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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by sk8eycat on Wednesday. 41 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

Finding Your Roots

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Patricia on Wednesday. 4 Replies

I've been into genealogy for a long time. It's fun, especially with internet help, but increasingly frustrating. You see, I've hit "brick walls". And being a Smith doesn't make research any easier.Wouldn't you think I could find the death date and…Continue

Aljam

Started by Randall Smith. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Tuesday. 4 Replies

I'm not a news hound by any stretch, but I do like to stay informed about what's going on in the world. (I despise "local" news with all the reports of murders, robberies, fires, etc.)The national "evening" news shows really irritate me. I hate…Continue

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 22. 79 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 21. 5 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Attacks in Canada Oct. 22nd/14

Started by Patricia. Last reply by The Flying Atheist Nov 20. 4 Replies

This was devastating for us........…Continue

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Comment by Ian Mason on February 20, 2013 at 2:25pm

The world is awesome when you take time off from the hurly-burly of everyday life and really look at it. Then you can apply the (excellent) secular creed.

Love the contortionist cat :D

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 20, 2013 at 2:04pm

Carl, I thought the same as you about NOVA's show Earth from Space.   Amazing indeed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:57pm
The Flying Atheist, I just watched your recommended video and it thoroughly appreciate its messages. Such a precious Earth, giving everything we need to survive and flourish. I can only say "I am filled with awe!" Thanks.
Comment by Joan Denoo on February 20, 2013 at 1:49pm

Watching this video I became conscious of being part of a far larger existence than my little corner of USA, Washington State, Spokane County, Spokane City. The notion of a power answering my desires remains ludicrous. To even imagine a power that created Earth and all its inhabitants 6,000 or 10,000 years ago remains simply silly.

I am conscious of maiming and killing people who disagree with our Executive and Legislative branches of government and the Judicial does not respond to laws based on compassion and justice. I direct my thoughts to living things from the sea, from the soils, and from the air. 

"A feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment."

Overview Effect.

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on February 20, 2013 at 11:08am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2013 at 10:51am

Beautiful video, Tony, with an important message.  Along the same train of thought......did anyone see the the most recent NOVA show on PBS that aired last week?  Here's the link:  NOVA: Earth from Space

It's an awesome overview of earth from space and how, with the use of our satellite technology, we can monitor the different ecosystems on our planet and how they all relate to each other.  We live in an incredibly complex and fragile environment.  And I'm amazed at really how smart our species has become to be able to develop such advanced technology.  

Melinda, I'm stealing the Secular Creed.  It's great.  I was just having a phone conversation the other day with a new friend and I was explaining to him what exactly is a secular humanist.  The Secular Creed really boils it down to the basics.  I wish I had it available a few days ago.  

When explaining secular humanism to someone who doesn't know anything about it does anyone else, like me, feel as though they sound like some hippie trying to explain the advancement of some utopian world society?  I do.  Secular Humanism is a philosophy;  a way to live, and I think most people don't view the way in which they live their lives as 'a philosophy.'  Am I making sense?  lol

And yes, chocolate overrules licorice.  But both together.......?   Ahhhhhhh.    

Comment by booklover on February 20, 2013 at 8:17am

Comment by booklover on February 20, 2013 at 8:15am

Love the pics everyone~ esp. Marvin, Ruth! lol.

Joan "and they began to cry ' Oh Mother Dear, see here, see here, our mittens we have lost!'" :)

Comment by Tony Carroll on February 20, 2013 at 7:36am

http://vimeo.com/planetarycollective/overview

Astronauts talking about being in space. Just wow!

Comment by Plinius on February 20, 2013 at 5:42am

Thanks for the ´secular creed´pic, Melinda, I'll copy it.

`Saltlakrids` sounds very similar to ´zoute drop´ Ian. And I like dark chocolate too; it's even considered as health food when the cocoa is over 80 percent.

 

 

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