I am glad to join Atheist Nexus, thank you! I like these philosophers, but I did not read too much of them - of their writings, a book or two. My best friend (also an atheist) is a philosopher (graduated), he explains me too many things. I become an atheist through biology, in Rio de Janeiro Federal University, after being educated in 2 religions: catholicism and omooloko. I loose faith in 2004 july.
I have companions here. In internet I discovered other atheists in 2008. Personally I met a group of them since 2012, with the RDF bus campaingn. We are friends up to now.
Pleased to meet you Joan, and congrats for your life story.
Joan, you sound like your usually sharp witted, smiling self. I'm happy about that. I'm adjusting. I've just gone through the worst year of my life but I'm coming out the other side now. We had one long wet winter. It started raining the last week of November and didn't stop ( unless it was to snow) until about three weeks ago. I thought I was going to lose my mind. I rarely left the house. I Didn't leave the house unless I had to.
Wow did I have some very negative experiences. The eighties was not the time to let people know you didn’t believe in god. I had troubles with girlfriends, and all friends. I was popular in College. I was a DJ, but many people tried to get me to convert. Told me I was going to hell. Some fights even. I know Taekwondo so no problems there. It’s getting better every decade. Finding the millennial’s are non-believers. I think I came out too early. It caused me a lot of problems. It’s ashamed. I just don’t know, but I know I don’t believe in a 2,000 year old book. Thanks for letting me in. I will maybe set up a blog.
GoodMorning, Joan. Thank you for the welcome. I’m embarrassed to admit, but I just figured out how to reply & can’t find the comment from the email. I will have to figure out how to use this site. Im excited to meet new like minded people,
Thanks for the welcome, Joan. It often seems to be the case that fantasies and delusions encroach more severely upon one's mind as one ages, especially those fantasies pertaining to "life everlasting". But for me, the opposite has been true. I'm much less tolerant of delusion now than I was when I was young. At least, I think I am. I wouldn't really know, would I? :-(
Joan, despite a change looks, your smile is the same. And, of course, your insights and wisdom continues to shine through your comments. Stick with us. Losing Daniel was hard enough. We'd hate to lose you. What Loren said about you goes for me.
Do you know of any Conservative Atheists in your area?
I know of only two in my area. They are young men in their twenties, who are Liberarian Atheists. Nice guys, but not always easy with which to talk.
I do not communicate through social media in a regular, consistent manner. I do better via telephone, or in person. It seems, to put what I want to say in writing, takes me four times longer than to speak it. So I tell my friends, "If your topic is time sensitive, tell me, and I will check with more frequency." And now you know too.
We are experiencing are first couple of thirty degree days of the Autumn. It will bounce back up to the fifties in the next day or so. I have my yard tucked in for the winter. How is your place?
OK. Raised RCC and it still remains a mystery to me why or how my long dead parents managed to raise four heathens given they were, in fact devout RCC. Being, as I am, Irish, an atheist Irish man is somewhat of an isolate position. A majority here are what I would term functional atheists but nobody wants to admit that, in a fit of denial. Few will actually 'fess up to the reality. Thus, I reach out to other like minded folks at will.
Here's the link to my "How to Do It" post on putting up videos. Problem is: YouTube has changed their layout (AGAIN!!!), though the SHARE link is pretty easy to find. The problem is that, so far as I can tell, they don't offer automated sizing when generating the embed code, so you have to do it by hand.
The default width looks to be 560 and the height is 315 in their code. Change these to 385 and 217, respectively when you're putting code into the comment section of a group and you should be in shape. The larger size works for posts and "root" comments on posts. If you have any further problems, please give a shout.
Thanks, Joan. It is funny, but in all my years as a theist, I never had a clearly defined purpose for my life. This, despite working as an actor, a magician, and an author. Suddenly, without the pressure of fulfilling some "divine purpose," I realized my aim in life is to bring joy to people. It has been for a long time. I just couldn't see it.