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Minimalism, environmentalism, consumerism, transcendentalism, Platonist, naturalist, romanticist or ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
@HippieChick58 and @ArashL brought up a good point: did you mean romanticist, romantic or perhaps something else? Some of us have a few years but not so many we could be considered romanticists...look it up! Or maybe you were alluding to the arbitrary nature of labels? Yeah...I'd go with that! ;)
Minimalism, environmentalism, consumerism, transcendentalism, Platonist, naturalist, romanticist or ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
For me humanitarian spiritual humanist apatheist is enough labels...many others apply but...why? With the undeniable label "human" I'm subject ot change so I'll use whatever identifiers apply at the time. Others will too but that's more indicative of who they are as a person.
OMG!!! Who else is super proud and thinks it's super cute that a U.S. "President" is getting sued by...
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
I'm super proud...I'm not sure if "super cute" applies..."super hiarious" is more where I'm at!
I know what I got
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
The explanation alone would be worth the 500 bucks. "Go on...please..."
Had to sell my soul to big pharma but I finally got my medicine. So happy to get back on it. What ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Good for you! You needed a break!
Any other Dragon Age players here?
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
I have Origins on Steam and I'm installing it again. I only logged in about 30 minutes but I'm pretty sure that was before my new computer...there were so many I bought that were just too much for that comp's integrated 3.0GHz quadcore. I've spent the last several months in Skyrim, Fallout 4 and, most recently, Starcraft (both free on the Blizzard website, by the way)...anyway... I'll see if Origins "calls to me" then possibly check out Inquisition...thanks for reminding me I even had Origins though!
Just found this and wanted to share it. If you have comments, would love to hear them.
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
100% agree!
If applicable, how did you quit smoking?
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Sadly it wasn't multiple choice. First time, the patch. One take. I was really affected by my third fiance's emotional breakdown over her concerns for my health. That worked almost 10 years...we split then I toured with an act lead who not only smoked but packed her own filter cigs with several premium and flavored tobaccos. I was addicted again after "trying" about 10 of those. This time, vape...now two months smoke free with about a year on and off. This time the relapses were due to working around a lot of smokers and, well, moving to Vegas.
Has anyone ever had an encounter with a celebrity?
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Several though I've finally got to meet some I'm a huge fan of since moving to Vegas. Ironically, I've worked with many more on promotional projects I've never met in person. I finally met the members of One Eyed Doll!!! I got an invitation to their "secret" tour kickoff in Vegas from Junior; drummer, guitarist and husband to their guitarist, lead vocalist Kimberly (pictured brunette) Kenna James!!! I worked with her as a promoter just weeks before she was contracted to Penthouse (later to become Pet of the Year 2016) and met her about a year later. There are several others in entertainment fields I'm hoping to meet including many I've worked for in some long distance capacity...at least I'm now in a city where it's much more likely to actually happen!
Religion and Science.
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
*If scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims.” * - Dalai Lama XIV Catholicism was once a religion where the scientist "in hiding" conducted research often while in the employment of the church, da Vinci as a prime example. There has been much more acceptance of proven facts by many abrahamic religions though these religions by definition are based on the largely fallible "babble". Even my family's fundamentalist southern baptist church clutched at straws trying to justify their southern baptism with science, even though my grandmother was a firm flat earther. All this is lip service, of course, for the very survival of these religions is dependent on their viability in an increasingly enlightened, and apathetic, world. As a humanist I take issue with anyone who feels they need religion for ethics. Religious ethics in this day of prosperity (greed) theology, social injustice, holy wars and environmental destruction are far from humanitarian. Modern xian ethics is more like a total lack thereof. Still, "prove or disprove" what you will and however you might, even as an agnostic and antitheist, I remain skeptical of science and particularly those who treat it as dogma. Imagine how the theist feels.
