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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 The Flying Atheist on July 13, 2012 at 1:58pm

I can't have any pets since I travel for living but if I could, I'd have a cat.  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on July 13, 2012 at 1:57pm

Which singer do you think has been reincarnated as a fish? Johnny Ray?

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2012 at 1:10pm

Patricia: isn't there an oldie that goes: "In anciant Egypt, cats were worshipped as gods.  cats have never forgotten this."

(Actually, they were worshipped not only for their regal behavior, but because they performed a vital service...keeping vermin out of the grain supply. Even in the lifetime of Julius Caesar, harming or killing a cat was a capital offense.  I like that.)

Comment by sk8eycat on July 13, 2012 at 12:03pm

@booklover: When I tunred 30, there was a catch-phrase, "Don't trust anyone over 30," I was single, I hated my job, and I thought I was a complete failure.  Oh, and on my birthday, I got a speeding ticket on the way to the job I hated.

I don't remember now how I got over it, but I'm still here, I eventually got better jobs, I'm still single (I think that was better for me in the long run). Im not rich, but I have a house full of books that I reread constantly, two cats to purr on me when I need that, and a few good friends. 

I have had Type 2 diabetes for 12 years now, and I'm still learning how to cope with that...I tend to forget to eat, and have hypoglycemic attacks.

But I'm okay.  I'm still quietly enjoying myself.

AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY IN THIS GROUP for putting up with my ranting over Judith Hayes' death for the past 2 weeks...she still had so much to give to the world, especially atheist newbies. But I'm over the anger and confusion and grief.  Mostly.

Treat yourself to something decadent (a hot fudge sundae?), a day at a spa, or just have your hair done, something like that.  Having somebody else wash and blow-dry my hair makes me feel refreshed.  Try it.

Comment by Steph S. on July 13, 2012 at 11:37am

Thank you Flying Atheist for the cat video.

Comment by Steph S. on July 13, 2012 at 10:45am

Comment by Plinius on July 13, 2012 at 12:55am

@booklover - Old? We're not old. It's just that the little counter keeps ticking, but we stay young. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 12, 2012 at 9:49pm

Sorry...Catvertising

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 12, 2012 at 9:48pm

I know we have a lot of cat lovers here. 

Catverting:

Comment by sk8eycat on July 12, 2012 at 9:16pm

@Loren Miller:  Yes!  That's IT!  (How do you remember all this stuff?)

 

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