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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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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by booklover on Monday. 75 Replies

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 The Flying Atheist on June 8, 2013 at 9:44am

Welcome back, Ian.  Looking forward to hearing and seeing more from your trip. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2013 at 8:26am

Ian, I look forward to your reports. This picture just whets my appetite for the narrative. Safe travels. 

Comment by Angela on June 8, 2013 at 8:24am
Joan, you took the words right out of my mouth! Great post.
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 8, 2013 at 8:21am

Remembering how hard I tried to please others, and how miserably I failed, it isn't difficult to realize my belief system kept my mind bound. I thought I was created to please others and to serve them. Life has a way of tossing bombs in on a belief system that shatters it all to pieces, and one has to rethink what is true and what is delusion. Examining beliefs is what good therapy is all about, or good education, for that matter. 

Learning how to think for oneself, to pay attention to what is happening, remembering what happened in the past to cause one to form a belief, anticipating what will happen if nothing is changed, and then forming new ideas into new beliefs that can be based on reason, has a higher probability of leading to healthy, happy functioning. If one discovers the new idea does not lead to a flourishing, then rethink the beliefs and try again. Nothing is set in concrete or made certain in scripture. 

Conformity

Comment by Ian Mason on June 8, 2013 at 3:19am

Returned in the early hours from a really good holiday on Crete. Too tired to catch up now but will be back with you soon. Me and fellow travellers in Impros gorge.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 8, 2013 at 1:46am

The internet & phone spying began with Dubya and the unconstitutional Patriot Act; we're just finding out the details now.

You'd think we were surrounded by armed enemies.  Or  (senior moment...I've forgotten the title) as the comic strip said (OH! it was "Pogo"!)..."We have met the enemy, and he is us." 

We have become so paranoid since 9-11 that we ARE our own worst enemy.

I'm glad I'm old.

Comment by Plinius on June 8, 2013 at 12:03am

Internet spying - I'd have thought it was more more like George W to do things like that. Time to put up a picture of my bare bottom: that's for you, NSA!

Comment by Steph S. on June 7, 2013 at 11:30pm

Comment by Angela on June 7, 2013 at 10:21pm
I'll be careful to not say anything that could be used against me in a court of law. ;)
Comment by sk8eycat on June 7, 2013 at 9:48pm

Comfortable?  NOT!

The revelations of spying on telephone (Verizon) customers are extraordinary -- but it gets even worse.  The government is spying, in real time, on all Internet users. From the Guardian:

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.

 

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