Where do you stand on education in Liberal Arts? This includes art, social sciences, foreign ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
The guy with the Science degree asks, "How?" The guy with the Arts degree asks, "Why?" The guy with the Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?" Seriously, I'll never regret getting my BA from a liberal arts college. I had a great start as an orchestral music teacher (my major) as well as several other professions I was able to get a foot through the door only because I had such a broad based degree. My "problem" is I went to college knowing what I wanted to do...create, perform, produce...and I've chosen the "starving artist" path over the 9-5 grind every time I've had the opportunity. My "fame and fortune" ship has come and gone a few times...sadly always more a skiff than a yacht. Oh well. Still, most of my classmates have been very financially successful. And, if you measure "success" as creative but critical thinking, liberal arts education is the best path. It creates more "generalists" than specialists but we each have our places, even in this myopic society.
I was a victem of Catholic Education and indoctrination for the first 25 yrs of my life. I attended...
DangerDave comments on Mar 7, 2018:
First, welcome to our community from a survivor from another sect! From a child in an fundie southern baptist family (who knew the buybull stories were bogus) the the guy who took his Associates at a baptist junior college for the scholarship bank...that was enough of studying THAT religion... Jesus jokes...have a million of them... "Mom...MOM!!! I can see our house from here!" "Ooooh, rose FOR his grave!" What's the difference between jehebus and a picture of jehebus? You can hang the picture with just one nail. Don't get me started on memes...besides, we have a group for those! https://agnostic.com/group/Meme
Laugh for today!
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Good one! These neede to be in Memes R Us! https://agnostic.com/group/Meme
Hyde Hk jf Edit: yep, that was me. Forgot to delete this post when was trying to debug some ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Ahhhhh. Now we all understand the meaning of life. What a relief. I'm going to bed now.
Drawing of one of my Escher tribute sculptures
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Impressive! Surreal...I really like the changes of perspective.
How do you feel about spiritual music? I love bluegrass and psychobilly, also jazz n soul..can you ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Spiritual has so many definitions here...I get your meaning and I expand mine to especially philisophical but not necessarily religious songs as well as various trance styles like dubstep and electronica. If the music's good I tend to overlook the lyrics anyway...unless the lyrics are really good...like this... https://youtu.be/IxhxKdnjGA8
What should men or women do to make themselves better human beings?
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Strive to be more tolerant of others even when we can't be of their behaviors. We are at a crossroads now and, if we cannot apply ourselves to stopping the wanton destruction, hatred and blindness of theists humanity cannot possibly survive much longer. Educate ourselves and others, "activate" in every way possible and end the senseless debate over what is "right" for what is real.
Honesty
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I played along for my family's sake till I was about 15. Then, they shunned me, I shunned them so it all worked out just fine. Greenville, SC (home of BJU and several hundred other fundie institutions, not even counting churches) was a weird place growing up agnostic, but I was a weird kid so...
Generation Z is More Atheistic Than Any Other Age Group – Friendly Atheist
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
This is one good thing to come from the Trump dynasty though I've noticed the sharp downturn in theism since I started counseling teens in 1985. Working largely in 12 step recovery programs you couldn't get around the "religion question" and I was really amazed at the numbers of nonbelievers though many were apatheists as well.
If you were a snack food what kind would you be and why
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Flamin' Hot Cheetos...'cos I am super spicy, a little cheesy and always salty. heh.
Live in Vegas, but spend a lot of time traveling to Newport Beach area.
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I live in Vegas...perhaps we can hang sometime! There are a LOT of site members nearby...look to the right from your profile for a list of us!
So today's been infuriating. I worked for Sarasota county until very recently. About a month ago a ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Go get 'em and DON'T let 'em get away with it! Do you have any local liberal press?
What's the matter,Chicken?
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Hehe...and I won't even ask what possessed you to search these...nope, not me!
Seriously, you should do this .... and you are welcome ... :-D
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I NEED ONE OF THOSE!!! (w/etf it is!)
& Can I Hear An Amen, People?...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I'll give you a *R'Amen* or a Rasta *Ya, Mon*...but I don't give a f'n *Ah*, Man.
SC Republicans: Allowing same-sex marriages equates to creating national religion
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
You have to understand the very oral "moral majority" mentality of SC...yes, you do have freedom of religion...you can be of any fundametalist, evangelical xian faith you want to be!
Prophets Gather At Trump's Washington Hotel To Unleash Angel Armies On His Deep State Enemies | ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
TRump as a messenger of the fundie evangelicals...sounds legit to me.
