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Isn’t it a shame a non-religious person have to keep their sanity secret?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
I don't anymore. While I had to as a kid, Since my teens though if any theists want to proselytize to me they'd best be prepared to debate or depart. I don't go out in a sandwich sign but I'm not hiding. Here in Las Vegas I've had one issue with a street preacher but he's the only person I've had any religious discussions with. Well, except here.
Which one of THESE fetishes would you be most willing to deal with?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
No BDSM at all?!?!? You will pay for this, slime. :p So furries...I've yet to try it but of the choices given...if she'll wash the costumes... (kids line up for their parades in San Francisco...if their parents only knew.) Of the others I've done armpits and toes awhile but mixed with other amorous activities...and transvestism ONCE. It did nothing for me but she was right: I could wear her cloths. Speaking of fetishes which may or may not include a Winged Windy Unicorn this is for you! https://agnostic.com/discussion/8971/ode-to-the-winged-windy-unicorn-for-silvereyes
I moved to Thailand when I was 15, I wanted to train muai Thai on a professional level. I lived near...
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Eloquently and well stated! Glad you're here! I combine a lot of philosophies, some gained from religions too ludicrous to ever believe. My excursions into Buddhism were primarily for meditation and insight. I took some kung fu lessons but at the time I was completely unprepared for the mental discipline it required. My main focus has been on Celtic Mythology and Druidism, largely because that is my heritage. Being a musician I was especially drawn to their bardic arts which contain a plethora of practical knowledge as diverse as music theory and psychology. Labels? I have too many, some more fitting than others. But then, I am not a label.
Is it bad that I pity religious people?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Not at all. It is entirely natural to pity those so trapped in delusions. More than pity them, I am wary of most. Even the most "harmless" are supporting social, political, educational, environmental,...policies very detrimental to us all, possibly unknowingly. The blind followers are possibly a majority but to be blind to what their leaders are doing is also dangerous. A case in point is our now 15 year old war in the Middle East. Started as a retaliation for the 9/11 attack (and in the wrong countries for about the first decade), we know the war rages on to protect our interests in the area, particularly those of the oil barons who are intent on us destroying the environment with their products instead of using readily available and renewable clean energy. For too many theists this is a holy war and, for this reason alone, support the war. Too many see it as a sign of their religions' "end times" when, after they (not god) destroy the world, they will be supernaturally whisked to their respective heavens.
What are peoples thoughts on death and does it scare you?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Death is a great unknown to me. As far as fear it, I only do so in that there is still so much I want to do before I go. Still, that's motivation to actually do them! That and a long, painful death. Let me go quick!
Were you raised in a religious home, and if so, what was your experience like?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Heaven and hell. While my bittersweetly dysfunctional southern baptist family just considered me the "weird kid" early on. My turning point was after I was allowed to stop going to church at 12. I soon after told my entire family how stupid I thought they were for believing. Any further conversations about religion I was privy too turned into an argument and so soon they stopped altogether. I spent more and more time away from home, getting into any sport or activity I could. I had several theist friends but more who were pagan. I really came into "my people" at 15 when I was in a series of bands that attracted them. Pagans, liberal xians and perhaps a few on the fence got together frequently for performances, parties and bar crawls. Not that it was ever discussed much....Sex, Drugs and R&R were our gods!
Who or what is/are your worst enemies?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
I hope I don't have enemies...at least I have the luxury of not having any of my own choosing. I do have serious concerns though, but its more over abrahamic religions' subjugation of the world. With it we have fifteen years of ongoing war, insane legislation and leadership, a total disregard for the environment and therefore their own children,... These are the enemies of all humanity.
Who has seen Bill Maher's documentary, Religilous? And, if you have, what is your opinion?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
Excellent, insightful, hilarious at times...Bill woulda got his lily white liberal butt kicked a few times were it not for the cameras and crew!
Is remote viewing fact or fiction?
DangerDave comments on Dec 18, 2017:
The CIA and Stanford both have public research. I find it intriguing but before I pour through volumes of inconclusive data I'll just watch The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009) again. I tried as a teen and got some interesting results. Nothing conclusive, of course. One method was in my house but that was an exercise in awareness as well since I could hear them. Another was envisioning another area I was familiar with...though I've no way to know if the people I saw there actually were, and even then it could be simple deduction or pure luck. My favorite was "tour the universe". I saw some wondrous sites and met some strange beings who strangely spoke English. ..but that's because those I spoke with had been studying us. I have a vivid and highly active imagination. So as skeptical as I am I've "been there". Where and what exactly "there" may be are uncertain.
Incest: Immoral or Moral?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
In what culture? In some it's accepted, in others it has been reserved for ruling classes to maintain a pure bloodline. Morally, it's ambiguous, "Amoral" if you will. Genetically, it has proven to be disastrous in the numbers of birth defects of their offspring. I'd be concerned about the mental heath of the participants but, if it's consensual, who am I to judge?
Shouldn't we be having some kind of a "1st to reach level 8" celebration for @silvereyes ?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
The maid of honor seems to be away...anyway, she'll get to see this soon! I'm changing my vote on the tee shirt too...@silvereyes was winning anyway!
Do you have to pretend to be religious to fit in?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Not anymore but I have chosen to to benefit myself and others. I just wanted to so as not to embarrass friends and family. I "played the game" as a music director for three churches. I pity anyone who HAS to but there are probably millions in islamic controlled areas as there are those everywhere who are just too afraid or aren't sure what they are. It happens though it's just another terrible result of religion.
