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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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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 2:43am
Patricia, an interesting video of prisoners' dancing, Jackson style. I am reposting on Twitter so my family can see it. Thanks.
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 12, 2013 at 12:44am

Tony, that was wonderful. Just loved the faces and actions in the crowd, from children to elderly. Music, a universal language. Thanks. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on November 11, 2013 at 10:41pm

Ran into this while tooling around youtube. Have watched it over and over again. Wanted to share with you all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:17pm
Loren, This is what I watched the first time I opened your site:
SEAN FAIRCLOTH – “YUGEN” (WITH ZEN PENCILS)
http://skeptisketch.com/
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 10:10pm
Oh, this is funny! I just rewatched the video and it is of two goofy people on a trapeze. that is funny!
I don't see the video I watched the first time I opened this link.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 9:33pm

And now for something COMPLETELY different:  aus Deutschland, die Maiers!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 11, 2013 at 8:27pm
Loren, I love it! Perfect. Exactly what I need to be saying! and hearing! I have goose bumps!
Word of the Day: Yūgen (幽玄)
Yūgen (幽玄) is an important concept in traditional Japanese aesthetics. The exact translation of the word depends on the context. In the Chinese philosophical texts the term was taken from, yūgen meant “dim”, “deep” or “mysterious”. In the criticism of Japanese waka poetry, it was used to describe the subtle profundity of things that are only vaguely suggested by the poems.

Yūgen is said to mean “a profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe… and the sad beauty of human suffering”.

Yūgen suggests that beyond what can be said but is not an allusion to another world. It is about this world, this experience.

(Ortolani, 325). Ortolani, Benito. The Japanese Theatre. Princeton University Press: Princeton, 1995
Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:07pm

Those are cute and funny pictures Flying Athiest, Booklover and Loren. Yes, new week has started already. Can you believe how close the holiday season is? wow - where did the year go?

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2013 at 8:06pm

Comment by Loren Miller on November 11, 2013 at 7:01pm

Here you go: two minutes and twenty-nine seconds of inspiration, courtesy of Sean Faircloth, Zen Pencils and SkeptiSketch:

 

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