What goes on in private...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Good points and those I've lived by, sadly while I was an addict in "committed" relationships which were also addictions. I'd still be an active alchoholic some ten years after that discovery but at least I was a honest alchie, at least in that regaurd. "No mate...but we can date!" Welcome! You're in a good place...few here will argue these points...but then we have some who will argue any points sooo...
If we are all supposedly created in God's image, wouldn't that mean God is everyone, every race, ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Well, I'm certain in that case "gawd" must be incredibly attractive, awesomely talented and possessing of a massive...ego.
Sigh. Where do I even begin? I am beyond frustrated with a longtime friend. She is majorly ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
My suggestion is tell her in no uncertain terms. Be clear her behavior is turning you and her other friends away from her. I heard all that as an active alchie and chose not to listen...and I managed to alienate most of my friends and family in the process. I she decides to do so afterwards its not your fault in the least.
Should spousal alimony be a thing? Yes or No and why?
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Ugh...I'm just glad I never married and this was never an issue I had to deal with. Among whatever other cultural meanings it may have, marriage has traditionally been a business partnership, where said business, at least in part, was a household. It makes perfectly good sense in the traditional sense where a woman would give up any hopes of a career or skills outside those as a homemaker and especially if she's a mother as well. With those days quickly becoming history and (at least in the US) a legal system that only benefits those with the better lawyers...let's just say spousal alimony is also "highly contestable".
I will try my best to keep this brief but I must vent... not that my venting doesn't have an ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
With everything you're facing in life, death should be no issue. Its something that will happen to us all...its a part of life. With that in mind, I strive to live while I'm alive. I've had some close calls, some to the point of surrender. In those cases I welcomed death in that the either the pain would be over or worse, the "lack of life"...that creeping, increasing loss of perception and function when it didn't even hurt anymore. I'm agnostic (and antitheist) but never once did I concern myself with the several thousand hells I might burn in or the millions of other outcomes of "afterlives" there may be. Did I mention I'm an apathetic agnostic? "In the end" I really don't care. Seeing there are no certainties, the possibilities are mere frivolities.
Do you believe in karma? reincarnation??
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Believe, no. I believe the sun will rise tomorrow or, more acurately, the earth will rotate to its morning position for my locality, but I have no practical way of being 100% certain this will happen. Karma, at least as behavioral and cultural cause and effect in its most basic form, I know to be real. My personal "jury" is still out on reincarnation but, besides the obvious persistence of energy and matter, there is some compelling evidence that, even as Carl Sagan stated, warrants further study. https://www.npr.org/2014/01/05/259886077/searching-for-science-behind-reincarnation
Not sure I want to know what this all says.. pictures can say a 1000 words or maybe in this case.. 3...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I'm guessing the text is instructions on how not to overheat the carrot in the microwave. I could be wrong though.
Millenials just don't get it....and won't.
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I'm a late bloomer boomer and its not looking good...if only I can survive to 72...and they haven't upped the age again by then.
What exactly is a "Humanitarian Church"? -edit- I mean "Unitarian" hahaha :P and thanks for all the ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Apples and oranges. The Universal Unitarians are a church and a religion. Here is their link which describes their beliefs. https://www.uua.org/beliefs You appear to be confusing Humanitarian (concerned with human welfare) and Humanism (any of a number of philosophies attaching prime importance to human rather than divine or supernatural matters). Many of these have "churches" but for apparently cultural and legal reasons. For instance, I'm a "priest" of spiritual humanism and as such can perform ceremonies in any religion, belief system or none at all. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humanism
Are snakes with apples always up to no good?
DangerDave comments on Mar 6, 2018:
With just one historical reference I'd say yeah, they're up to no good. (I found this photo on the internet so it must be real.)
So apparently I'm a dragon...that's cool.
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Funny but very close to some Fantasy Festival cast height suggestions!
Just sayin'
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Tha's rai-yught!
I see four girls, what about you?
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Yep, 2
Does anyone have a theory as to how pop music originated?
