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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 Plinius on March 14, 2018 at 2:46pm

Sounds beautiful, Ian

Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2018 at 2:45pm

'Æret vær hans minde'  Honoured be his memory. An expression that's used a lot in Denmark. I quite like it. Respectful, thoughtful and kind.

Comment by Patricia on March 14, 2018 at 2:39pm

I used the term once & felt like a hypocrite. I now say sad news & leave it at that.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2018 at 2:31pm

Remember
Impactful
Person

How's that work?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2018 at 2:29pm

It sounds like a wish that is meaningless because the person is dead, and nothing will change that.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 14, 2018 at 2:27pm

In reading comments about Stephen Hawking, as well as other dead atheists, I find a lot of RIP (Rest in Peace) comments from atheists.

That phrase bothers me a little because it came from religion.

Looking at it from an atheist point of view, the person can be thought of as being at peace because they no longer have any pain or problems, but are they resting?  I don't think so.

Forgetting that it came from religion, it still makes no sense to me because it sounds like a wish, and the "rest" part is questionable.

What are you peeps thoughts on RIP?

Comment by Randall Smith on March 14, 2018 at 7:43am

Tears welled up twice--upon hearing of Stephen Hawking's passing and seeing Ian's photo holding his grandson. A death and a birth.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 14, 2018 at 5:40am

I just saw the news about Stephen Hawking on my browser startup screen.  It's astonishing to think about what he contributed to our understanding of the reality around us, and how much more we now have a grasp of, thanks to him.

An immeasurable loss, for sure.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2018 at 5:16am

By an odd coincidence, the news of Stephen Hawking's death comes on Albert Einstein's birthday. I think SH was an innovator in his early years, did a great job for the public image of science and was an inspiration for many handicapped people. He did become somewhat arrogant in his later years though, as when he declared that 'philosophy is dead.'

Comment by Ian Mason on March 14, 2018 at 5:05am

Thank you, Joan. There will be stories, I promise. I'm still in a 'bouncy' mood and keep looking at the pictures.

 

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