They say Jonah, he was swallowed by a whale, Continue
But I say, there's no truth to that tale.
I know Jonah, he was swallowed by a song.
-- Paul Simon, "Jonah"
I was going to save that quote for an entry in the Quotations group, but it and the music that accompanies it really captured me this morning ... or “swallowed” me, as Paul put it.
I really admire that – being so consumed with a skill, talent, or desire that it utterly occupies your life, as…
Added by Loren Miller on February 13, 2018 at 9:00am —
As a recent series of events have led me to open my mind to the concept of no god. Something amazing yet very strange feeling happened inside of me. My entire life I have found beauty and joy in "Gods Creations" but something was holding me back, and I didn't know what? My feelings of wonder could be expressed in the song 'how great thou art' but there was a limit to my wonder. Let me explain!
The concepts of God and wonder have an odd relationship. While believing I thought only of… Continue
Added by Truth Is Relative on August 25, 2015 at 8:30am —
Added by Joan Denoo on July 1, 2015 at 7:57am —
Have you heard about Godwinks yet?
They are new in the “feel good” style media line up lately. I was introduced to these once a month motivational segments while at work the other morning when one of our clerks went on her break, tuning in to the ever popular wine drinking duo of Kathy Lee and Hoda on the Today show. This…
Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on May 20, 2015 at 4:58pm —
Perhaps you have taken an occasion to ask your own self the greatest question, one that pertains to every one of us all... the question, of course, is "Why Do I Exist
Now, I've truly dedicated a substantial amount of my life in silent reflection contemplating this very topic. It's always appeared to myself to be very important. Despite the fact that I understand a worthwhile answer may never become accessible to the human… Continue
Added by Felicia Merchant on September 5, 2013 at 5:55am —
A fellow Bunch member of mine, Ben Kervin, recently said he was "surprised" that he was feeling a lack of purpose thanks to his deconversion to atheism a couple years ago:
It's great to be free from the superstitious thinking I once had, but sometimes wonder how god belief gave me an overall… Continue
Added by Our Daily Train blog on July 7, 2013 at 9:00pm —
The greatest question to me at this moment is "what am I?"
Not just as it pertains to my social label of Humanist, atheist, agnostic, irreligious, skeptical, etc., but in relation to my mere existence. This fuzzy feeling I get when crawling around in the darkness of existentialism seems too real. I keep finding new ideas and experiences and when I press their "on" buttons to see what they do, it changes my perception of reality. It's more than just being objective when playing with… Continue
Added by Jordan V. on February 22, 2013 at 11:00am —
There's a great little poem that's read in the movie The Grey with actor Liam Neeson.
It was written by director/writer Joe Carnahan.
--- Into the Fray ---
Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I'll ever know
Live or die on this day
Live or die on this day
For me, it became a special movie when this bit… Continue
Added by JP Carey on October 24, 2012 at 9:00pm —
I bent the binding of The Good Atheist, Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God, by Dan Barker, in hopes that I would either come out of it in some way affirmed or finally have a resource for a person struggling with the decision to let go of their faith. When I closed the book, I felt like a sore eared member of the choir. The majority of Barker’s book is an appeal to authority and celebrity, a mishap of astonishing proportion when speaking about, to, or for, a community that… Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on May 5, 2011 at 2:51pm —
Many theists say that with out god life has no meaning and purpose, we atheists say that with out an afterlife life has more meaning and we make out own purpose, they reply with "but its not objective", we point out that objective meaning and purpose are impossible
. Well here is a new question: Whats the meaning and purpose of meaning and purpose? Do happy people give a shit… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 28, 2010 at 5:00am —
Copied from my blog
This is an extinction to a comment (3 actually due to the 500 character comment limitation) I am made to this video
(under the name "thenamelessone83"). It is not a Christian video about some cosmic meaning (which is what it would seem like from my comment) it is an atheist video… Continue
Added by Lone Wolf on August 21, 2010 at 2:46pm —
Would you bite the apple that gave knowledge of good and evil? Read on.
We find ourselves alive and conscious. What shall we do with our lives? Beware "fishers of men". If we demand that someone else supply us with a purpose, someone else may DO just that. Purpose is ours to choose.
There is a natural "default" purpose, which we may choose if we like. We all have parents, as did they, back to the beginning of life.… Continue
Added by John B Hodges on July 7, 2010 at 1:58pm —
I often hear from theists that they could never become an atheist because they are afraid that they would have no purpose and meaning to their lives.
While I was a dedicated Christian I do not recall what was so meaningful and purposeful about my life during this stage. Nor do I recall why I feared that these feelings would dissipate if I ever lost my faith. The reality, if my memory is not too distorted, is that this part of my life was not particularly happy or especially… Continue
Added by Rosemary LYNDALL WEMM on April 20, 2009 at 7:00pm —
Theists frequently make the statement that, without religion and God, there would be no purpose or meaning in life. It's somewhat offensive, but definitely misguided. I decided to philosophize about it a bit in my latest blog post at RationalityNow, if you're interested.
Added by Dan Gilbert on March 25, 2009 at 2:55pm —