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
K, I couldn't help myself...Wiki has it IF we're talking about how the TERM originated. This didn't keep me up last night but it was the first gnawing thought I had when I woke up. At least it wasn't a Gaga song...best to not dwell on THAT thought long...anyway... As far as the origins of (pop)ular music in and of itself I'll stick with my caveman theory. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_music
Does anyone have a theory as to how pop music originated?
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Of all the guys in the tribe who beat a log with a stick one guy really stood out. He had a certain flair but, since there are no recordings, no one can say what that flair was exactly. Still, he was the envy of all the other cavemen and the desire of all the cavewomen...or something like that.
Superstitious
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Hmm, I'm the exact opposite...obviously? Well, maybe not...I'm a spiritual humanist. Seems you have a superstitious definition of spirituality. It's a very limited one at best. There are several meanings of the word, some many atheists use to describe themselves. Try a dictionary. Wiki has a good one page description as well.
Please indulge me in one more question about Karma
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Great examples. A very practical one I used as a counselor was the ongong effects of random acts of kindness vs. violence. Even if no one notices the altrusitic or malevolent act you have committed, it set into motion a chain of events very likely to come back on you in several ways you may not even consider and, even if not directly, you have to live with that decision. Even if you're a sociopath that decision is now a part of you, what you are and what you will become. I believe in "magic", magick even, in the same way...even if that's limited to the psychological impressions made on the caster by the very act of casting...then the resultant "karma". There is nothing supernatural about it at all. I've experienced it in many ways, most notably as a performer who changes an audiences perceptions and at times opinions...or at least have them trascend their reality in varying degrees. The pride and confidence I've received as a result are wonderfully self-defining.
Curious about y'alls opinions on the hive mind/collective consciousness theory. Arguments for or ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 5, 2018:
As an artist I try to escape the allure of it as I see it all around me. It's not like I'd join a "cult", as I believe all churches to be, but I've had to conform too many times in too many situations just to survive in society. I've never really "tripped" on that level except to consider these ramifications in more abstract ways.
Are You Watching the Oscars?
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Walking Dead, now Talking Dead...somehow recaps just aren't the same.
What is your all time favorite movie?
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Wow...two many to even consider...let me get back to you on that!
Sessions greenlights police to seize cash, property from people suspected of crimes but not charged
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
So who wants to argue we're not living in a police state now? I've felt that way a few...decades now myself.
'The Most Dangerous Man in the World’: Trump Is Violent, Immature and Insecure, Psych Experts Say
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
The only people who haven't known this for some time watch Faux News..., all violent, insecure and immature themselves.
Trump signs resolution to permit dumping mining waste into waterways - The Washington Post
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I just don't understand how he's staying in office...but I'm still trying to figure out how he got there in the first place.
Do you date traditionally?
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Who is traditionally? Is she cute?
... Like memes or midget porn.
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
So...does anyone want to argue music theory? hmmm?
Know the signs!
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
K, I'm convinced. I'm a cat.
Walmart also ruins everything.
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Vegas, especially!!! Not Henderson, North Vegas...but of the many "trips off the planet" around here I MUST recommend a visit to an actual Las Vegas Walmart. You will no longer question the fate of humanity and admit the absolute hopelessness of it. :( ;)
Newbie to the community writing poetry hoping someone will notice me. Hey hey hey.
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Hi Tazzzyy! What an entrance...consider yourself noticed! I'm a poet, songwriter...see my profile for a more complete resume and photos a smidgen of my work...the link it so our creatives' group with even more! Hope you'll post some of yours there and I get a chance to know you better...colabs are possible! https://agnostic.com/group/cReAtIvEtHiNkErSgAlLeRiE
Would You keep dating someone who felt it was necessary to keep you a secret from their kids?
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Lol...I'm fine with being a backdoor man...in several ways...just not for those with husbands, boyfriends, other significant others.
I just reached Level 8 !!! Only 150,000 points 'til the next level!! LOL
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Congrats! I'm just over halfway there from 7 myself but you've been super active! I'm happy you're enjoying yourself...keep it up...as long as its fun, anyway!
Mom Fail...
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
No fail at all...for a mom who wants to be a grandmom...apparently too soon.
