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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Forest Fire

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jul 21. 14 Replies

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change.org

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Jul 16. 6 Replies

There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

Optical Illusions

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Jul 3. 58 Replies

This one seems a bit creepy, like the middle one shouldn't be able to change rotation like that. from Cheezburger.comContinue

Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

Tags: abuse, animal, puppy mills, Henry, The Thinking Atheist

Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

I just ran onto this YouTube video, promoting a change.org petition aimed at amending the United Nations charter supporting the abolition of all anti-blasphemy laws. The petition referenced by the video is…Continue

Tags: petition, anti-blasphemy laws, UN, United Nations

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2012 at 5:35pm

Melinda, I had a friend in college who was very demanding and manipulative.  During one of our many altercations I remember finally saying to her, "I've never had to work so hard to be somebody's friend!"  And that's the point.  True friendship should never be hard work or cause you unwanted and constant grief.  I have a VERY small circle of friends, but boy-o-boy, they are THE BEST.  About ten or so years ago I made a conscious decision to rid myself of "toxic" associations and of people that had nothing positive to offer.  As a result I have fewer friends but I'm much happier with the friends I do have.    

Comment by booklover on August 8, 2012 at 5:14pm

Thanks Steph, that makes me feel better. :)

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:07pm

That's a really pretty GIF Ruth.

Patricia sorry to hear about your hubby.

And Ian I am sorry to hear your battles with depression.

I'll be thinking of you.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

booklover (Melinda) I don't keep friends who are stressful to me either. It's not worth it. It's better to have no friends than friends like that. I also know some people who claim they keep all their friends - I'm not sure if I believe them. Doesn't seem possible to me. People grow apart and evolve.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 8, 2012 at 5:04pm

Thanks, Ian. I'm sorry to hear about your depression. Your contributions here are delightful.

Thanks for sharing, Patricia. It's so sad to have the love of your life struggling so.

Comment by Steph S. on August 8, 2012 at 5:01pm

Cool Mars picture Tony.

So how are you all doing today?

booklover - that was not a true friend if they left you because of your Atheism. You are better without them. Be glad she is gone.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 8, 2012 at 4:45pm

Wow Tony, what a great message from Mars!

Comment by Patricia on August 8, 2012 at 3:05pm

Thank you Ian.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 8, 2012 at 2:58pm

Thanks, booklover. I hope things are going well for you.

Patricia, can only echo Chris and wish you and your husband the best of whatever time you have.

Comment by booklover on August 8, 2012 at 1:55pm

I agree Patricia!!!  It's just kind-of worse when it's a break-up, rather than a gradual letting go I think.  I've had/done both!

 

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