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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.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Surreal, I haz it

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Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Poem - "Oh, Wait..."

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Luara Apr 11. 7 Replies

Before you ask, no, I didn't write this.  I discovered it in a comment on a Discovermagazine.com piece which…Continue

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Curious: Has anyone read the novel "Christian Nation"?

Started by Brent Feeney. Last reply by Plinius Apr 10. 11 Replies

So I've been thinking about this some lately, and I wanted to see what your thoughts were:I read a novel last fall that was making the rounds of Atheist blogs and what not called "Christian Nation", which is part alternative history and part…Continue

Stop the Religious Right. Four Steps You Can Take, Sean Faircloth.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 2 Replies

Thanks to Grinning Cat via Loren Miller led me to this additional video by Sean Faircloth. He provides positive and powerful examples of thinking and acting. Continue

Science, Atheism & the Joyful Life -- by Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins Foundation

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Apr 9. 6 Replies

Some speeches by atheists are factual and practical, dealing with the nuts and bolts of reality.  Some are diatribes against the superstitions we seek to overcome, pointing out the man behind the curtain and the fallacies and snake oil he tries to…Continue

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Bedtime Bible Stories (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 8. 0 Replies

Uh, oh!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, is at it again, THIS time with bedtime stories!  Somehow with her retelling of some of the classics, I'm dubious that her versions would go over with the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Anderson,…Continue

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Comment by Patricia on June 24, 2013 at 12:43pm

I was in that group for a few months Joan, but it's not for me.

Comment by booklover on June 24, 2013 at 9:13am

Comment by booklover on June 24, 2013 at 9:12am

Love the comic-strip Ian!

Well everyone, my daughter is doing well on her "new" (it's an old one that worked for her) med.  She has decided not to return to her University.  She wants to live in Chicago!  She is making lists and plans and knows it won't happen at least until after Thanksgiving.  We haven't told my husband yet.  Carl!!  Do you want to adopt her?!!!! ;)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 24, 2013 at 9:11am

Calvin has a point, Ian! (Throughout Calvin and Hobbes, he certainly exuberantly relishes the moment!)

"Suppose this is all we get" is addressed beautifully in Why Won't God Heal Amputees -- Chapter 28 is a good starting point for those who don't need to be convinced that God is imaginary and death is real.

The author also sees the prospect of churches minus delusion as a good thing, at the end of Chapter 30:

Having recognized that God is imaginary, what happens to churches? [...] They continue to exist because they perform a useful function. [...] communities of people who enjoy each others' company, who help one another in times of need, and who focus on goodness and good deeds for the benefit of society as a whole. What's not to like about that?

A few "unchurches" like this already exist, including the "atheist church" in London, and Humanistic Jewish and Ethical Culture groups. (Too bad the word "synagogue" already has a theistic meaning: even though etymology doesn't fix the meanings of words, I'd rather have a positive word from "bringing people together" than a negative definition from "not the house of the Lord".)

Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 7:35am

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:56am

Patricia, I have been spending a lot of time on "Politics, Economics and Religion". You might want to take a peak, but it is not a place to go for fun and games. I focus on issues of importance to me. It is not a very popular site, but I don't care, I just want to have my say. 

I come here to refresh and renew. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:52am

You probably have heard of the Banshee, the old Irish scream that comes out of the night that foretells an eminent death. Banshee and Sheelanagig have the same root word. 

Banshee 

Sheelanagig

The Sheelanagig celebrates woman's sensuality. That is what May Day is all about, a gigantic sex orgy. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:48am
Oh Ruth, you should have been on the trip with feminists to Ireland, looking for ancient goddess sites. The Paps were really interesting when connected to the stories Padraigin McGillicuddy told in her Gaelic accent. We did a bit of the old Irish dancing and singing, learned a few ancient songs.
We found an ancient Shelanagig carving on a very very old ... temple isn't the correct word, but a building used during the days of Leprechauns and fairy circles. When Patrick came to Ireland he had all the Shelanagig's destroyed. He saw them as obscene, I guess. They were just a primitive people expressing their appreciation for the finer things of life. As so often happens, one spiritual faith destroys any remnant of an earlier faith.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 24, 2013 at 2:30am
Angela, what a nice trip you describe. Flying with your daughter must give some kind of thrill, maybe a bit of anxiety? Love the serendipity of bread and jam.
Comment by Ian Mason on June 24, 2013 at 1:09am

That sounds like fun, Angela. I hope the bread and jam made up for the nausea. A good week to you too.

Ruth, I think those activity  statistics sound a little dodgy. Perhaps the result of NSA prying :-D

 

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