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God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Monday. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Learning a Language as a Mature Adult

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Mar 2. 28 Replies

Trying to keep my mind exercised, and not interested in most of the reading materials that I can find.I decided to attempt to learn a language.  Actually, two.  The dilemma is, how do I do that without going to school - not an option - and without…Continue

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris Feb 19. 14 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

Such Lyrics!

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Grinning Cat Feb 13. 9 Replies

Hello Friends,I was ruminating a bit today on my sixty-some years existence. My mind went back to teenage years when I first figured out religion is not only obnoxiously loud, but also nothing I wanted anything to do with. Truly. I knew by age 15…Continue

degrading love — part two (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Feb 11. 1 Reply

TheraminTrees set up religion with his left in Part One of his treatise on how religion demeans and degrades the value of love.  Here in Part Two, he brings in a devastating, "Mike Tyson" right, which negates and invalidates any claim that either…Continue

Tags: Christianity, Islam, TheraminTrees, god, love

Questions......

Started by Thomas Murray. Last reply by k.h. ky Feb 9. 6 Replies

   It has been 6 month now since I signed up for Atheist Nexus membership. The past year has been sort of a bi-polar wave of emotions for me. I hope I wasn't offensive to the folks on here and I think I have been but I don't know to who. My desire…Continue

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Comment by Idaho Spud on October 8, 2014 at 12:39pm

Phlegmatic:  I had to look that word up.  It appears I'm mostly phlegmatic:

I am inward and private, thoughtful and reasonable.

I seek a quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

I have a rich inner life, if that means a vivid imagination.

I often appear ponderous or clumsy.

My speech is slow and hesitant unless I’ve studied and considered the subject for a great deal of time.

Calm:  I am until I see injustice or stupidity.

Caring:  I care about people and animals, but I will stop caring when it causes me too much mental anguish.  

Tolerant:  I am at first, but if someone is stupid and will not listen to reason, my tolerance approaches zero. 

Patient:  I’m not usually patient. 

Comment by Randall Smith on October 8, 2014 at 7:03am
Oh Ian! You have used a word I love--phlegmatic! Hardly anyone knows it.
Deidre, I'm so sorry. That happened to me on my previous blog site. But on the bright side, it brought me to A.N.! However, don't you leave us.
Comment by Ian Mason on October 7, 2014 at 3:22pm

Deidre, I found the thread and yes, that sounds like a very unpleasant person who's posting his bile and venom there. Very sad and upsetting.

I've flown a fair bit over the past few years and never had such entertainment. It would brighten a flight up.

Attitude to life: phlegmatic/mildly cheerful pessimist. I'm also terrible at judging people's characters. I get it wrong most of the time. That means disappointments but also pleasant suprises. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:41pm

Let me see if I can find the words to express my view of "misanthrope" and "renewing faith".

There are some people who are good, decent, caring, upright, generous, compassionate, fair, trustworthy and loving.

There are some who appear good, etc., until one gets to know them better. It is these people who make me wait until I find out their character, then I either end my relationship with them, close the door, build a wall, create a boundary, or do whatever I have to in order to be separated from them. 

There are those who appear to be bad, indecent, uncaring, downtrodden, selfish, or hateful. These people join the crowd of those I want nothing to do with.

Sometimes I am wrong. Sometimes those who, at early contact appear to be bad, etc, however, they may be defensive, or self-protected, guarded and underlying these characteristics have what one could call the kind who is trustworthy. Only time and shared challenges reveal the true nature of people.

I am not a misanthrope. Nor am I a philanthropist. I guess I am more of a cynic than anything else I can find. What did Gump say?

I can't remember the words. Help!

Also, I can't remember the words that Annie Laurie Gaylor said about prayer that doesn't work. 

Sorry folks, my memory box isn't working today. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on October 7, 2014 at 1:21pm

How come I didn't get any humor from any of my Flight Attendants?

Could it be that I've only flown 3 times?

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:14pm

ooppss, the video didn't come across. Let me try again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2014 at 1:12pm

Carl, you probably are sick of these kinds of videos, but sit back, remember the days when you doing the talking, and enjoy. We sit in the seat next to you laughing our heads off as you grunt and groan. 

Comment by Plinius on October 7, 2014 at 10:24am

I waver too. I know all too well that I need people: they can be wonderful and also hurtful, egoistic and a lot of other things - and they make me run for the shelter of home. Natural state of the human beast; that sounds good.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 7, 2014 at 10:12am

>I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I think this may be the natural state of the human beast, at least the thinking version. I've always loved Mark Twain's crack that the more he knew about people, the better he liked his dog.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 7, 2014 at 8:40am

Most welcome news, Carl. Hang in there (as the cliche goes).

I waver between being a misanthrope and "renewing faith" in mankind. It comes and goes.

I wrote a true blog (in the blog section) this morning, if anybody's interested. Comments unnecessary.

 

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