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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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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

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

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Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 12:23pm

The watching dog is funny (as long as he's not watching me and creeping me out).

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 12:09pm

Chris, your description, "I really came into my own when I discovered that we're all stardust - it's a source of happiness to me" says it all. Thank you for sharing, dear friend.  

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 6, 2012 at 12:01pm

That is what I need, a watch dog to watch me sneak that little tid-bit and pop it in my mouth ... no on second thought, I should be able to do that for myself. I am more like the cat, "Ill get my own damned food!" Well, if self-discipline doesn't stop me, my old heart will. And if I had a dog or cat, I probably would be giving into their beautiful eyes as they look for their share of my tid-bit. I do miss the neighbor children, dogs, and cats during cold weather, we all stay inside and don't play in the garden. 

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2012 at 11:38am

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 6, 2012 at 11:21am

Sk8eycat, I like your story about Cosmos.  I also loved it, even as a believer in mormonism.

Comment by Plinius on December 6, 2012 at 1:26am

It must be fear, Sk8eycat, because the believers have taken an unseemly advantage of other lifeforms, by claiming to be better or more important. But the effect is bad, as I found out when growing up fundie: it isolates you from everything, even from yourself. I really came into my own when I discovered that we're all stardust - it's a source of happiness to me.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 6, 2012 at 12:19am

That's a very charming video, Patricia. Sort of says "it's natural to be nice".

Bonjour, monsieur. Vive la Marianne!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 5, 2012 at 6:25pm

Joan, I was SO proud to be working at KCET when Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" was in production there; I got chills sneaking onto the sets when they weren't in use. 

But the biggest thrill of all was when the series finally aired, and Sagan explained so clearly about supernovae and how "We are ALL made of star stuff."  And on another episode, when he looked right into the camera and said, "Evolution is a fact," I jumped up, cheered, and clapped my hands. (I was watching it alone at home.)

I do not understand why so many people have a problem with the fact that we are descended from blue-green algae and other life forms.  Even the buybull says Adam was made out of dirt, so what's the diff? ("Ashes to ashes, dust to dust."  That's their dogma, so what are they whining about?)

Comment by Ian Mason on December 5, 2012 at 3:45pm

Joan, that sounds like a happy nest of children, perhaps because you are so positive in your view of life.

Felaine, hoping for the best for you.

I've now found out that my flight WAS cancelled due to weather and not an airline fuck-up. The problem is that England grinds to a halt at the first hint of snow. A cross-channel rail trip would be something like a 24-hour trip, pehaps longer. A direct flight takes 1½ hours plus travelling time on the ground and the usual standing in queues, about 5-6 hours in all and is a lot cheaper if booked well in advance. Oh well, I've lived in Denmark for nearly 26 years and this is the first time it's happened so the odds have been pretty good. It's just bloody annoying that it happened now.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 5, 2012 at 3:30pm

Melinda, Oh! Yes indeed! enjoy the Winter Solstice and your daughter! Time slips by so quickly and being with a loving daughter is about the best treat I can think of. Right up there with being with loving sons and all their offspring. They do the cooking, now, and hosting the parties and I can simply wallow in the joy of it all. 

I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to shake off the old mantle of myths and fables that laid claim on my thoughts and actions for so many years, and I am free to think about things once forbidden. I can see myself as part of this fantastic universe and not destined to some terrible burning eternal fire or a place that some claimed to be paradise and I could only see boredom. 

My purpose in life is to be genuinely me, not some fabricated wretch that could never live up to another's expectations. My sense of direction comes from being awake and aware of events taking place around me. Some things I can change, some I can't, and some just feel so important to me I surge ahead as if I do make a difference. 

Having my origin being the exploding stars that produces all the elements that make you and me, and that we share our origins with everything on Earth gives me a great big kick in the behind. I really am! I am what I am, and so are you. Isn't that great news!?

The fact that I will return to the elements from which I emerged makes me just want to dance and sing and inspires me to breath each breath with a sense of wonder and meaning. 

Just as all these wonderful cats that appear on these pages, and the amazing birds that exist on the Earth means I am part of all of that and I am so damned grateful to have this life, aches and pains and all that. It is a price well worth paying to be conscious of it all. 

And my dear friend, you contribute to my joy in so many ways. Melinda, shine your light and sing your song, and dance your dance, and be all that you are. You and I can be partners in the dance of life and all who share these words create a web of life worth living. 

 

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