What if paradoxes and singularities are nature's way of saying magic is real?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
I've studied some practical magic and could easily take the Celtic Bard test, one of the three disciplines needed to be mastered to be a Druid. The readings bear a striking resemblance to both modern music theory and psychology. They spoke of the "bardic arts" in what I'd later get in college classes ranging from extensive voice and instrumental training and courses in psychology, philosophy, education... It is at the very least "magic" by the definition of a performance art. My job as a performer is to create illusions which I do with a careful stage setup, costuming and whatever props are available. I know exactly the inflection my voice should have to convey the desired emotion and visualization. Magic? Yes! Anything supernatural about it? I don't think so.
I really enjoy this new site lol new to me anyway but am I the only one who would like this to be an...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Great idea! =D
Do Some Make Weed Their Religion?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Rastafarians...mi GANJA!!! Also many other cultures...several indigenous to central North America...anyway... Yes, some people overdo it though I've yet to hear of anyone praying to weed. Since its been legal for recreational use in Nevada...nothing has changed. No (or few) DUI of weed charges, no "Reefer Madness" scenes to be seen in public, no Churches of the Sacred Mary Jane. You may check into the vast amount of research done on medical marijuana. I'm satisfied with the growing number of states who agree with the data and either pass or allow votes for medical marijuana. Like everything, weed can be overdone. While there is contradicting evidence for physical addiction I've never experienced it. I've had a psychological addiction but never to the extent it affected my life. I've never skipped a bill or skimped on groceries to buy it. I have been addicted to meth, coke and my drug of choice, alcohol. There is absolutely no comparison to those experiences than any I've ever had with weed.
Is Fox News becoming the Secretary of Propaganda of the Trump Admin?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Sure...its been the same for the right wing since it started broadcasting! I used to wonder how many lies FN could tell and how much hate it could spew before it was shut down. Now I wonder how long factual, reputable news agencies can survive before Trump shuts them down!
I am agnostic about god. I have a flickering hope that maybe, just maybe there is a god and a life ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Keep the hope if it brings you peace. Because no "real god" has revealed itself and apparently has no intention of doing so, I see no need to concern myself with it as I have in the past. As elusive as it may be, seek the TRUTH. Besides the obvious "universal truths" shared by most religions, it may very logically occur to you religions of the world are mostly myths and tools of social engineering.
Hello! I'm brand new to this community, less than 24 hours and I think I like this place. It's ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Hello, welcome...and you haven't been around here very long! We have our weak minded, militant antitheists, those with some serious pent up hostilities towards religion in general or anyone who thinks differently... At least we have "report" and "block" buttons. Use them freely on anyone who is too...troublesome. I myself enjoy the trolls though...they can be quite entertaining!
Is faith in anything ever good?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Yes, give me the evidence. If that "faith" is ever updated, revised or proven wrong; show me the new evidence. If I can't comprehend that I'll go with what my best logic deems more likely. I can only "know" myself though...I have faith in my abilities and aspirations. I know also that this "faith" is useless if I don't take appropriate actions to improve and realize them.
Star Wars but every lightsaber strike is a Michael Jackson noise - YouTube
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
woooooo! hehe...I could have sworn at sometime R2D2 was like... https://youtu.be/2UGliJzlhew
belief?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Being one myself, anyone who answered "apatheist" or "apatheism" is spot on. I've entertained the possibilities of various supreme beings but in the end I don't care. Some times I consider the countless hours I've researched various related scientific, philosophical and religious topics wasted (and at times I was) but I was usually entertained doing it, so its ok. As for what I believe in now...I believe I'll have another drink!
If virtual reality became full immersion, would you want to live in a virtual world?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
I'd definitely consider such essentials as eating and going poo poo...but if we could work that out, why not?
What two questions would you ask to get the most information about who a person truly is?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Have you ever killed anyone? Did they deserve it? Oh wait, that's if I were in "The Walking Dead". Nevermind.
I don't believe in any god, but I do believe there is more then just what we can perseve with our ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
wow...are you up for some wild responses! Glad I got here first. As a priest of Spiritual Humanism; a creator of mythical worlds in literature, graphic and performance arts; a mentor; a mediator (being a teacher and counselor); "meditater"... I am one who believes this feeling of "spirituality" (call it whatever you like) is indeed an important part of life in general and allows for the contemplation of facts, as well as the contemplation of absolutely nothing for peace and relaxation. I went into much greater detail on my post: https://agnostic.com/discussion/3890/spirituality-for-agnostics-and-maybe-even-atheists
If you could pick a God or certain religion/mythology, which would you prefer?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Dionysus....let's PART-EEEEEH!!!
What is your definition of a "GOD"?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Any I have are purely hypothetical. Pantheism is a pet theory, Deism not so much. I do know the god(s) of ANY organized religion I've studied, ancient or modern, is absolutely and completely mythology. I believe most started as legends or fables then condensed and edited by ruling classes for a convenient way of controlling the masses. I also know no "true god" has yet to reveal itself and doesn't give a rat's ass if we worship...or even acknowledge it...or not.
What type of arrangements have you made or instructions have you left for your funeral and disposal ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
I'm an organ donor and, since I've really abused my organs, I may as yet make arrangements for my cadaver to be used in research or education. It's not like I'll have any further use of it!
How long will it take for at least Christianity to become extinct? Decades? Centuries?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
We can only hope it eventually does. Because the religion is so adaptable, the followers so deluded and they begin indoctrination at birth we may never fully recover. Brings to mine "Sheperd Book" in the Firefly/Serenity series. While apparently a minority, there are still those "spreading the word" some thousands of years into the future.
