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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 Ian Mason on December 5, 2015 at 10:57pm

There are good ways and bad ways of not growing up but if you don't want to take responsibility for things ( a partner, children, work) then stay clear of them. A healthy child-like part of your nature is often a plus and will help bonding with children. Unfortunately I fell into the former category when I started a family and have had to learn to grow up. It's taken a long time. I think that part of the problem is that men have often had to learn from scratch. Our fathers didn't know how so we couldn't learn from them. It's good that the world is slowly changing and that the lessons will be passed on to the next generation.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 1, 2015 at 10:22pm

There are still plenty of young men clinging to the irresponsibility of boyhood, unfortunately. I guess research would tell us what percentages changed over time.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 30, 2015 at 11:42pm

So many men of my generation grew up to remain boys. They wanted what they wanted when they wanted it, including sex. The men expected to be served by a non-complaining mother figure. The football heroes remained adolescent even until our 40th class reunion when I decided I had nothing in common with them. 

Many of the women of my generation bore the children of the young men, and many discovered they had to raise babies into adulthood without the emotional and financial help of the fathers.

It seemed strange to me that many fathers did not have the emotional bonding with their children that many mothers had.

Living with my daughter and her husband is an eye opener for me. They each have their businesses, they work together as a team on a joint enterprise, they share the tasks of doing the many chores of the household and of raising children. They both appear happy in their relationship and with the way they organize things.  

Witnessing the end of the patriarchal nature of my ancient family tree and the ease with which Laura and Larry share responsibilities gives me high hopes for the evolution of the family that occurred in my lifetime. I only wish my parents and grandparents could see the benefits to both men and women for this development in our family. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 30, 2015 at 8:02am

Loren, good post. I often wonder if others acknowledge and appreciate the good I do, despite being a non-Christian. I doubt if they would ever admit it, certainly not out loud!

On into December. With the Christmas season upon us, I rather dread (if that's the right word) the month. Take a deep breath, Randy! 

Comment by Plinius on November 30, 2015 at 12:48am

Thanks Kathy!

Thanks for that story, Loren! I'm going to use it.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 29, 2015 at 11:09pm

Aversion therapy, you got that right, Ian.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 29, 2015 at 10:14pm

Overexposure, Chris. The same songs on the radio and the same muzak in all the shops. It becomes aversion therapy.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 29, 2015 at 7:17pm

I thought the following was pretty good.  You can click on the image to enlarge it.

Comment by kathy: ky on November 29, 2015 at 3:05pm
Chris you did a great job.
Comment by Plinius on November 29, 2015 at 12:49am

And I really hate Dutch songs - how did we do that, Ian?

 

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