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Great music, great food, and a tasty hard cider are the best ways to weasel your way into my life.

I’ve lived in Florida for most of my life. Recently moved up to Michigan a year ago. I have a 1 1/2 year old little boy. He’s crazy and awesome. I work as a prep cook at a local restaurant. I love it and I’m using the experience to homebase a bakery hopefully within a year.

So let’s talk about philosophy and the absurdity of religion (besides the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, of course) and sip on some fantastic coffee or craft mead. I’m game if you are

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Give me your best quote people. Book,movie,personel hero. Let's hear them. Life if pain! Anyone that tells you different is trying to sell you something. Princess Bride. Your up.
Beatlesandsuch comments:
I have two that constantly stick with me :)
Religious indoctrination is child abuse. Yes or no?I know this topic has been brought up before but I'm gonna go for it anyway. I was raised in a rather strict Baptist sect called the nazarenes. I began doubting what I'd been taught very early and was agnostic by the time I reached my teens. Much of what I was taught stayed with me however. To this day I find things in my mind put there by well meaning elders looking to teach me "the way". The problematic thing is that most of these ideas and thought patterns are destructive and even debilitating. Teaching a child that they're always being watched and judged, down to the very thoughts in their mind is a particularly grievous form of brainwashing. I had an amazing anthropology professor who freed me in many ways, though I doubt he ever knew what he'd done. Despite being a nonbeliever I still carried the conviction that my angry or lustful or covetous thoughts made me a bad person, whether acted upon or not. Learning that we are mammals, that those thoughts are universal and naturally occurring, blew my mind. I had still been living the idea that my thoughts defined me, not the actions I chose. That the desire for physical closeness and yes sex were not hell worthy offenses but biological needs that are actually important for our well being was astounding. My indoctrination began so early and was so ingrained in my thought patterns that I couldn't even see it. That seems to me an awful weight to lay on a ...
Beatlesandsuch comments:
I, too was raised a Nazarene kid and it’s terrible to look back and see the level of indoctrination that I was submitted to without even knowing it. Like you, I started doubting at an early age and asking questions that were mostly met with “you have to have faith”. I was a rebellious teen and my rebellion was met with a lot of “sinner” finger pointing. I was a “dirty slut” for exploring sex in high school. My mother thought Kiss was a satanic band I listened to. You get the picture. I began to explore other religions my junior year of high school. Went to religious debates and conferences my senior year at a local university. It seems the more I explored, learned, and questioned, the more religion seemed useless. My point here, is that I lost a large chunk of my childhood believing that I was a bad kid because we are “all sinners”. That I had to recruit people to this particular deity. That somehow my upper-middle class white family was following the right god and dammit we were blessed. I feel cheated. It’s not fair that even now I question the morality of my sex life. That while some kids had fun summers at camps with canoes and shorty sloppy joes, I was singing Jesus songs and going to a nightly sermon. Hell, that I have been told it was “prayer” that saved my life during my battle with Leukemia and the “power of God” that I became pregnant with my son after 2 rounds of chemo and radiation. That I can’t even voice my opinion on certain topics at work because it’s a “Christian based workplace”. I hate it.
I filed for divorce from my wife of almost sixteen years today. It's mutual and we love each other, we just can't live together. So I don't know if I will be on here very much in the near future. Too many things to take care of. Be well everyone!
Beatlesandsuch comments:
Wishing you all the best. Community is here for you should you need us
Should I get an Atheist sticker for my car?
Beatlesandsuch comments:
Fsm sticker for the win!
Who else feels compelled to hide their atheism from co-workers?
Beatlesandsuch comments:
I know how you feel. I live/work in the Bible Belt of Michigan and I’m a complete black sheep with my (lack of) beliefs. Technically, my workplace is a Christian organization and it’s frustrating and hard at times to keep my opinions and mouth out of certain conversations. I’ve heard coworkers discuss everything from abortion to gay rights with a “that’s a sin” mentality and it’s awful. I try not to bring up that I’m an atheist but sometimes I can’t help but blurt out how stupid their rationale is.
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