Who is good enough ( my Sunday morning rant)
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Good for you? I'm not even sure I should be answering this...I'm not looking for a relationship...I'm just a guy who likes to have some fun. By proxy I "date" a lot of beautiful, intelligent, creative, young women as a model tog and act lead in which said act has a beautiful, intelligent, creative, young frontwoman. "Dates" are usually meals and breaks from our sessions and usually nothing more. Still, the mere company of such wonderful ladies goes a long way for a guy my age. I no longer risk the business of these relationships for any possible "pleasures"...that's led to some disastrous results. Besides, some of the greatest "loves of my life" are from those very special but completely platonic relationships in which I've wondered if we were closer, more open and honest than most married couples... ...wondered, in that I never married and never intend to do so. I've dated "outside my box" and, while that can be fun, it hardly compares. My standards are so incredibly high because they can be and I see absolutely no reason they should be otherwise.
Just new to this site. But my beliefs in god are really.not there. But being a counselor I have no ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
*"Why does it happen? Because it happens. Roll the bones."* from *Roll the Bones*, by Neil Peart of Rush Welcome! I was grateful to have been an active counselor when popular culture was generally more philosophical and often therapeutic, such as this example. I used this song to discuss locus of control in some client groups, as a means of illustrating while there are circumstances beyond your control a person in our society is fully responsibile for those they can control. Do what you must before you do what you want. Billy Graham's death illustrates the power of xian dogma on our society and, for unbeleivers and other opponents, we have very little control of theists and how they chose to spend our tax dollars. Still, it is what it is and we can do what we can do. I'm happy to see a new generation rising which is far more liberal an much less religious. I've created a group here for Recovery; from religions, addictions and any other issues anyone would care to address. I hope you'll join and share your input. https://agnostic.com/group/Recovery
Why did you get married?
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Never did, never want to be. *grabs popcorn*
Fact, Fiction or Both
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I really can't vote without all the information though I see each section has links. I also couldn't say if these are the foods banned by other coutries, or which, but I have read several articles from various reliable sources of these bans on many foods produced in the US. I have a general mistrust of government, especially now in the tRump dynasty. Truth is irrelevant, especially when in confilct with power and profit, so I will put very little faith in any FDA "research".
What do we mean by agnostic?
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I'm an apathetic agnostic (look it up) so I voted "other" while I agree with both other options. I see theists AND atheists equally preoccupied with answering questions to which we simply do not have the answers...yet...but may never. Whatever. I find both such schools of thought dogmatic, self serving and ultimately a boorish waste of time. Research scientists actively and openmindely searching for the answers I admire, regardless of their beliefs...so long as said beliefs do not affect their research. Still, this as well is of no practical concern to me. For me to pretend to understand the life works of these great minds by reading an article or watching a TV show, with any pre-existing expectations I may have, proves nothing. I consider a lot of possiblilties, "believe" very few of them and at the end of the day, and especially at the the beginning of it, I KNOW any god or related paranormal concepts have absolutely no useful purpose whatsoever. OR, I could be like this guy...
Do any of you identify as Primal? I don't try emulate animals or anything but it's good to do away ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I never considered it as such but there have been occasions. It's good to "unleash" sometimes, especially with a partner who enjoys it!
... And ignorance is bliss!
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Or is nihilism worse...but it doesn't matter.
I have a friend
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
See, emo is nothing new really.
Explaining the "higher power" in the 12-steps for atheists in recovery from addictions. I wrote ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Some people have no understanding of the fact that gods and HPs can be mutually exclusive. First as a couselor myself and too many years later as a person in recovery I gained a much greater understanding of the vast possibilities for an HP than your average skeptic. As a counselor, one of my favorite HPs was that of a teen girl: the chair of her cosmetics dresser. After a stunned silence she explained she could count on that chair being there, unlike the people in her life. It brought her comfort and a sensation of "becoming herself" everyday. We counselors eyed each other, knowing we were not to intercede unless group members were excessively negative. They were not and one did much better than we could at suggesting she might come up with a new HP as she progressed. I am just days away from 17 years of sobriety. Not only am I thankful for 12 step programs but the various HPs I've turned to along the way. I also have a progressively heightened disdain for any who would stand in the way of the recovery of others. I'd like to welcome you to our recovery group. Your insights would be most helpful! https://agnostic.com/group/Recovery
Acupuncture. Any thoughts about it?
