Thanks to all who read my previous post. I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited. Done and done, right? Not so fast. Here's the auto-reply:
Thank [sic] for your email.
I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.
I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…Continue
Imagine yourself sitting in a church service and hear the reading:
"I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.... The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins; their cities you have rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.... The LORD will swallow [up his enemies] in his wrath, and fire will consume them. [He] will destroy their offspring from the earth ... their children from ... humankind." (Psalms 9:2, 6, and 21:9-10)"
The reader says, 'The Word of…
Who's coming to the human adventure?
Here are two clues:
(1) It's all happened before, 600 million years ago.…Continue
We always act on some mixture of facts and beliefs. It's just a question of how rich the mixture is with facts.
Life being the way it is, though, there is probably no issue that doesn't involve some element of belief because just thinking that we have all of the facts in a given case is itself a belief that is a part of the fact-belief mixture.
But as convoluted as the issue can become, there are commonsense rules to apply -- a prime one being that the more fundamental the…Continue
I have been often troubled by the many mortal human attitudes and behaviors many different deities have taken on in various holy texts. Petty emotions like jealously, bigotry, hate, anger, and lust, to name a few. All of these…Continue
Oh, well, yeah, I know. But should I tell? Mostly I've been running thither and yon, metaphorically speaking, and sinking into a morass of self pity and morose depression. I have papers to prove it! OK, not really, but sort'of. I keep trying to shake off this damned sense of humor but it just won't go away. I even quit taking my Happy Pills so freely give by the VA and the pissant thing sneaks up on me, like today.
I'm ok if I don't move. If I take my Gabby and…Continue
Added by Ted Gresham on January 23, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments
If you will, please read the foreword to a novel that I am writing. I have about 8-10 chapters and would like to self publish this work of mine a chapter or so at a time. I am tired of goofing around with these publishers I am not sure about, so, my hopes are to just give it to you kind folks if I can figure out how to do this ! There's many things I don't, yet, quite understand about my Chromebook, although I like it a lot . My book is about the many missing years of, arguably, one of the…Continue
It's great to be free from the superstitious thinking I once had, but sometimes wonder how god belief gave me an overall…Continue
On reading this online article - A Man Who Played a Pivotal Role in Solving the Mystery of Life | adidarwinian - while surfing the Internet, I came to know that along with Sir Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace also played a pivotal role in bringing up of the Theory of Evolution. He was also a major contributor in solving the mystery of life.
“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely, One true reality alone exists.”
Zen monk: “How should I escape birth and death?” Zen Master Shih-kung: “What is the use of escaping it?”
“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep and wake up. After that all we have to do is die.”
Once again it’s Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration (and an American…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on February 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments
“Long as You Know You’re Living Yours”
Song title, Keith Jarrett
"The world is impermanent. One should constantly remember death."
“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep, and wake up. After that, all we have to do is die.”
“Please enjoy your only life!”
“The power of a man’s…Continue
Added by Alan Perlman on November 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.”
I sometimes think that prankish college students with nothing better to do are responsible for at least some of the more outrageous letters to advice columnists. That may be one explanation for the following letter and response. Another is that the writer and columnist are absolutely serious, the latter buying into…Continue
I really like to just think. Let your mind go and let the thoughts flow through your mind.
I also do this to help me go to sleep. It's hard to explain what happens, it's like I release
control of my thinking process and my mind starts going "What if this", "What if this",
"What if this", "What if this", "What if this", "What if this", then maybe a good thought
comes through and I say whoa, lets think about that for awhile. This may sound crazy
but its worked for me…
wow, its been like two-three years since i last posted a bit of anything here.
in that time i've been employed at the mailroom job and finally got a raise and new job title and work at a better site (im a full-time contractor). in fact i have a second job part time at a retail office supply store (hint: its so EASY to work there nights and weekends). its the sign of the times but i am grateful for all of the work i have to do.
mentally, i'm better than i have…Continue
Very interesting article on whether the discovery of alien life would shatter religious belief..
Ok, so of course I have to start off with why I became a christian in the first place. I was 'saved' when i was 14 at the end of June, right before my first year of high school. During my 6th and 7th grade years, I became very depressed. I had no true interest in life and in was due largely to the fact that I had no plans for my life. I didn't know what I wanted, and basically let everybody else, but myself, make my choices.
My 8th grade year, I went to a new school and was surrounded…Continue
I bent the binding of The Good Atheist, Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God, by Dan Barker, in hopes that I would either come out of it in some way affirmed or finally have a resource for a person struggling with the decision to let go of their faith. When I closed the book, I felt like a sore eared member of the choir. The majority of Barker’s book is an appeal to authority and celebrity, a mishap of astonishing proportion when speaking about, to, or for, a community that…Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on May 5, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments
A few weeks ago my father passed away. Like me he was an Atheist. Like me he had been one since he was a young man. I was six when I “became” one, or rather realized, like with Santa, the Easter Bunny,
ghosts and all, it was all made up.
So in keeping with my father’s wishes we had a non-religious funeral. I gave the eulogy. I spoke about his life. What he had…Continue
In my last blog, ‘My Story’ I had mentioned the misconceptions of Atheists and said that this was a topic for another day. Well, today I will talk about this topic, and why it’s important to me to rid society of these stigmas, and why in fact(in my opinion) these misconceptions exist at all.
How do any group of people get misunderstood or labeled as ‘bad’? It can stem from a number of things and really isn’t…Continue
Added by Mark Bundy on February 22, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments