It was another terrifying experience. One of many throughout the years. This time I woke up, face covered in tears, mind in a panic as I took a few minutes to calm down. I spent a bit longer than usual getting reoriented, my mind's movie content having hit a NC-17 for a number of things. But confirming that horrible episode of disaster and loss wasn't my reality anymore always takes a minute after waking up anyway. Deep cleansing breaths of cool forced heat assured me of what my slowly waking… Continue
Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on February 12, 2015 at 8:15pm —
I was watching a segment of CBS Sunday Morning today, when a segment was presented about a new Broadway production, “It’s Only a Play.” During that piece, Lesley Stahl asked the cast about the expected fortunes of this new work and what the reviews might be. The reactions of the players, whether feigned or real, bothered the hell out of me and were of the tenor of “you don’t EVER talk about that in the theater!” Eventually, there was conversation on those issues, but that the superstition… Continue
Added by Loren Miller on October 5, 2014 at 11:30am —
The citizens of the United States of America have become colonized by factions that do not believe and do not act in ways that take the freedom of people as the fundamental foundation of our nation. Rather, religion and money colonize all aspects of our lives. It buys our government, it buys our political parties, it buys our votes. If we are to change things, it means we must think and act like people who think critically who act politically. Those who are colonized, who resisted the misuse… Continue
Added by Joan Denoo on October 3, 2014 at 1:10pm —
Please note this is an unedited first draft. it's really the only way i can get posts up. otherwise i start re-reading, re-writing, editing, and i never finish it and nothing gets put up. even if no one reads it, i need an online home for these ideas; i feel like they need to be shared, even in their roughest of stages. like my other blog posts, this will be edited, re-written, and… Continue
Added by Ashley Case on February 23, 2014 at 2:00pm —
There's a great little poem that's read in the movie The Grey with actor Liam Neeson.
It was written by director/writer Joe Carnahan.
--- Into the Fray ---
Once more into the fray
Into the last good fight I'll ever know
Live or die on this day
Live or die on this day
For me, it became a special movie when this bit… Continue
Added by JP Carey on October 24, 2012 at 9:00pm —
So, today I was talking to some of my christian friends and religion came up. One of my friends didn't know for sure my position about it and when it became clear that I'm an atheist, she said she was sad for me, and it made me think of my time as a believer, especially when she asked me why I didn't believe, she said "Min, it is so easy, you just gotta believe"... But really, when I was a believer it wasn't "just believing", no. I felt guilty about things that I know now are perfectly… Continue
Added by Yasmin Trindade on June 6, 2012 at 11:00pm —
A few weeks ago I got a message from a friend after I suggested a website for them to visit to gather information. Later that day as I’m going through my mail I see that my friend replied to my suggestion with a brief note saying “I am a Christian and I cannot go to an atheist website.” I sat there flabbergasted wondering what happened between my suggestion and this note, thinking to myself “What does that have to do with the price of tea in… Continue
Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2011 at 7:11am —
After going through a dramatic break-up, a cousin of mine got in touch with me, and dropped some, much to my surprise, encouraging words of wisdom. The next day, this cousin sent me one of those texts that requires you to message 10 or so other people. It was something like "Deny your Heavenly Father Which is in Heaven, and He too will Deny You...Send this message to blah blah blah." I'm thinking how wise this cousin is, and how I'd probably stay in contact with her from now on because she… Continue
Added by C on January 22, 2011 at 11:30am —
I don't really want to stray into politics, but as the election draws near, please indulge me this once - at least until the next election season. I apologize for the ranty polemic.
Modern Conservatism is an utterly failed, worthless, bankrupt ideology whose policies have led to utter disaster and offers no solutions to any of the problems that confront the modern world. In place of solutions, modern conservatism has degenerated into an incohate mass of anger, rage,… Continue
Added by Jeffrey A. Myers on October 21, 2010 at 1:33pm —
Eight years ago, after quite a bit of scientific study and no small amount of soul-searching, I left the Christian Faith and began life anew as an atheist. My mother is, and probably always will be, crushed that I left, and is terrified of the prospect that I am (in her mind) going to burn in torment forever. Continue
Occasionally she expresses this hurt and fear to me. It runs so…
Added by Scott Popejoy on July 18, 2010 at 11:30pm —
You may wonder why I would think it appropriate to write about an 11-year-old movie in a blog on Atheist Nexus.
As for waiting 11 years, that is merely a function of not having gotten around to seeing the movie until last night. I do apologize for the lack of timeliness, but I can’t see everything when it comes out. I’m not omniscient or omnipresent, after all.
But as for having relevance to… Continue
Added by feralboy12 on May 29, 2010 at 7:41pm —
Fear is a powerful motivating factor.
Earlier this week I was talking to one of my reps who was struggling to make emotional / empathetic connections with his callers. I mentioned that most of the people he was talking to were motivated by some type of fear - stated or unstated - and that the key to building that emotional connection...
To read the full text, please continue to my… Continue
Added by Kelley Clark on August 21, 2009 at 3:15pm —
In a couple of days my family is going on a vacation without me. I'm stuck here at home going to classes and such.
Lately, I've been having a really bad feeling about their trip. I keep getting this feeling that something bad is going to happen to them while they're away. I don't know why I feel like this, but I do. And it's not going away.
I'm not so much worried with the flight itself, flying is still the safest way to travel, they're flying on the new Airbuses and not… Continue
Added by Louis on August 15, 2009 at 1:30am —
You know how when you fall in love, you just want to tell everyone? To shout it from the rooftops? It's so exciting and fresh, and you want everyone to know. That's some of what I'm feeling right now. I stated in my "about me" section that I am a new atheist. It feels a lot like falling in love. I want to tell everyone! I want everyone to know what I've discovered so they can discover it too! But, exclaiming my realization that religion is a bunch of baloney won't garner the same response as… Continue
Added by Jennifer E. on July 12, 2009 at 2:30pm —
I live in a world full of faith and fear. I do not believe and I am not afraid. I always found it interesting that atheists I know are often the bravest people I know. Is it because the fear of having no god and no afterlife makes people panic?
This Earth is supported by billions(or trillions) of life forms or organisms. In nature, there are cycles, elements, touch, beauty, scent, reality, and crude, unaltered truth. Nature does not lie to us or deceive us. It nurtures, houses, and… Continue
Added by Javin32 on February 22, 2009 at 12:30am —
Yes, I live in south Georgia.
Yes, there are plenty of uneducated church folk around here.
Yes, this is completely ridiculous...but it's like a car crash....you… Continue
Added by Daley on November 3, 2008 at 6:32am —
More than just about any other single value, I want my kids to get the importance of dissent. I want them to be willing to voice a reasoned minority opinion and to encourage the same in others.
When we moved to the red-state South, I knew (blue to the core as we are) that at some point we'd end up taking our lumps from one majority or another. No big brous-haha so far, just some minor fish-out-of-water moments: Laney having the occasional… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 31, 2008 at 11:00am —
by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief
[Back to Part 1
We’d had the conversation before, but this time a new dawning crossed Laney’s face.
“Sweetie, what is it?” I asked.
She began the deep, aching cry that accompanies her saddest realizations, and… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 20, 2008 at 10:30am —