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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 Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 10:55am

Thanks Mindy for the SoulPancake site. I subscribed. It looks like fun! 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 2:43am
Patricia, an interesting video of prisoners' dancing, Jackson style. I am reposting on Twitter so my family can see it. Thanks.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 12:44am

Tony, that was wonderful. Just loved the faces and actions in the crowd, from children to elderly. Music, a universal language. Thanks. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2013 at 10:41pm

Ran into this while tooling around youtube. Have watched it over and over again. Wanted to share with you all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:17pm
Loren, This is what I watched the first time I opened your site:
SEAN FAIRCLOTH – “YUGEN” (WITH ZEN PENCILS)
http://skeptisketch.com/
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:10pm
Oh, this is funny! I just rewatched the video and it is of two goofy people on a trapeze. that is funny!
I don't see the video I watched the first time I opened this link.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 9:33pm

And now for something COMPLETELY different:  aus Deutschland, die Maiers!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 8:27pm
Loren, I love it! Perfect. Exactly what I need to be saying! and hearing! I have goose bumps!
Word of the Day: Yūgen (幽玄)
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems.

Yūgen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

Yūgen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.

(Ortolani, 325). Ortolani, Benito. The Japanese Theatre. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1995
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:07pm

Those are cute and funny pictures Flying Athiest, Booklover and Loren. Yes, new week has started already. Can you believe how close the holiday season is? wow - where did the year go?

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:06pm

 

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