Hang With Friends

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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by BenGee on Saturday. 3 Replies

This is a test Continue

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Oct 20. 15 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 17. 2 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

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Oct 16. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius Oct 16. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 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

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Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2013 at 12:51pm

Joan, that's a post with a very sharp point. Good one.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2013 at 10:42am

Comment by Plinius on June 8, 2013 at 10:35am

Welcome back, Ian!

Comment by Plinius on June 8, 2013 at 10:34am

Sounds like your child, Melinda!

Comment by Steph S. on June 8, 2013 at 10:24am

Ian - what a wonderful vacation picture. The weather looks beautiful.

So glad you had a great time and got back safely.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2013 at 9:44am

Welcome back, Ian.  Looking forward to hearing and seeing more from your trip. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2013 at 8:26am

Ian, I look forward to your reports. This picture just whets my appetite for the narrative. Safe travels. 

Comment by Angela on June 8, 2013 at 8:24am
Joan, you took the words right out of my mouth! Great post.
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. 


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.


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