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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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If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Joan Denoo 16 seconds ago. 6 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Yasmine Mohammed - Confessions of an Ex-Muslim (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 7. 6 Replies

Yasmine Mohammed is not your average ex-Muslim.  Not only did she get shut of Islam, she also managed to escape what was at one time the most notorious of radical Islamist organizations: Al Qaeda.  She has since documented the story of her apostasy…Continue

Tags: Islam, Al Qaeda, Yasmine Mohammed, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo Jul 6. 0 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Afrodisiacs – African Aphrodisiacs

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 26. 4 Replies

Am I so old and not know the definition of aphrodisiac, and its historical definition being based on Aphrodite, that her name came from the African drugs that Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used for sexual enhancement? Dhu!  Aphrodite, ancient Greek…Continue

Tags: Africa, Lady, Victorian

Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Tuesday

Just yesterday I got an invite to my high school reunion, and tossed it. Haven't been to one for either high school or college that I can recall. Fellow students weren't all that important to me in high school. Had a few friends, mostly boyfriends, in undergrad at Albright, that didn't survive graduation. It was a religious college, but not pushy about it. At least I was lucky to go to a public high school. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Tuesday

Coincidentally, my high school just had it's last graduation class this past June.  It is now closed for good after years of shrinking enrollment and lack of funds.  Another religious school (Lutheran) bites the dust, as so many churches have.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on Tuesday

I went to my 10-year reunion (with some trepidation) and it wasn't enjoyable at all.  I haven't been to another reunion activity since.  

My best, and closest friend that I met my first year is still my best, and closest friend to this day.  I didn't keep in touch with anyone else, and that's fine with me.  I got one, awesome, lifetime friendship out of high school and that's good enough for me.   

Comment by Plinius on Tuesday

I went to one school reunion, and it felt like going to a Disneyfilm, fake and empty. Perhaps no one recognized me, or no one wanted to talk to the one they had bullied and isolated. I watched them for a while, showing off their new husbands and chattering about nothing. Went home to my books and my cats. There's nothing like a home with books and cats.

Comment by kathy: ky on Tuesday
High school doesn't seem to be a pleasant memory for a lot of people. I think even the"popular kids" were riddled with their own insecurities but were just better at hiding it. We start high school at a very awkward time in our young lives. I just blended in the fringes of the groups. Two or three clothes friends. And some kids that I disliked for no particular reason in most cases.
I haven't been to any reunions and don't intend to go. High school was lifetimes ago.
Comment by Ian Mason on Tuesday

Comments here set me thinking and searching. Surprise! There's a reunion at my old school this year. The video brought back some memories bit I don't know if I'll go.

https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=208322002987763&a...

Comment by Loren Miller on Tuesday

I did ONE, and only one high school reunion, the year after I graduated in 1968.  All it served to do was remind me of the largely miserable time my fellow students had offered me.  I never did another one, nor have I participated in any reunions at Case, which was a lifeless, soulless entity.

Comment by Daniel W on Tuesday

Not long ago, I joined Facebook's page for my high school class reunion.  I don't know what was in my mind, what about my psychology that made me do that.  Did I still want acceptance?  Did I want approval?  A long awaited "You did it?"  I don't know.  Stupid, on my part.

The truth is, I studied, was an approval seeker in classes - approval from teachers, not students.  Instead of taking the bus, I walked the mile to school (2 miles in junior high), so that I could avoid being bullied.  Students ridiculed me for being studious, earnest, wanting to be liked, physically smaller, and inept at sports.  I was called fag a lot.  I didn't even know what that was until after I graduated and left.  After school, I walked 3 miles to the public library, where I was a page.  Then my parents took me home when the library closed. My dad liked the library so went there often, anyway.   On weekends, we worked on the farm.  Sundays, we went to church.  I don't recall belonging to any in-group. I was an object of ridicule for my eagerness to please and my diligence, even in church.  At the library, the staff - all older women - all liked me, spoke to me like an adult, and treated me as a valid human being.

I un-joined and un-followed the high school class page.  What was I thinking, at this late stage of life?  Rhetorical question, there are no answers.

Comment by Idaho Spud on Tuesday

I've never attended a high school reunion.  Was still quite shy in high school, so didn't belong to any clique, so I know I wouldn't enjoy a reunion.  I would be lucky to remember even one person.

Comment by Randall Smith on Tuesday

Carl, you are spot-on with high school cliques. Class reunions I've attended continue the groupings. "Birds of a feather".

Thomas, I can't add to the wine conversation, because I just drink the cheap stuff. I have a difficult time appreciating expensive wine.

 

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