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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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The Burial Waltz

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,It was almost a half-century ago, at age 15 or so, that I encountered one of the more important influences in my life: a crazy group of poets/musicians who called themselves The Fugs.They had a huge impact on me in that, though raised in…Continue

Some William Blake to Ponder

Started by Donatien Alphonse François. Last reply by Donatien Alphonse François Apr 25. 6 Replies

Hello all,I'm new here, and so hope this isn't old hat. But, I just had to point you toward a marvelous poem by William Blake in case you've never read it. Despite his sometimes heavily tinged biblical references in his other art and poetry, this…Continue

God's Not Dead - The Christian Persecution Complex (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Annie Willis Apr 20. 7 Replies

Doubtless most if not all of you have heard about that sorry piece of cinema known as God's Not Dead, and perhaps its sequel, cleverly entitled: God's Not Dead 2 (wow, how original!).  Personally, I have wasted neither time nor money on either,…Continue

Tags: God's Not Dead, patheos, Neil Carter, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Confirmed: flagged by religious people for "bullying."

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 19. 4 Replies

According to Seth Andrews @SethAndrewsTTA  Apr 16"Confirmed. TTA was flagged by religious people for "bullying." Apparently, criticism and skepticism = persecution. #GodHatesFacts"Others reported as "Flagged" and taken off line: @The Thinking…Continue

Tags: @SethAndrewsTTA, @morehead_sarah, @Matt_Dillahunty, @jteberhard, confirmed

The Value of Atheist Nexus ... and of Keeping Contact

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 17. 13 Replies

I don't know about you, but the last 24+ hours were VERY uncomfortable for me.  Why?  Because something I value a LOT, being Atheist Nexus and the people I care about on A|N were temporarily unavailable to me.  No, we're not Facebook; I don't think…Continue

Tags: maintenance, community, availability, Atheist Nexus

Atheist Pig STRIKES AGAIN!!!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Apr 5. 1 Reply

There's no getting around it, Atheist Pig is fast becoming my fave secular comic, and as evidence, I refer you to the following.  Jesus and Mo had better watch their respective asses, 'cuz they got a porker coming up on the outside, and I'm pretty…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2013 at 8:21am

Remembering how hard I tried to please others, and how miserably I failed, it isn't difficult to realize my belief system kept my mind bound. I thought I was created to please others and to serve them. Life has a way of tossing bombs in on a belief system that shatters it all to pieces, and one has to rethink what is true and what is delusion. Examining beliefs is what good therapy is all about, or good education, for that matter. 

Learning how to think for oneself, to pay attention to what is happening, remembering what happened in the past to cause one to form a belief, anticipating what will happen if nothing is changed, and then forming new ideas into new beliefs that can be based on reason, has a higher probability of leading to healthy, happy functioning. If one discovers the new idea does not lead to a flourishing, then rethink the beliefs and try again. Nothing is set in concrete or made certain in scripture. 

Conformity

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2013 at 3:19am

Returned in the early hours from a really good holiday on Crete. Too tired to catch up now but will be back with you soon. Me and fellow travellers in Impros gorge.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 8, 2013 at 1:46am

The internet & phone spying began with Dubya and the unconstitutional Patriot Act; we're just finding out the details now.

You'd think we were surrounded by armed enemies.  Or  (senior moment...I've forgotten the title) as the comic strip said (OH! it was "Pogo"!)..."We have met the enemy, and he is us." 

We have become so paranoid since 9-11 that we ARE our own worst enemy.

I'm glad I'm old.

Comment by Plinius on June 8, 2013 at 12:03am

Internet spying - I'd have thought it was more more like George W to do things like that. Time to put up a picture of my bare bottom: that's for you, NSA!

Comment by Steph S. on June 7, 2013 at 11:30pm

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 10:21pm
I'll be careful to not say anything that could be used against me in a court of law. ;)
Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2013 at 9:48pm

Comfortable?  NOT!

The revelations of spying on telephone (Verizon) customers are extraordinary -- but it gets even worse.  The government is spying, in real time, on all Internet users. From the Guardian:

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 3:23pm
Now there's an excellent idea! I like talking here better also. I don't feel the need to censor myself.
Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 1:29pm
I deal with it also. I need more atheist friends. If someone posts repeated god this and god that I usually just hide them from my timeline. My list is getting long! Haha
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 7, 2013 at 1:07pm
I understand the frustration with Facebook, and the way I handle it may or may not work for anyone else. Anyone who sends me one of those sappy stories about god's interventions, I write them and express my dislike for those obviously contrived, foolish stories, such as god kept my oil bottle full, god spared me from the ... whatever. Bull shit. The real fecal matter type of substance. I then tell them I am blocking them. My beloved cousins, my dear fiends, my neighbors, it doesn't matter who sends these cockamamie stories, they get a block. I don't like the "I'll pray for you" nonsense either, or "Trust in the Lord" delusions. I am 77 years old, and I don't want to read and hear any more self-deceptions.
What I do like to read and hear are expressions of care and compassion. Ideas offer alternative suggestions that may or may not help. If I haven't thought of something, and someone else offers the idea, we both benefit.
People can pray or trust in their created illusion all they want, but it didn't seem to help a lot of people in the tsunamis, earthquakes, volcnic eruptions, land slides, floods, tornadoes. It is so simple, "DOES IT WORK?" If yes, good for you, if no, too bad. Think about the threat and do something productive.
 

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