!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 3, 2013 at 8:43pm

Interesting, Patricia, thanks. This tourist gets an experience for no work, which naturalists have to spend months to get. apparently this particular group of gorillas has learned to trust the tourist camp and its inhabitants.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 3, 2013 at 1:26pm

Joan, I have not thought things through as well as you have, but I do find it difficult to remain silent when I disagree with someone...I want them to understand my point of view on whatever subject we're discussing.  It would be nice if I could get them to agree with me, but I just want them to understand how and why I arrived at a particular conclusion.

I get tired of hearing the old saws like"Someone in the church must have hurt you badly," or, "You are angry at god...blah-blah-blah." How can I possibly be angry at something that doesn't exist?  I do get angry with people who insist that a Bronze Age book of myths and legends is the perfect guide to life, and want to change our country's laws to coincide with the cruelties in that book.

And as much as I love "Hair," I lose patience with people who believe that the position of the planets and constellations (as seen from Earth) at the time of one's birth have anything to do with reality.

And sometimes, I just like to rant.  I'm snorting and growling right now over some "junk science" that's been in the news lately ... blaming feral cats for the decline of the bird population in the US.  NObody has actually gone out and counted the number of kills by cats and compared them to climate change, habitat destruction, and other predators.

And there I go again.  Sorry.  = 8 0

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2013 at 11:12am

For me, it depends. Is my goal to maintain the friendship or speak my truth. If a response is interest in knowing more, I can engage in a discussion that incudes listening and asserting; if it is aggression, I can aggress; if the other changes the subject, I can change the subject as well. 

Now I have choices to make because there are always consequences to an option chosen. If I want to save a relationship, the issue remains in the background and will come up again. If I remain silent, that implies agreement and my point of view remains unsaid ... do I have to remain silent in order to have the friendship? If so, my obligation to speak is more important than the individual. My goal is not convert another human being to my way of thinking. I have absolutely no interest in what a person thinks unless it impacts my life; I am interested in how they think through their issues. 

In my 77 years of living, I have not found it beneficial to me or to my values to remain silent. When I think, reason, compare and contrast evidence and draw conclusion, I develop a value. If that value has validity, I stand on that foundation and speak.


Comment by Idaho Spud on March 3, 2013 at 11:10am

Tim Conway was always my favorite.  Sometime he got people laughing uncontrollably. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 3, 2013 at 11:08am

No idea where he's going, but he's makin' good time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2013 at 10:12am

Comment by sk8eycat on March 2, 2013 at 11:58pm

For Steph:
Always Share Your Hobbies With Your Friends!

Comment by Steph S. on March 2, 2013 at 10:09pm

Doing good here booklover. Pretty chilly outside. I hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Love the lolcats sk8eycat and Spud.


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