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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner yesterday. 83 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Friday. 8 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller May 18. 2 Replies

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 26. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 8:40am

I am left-handed, Carl, and I think the "myth" came about because left-handers must always find solutions to work with right-handed tools and systems. But I don't believe we're more intelligent. 

I'm Always Right

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 8:05am

Ian, I hope your situation works out the way you prefer. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 13, 2015 at 8:04am

Chris, I'm assuming you're left-handed.  Is there any truth to the "myth" that left-handers are more intelligent?

Welcome Hex, glad you found us.  Feel free to chime in anytime and chat.  

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 7:20am

Oh, I meant: Happy Left-handers Day!

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 6:01am

A Left Handed Thing

Comment by Plinius on August 13, 2015 at 1:03am

Welcome Hex5! You're not disrespectful at all and we're used to everyone being in a different mood. I like the Noah story!

Comment by Hex5 on August 12, 2015 at 4:56pm
I dont mean to be direspectful but i thought a bit of humor might ease your pain. I came up with this whimsical bit to a creationist who was trying to discreadit darwin to no avail....Ye and god said unto noah take unto the ark two of each animal according to its kind. The wolf and the bear the lion and the zebra and tyranosaurs rex and all the dinosaurs according to there kind. And noah said unto god holy shit i dont think they are going to fit, but god commanded it anyway and when the floods came the boat under great weight sank, and everyone died
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2015 at 3:16pm

It's hard to imagine our group without sk8eycat/Felaine. Think I'm still in denial.

Welcome to Hang With Friends, Hex5. Sorry you came just when we're grieving the loss of a beloved member. Thanks for sharing your deconversion story.

Sorry to hear about your job problem, Ian. Are you able to retire, or will you have to job hunt?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2015 at 3:16pm

It's hard to imagine our group without sk8eycat/Felaine. Think I'm still in denial.

Welcome to Hang With Friends, Hex5. Sorry you came just when we're grieving the loss of a beloved member. Thanks for sharing your deconversion story.

Sorry to hear about your job problem, Ian. Are you able to retire, or will you have to job hunt?

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2015 at 2:30pm

Richard, I realize we have an uphill battle to be able to fully function as a citizen and atheist; however, I feel so strongly that I, and I hope others, want to work toward universal health care. Felaine lived under a failed system and she is only the tip of the iceberg. 

Atheism reframes life and values in such a way that each individual has a right and obligation to think critically.

Living under the boot of capitalism, that needs religion to thrive, results in a failed religion and failed capitalism. We can do better. 

"It was the church more than any other agency, writes historian Randall Collins, that put in place what Weber called the preconditions of capitalism: the rule of law and a bureaucracy for resolving disputes rationally; a specialized and mobile labor force; the institutional permanence that allows for transgenerational investment and sustained intellectual and physical efforts, together with the accumulation of long-term capital; and a zest for discovery, enterprise, wealth creation, and new undertakings."

How Christianity Created Capitalism

 

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