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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat 2 hours ago. 11 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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 21 hours ago. 1 Reply

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

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 21, 2013 at 12:49pm

I'm am quite aware of the many sacrifices that were made by civilians during the period of WWII.  Government enforced rationing of meat, gas, rubber (auto tires), sugar, butter, coffee, metal, etc, etc.  The long list goes on and on.  I often times wonder if our society today could even begin to accept such inconveniences without total anarchy breaking out.  The modern, western-style of over-consumption has not only become our normal standard of living but also an expected human right, any negative consequences be damned.  

Since the time of WWII we have participated in several more wars but we have not rationed since the 1940's.  We had long lines for gasoline for a short period in the 1970's, but alas, that was only temporary.  Once the oil was flowing again, our over-consumption kicked right back in.  I'm deeply troubled by this behavior and I'm at a loss for a solution.  As I stated above, I honestly don't think our selfish society today would allow government enforced cutbacks on our consumption without all Hell breaking loose.  And it doesn't help that many people don't even wish to do so voluntarily.  We're in a very sad state. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2013 at 12:47pm

Yes, welcome indeed, John Kennedy Opiyo.


Randall, I bristle too when an otherwise resonant passage suddenly slips in theism. My tolerance for theism is very very low. I even react negatively when I see atheists here wasting otherwise productive minds discussing nuances of theistic doctrine.


Yes, Joan, a wider, longer perception of events is what I need, along with enjoyment of fluttering fledglings on shrubs. I appreciate Albert Ellis, but I don’t think fear of rejection keeps people in long term relationships. We have an instinctive need for other people.


Ian, I enjoy neon lights, and find it easy to ignore the commercial messages for the color and luminosity.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 21, 2013 at 11:48am

Welcome, John Kennedy Opiyo. Enjoy yourself here and be sure that you have the support of good, kind people.

Felaine, loosing a pet is hard. Feel free to vent, We understand and feel with you.

Joan, I wouldn't want to be without the benefits of modern society but we really do need to learn responsibility. Life wouldn't be so hard without, for example, huge neon advertising signs. I reflect sometimes on the root of the word "luxury", from the Greek "lux" meaning light. There were times when light was a luxury for 90% of people. Shouldn't go back to those times but a little moderation would benefit here in the over-consuming West. We could learn to appreciate the darkness/night but of course without "god" coming into it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2013 at 11:31am
Randall, The night sky, diversity of flora, fauna, and elements, opportunity, and possibilities all reside in the perception of the individual and require no god to make them magnificent and preferable. To refer to nature and god in the same paragraph reveals more about the writer than about the nature of these things. Personally, I think referring to god creates a dumbing down of society. Ya, I am pissed when I read such drivel as well.
Comment by Loren Miller on July 21, 2013 at 9:03am

You're not the only one to be pissed off by Bogard's presumption, Randall.  May I heartily recommend you write NatGeo and register a bit of indignation with them?  Somehow, people need to understand that awe and wonder need not be coupled to some imagined super-being, that the beauty of this reality stands amazingly well all on its own.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 21, 2013 at 8:16am
6:00 AM, 58 degrees F, and I am headed to the garden until the heat drives me in for the day. Mosquitoes keep me inside in the late afternoon, so I have 5-6 hours of wallowing in the pure pleasure of plants, birds, squirrels, and a new visitor, a Siamese cat intent on catching birds. I hope my fences around the feeding stations protect my little friends. The fledglings sit on wires or shrubs, fluttering their wings, mouth wide open waiting for their parents to provide food. Bird-parents are not yet at the time when they fly away in the presence of a fluttering offspring.
Ruth, what a nice comment to read, your appreciation for balance. It seems I have a wider, longer perception of events and that moderates the present messes we experience. I believe most problems, conflicts, and chaos are opportunities for solutions and my job is to find ways to make life better.

"People could rationally decide that prolonged relationships take up too much time and effort and that they'd much rather do other kinds of things. But most people are afraid of rejection."
~ Albert Ellis
Comment by Randall Smith on July 21, 2013 at 7:46am

Is there no escape? From Bright Nights, Big Problems, a National Geographic article by Paul Bogard, he writes, "Most of us have lost this opportunity to be awed at the sight (night sky), to feel similarly inspired to create, to change our lives, to gain a greater understanding of our God."  I don't know about you, but I bristle when I read that. Perhaps he meant nothing by saying "our God". Still, was it necessary?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 21, 2013 at 12:10am

Thanks for the upbeat note, Joan. I agree. Chaos can generate the energy to make necessary changes. I do have a vision for humanity surviving in a more mature form. Sometimes my mood is dark and I post that way. I appreciate your balance. What would we do without you! What would I do without you!

Sorry about Hairy Jerry, sk8eycat. We’re with you, whatever course you take. If he were my cat I would have him put down humanely. It's very fast and virtually painless (just the needle). I waited until my first cat was having convusions for a couple of days, though we knew she was deathly ill. Later I felt guilty for making her suffer so long. Cancer is painful, and we don't realize their pain because they  instinctively conceal it. Frankly, when I saw Mushroom's pupils overdilate a second after the morphine injection, I thought that might be a nice way for me to die were I terminally ill. I tear up thinking about the event, but it felt right. It's better than a pet hiding, as they do when in severe pain at the end, and dying slowly, all alone, afraid and in pain. Ach. There I go again with an excursion into the bad parts of life. I hope you don't all think me bipolar or something.

Thanks for the hilarious annoyed cat picture, booklover.

Your funny meme is also a hoot, Flying Atheist.

I have to mellow out.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 20, 2013 at 3:18pm

Comment by sk8eycat on July 20, 2013 at 2:54pm

Many thanks to all of you who have offered virtual shoulders for me to cry on.  Especially Joan; You really undderstand.  Well, so does anyone in here who has ever had to deal with this kind of situation.

I wish we could have caught Jerry's tumor early  enough for it to be removed and treated, but I think it was already too late when I adopted him 2 years ago.

 

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