"In my opinion, the essence of this question is asking, "As an atheist, have you replaced god and religion with your version of State?" Old question. Authority, rules, regulation, promises, lofty ideologies, theories about social structure,…"
"What actually is happening is always way more complicated. You say, "Groups don't think. The individuals within them do."
This statement is not wholly correct.
Also, emphasis on the individual denies the inextricable ties each and…"
I mainly practice a form of Zen, but find the idea of only practicing in one "school" or lineage to be outdated and restrictive. Buddhism appealed to me because of how well it correlates with science. I like that Einstein said “If there is any 'religion' that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism.”. The Dalai Lama himself has said that he is an atheist and believes in science.
Hehe. First off, you and all of the dogs are adorable. I enjoyed the photos. Thanks for reading my "testimony" of sorts. It's always nice to hear of another person that has risen above tough religious indoctrination. I'm happy that you survived.
I completely agree with you about disbelief not coming simply because of sexuality. In my case, it was a "hint" at what I eventually found to be a complete lie.
It isn't easy to make people think about religion analytically, but I try very hard to do that as much as possible. It is just a subject that is so wrapped in fear. All we can do is try and be true to what we've come to learn. Thanks very much for writing to me.
Nevermind I found out how to fix it. And thanks for the liking of my pics. I grew my beard all durka style a few times and my redneck christian brother accused me of going from one godless state to another godless state but, "at least you believe in something," to where I was like," I believe I didn't shave for a month and Allah is just as fake as J-dog." Oh, back to the beard, I figured since I had it I might as well take some pictures of me looking like Mohammed, but then figured I didn't want my house blown to shit so I figured I'd just be a regular muslim, not Mo specifically.
I didn't join to hook up with anyone either broski, I replied to that discussion a while ago and it stuck to my page. Don't know why it did, but I'm married, I don't "hook up". She's my high school sweetheart so I never really have "hooked up" with anyone but her. By the way, if you know how I can delete that lemme know please. And welcome to the Nexus, see you around.
I suggest that missionary's kids have worse reputations because of the time they've spent abroad. Mk's share all the detriments of pk's compounded by growing up in an alien land with all the cultural stigma that entails. It takes a certain kind of crazy (a good kind of crazy given a more humanitarian and less ministerial project) to leave everything they know to spread the gospel in a distant country. Thanks to genetics, mk's inherit that same crazy but without the social context of actually deciding to be in the land their parents minister in. It's a laughable mixture of mischievous angst, social awkwardness, and questionable hygiene (due to limited plumbing in 3rd world countries). One of these is enough to classify oneself as a nominal pk. All three? Has to be a missionary's kid!
Many thanks for noticing the date of my removal from the matriarchal womb. I think I'll celebrate it by eating cake. Obviously the best way the celebrate any occasion is by ingesting enormous quantities of saccharine carbohydrates. By the way, it's nice to be reminded that there exists others who have left overtly religious backgrounds to dwell in the undiscriminating and ignorance-decimating realm of reason.
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