We have all been there and done it. Sitting on a couch, consoling a friend over a terrible mistake that has been made, and used our own personal flaws as a buffer before giving advice on what to do about the mess at hand. This is self deprecation, and while a very useful tool while navigating social situations, there is a fine line between using it as a tool, and using it as a facetious psychological mind fuck.
Usually, self deprecation is a general statement of flaws, like,"Well,…
We’ve all been there at some point. You log onto your favorite social media website like Facebook, and as you scroll through the many status updates in your news feed with highlights about your Aunt Martha’s cat, or your friend’s son that lost a tooth, you see this:Continue
Thanks to all who read my previous post. I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited. Done and done, right? Not so fast. Here's the auto-reply:
Thank [sic] for your email.
I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.
I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…Continue
For many, many years, I have always found an unending fount of devilish giggles whenever I read sappy church signs. You know, the ones that are thought up by the honorary witty member of the church congregation that plays on puns, abuses homophones, and loves to dabble in sappy poetry attempts. What better way to market a deity than…Continue
We have all had that conversation with friends, family, and even in our own minds have pondered the validity of the "What if you go to Hell?" scenario.
Images of devils, demons, exposed human flesh to flame, faces twisted in torturous poses, evil looking imps in observant reveries of delight. The overall themes being rejection, exile, physically unbearable pain, retribution, and guilt. Through many belief systems, Hell is a common thread that most agree upon.…
"So, you're an atheist. What does that mean other than you think you are a gift to the world?"
"How can you call yourself an atheist and support abortion?"
"Atheist men tend to be misogynists."
"Where do you get the right to determine what is right or not? You're an…Continue
I am requesting to all members please watch this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpLc8MX70_k .It is a documentry based on anti witch craft movement in india. It is available in youtube also. name- 101 a curse in the family.…Continue
Borogora village in District Purulia of West Bengal. Last week, a 9 year old girl Sumitra Hansda was mentally tortured after being accused as witch by the villagers. Sabujmoni, mother of Sumitra left the village and took a safe shelter. She told us villagers are demanding 1 lakh rupee as a fine. She also told us,…Continue
I simply wish to promote some of what I consider the best quotes about religion by the sci-fi writer Frank Herbert. In my opinion he is an very insightful and serious critic of religion, having explored it himself very thoroughly
Religion is the emulation of the adult by the child. Religion is the encystment of past beliefs: mythology, which is guesswork, the assumptions of trust in the universe, those pronouncements which men…Continue
Added by Robert Crichton Priddy on July 17, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments
One day I realized just why religious people, or that fraction of “Believers” hate atheists, is that they are literally scared of us.
They are simply afraid that their beliefs will be shown to be false.
And with that, the made up afterlife will not be there for them.
There is no great beyond.
There isn’t a “higher order” or that they are the “Chosen” of the all mighty.
Their lives are, at least in their eyes, limited, or…Continue
With the recent lethal injection debacle in Oklahoma what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment jumped back into death penalty spotlight. The botched execution of Clayton Lockett…Continue
Cosmology is the study of planets, stars, galaxies, and universes and gives insights into how the universe works. Cosmologists discover laws of the cosmos, not create them. They communicate the cause and effects of each law and explain them in ways the average intelligent person can understand. They base their insights on questions, doubts, experimentation, exploration, testing and formulating hypotheses that others can challenge and change as new evidence emerges.
Names such as Abd…Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on April 8, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments
What is the difference between Islam's end times and that of…Continue
It is with some trepidation that I write this article because the death of a child is probably the worst thing that can ever happen to a parent. The case of Jahi McMath who was declared brain dead after a "routine" tonsillectomy" made headlines after her parents refused to allow doctors to shut down the ventilator keep her…Continue
I was standing in the check-out line at the local Walmart (in Central City,Ky) when the line was stopped. The cashier refused to check the lady ahead of me because she was buying beer. Me, being me, asked what the problem was? The clerk said she couldn't scan the beer because "It"s against my religious convictions". So the lady with the beer, and I, had to wait until a manager was called up to scan the beer onto the ticket.
I laughed about it. It's so outlandish! So, the…Continue
Added by BIPLAB DAS on December 9, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments
"Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Jesus H. Christ!! I cannot believe that the Supreme Court is AGAIN about to debate the legitimacy of the spouting…Continue
My first choice, when I rag on religion, is Judaism, just because I know it first-hand. Of course, there's always more to learn. Through my current wife, I became aware of what goes on in Jewish enclaves/ghettos (depends on who's herding Jews together, Jews or gentiles) -- the threats, the ostracism, the mind control, the obsession with ritual (these people REALLY observe all the Sabbath and milk/meat separation rules, and it is a major…Continue
“Hell no, we won’t go!”
60s anti-war slogan
It’s nice to have a birthday in the summer – guaranteed good weather (almost). My early parties were well attended (everybody home from vacation) and outdoors. But I know why seniors tend to disregard birthdays: as the number of enjoyed August 9ths gets more numerous, so does the number of anticipated August 9ths shrink.
As a speechwriter, I learned such obscure facts as my shared birthdate with Francis Scott…Continue
There is nothing that is too obvious of an absurdity to be firmly planted in the human head as long as you begin to instill before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great seriousness.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Followers of the riveting “Zachary’s Brain” series of posts will know that the narrative is not a gothic horror tale…but something that is just as disturbing: resisting the religious programming of a child.
Added by Alan Perlman on July 2, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments