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So I took communion today

Posted on November 23, 2008 at 8:42pm 2 Comments

It was the first time since I'd "become" an atheist. Yes, you can take this to mean that I am very, uncomfortably and irritatingly, closeted. In short, it was a highly tense and awkward experience. I felt like a complete hypocrite, an impostor among the faithful. If you've never taken communion, you should go to a church just for the educational exposure. It was surreal, watching this mass of people silently and reverently meander up to the front of the church and assemble into lines. Take a… Continue

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At 10:34am on February 12, 2009, Punk13 said…
hey, jus been dealing with a shit load of drama so im thinking i might take a vacation to california and just get away from it all. what you been up 2 lately
At 7:37am on February 5, 2009, Charles Hollingshead said…
If you know about the Dawkins scale from belief to atheism, I would put myself at a 6 (out of 7) "De-facto Atheist: I cannot know for certain but I think God is very improbable and I live my life under the assumption that he is not there." For the longest time I was more of what might be called an "Apatheist" I was agnostic about the existence of any higher power, but also not interested in forming a real self identity or concrete world view about it either. I think it was much less confrontational to tell people I was agnostic if they asked. (though I might have to explain what it meant sometimes)
One of the things that made me start just calling myself an atheist was the desire to start confronting others beliefs more openly. Also a line from Carl Sagan sort of woke me up to a real distinction I could make between agnosticism and atheism, something like "If someone asks you if there is a fire breathing dragon in your garage you don't say 'I don't know' you say no."
At 1:18am on February 5, 2009, Ben said…
Yes, yes, get some sleep, haha. I'm sending you an email, though, that you can check in the morning.
At 12:59am on February 5, 2009, Ben said…
August, eh? I think we can pull it off.

I'm currently researching visa requirements...
At 12:39am on February 5, 2009, Ben said…
Thank YOU for sharing it with me.

I have to get a passport first, which will probably take a while, and besides I'd rather go with someone I know than alone, if at all possible. Depending on how long it takes to get a passport, I may end up leaving after you.
At 12:14am on February 5, 2009, Ben said…
My dear, you may have just blown my mind.

I've been looking for a direction to go for a while now...this looks amazing. I have nothing but time, and would leave my job tomorrow for something like this.

If I can arrange it, I'm not sure you could stop me from going.
At 12:10am on February 5, 2009, Ben said…
I found their Facebook page, with LOTS of photos:


This looks better and better.
At 11:37pm on February 4, 2009, Ben said…
This looks brilliant.

How long were you thinking of staying?

I think it'd be most worth it to stay a good while, personally, to make it worth the effort. More than three months at the least.

If it is at all what it is described as, I can't think of a reason not to do it.
At 11:01pm on February 4, 2009, Ben said…
Good old ink and paper. All of the background images on my page are drawings I did with an ink pen in my notebook, mostly on break at work, some for a poetry-music-images video thingy I did. Definitely a fun medium.

I am absolutely interested in the India thing. Seriously. I looked into joining the Peace Corps, but I don't really qualify for anything they need. I'd like to know more...
At 10:18pm on February 4, 2009, Ben said…
If you go to plant trees in India, it is a fact that I will be going as well. I'll dig the holes, or something.

I've been using acrylics so far, but I picked up some oils I'd like to try. It's a little daunting, as you have to use mineral spirits and thinners and all sorts of fun chemicals you have to dispose of correctly, but I'm looking forward to the flexibility they give.

I impatiently await spring so I can try out some plein-air painting in the woods without freezing to death.



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