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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 Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2016 at 7:24am

You're right, Randall. The debate will pretty much be a tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing. But I can't resist watching. It's sort of like being hypnotized by a cobra.

Good one, Carl. Remember Sweeny Todd?

Attend the tale of Donald's hair

He looks as though he's had a scare

You'd rather shave your head all bare

Or cover it up with your underwear

Than have Trump's hair.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 19, 2016 at 7:09am

So happy to read about how well you're doing, Carl! After all you've gone through, you can relax and enjoy living the good life. 

I'm not watching any part of the debate tonight. I've totally tuned out everything political. It's all a grand gory spectacle--sorta like chariot racing (or NASCAR).

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 7:06am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 2:13am

I can't wait for this election to be over. With Trump in the mix the whole process has been depressing and surreal. And embarrassing.

With that in mind, it's nice to hear your stories about golfing, playing bass guitar, lazy shopping, etc. We all need to keep ourselves sane somehow. I spent last Saturday evening with my best friend watching a movie, eating pizza, and then just chatting about life. It's not only cathartic but we laugh a lot. I couldn't ask for a better friend.

The weather here has been quite warm and enjoyable. However, meteorologists have forecast a numbingly cold winter with lots of snow and snowstorms based on the history of La Nina this year. If that's the case, I'm glad I won't have to trek back and forth to the airport in the worst of weather and deal with all the delays. But it was always nice to get to southern California, Miami Beach, or Mexico during the winter. Miami Beach was always my place to get Argentine and Cuban food.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2016 at 2:17pm

Ian - you might enjoy my old college bud's blog post about the bass (including his tale of building his own electric guitar in jr. high).

Comment by Plinius on October 18, 2016 at 2:10pm

Sorry to hear that it's as bad in Denmark! Once the big money grabbers like bankers etc. get a grip on politics, you might as well stop voting, it all seems to be an empty gesture.

I'm glad you took up the bass, 'Louie Louie' sounds good! Success with the blisters!

Comment by Ian Mason on October 18, 2016 at 1:57pm

Health care in Denmark is also going downhill. The government(s) have insisted on treatment guarantees for certain problems (cancer, heart, diabetes) and that sucks the scarce resources from other areas. Local authorities, responsible for elderly and home care, cut, cut and cut. There's always money for the building of new, so-called super hospitals and for more consultents/middle management etc. though. Don't get me started!

I've never had any musical talent but on my last trip to England I tried my nephew's bass, connected to a computer program with instructions and managed to play The Who's 'My Generation' (minus solo) with 40% accuracy! As I've always thought that bassists were the coolest musicians, I was hooked. I've also now broken my first string and got my first blister but the show will go on.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2016 at 9:14am

I agree, Randall. I've often been tempted to sew a maple leaf onto my backpack when traveling.

Ian, I think it's admirable that you're taking up the bass. (My musical talents are pretty much limited to the listening end of things.)

Comment by Randall Smith on October 18, 2016 at 8:25am

Interesting comments from The Netherlands. Like any good egotist, we Americans like to think the world revolves around us. When I leave the country, I say I'm Canadian. (Not really, but I should)

I did golf in winds that gusted 30+mph. I once heard that for every 7mph, a different club is necessary. No wonder I played so poorly yesterday. But, as Ian said, I walked 6 miles up and down hills using a pull cart. Yes, I was pooped afterwards.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 18, 2016 at 1:48am

Ian, I am sure you will be strumming those strings in no time and have nice calluses built up. I admire your ambition. 

Chris, I share your thinking about assisted suicide when all other options run their course. 

I don't like the direction our nation seems to be headed, I hope The Netherlands improve social service. The anger of working class citizens here is legitimate, but not the options to solve the problems. 

Ian, how is Denmark's social programs doing these troubled times? Any room for some people who want to leave the USA?

 

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