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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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11 "unanswerable" questions for atheists - answered (Aron Ra)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Jun 6. 1 Reply

If you spend any time around YouTube and have any history of looking at atheist material (or even theist material!), you will inevitably run into: "XX Questions Atheists Can't Answer."  These are occasionally followed by: "XX Questions Atheists…Continue

Tags: apologist, answer, questions, unanswerable, Aron Ra

worshipping narcissists (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jun 3. 1 Reply

They're all around us: people who perceive the world as revolving around them and will go to considerable lengths to make it so: narcissists.  Such beings have been with humanity, I suspect, since humanity emerged from the gene pool.  Even worse,…Continue

Tags: narcissist, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on August 5, 2014 at 2:03am

Thanks, Joan! I've lost all my relatives but I've learnt to find my family in people I happened to meet, and they have taught me a lot of things I needed and they brought happiness! Part of my family is here on AN. ;-)

I love the ice sculptures, Carl!

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 9:01pm

Chris, I am sorry to learn of your brother's condition. You lost a brother all those years ago. Your comment, "Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol" tells a sad story. 

Your gentle, kind, caring character reveals your very different track, and I am so very glad you are with us. Your a real treasure. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:57pm

Randy, glad to learn that Dot is settling in and you get along. Looking forward to photos. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 4, 2014 at 8:56pm

Carl, a very interesting way to commemorate WW I soldiers and victims. I see lots of cameras taking the scene for posterity. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 6:29pm

I happened upon this article about an art installation put up in Birmingham, England to commemorate the soldiers and victims of World War 1.  I thought it was so moving and thought-provoking that I wanted to share it with you.  This is what I love about art:  it visually displays that which words cannot fully express. 

5,000 Melting Ice Sculptures In Birmingham Commemorate Victims Of WWI

Comment by kathy: ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:49am
Maybe they'll still let me out of here. The final twelve haven't been pulled yet. We're down to the attorney's letting us go.
I want to go.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:47am
Yep
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 4, 2014 at 11:46am

Jury duty, k.h.?

Comment by kathy: ky on August 4, 2014 at 11:37am
Sitting in the hall at the court house. Waiting for the murder trial to begin.
Comment by Plinius on August 4, 2014 at 8:13am

He is six years older than I am and steadily drinking on as far as I know, Joan. Nice character traits dissolve in alcohol, and he had not much to start with. I saw him last year for the first time in thirty years, and decided that that meeting will do for the next thirty years as well.

 

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