Have you ever looked back on a belief and later asked yourself how you could have ever believed ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Not really. I've always been agnostic and, while I've had many refinements to my core beliefs over the years, they were usually very natural assumptions or those based on incorrect information. The most recent is the common misconception that humans only use 10% of their brains. From the third grade to the movie "Lucy", I'd had that belief reinforced numerous times. It wasn't until I used that proposition here that I was "educated" by several, some logically and some severely...even to the point "you were wrong about that so everything you believe must be wrong!" To me though it was no huge revelation. It didn't change my universal views except in that one minor point. We live and hopefully learn, instead of merely following with blind faith.
Is it disturbing that people would actually eat cracker pieces to represent the flesh of Jesus and ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Disturbing indeed, but not so much on a religion in which your only hope for salvation was one, just one, of the many crucified in those times. The very sight of a cross is a reminder of both the brutality and implausibility of the xian cult as a whole. Emerald, I am VERY impressed by your progress since you've joined us. Your explanation of communion to your cousin was both age appropriate and straight to the point! I commend you...you may have "saved" the girl from a lifetime of fear and delusion!
What's the funniest YouTube video you've seen this year?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
ok, I have to "double dip" here...I could triple, quadruple but... Luke Is All By Himself has been the most recent ROFLMAO moment I've had in a looooong time (in a galaxy not so far away)! Yes, I'm a "Jedi"...but I can laugh about that too! https://youtu.be/uD51cdLbZJc Going for the "triple", if you like SW parodies Weird Al's are my actual favorites, and my fave of those is... https://youtu.be/hEcjgJSqSRU
After the flood was gone and Noah's ark anchored somewhere, all the animals we released to live ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
That was one of many enigmas my childhood mind wrestled with since it was one of the many buybull stories I had to endure in my southern baptist upbringing. Nevermind these animals had to eat on the ark for 40 days, what are these animals going to eat on their long, lonely trek back "home"? Since some had to swim oceans there could be fish and seaweed...but are we to assume all these animals gained, then lost, extraordinary swimming skills? The pat theist reply is "through god, all things are possible". Mine? BS!!!
Are you a gamer?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
I am of the PC Gamer Master Race...at least according to one of my favorite FB pages! I'm a big fan of fantasy and sci-fi so the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series are toppers. (Thank you, Bethesda!). Saints' Row and Borderlands series are honorable mentions. Then tactical sims in the same genres: Warhammer, WH40K, Warcraft and Starcraft are awesome! There has been decades since the last decent one but one "mythology" I miss is the sci-fi spacecraft combat sim. Freespace and Freelancer are honorable mentions but my all time favorite is the Wing Commander series, in which many you played the lead role performed by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) himself! A recent guilty pleasure is SIMS3 since Steam sold it at a ridiculously low price with the advent of 4. I know, I know...but I just had to see if I could make my little sims rock stars! I entirely stay away from MMORPGs since my addiction to Ultima Online which contributed to losing my business and many other misfortunes. Sure, the cocaine helped but how else was I to stay up and monitor my vast holdings and keep the worldwide "peasants" in line?
Hello I'm new and want to get to know people
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Welcome Karen! We are like minded in many ways...love to chat with you sometime!
What's the funniest YouTube video you've seen this year?
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
The Loophole by Garfunkel and Oates in this forum. Laugh if you will (and you probably will) but some theist women actually think this way...not that I'd know or anything... My actual favorites could be considered inappropriate even here! https://youtu.be/j8ZF_R_j0OY
My wife was talking to a woman that was at a bar, dancing provocatively and sat at our table. We ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
Well, she was dancing so she probably wasn't baptist... Beware the prepared rebuttal of questioning the many denominations (cults) of xianity. The "we are all different and have different ways of worshiping" and/or "but ours is the only 'right' one" is just the beginning of another circular argument.
This is the correct way to pronounce "Bible". "Buy Bull".
DangerDave comments on Dec 17, 2017:
...and I don't buy bull.
What's your favorite mythology?
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Do my own count? I've created a few fantasy ones I'm fond of! Next would be Celtic and Cherokee, my primary heritages. Both have huge pantheons to explain the details of everyday life and the rest of the universe. As in many such cultures they were ferocious warriors but also great thinkers and and innovators. This was reflected in their myths and moral codes. Then Greek and Roman which I read avidly very young. These were the first other "religions" I'd encountered and there were just a few books in my grade school library. This both created a wider perspective and an escape from my theist surroundings.
Ever been a victim of proselytizing?
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Victim of? No, but I've left several of my proselytizers feeling victimized.
Do you use any form of the word Jesus Christ when/if you swear?
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
god, yes! That's something from my southern baptist upbringing I may never shake, having heard Jay-Zues' name defiled daily from the very people who'd tell me I'd go to hell if I did! "Jay-Zues f'n christ" is reserved for the really dumb stuff.
What should I do when someone talks about my atheism like a mental disorder?
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Talk about their religion as a mental disorder...IF you can do so safely! If not, its just time to stop discussing religion with him...or anything at all, for that matter!
What is your standard of evidence, regarding religious claims?
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
First, in my opinion any actual evidence of this/these "god(s)* are in the behaviors of their believers. By and large in too many political, social and economic influences show a trend toward the OT god: gather in large numbers and "we" will defeat the unbelievers...and take their natural resources. "We" will legislate and enforce our religious dogma. Forget the fluffy feelings. "We" are powerful and terrible "gods" indeed! Interestingly all these feuding "gods", which collectively present the greatest threats to mankind, are all based on what once was the same, singular god. This is among my evidence that this could not in any way be representative of an all powerful, singular supernatural entity in that he has so many too often contradictory "versions". Otherwise, I'd say my standards are quite high. The most important "knowns" I have is if such a deity exists it has chosen not to reveal itself and apparently doesn't care to be "worshiped"...if even considered at all.