DangerDave comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Yes, another offhand debunk of something an atheist knows absolutely nothing about. The "woo" is you...thank you for providing further "evidence" for me of "dogmatic atheism". At least you "looked at one...textbook" before making such a sweeping conclusion. How very "SCIENCE!!!tific" of you! I won't pretend to know the SCIENCE!!! of it but I can attest I had immediate relief of joint pain from accupuncture. Here's just a little research and, no, I'm not taking responsibility for proving anything to anyone with such a closed mind. Likewise, I can't "prove" to you the National Institute of Health is a viable research organization...after all, many atheists claim it isn't when it conflicts with their point of view....their *beliefs.* Continue to pretend you know everything...and you're not just like your average theist at all. I'm using your attitudes, very common among atheists, for some research of my own. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture/introduction
Trump’s Nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize Was Apparently Forged. Twice. - The New York Times
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
And who do you think made the nomination? hmmm? Possibly the same person who declined being Time's Person of the Year...when he'd never been nominated? We're following the money elsewhere...in these cases you have to follow the stupidity too.
Addicts. Let me ask you guys about addicts. Drug addicts in particular. How do you view them? Do...
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
I've seen addiction from both sides, first as an active alcoholic and trained addiction counselor then many years later when I went into treatment myself. When I was a counselor we treated all types of addictions as obsessive-compulsive disorders, which I liken to people recovering from religious indoctrination. In all of these, the sufferer must recognize the problem and be willing to actively work on their recovery. I'm glad to see the social stigma of addicts is subsiding but there are those who still ostracize them, and often rightly so. The damage they can do to themselves and others can be overwhelming and those so affected may have difficulty believing the person is trying to get better, especially if they have a history of several relapses. I've started a group for addicts and those in recovery from several obsessions, including religion. You might find the input of such fellow addicts of several varieties helpful. https://agnostic.com/group/Recovery
Rockin and rollin with the buds..
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Someone hair gelled a rooster?
Maybe he was saying "Ah-men" instead of "Amen"?
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
"I'm in" mebe?
Took me a second..
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
(5 minutes later) oh. ooooh!
What did you REALLY think of Ghost in the Shell 2017? MINOR SPOILERS IN MEMES BELOW tl;dr: ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
MUST SEE! I'm not huge on anime but the original *Ghost* is an all time fave!
My first time on this site and I am really confused. All my life I have been going to church and ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Then you're in a good place! Check out some of the posts and perhaps write another post about some specifics. Glad you're here...let us know what's on your mind!
Don't drink toxic masculinity
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Excellent assessment...I followed her to see some of her other insights as well. I truly hope we socially evolve to see the end of toxic masculinity. We as a culture are heading in the right direction but we're being stymied by abrahamic theists of all types as well as a small, but very vocal, "alt feminist" movement who are themselves mysandrist. Though a small percentage of feminists they are often presented as the ONLY feminists as in the Faux News segment. What crushes that hope is the spread of islam, largely due to the refugees from our wars against them. If you want to see misogyny at its worst look no further.
Have any of you found a soulmate who wants to transcend the mundane, tame the monkey brain and ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Let's see...I achieved something close to that for several months at the starts of three engagements, weeks to months in other relationships and more days, or even evenings, than I can count. Some of my greatest memories of such bliss are from one night stands...which don't lead immediately to memories of first farts, first fights, routine romance, once endearing qualities becoming annoyances, etc, etc,...
I just require you leave something on the dresser in exchange for them.
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
@Sticks48 brings up a good point...if you're giving the fucks you're not a prostitute. You feelings slut, you.
Unexplained Religious Experiences
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
This is but one of many religious phenomona I think deserves serious study. You may not realize it but pentecostal glossolalia is considered demonic possession in other nearby fundamentalist cults. This is but one of many "reasons" my family's southern baptist sect used to "prove" theirs was the "only way". From a humanistic and scientific standpoint, the similarities of the two phenomena are strikingly similar, including the memory loss. Another important factor is, no matter what a skeptic might say, the "true believer" has absolutely no doubts as to the authenticity of their experience. I applaud you for having had the experience and still being skeptical. I'm sure "wishful thinking" comes into play as well as many other factors already mentioned. The important thing for you is you have moved beyond belief and found it within yourself to question the "evidence". Given similar experiences I'd daresay most will never be able do so.
