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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 yesterday. 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 sk8eycat on June 19, 2014 at 6:02pm

It DOES sound very much like TJ Brass...with maybe a hint of Chuck Mangione for a different bit of flavor.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 19, 2014 at 4:54pm

The week is winding down quickly.  Here's a groovy laid-back tune to ease you into Friday and to put you in a good mood for the weekend.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 19, 2014 at 3:10pm

Thank you for your support, Chris. It helps.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 19, 2014 at 3:08pm

Nice Huxley quote. Thanks. Stealing

Comment by Randall Smith on June 19, 2014 at 7:35am

Thanks, Loren, for ruining my day with Satan's (ex VP) photo!  Actually, nothing can ruin my godless day. It's great to be alive. 

Comment by Plinius on June 19, 2014 at 12:57am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmQujwmalfA

My favorite Sisyphus - Pink Floyd.  A good image for the daily struggle, Ian, and my hat off to you.

Tardis was possible too, Mindy; it's Dr. Who's telephone booth for space-time travel. 

I had my ears pierced, just because it was forbidden where I came from. I often wear silver jewelry with inexpensive green stones, but no longer in my ears, because of allergy.

Comment by Ian Mason on June 18, 2014 at 11:33pm

Joan, I like Sisyphus because of the daily labour he represents for me and the strength to keep going with a task no matter how hopeless it seems and with no end in sight. That's what depression is like at its worst. And as you say, success is not the issue. The self-respect that comes from not giving up is. 

Comment by Loren Miller on June 18, 2014 at 8:37pm

Hey!  Betty Bowers did a QUICKIE!  No, not THAT kind of quickie!  A short video featuring the devil ... and some guy in red:

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 5:47pm

Ian, I like your symbolism of your memory being carried on through your child. The ankh and daughter's name provides such a good representation of that sentiment. 

Not everyone has children to carry on his or her memories, and even those of us who have children have no guarantee our children know us, especially if one has a history of helplessness or alcoholism.

The legacy one leaves behind is how one thinks and acts in the face of challenges. Were there hurdles one has to overcome? Was one successful in meeting obstructions, or at least making a great effort toward mastering them? 

Some people have no challenges to overcome; others have overwhelming obstacles. When I observe an individual who does not know how to solve problems or resolve conflicts, or who has an addiction that gets in the way of healthy living, and when I observe that person making efforts to overcome whatever is holding him or her back, I feel great sympathy and at the same time, great respect.

The test is not, does one have no problems confronting him or her, but does one take on the obstacle with critical thought and effective action?

Success is not the issue ... to take on the challenge with mind, body and emotion is where fine character lies. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 18, 2014 at 5:27pm

Ian, it is interesting you chose Sisyphus for the other side to represent daily labor against alcoholism and depression. 

Sisyphus did not win victory over his history, but paid the ultimate price of failing throughout all eternity. 

May I offer a Greek god, Zeus, who was victorious over his father who tried to destroy him. He became king of the gods and lived with his brothers and sisters on Mt Olympus. They did battle with Titans with strength restored by nectar “that which overcomes death” and ambrosia upon which the Olympians feasted perpetually. Zeus’ weapon was a thunderbolt and he was victorious over his adversaries. He became known as the dragon slayer, known to punish those that lie and break oaths. 

Zeus becomes a metaphor of one who overcomes adversaries, using his weapon, a thunderbolt to take on his demons.

 

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