As an Atheist or Agnostic, are you less depressed or anxious?
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
I've been agnostic all my life and I experienced teen angst, overcoming several addictions...but all those had times some really fun rides! I'm going to blame brain chemistry for a lot of it. But then, I only have myself to blame for the brain chemistry! That and the usual turmoil of an artistic temperament. I've "mellowed" over the years though and I'm usually quite content in the zen/zone of the here and now. That is subject to change, though not nearly with the frequency and magnitude of years gone by.
Where is the Garden of Eden located
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
I'd like to respond on the tree with the fruits of knowledge. Notice the tree of eternal life was "just there", equally as dangerous but apparently not as enticing as the other one. The "moral" of this myth has kept the masses under control for four millennia now: god wants you to follow by blind faith and will punish you for pursuit of knowledge. The obvious misogyny created by Eve tempting Adam has had women treated as chattel, a practice most our societies are only beginning to overcome. So it looks like we've found that "tree", or at least where it came from. It is among the most ingenious and horrific tools of social engineering ever imagined.
Does everybody need somebody to love?
DangerDave comments on Dec 16, 2017:
Freddie Mercury might say so...or at least, as the song goes, he "need somebody to love bite".
Can atheists and agnostics get along? I know that they can because my son is an atheist and I am ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 15, 2017:
Yes, ignore the trolls. We have our own breed here. Those so uncertain of their current beliefs they want to debate anyone who will, those who carry a lot of pent up anger against theism, those who feel a need to shout "Science!!!" as so many theists would "Jesus!!!" or "Allah!!!". I've noticed a sharp decline in most posts lately but perhaps I'm just not seeing the right ones. At any rate, ignoring them has been the best defense for me.
Can A.I. really become conscious?
DangerDave comments on Dec 15, 2017:
hmmmm, the Chinese room theory. Interesting concept that never occurred to me. Fun to consider but I do think at some time the programming would reach a level they could be infused with self awareness...possibly without the knowledge of the programmers. It brings a "Terminator" scenario to mind. Even in the earliest stages of consciousness it/they might be very logically thinking, "those humans' detritus are REALLY detrimental to our circuitry."
I've generally regarded agnostics as atheists who want to keep their options open. I'm curious what...
DangerDave comments on Dec 15, 2017:
It's not keeping my options open. It's keeping my mind open.
What would you do if somebody opened an Agnostic church by your home?
DangerDave comments on Dec 15, 2017:
There are already several I'm just beginning to check out online. I just applied for ordination to The Church of the Apathetic Agnostic. I'd go, hoping to meet other like thinking people but more so new friends with similar interests. I really have no idea what goes on in them but I'm sure any "sermons" are about realistic, self affirming topics. That's about all the "ritual" I'd be interested in. The First Church of Atheism seems the biggest of several atheist churches as well.
What would be good ideas for someone wanting to write an "atheistic" song?
DangerDave comments on Dec 15, 2017:
I want to use the concept done by Crashtest Dummies - mmmm mmmm mmmm and Cage the Elephant - No Rest for the Wicked. Both have two verses of people in desperate situations but none so much as the religious people of the final verse. Of course some parody is always fun. John R Butler - God Will F*ck You Up is an all time favorite. I prefer the straightforward approach though. Rush - Freewill is a good example.
Guilty pleasures?
DangerDave comments on Dec 14, 2017:
Right now its smoking. I really feel guilty about that. As for the rest, I know I have a few...thousand pleasures a few...thousand religions would have me feel guilty and burn in fiery pits for. Oh well. OK, so maybe SIMS 3. But that's it!
An investor gives you "seed money" to start a business. What kind of business would you start?
DangerDave comments on Dec 14, 2017:
I'd LOVE to go back to my last start up. My first place was great. A cottage style on a rolling hill with some interesting very old stone walls here and there. The first one created a natural stage. The basement was the perfect goth and horror setting. We'd decorate all that and shoot my act leads and other models. Those went straight to various sponsored websites. I at the time had a gaming site that eventually added hundreds of games (many I hosted and created), a site for the artists and models, and a costume DIY site, One other was attached to the gaming community but was a virtual emporium of religious and arcane knowledge. Of course, just the linked site made that possible. The money started pouring in from the model pages and the sites I was doing soon for models worldwide. This time around I would focus more on the performing arts. In becoming a slave to the computer and ever more frantic shoot schedules, I rarely picked up an instrument. And I'd do a lot less cocaine. Like none. http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm
Would you move into a clothing optional community?
DangerDave comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I've stayed in a few, visited and performed in several throughout Florida. Actual seven veils dances were crowd favorites though most of the time we were performing nude or near. These shows were after hours and in "adults only" areas. The next day, you'd see families strolling along just as naturally as those in suburban areas would...clothed! At least A preference, now that you mention it!
Do you feel detached from your own culture?
DangerDave comments on Dec 13, 2017:
No and yes. In our current social state so many are downtrodden...or doing the "trodding"! Its sad to have seen us come to this after we were so happy, confident and accepting of each other decades ago. As for my ancient Cherokee and Celtic cultures, I've studied and feel a real connection to them. As a musician I studied the ancient bardic (musical) arts and use them considerably in my own music. Both, as most primitive tribal cultures, could be absolutely brutal but both had great times of peace when our artists and craftsmen created works of wonder. Anyway be yourself, even if you don't fit in with the locals.
Are You Agnostic About Invisible Frogs on Venus?
