All Blog Posts Tagged 'life' (56)

We need a new Social Contract, by D R (Donnie) Hosie

If there is no heaven or hell after we die, if there is only nothing, the same kind of nothing that existed before we were born, then we return to nothing when we die. Therefore, it seems to me we have to make full use of what little time we have. 

Realizing this is IT, that we have no second chance, no reincarnation,…

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Added by Joan Denoo on November 1, 2014 at 9:55pm — 6 Comments

Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 16 Comments

God sets an example for his followers, who will destroy his enemies, their offspring, humankind.

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…

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Added by Joan Denoo on June 5, 2014 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Guess Who's Cloming to the Human Adventure!

Who's coming to the human adventure?

Here are two clues:

(1) It's all happened before, 600 million years ago.…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on March 5, 2014 at 12:58am — 2 Comments

A Proper Body of Positive Beliefs Is ...

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…

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Added by Joseph Hilton on February 28, 2014 at 12:42am — 2 Comments

The Book Of Life

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…

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Added by Amanda Ashcraft on February 13, 2014 at 9:59pm — 5 Comments

Where the hell have I been?

Beats me.

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…

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Added by Ted Gresham on January 23, 2014 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Would you read this novel ?

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…

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Added by William Grant on August 4, 2013 at 4:49pm — 4 Comments

Finding Purpose Without Religion

A fellow Bunch member of mine, Ben Kervin, recently said he was "surprised" that he was feeling a lack of purpose thanks to his deconversion to atheism a couple years ago:

It's great to be free from the superstitious thinking I once had, but sometimes wonder how god belief gave me an overall…
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Added by Our Daily Train blog on July 7, 2013 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

What Role Did Wallace Play In Solving the Mystery of Life?

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.  

Added by charles stibs on February 18, 2013 at 7:41am — 1 Comment

The Existential Meaning of "Groundhog Day"

“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely, One true reality alone exists.”

Zen saying

 

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.”

Inkyu

 

Once again it’s Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration (and an American…

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Added by Alan Perlman on February 2, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

The existential significance of Adam Sandler’s “Click”

“Long as You Know You’re Living Yours”

Song title, Keith Jarrett

"The world is impermanent.  One should constantly remember death."

Nyogen Senzaki

 

“In this world, we eat, shit, sleep, and wake up.  After that, all we have to do is die.”

Ikkyu

 

“Please enjoy your only life!”

Jakusho Kwong

 

“The power of a man’s…

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Added by Alan Perlman on November 25, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Is Heaven More Like a Hilton – or a Motel 6?

“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher.”

Lucretius

 

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…

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Added by Alan Perlman on July 1, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Life After Death an Atheists New Point of View

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…

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Added by Larry Smith on June 28, 2012 at 6:16pm — 10 Comments

blowing the dust off!

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…

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Added by raequel aka systris on March 27, 2012 at 8:03pm — 1 Comment

The G in Governor Obviously Stands for God-fearing Rick Perry

Can I tell you how disturbing the news of a government sanctioned event 'The Response: A call to prayer for a nation in crisis' is to me? VERY DISTURBING and I hope for you as well! It goes without saying that praying is a complete waste of time, but also, Christians and non-believers who couldn't give a rat's ass about this, don't understand the basics of separation of church and state.



I get it, that some… Continue

Added by Susi Bocks on June 9, 2011 at 2:20pm — 4 Comments

Why I Am An Ex-Christian

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…

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Added by Viola on June 9, 2011 at 1:14am — 1 Comment

Book Review: The Good Atheist - That's what he/she said!

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…

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Added by LaRae Meadows on May 5, 2011 at 2:51pm — No Comments

My Father's Funeral, an Atheist's Funeral.

  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…

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Added by Rick on March 4, 2011 at 4:03pm — 7 Comments

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