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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Loren Miller on October 9, 2014 at 10:45am

I refreshed myself of the following today, owing to a ... well, rather unusual association!  Still, Smetana's Moldau is a thing of orchestral beauty and very much worth your time, or so I believe.

Please enjoy!

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.

 

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