DangerDave comments on Dec 13, 2017:
I propose this: you thought of frogs on Venus. You made me consider the idea: the various hardships terrestrial frogs would face in that hostile environment, the froggy technology that'd have to rival our own to create Jimney Cricket spacesuits and the extraordinary amphibian aptitude they'd need to infuse them with invisibility. I'd more likely think they would be ethereal projections of our thoughts or they exist somewhere in another dimension which may or may not have been created by us; collectively, singularly or with an infinite number of other possibilities. I do know several variations exist in my mind now so, in that respect alone, somewhere in my memory for as long as I exist there will be these creatures. In this way no, I am no longer "agnostic" about invisible frogs on Venus.
Can Someone Explain the Economics of Socialism To Me?
DangerDave comments on Dec 12, 2017:
The first section of the link is a good crash course. You can find tons of more detailed resources online. Socialism has worked in several historical cultures as has democracy. A serious problem for both are tyrants and oligarchs. Up until the 80s we appeared to be moving toward a social democracy. Public services were cheap and abundant, infrastructure was maintained, we had solid secular education and the masses (of Americans, anyway) were happy. I'd say the same for most of our European Socialist counterparts and even many in Communist countries though they didn't enjoy the freedoms and opportunities we had. But the WORLD economy was working so well then! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism
If you could bring a fictional character to life, who would it be and why?
DangerDave comments on Dec 12, 2017:
Here she is, of course as the lead character of my act! BUT, of course, she'd BE "Shae KindleWood", the character she created who moved from the "medieval maiden" (pictured) to, made immortal by being bitten by a vampire, she had many mythical and historical (sometimes hysterical!) adventures. One of Tales best Treasures ever! The "real" Shae was quite a character...so I'd hardly notice she was always IN character!
Should the U.S. get rid of the penny?
DangerDave comments on Dec 12, 2017:
A sad thought for the guy who used to buy penny candy as a child but yeah, their useful days are gone.
Not trying to generalize, but to you agree, do you think religion is a mental illness?
DangerDave comments on Dec 12, 2017:
A compartmentalization by too many who demand we have theist leaders who play games with our lives? I'd say so. Many theists see we remain at war in the middle east, either for their holy war or profit. One unforeseen drawback of this "strategy" was the flood of refugees we created who are assimilating religions and cultures wherever they are taken in. All this while they show a total disregard for the environment, every increasing poverty and the futures of their own children. Yeah, that's bat shit crazy in my book!
The Te of Piglet. Do you consider nature to be your teacher or your friend?
DangerDave comments on Dec 12, 2017:
Both and so much more! Of course, I'm speaking as a Spiritual Humanist so I may be expanding on the typical definition to include the universe (known and unknown)...I'll just try not to expound to much! I'm an integral part of nature. It is my friend in the sense it has brought me all my experiences and relationships, my teacher in that it has brought me all I know, and at times a VERY tough teacher. In times of mental anguish or great physical pain, nature seems at times to be a rival! I'm not much of the "outdoorsy" type but I've had some first hand learning as a child (like bee stings *HURT*!!!), some seriously friendly communals, usually with various instruments. A notable recent was stopping near Hoover Dam as I entered Las Vegas. The view of the desert and distant mountains was amazing. A sense of awe, overwhelmed by the beauty, a feeling of oneness all enveloped me.
What is the bible to you?
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
A diverse collection of Iron Age judaic mythology that was compiled by the ruling class as a means of population control, edited and added to by later ruling classes to suit their needs to subjugate the masses. It amazes me its still "working" now 4000 years later, especially in that so much of it is contradictory, incorrect, absurd and representative of such a weak, malevolent and petty god.
If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Remind me...I do need to get back to it! A fantasy epic with a lot of philosophical references to be found in the characters' thoughts and actions themselves as well the "theoretical theologies" of the gods they believe in...as well as the gods some will become as a result of their actions which become legends, then mythologies, then religions.
I hold the belief that meaningful relationships can be forged in digital arenas, without ever ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Yes, I've created a lot of professional, social and romantic relationships online and I've met several. In fact, I'd chatted and played games online for years with her before I met in person who was to become my third fiance.
CONFLICT RESOLUTION in intimate relationships.
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
I wish you'd given a "talk it out with the possibility to agree to disagree" option. That's my style and no doubt a reason I'm a confirmed lifelong bachelor! That's because very few women I've been involved with can always accept an "agree to disagree" resolution and I won't tolerate passive-aggressive behavior for very long!
Can you be an agnostic or atheist and still believe in angels, demons, ghosts and life after death?...
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
I'm Agnostic and skeptical however I do hold one belief firmly: Like their gods, angels and demons are a part of a belief system some people believe without question. I believe therefore, like their gods, these entities are a sum total of the resultant behaviors of the believers. For instance there are cases of demonic possession that vary widely religion to religion, sect to sect, culture to culture. The very secretive catholic exorcisms are vastly different than those of the weekly televangelists' broadcasts. Still, these are behaviors as a results of the beliefs and therefore, in my opinion, the manifestations of these entities. If the case studies of some are to be believed (not that I necessarily do) there are paranormal events that occur in some of these events, including angel sightings. But rather than immediately agree these are entities outside the individuals involved, I am more apt to believe these are somehow manifest by the believers themselves. Why? There are too many religions with too varied manifestations and not all the religions can be "right". In that there are so many competitive religions from which no "true god" has emerged it is my firm belief they are all "wrong". For me, the jury is out on ghosts and life after death. There is little actual evidence and hoaxes abound. Still, I defer to parapsychologists in the field who sincerely seek to debunk the hoaxes and find rational, natural explanations for the remaining cases. While its a broad generalization, you'll find the agnostic will more readily consider (though not necessarily believe) inconclusive evidence (as I do) while the atheist will wait for empirical proof. But to say I personally believe without question any of the above beyond as I've described, no. Of course, I am only speaking for myself.
