Hello everyone. Thank you for welcoming me to the group.
On Jan. 19 I started a discussion in the "Water Cooler" section of the forum here on atheistnexus.org. There haven't been any responses yet, and although it hasn't been a terribly long time, I thought I would inquire with the members of this group, since I was invited, with some questions.
What's the etiquette around these parts for "bumping" a message if it falls by the wayside? Is this acceptable at all? If so, is 11 days a sufficient enough wait time before one could feel okay commenting on his/her own message in order to bring it back in front of the community's eyes?
Maybe the questions I asked were too personal, uninteresting, or offensive. Maybe you could comment on this.
Here was the body of text:
Title: Emotional magnitude...
Among those of you who have at some point in your lives held religious beliefs to any extent, have you ever found the full acceptance of mortality since to bring with it a stronger emotional response? For instance, do you find the feeling of terror and sadness that accompanies watching a documentary about the holocaust, say, to be exceedingly more harsh since you've become disillusioned? Or do you feel a much greater need to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you? This is something that I'm experiencing, and at times it can be overwhelming. I'm not saying I remember these feelings being weak or short-lived when I was "a believer", but they feel orders of magnitude greater now. I'm curious if I'm not alone. Any comments are welcome.
As my own critic, I shouldn't have worded it in such a way that assumed the reader would have "fully accepted mortality". I'll state here now, though, that when my mind ventures down that extension of logic, I sometimes feel a heavier emotional weight, and that that was all I was trying to convey.
One final thing. Please tell me if this group is not the place for this type of discussion! =)
Anyone's comments on any of this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
I have similarly strong emotions about much of what you mention here. I think the reason they feel stronger since I've accepted the full implications of mortality is that there's not even a subtle thought floating around in the back of my mind that allows me to muster up an idea akin to "These people will have another chance." One's actions leave indelible marks on others, and there's no eternity to make up for the ones with harsh consequences.
Thank you for your encouragement.
You seem to have a spark for wanting to fight for women's rights. This is commendable.
Feelings certainly are real and legitimate. Of course, this doesn't mean that the thoughts that spawn from them are always rational.
Yes, you make sense to me. For myself, I consider this the necessity of art. It can help me create a "holding place", as you put it. Just because I have thoughts that are incomplete or that I'm not adept at communicating yet, doesn't mean they don't want to come out in some way. It's easy for me to get bogged down with myriads of incomplete thoughts. Aimless free-writing is one way that I clear my head.
Solid, progressive, social interaction also seems to help out. I sought out this community because I knew I wasn't getting enough of this. I've been pleasantly surprised.
I don't. Not long ago I began to keep a composition notebook on hand, just for free-writing. This style seems to suit me well for unwinding because it frees me from worrying about structure.
I can relate to the feeling of observing things written or said in the past, though. It certainly is amazing to see how much you change over time, isn't it?
I'm glad to know that I am within a subgroup of the human population that is under your care. Thank you =)
I am not one who puts reason and emotion on a balance scale, nor do I dismiss either one.
Cheers to this! I'm sorry if I seemed to insinuate the contrary. I may be guilty of adding a bit of digression where it may not be warranted.