Hello all! I'm an alcoholic/addict. I haven't had a drink in 1 week. I haven't used in one day. ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Hi Ash! Welcome and the movie is a good idea. Perhaps a tea or some relaxing...beverage... I'm off to bed myself...glad you're here!
The problem with weed
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Ima have to try that sometime!!!
What are your thoughts on pantheists, panentheists, deists, and Unitarian Universalists?
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Pantheists, deists,...dudeists, pastafarians,...in my opinion those who consider, or even believe, in the unprovable in a peaceful manner are fine by me. Unitarians on the other hand I find potentially dangerous in that they accept EVERY religion as "truth" while downplaying the hate and destruction of the abrahamic faiths. That's my biggest problem with the church of spiritual humanism. While it is a philosphy, if the "buybull" is allowed in the mix you have the possibility of yet another. or many more, devisive sects.
I'm going with the humans are garbage theory on this one....
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
At least in video games we're just vicariously violent! Take my games...it could get messy!
I've never lived in Las Vegas, but my son lived there three years. We visited him twice a year. ...
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I live in Vegas and its not for everyone. I'm glad to be away from the theists, with the artists but here its all about the holy dollar bill. Still, I have a lot more artistic prospects...I've met some celebrities I adore and I've worked with aspiring talent from all over the world! Its all about what you're looking for. I personally love the glitz, the glamour and, as tough a town as it is, the opportunities to do so much that isn't even possible elsewhere... ...like smoke a joint without the slightest concern of getting arrested.
Existentialism + Anthropomorphism =
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
@KKGator you got me started on this but I couldn't find the "chameleon identity crisis" meme I'd seen years ago...I don't even remember what it was about but it wasn't this one... ...still, as you can see, the expanded search was fun!
;-)
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Awwwww....we like you!
Yep
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
A damning statement for every one I've ever seen. If you've ever been almost anywhere in south Florida, you've seen a lot too. And they only had that one job. Sad.
Guitars
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
My lute at Resaissance festivals and pirate events definitely does the trick too!
I'm a giver.
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
So who...and how many...have I pissed off?
Terrorists
DangerDave comments on Mar 2, 2018:
What?!?!? No cross?!?
I think this place needs more inspiration...
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
I feel so much better now!
I just require you leave something on the dresser in exchange for them.
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Awwwww!
Rock Carpet...
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
There's a great and inexpensive project, especially if you're a rock collector!
Dedication to the art.
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Knit one, pant two, knit one,...
What does 'spiritual' actually mean?
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Just a copy and paste of my last response to a similar question from 2/27... *As a spiritual humanist I generally consider "spiritual" to encompass all that is beyond the physical world that defies logical explanation within the bounds of current human capabilities.* *These phenomena range from creativity, intuition and emotion to ESP, ghosts and reincarnation.* *I am also a priest of spiritual humanism, largely to be able to legally perform ceremonies in any religion.* I am an agnostic, NOT an atheist, however. I don't know everything nor do I pretend to do so.
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DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Orange you...sad?
Shawshank Redemption for me..
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
If it's horror, sci-fi and especially fantasy in a series, probably: LotR, SW, ST, Matrix, Underworld, Evil Dead,...Jeepers Creepers, Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th,... I'm easily entertained...just NEVER so easily to sit through a single Twilight movie.
Name a Song with a City in the Title LA Woman - The Doors
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
All I Want from Santa (is a Girl from Atlanta)
Have you ever been in a relationship with someone you were no longer in love with?
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
All three of my engagements and in just a few others, never long in the latter. After the three engagements I no longer felt compelled to try to "fall back in love".
What are some interesting/unique things you like to do for fun?
DangerDave comments on Mar 1, 2018:
When I did beer yoga I drank first...was that the wrong way? After all, can a few...million Irishmen all be wrong?

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