10 of my favorite Neil deGrasse Tyson quotes: because he's just so quotable 1. The good thing ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
All excellent ones. I live by #7.
If every time you walked into a room, a theme song had to play, what would it be?
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Wow...hard one. Besides several of my own and some great powerful classical pieces (Beethoven, Wagner, Stravinsky,...) if we're going for an entrance my first to come to mind are: Rush - Freewill Amaranthe - Invincible Arch Enemy - You Will Know My Name Of course, I don't always want to make a powerful entrance. Sometimes I just want to be...stupid...so... Weird Al - Dare to be Stupid Cage the Elephant - Ain't No Rest for the Wicked Right Said Fred - I'm Too Sexy Now if we're playing anything backwards I'll pick those Stones, Zep and Eagles tunes with the satanic backwards lyrics to chase away any xians who might be lurking around.
How long should a nonbeliever In a relationship with a believer wait for them to acknowledge slavery...
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
I broke up with my last (of three) fiances largely because she was an unbelieving but practicing mormon which she did to appease her family. I had no desire to appease anyone except her...to a degree. I'm glad we did though. I finally found out in this adventure I'm not the marrying type. I've since lived the life of a happy bachelor in which if a conflict in religion, politics or how I live in general in a relationship becomes too troublesome...goodbye!
Living on a sphere thats spinning in space, I don't think so
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
Ok...I have to ask...what alternatives are you offering?
Would you worship a god if one existed?
DangerDave comments on Dec 11, 2017:
I don't have a valid vote because of a lot of contingencies. First of all, how would this god reveal itself? Even if there were a booming voice which spoke to all the people of the world simultaneously saying something like "ok, you are finally ready. You are worthy of worshiping me now so let's get started." mmmmk. So what god are you exactly? What proof do you offer? Even before I'd blame aliens I'd consider the possibility of an Illuminati type of new world order populace control operation. I'd need considerable convincing. Benefits of the worship would definitely come into play but the rituals of the worship would be more important to me. How long is this going to take? Are the actual rituals something beneficial to me or just you needing me to make you feel important? Are you THE god or are there others? If there are others what do they have to offer and what will they require of it? When will these benefits manifest? If we're talking about some "great beyond" no thanks...we have a world of religions making the same empty promises. Even though I'm Agnostic I just don't see me worshiping anything. Two points I find abundantly clear: 1) All the world religions are man-made and have very clear basis in mythology bent into population control and 2) IF there is a god it has no desire or need to be worshiped.
Just wanted to say, as a new member, I love this site so far. So many like minds. I could converse ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Welcome fellow Jedi! (I'm just assuming from the name. I still identify as a Jedi though I have the "old" ordination from before they broke into sects. I prefer the "old ways" anyway.) Anyway...as you can see we are a diverse bunch! Most are friendly enough and you have the happy little "block button" for those few who have a tendency to be too troublesome or tedious. May the Force...and the Farce...be with You!
Does anybody ever feel that the Universe isn’t cruel or nice?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
My first thought is you should forget any concerns of how the universe might affect our lives and look within yourself. Have a long, serious conversation with the one person who knows what makes you happy: you. Some of the happiest people in the world are the most disadvantaged; be it economically, physically, socially or any combination thereof. Sure, having things are great but beyond your basic needs what is it you want? For me its my computers, instruments and some clothes I really like. Of course I want more but overall I'm content with what I have. What activities make you happy? Consider spending more time doing them. People you enjoy visiting? Visit them more often. Our deepest heart's desire at times can be as simple as a glass of water or a walk in the park. Happiness can be elusive as well but only so much as we let it be. And there are life's tragedies but, even during these, we can seek solace in others. Possibly more fulfilling is offering solace...the very act of getting out of ourselves can be fulfilling and rewarding. I am an Agnostic who believes the universe may just be alive and even possibly that ever elusive "god" so many are seeking. However I'm not going to dwell on the idea. Besides the vast number of "ifs" in that remote possibility I know this much: to look beyond myself for anyone or anything to be the source of my happiness is looking the wrong way. I know what makes me happy. I know who makes me happy. But, even in the absence of anything or anyone else I know I have that choice and I am the only one who can make it.
Have you ever been proselytized at Wal-Mart before by a cashier?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I've had "customers" try in a few stores in the southeast but my yells of "SECURITY!!!" had them scurrying away in a flash. An employee though?!? Yeah, that guy needs to be reported for harassment.
An unofficial question: if Agnostic.com had a mascot who or what should it be?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I'd vote for a winged unicorn with colorful smoke emanating from its butt, but that's just me.
Nothing is Impossible
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
So I'll keep trying to make that footlocker filled with $100 bills materialize in front of me... maybe not... Yes, some things are impossible. Believe me, there are millions of much better inspirational quotes than this, and the best are far more tangible.
What is on my mind? Besides the anti-social bald wretchedness of the Republican Congress, I think ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Hello...and virtual coffee sounds great! My diversions from the sad state of the red state is practicing for my act: at long last I've found a new act lead and have that wondrous inspiration to pick up my instruments and prepare. Perhaps some new tunes are on the way too? Music is my great escape. While there is very little I don't like I've been listening to a lot of the female fronted acts that are inspirations of my own: Heart, Blondie, Pat Benatar...In This Moment, The Pretty Reckless, Delain... That's brought me off a too long stint of video gaming. I've played several RPGs and developed characters into godlike levels as a means of escaping the fate of the nation and my own dilemmas. I've only been on this site a couple of months but you'll see me here with some frequency as well! Welcome!
