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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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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:57pm
The Flying Atheist, I just watched your recommended video and it thoroughly appreciate its messages. Such a precious Earth, giving everything we need to survive and flourish. I can only say "I am filled with awe!" Thanks.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:49pm

Watching this video I became conscious of being part of a far larger existence than my little corner of USA, Washington State, Spokane County, Spokane City. The notion of a power answering my desires remains ludicrous. To even imagine a power that created Earth and all its inhabitants 6,000 or 10,000 years ago remains simply silly.

I am conscious of maiming and killing people who disagree with our Executive and Legislative branches of government and the Judicial does not respond to laws based on compassion and justice. I direct my thoughts to living things from the sea, from the soils, and from the air. 

"A feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment."

Overview Effect.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2013 at 10:51am

Beautiful video, Tony, with an important message.  Along the same train of thought......did anyone see the the most recent NOVA show on PBS that aired last week?  Here's the link:  NOVA: Earth from Space

It's an awesome overview of earth from space and how, with the use of our satellite technology, we can monitor the different ecosystems on our planet and how they all relate to each other.  We live in an incredibly complex and fragile environment.  And I'm amazed at really how smart our species has become to be able to develop such advanced technology.  

Melinda, I'm stealing the Secular Creed.  It's great.  I was just having a phone conversation the other day with a new friend and I was explaining to him what exactly is a secular humanist.  The Secular Creed really boils it down to the basics.  I wish I had it available a few days ago.  

When explaining secular humanism to someone who doesn't know anything about it does anyone else, like me, feel as though they sound like some hippie trying to explain the advancement of some utopian world society?  I do.  Secular Humanism is a philosophy;  a way to live, and I think most people don't view the way in which they live their lives as 'a philosophy.'  Am I making sense?  lol

And yes, chocolate overrules licorice.  But both together.......?   Ahhhhhhh.    

Comment by Tony Carroll on February 20, 2013 at 7:36am

http://vimeo.com/planetarycollective/overview

Astronauts talking about being in space. Just wow!

Comment by Plinius on February 20, 2013 at 5:42am

Thanks for the ´secular creed´pic, Melinda, I'll copy it.

`Saltlakrids` sounds very similar to ´zoute drop´ Ian. And I like dark chocolate too; it's even considered as health food when the cocoa is over 80 percent.

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:11am

Three little kittens, they lost their mittens, and they ...

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:10am

Cat and Dog!

Comment by sk8eycat on February 20, 2013 at 12:58am

I like the Secular Creed, too.
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Poor Marvin...trying to unscrew the inscrutable...  Cats...you never know what they're going to do next.  Wish I was that limber.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 20, 2013 at 12:15am

I like the Secular Creed, booklover.

Good night all.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2013 at 4:20pm

Some of the Danish licorice is very salty - it's called "saltlakrids". And there's even a "salmiak" variety that, I believe, tastes like ammonia. Can't stand licorice at any price. Chocolate is the true food of the gods.

 

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