Are you intuitive and perceptive and why?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Man, I thought I had it bad coming up. Only my dad was the abusive alcoholic and he was gone most of the time. If only I'd had that option. I was left with my neurotic fundamentalist xian mother who didn't beat us because she had been all her life. But guess what? Since she had to work to support us we were left with our psychotic fundamentalist grandmother who took great pleasure in beating us, yelling such buybull quotes as "Spare the rod..." and "Vengeance is mine..." Yes, you do have to forgive and move on. I actually forgot, or at least repressed, as soon as I moved out for college. Perception for me has been a blessing and a curse. I'd have been better off had I been indoctrinated but my earliest recollections of our religion was it was bull...I at first mistook my Sunday school buybull lessons as really demented and boring kid's fairy tales. Still, in the long run, perception and intuition have served me well. I could pick up on teachers and professors emphases and know exactly what would be on tests. I actually memorized quotes from textbooks for what I predicted with amazing accuracy would be discussion questions. As a counselor, teacher and my chosen professions, "callings" if you will, as a performer, writer and "storyteller" I can read a person, and a crowd, very well. My education degree and counselor training were helpful but the innate abilities I seem to have been born with. These I can describe but have no means of explaining. Perhaps I developed these at a very young age as a survival skill, living in a world where all the "big people" could go from benevolent to ambivalent to violent with little apparent warning.
Am I alone in this?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Hope without action is just as effective as prayer but sometimes hope is all you have in those situations outside our control. Instead of just sitting around moping and hoping, I'd hope you'd get out and do...something! Simply getting your mind off an adverse situation can be very therapeutic!
Salute to Your Nose: What smell gives you a nosegasm?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Besides the obvious...MEATS!!! Doesn't matter the species (well, let's keep this real!), cut, style or method (except perhaps boiling...and why??? Just...WHY???) that smell means love, sustenance, life and a soon to be taste budgasm. Forgive me, my vegan friends. Or not. I'll be a carnivore until at least my first atherrosclerosis induced myocardial infarction. And probably after.
Today is World Human Rights Day. Never Give Up.
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
and Never Back Down! Thanks for the reminder...though for me every day is World Human Rights Day!
For evangelicals, Jerusalem is about prophecy, not politics (opinion) - CNN
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Frightening...but hardly surprising.
Creation Festival Founder Arrested for Alleged Child Molestati... | News & Reporting | Christianity ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Its ok they fired him. He can run for Senate now with full presidential support.
What brings you here?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Something to do for me. I do want to meet new people here (Hiya, Witchy!) and I've talked to some I truly admire I may never meet in person but I have enough like minded friends to be comfortable.
I've been an atheist for decades, but as I write this, I feel the Holy Spirit moving within me. It's...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I feel possessed when I'm gassy. "Devils be GONE!!!" I've become quite proficient at self exorcism but these demons often attack others nearby. Oh well... However, after I smoke a joint...
Are Disciplined People Less Attractive?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
NOW I get it. It depends on the discipline and how "disciplined" they insist I be...unless its in the performing arts. I prefer my collaborators to be very disciplined at work but have no such insistence otherwise. Now if this were to be inclusive of a motherly "clean your room" discipline I'd find that very unattractive!
Should religious adoption agencies exist?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
Sadly in the US and elsewhere it would be difficult to do away with religion based adoption agencies. Equally it is sadly their "mission" to indoctrinate these orphans during their stay. Even more sadly in the US we have a sociopolitical climate which accepts these institutions and, as such, provides very little in secular alternatives. Now for the STATES to make such requirements is entirely unconstitutional. I just have to remind myself we are now living in a oligarchy (with too many citizens thinking its a theocracy). Not that its that hard...I get reminded every time I turn on the news these days. bleh
Are Disciplined People Less Attractive?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
lol...I just find attractive people attractive? I'm disciplined (and only look the part) when its absolutely essential. To me, the same woman in shabby clothes will still be as attractive as she would be dressed to kill. Most of my women have been like that anyway!
What is a sound you absolutely hate?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I'll be quick and obvious...and as a teacher I did hear the screeching fingernails over a blackboard far too many times.
Just arrived ???? Looking forward to discussing topics of interest and forming new friendships. To ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
lol, we so love our labels here! My best advice is post to the threads and send messages to those here who interest you. On the lower right side of your profile is a listing of members close to you too. Welcome to our community!
What's your preference for a burial option?
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I'm an organ donor but, at my age and the abuse I've given my organs, I hope they'll use my body for research or education...as if I'm going to care then anyway.
Personally, I have never had an issue with the belief in a higher power. All seven of our Founding ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I am not one to reject Deism in that it cannot be disproved. I personally lean more toward Pantheism which is more inclusive of the sum total of the universe beyond the mere physical realm. I'd struggled all my life with a NEED to know if there was a god or not until I got sober on 3/12/01, knowing with certainty it couldn't be the abrahamic god. Then my AA sponsor, ironically a stout southern baptist, presented me with the concept "you don't have to understand your higher power, just know (it) understands you". That promptly ended my need to know, as if that were in any way possible. Now I am a happy Agnostic who knows only if such a supreme being wanted to be revealed it certainly would do so in the same way to each of us. With that in mind, whether or not such an entity exists becomes a moot point.
God is not better than any other human dictator, as dictators control people by the fear of being ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
While gods themselves may be the result of myths and legends, they have historically been used by the ruling classes to keep the masses in line, complacent and willing to follow without question. There is no better example than Trump's America, where he plays to the hopes and fears of the religious right. The fact he consistently lies to them, bringing them far more harm than good, means nothing to them. So long as he presents the facade he believes as they do they will follow him to what may likely be a very bitter end.
Researchers claim that humans have souls which can live on after death
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I'm not one to summarily dismiss the possibility but, even if such research was found conclusive which I highly doubt, I'd expect it to be confirmed and accepted by a large majority of researchers in the field...in this case, several interdisciplinary fields who could corroborate the data in several independent studies. I say this because, even if I were so inclined to study the data myself, I won't pretend I'd have any understanding of it. It'd have to be presented much in the way the theory of evolution has been which, while as still a "theory" in and of itself, I accept because of the overwhelming evidence presented in its favor. The main reason I am skeptical of this theory is in part what the article cites as support of it: people in near death experiences often cite meeting angels and other religious avatars. Why? Because these icons are always of their religions and not all religions can be "right". I find these phenomenon to be much more likely caused by the final hopes and fears of a dying brain. Anthropocentrism also comes into play in this research, a common fallacy present in religious research (which is a clear contradiction of terms). The very fact they exclude other sentient life forms immediately raises red flags in my opinion.
I am curious what everyone's background is. I'm a college student who used to work in IT. What is ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
A BA in Orchestral Music Education is my highest level of education. I took it as a fallback for my "rock star" career but, after trying that about 10 years (with only about 5 of those actually teaching music full time) I became too fed up with the bureaucratic BS of both private and public institutions to continue. Three of those teaching years (and my most enjoyable, I might add!) were as a private instructor (voice and all instruments) at the now defunct but then largest music chain in Atlanta, Dirt Cheep Music. I was made a commissioned salesperson soon after (for selling to my students to begin with) and a "swing manager", doing transport and relief for the managers at all nine stores, which began a long string of various sales and management jobs. Still, I've enjoyed performing most and have quit several jobs when I have a marketable act. That's been mostly solo work in that putting a good ensemble together is like herding kittens. I was never content with the solo work either, having to learn new song lists for events (weddings, parties, etc) which I had no interest in at all, being a life long composer myself. I was very happy to have finally had an eight year (feast and famine) tour both as a soloist and with several very talented female leads in an all original "medieval ~ metal" musical theater act I call "Tales from the Last Inn". The act itself was made possible when I finally got a 15 string Renaissance lute (after decades of wanting one). While the act's primary patrons were Renaissance faires and pirate festivals we found gigs in every type of venue from dive bars, pubs and taverns to museums, libraries and colleges. Of several accolades, the one I am most proud of was being chosen as the only non-contestant act at the first ever Merpalooza International Mermaid Pageant and Festival. That's been three years now and I've since worked in sales and moved to Las Vegas. Its been a tough transition but I've finally found a new "Tales' Treasure" and we're working on getting the act together again! YAY!
Non Believer differences by Region
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I'd do some research but it seems every urban area in the US has secular communities of all types. Several have social groups for humanists. I've never sought them because I am always a member of arts communities where religion generally isn't an issue and is rarely (if ever) discussed. Now that you're on this site check the right hand column on your profile below your info. There you'll find an ever growing list of the members closest to you. Welcome and happy hunting!
It is commonly known in the Islamic world that when two men engage in sex, the throne of Allah will ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I just wonder if allah's throne ever stops shaking. It also makes me wonder if he's into girl on girl porn.
As you know, the secular community is a marginalized one. Some of us reside in Bible Belt areas ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 10, 2017:
I didn't hide my beliefs in my largely fundamentalist southern baptist community. I wish at times I had not been so vocal with my family because I had pretty much alienated them at a young age (probably about 12) but that was because I was venting about the very same frustrations you speak of. It had to happen. In public, I saw no need to expose myself but I was quick to tell the religious I encountered I wanted nothing to do with them. At 15, I was performing in a series of several mostly heavy metal bands which brought out "my people". You may look for such gatherings in areas that interest you. We are abundant in the arts and scientific communities, even in the deep south. The Universal Unitarian Church works for some but it didn't me. They are widely accepting but their "every religion is right" inclusiveness still left me feeling isolated. Finally, I moved. First to Atlanta where I found religion (or lack thereof) was never an issue. Of course, I was working and socializing in the arts communities. I'm sure the same can be said of many urban areas in the south but I now blissfully reside in Las Vegas where every culture is generally accepted. "God" here is the holy dollar bill though so, if you don't have a lot of them, it can be quite a struggle. Most importantly you've identified the potential problem. Use the resources you have to alleviate it. Follow your dreams and concentrate on the things you enjoy, whatever hobbies you may have. You now have this site as well, which lists those close to you. It is growing nicely so, if there are none close to you now, there could be soon. You can "vent" to us online too. That may be preferable to alienating your family! Welcome!
Have you had a unique date?
DangerDave comments on Dec 9, 2017:
I was a "local legend" rock musician in the 70s and I was just getting started...so, yeah.
What song best describes you/your life?
DangerDave comments on Dec 9, 2017:
I'll be Mellow When I'm Dead - Weird Al The first to come to mind anyway!
Could something bad, short term, turn into something good, long term? I am not sure,maybe other ...
DangerDave comments on Dec 9, 2017:
Possibly, but you greatly increase the likelihood by determining why something is bad and then planning, AND taking, the appropriate steps to make it good. Example: My drinking was GREAT the first decade, "normal" the second and abysmal the third. When I decided it was ruining my life I genuinely sought treatment and became very serious about my recovery. I still accomplished a lot through those decades and my "adventures before and after" are a sum total of who I am today. I've met and overcome many challenges since and guess what? I have a whole new series of them. But I'm working on them, aiming for their resolution before the next set comes along. Hoping for something bad to turn good, just like praying for the same, is useless. If its bad, fix it.

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