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New Member here. I know this subject is probably brought up all the time, but here goes. How did/do ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I mainly wanted to welcome you here...your concern is not something that I have experienced, even with friends. Now, over time one partner grew into a different belief, but no one sprung it on their partner, suddenly! You know your wife better than anyone, so I think that you will need to start informing her in increments...or just sit down with her and explain, how you feel and what you believe. Hopefully, you can reassure her, that she is free to believe what she wants to, regardless.
Why do people hate very nice people like atheists?
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
If they don't have knowledge of what it means, to be a non-believing person...they are simply fearful of the unknown! As a mtater of fact, most humans are fearful of the unknown of anything, to a more or lessor degree!
Moment of Silence or Saying Grace
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I once was that person who took part in the 'thanks' at meal times. But, then i felt that i had become one with 'the whole,' and was in a state of thankfullness from that time on! After that it made no sense to me. Plus, I believe it is said, as some kind of 'show'...proof to others that 'they' love the Lord, or that they are 'righteous' people, maybe above reproach!?
Would You Opt for Immortality? - Quillette
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I only believe in a continuous energy field and after my body returns to ashes, who knows where the smoke goes? And, no I would not want an endless, life! What is the point? It appears to me that everything has a cycle, I want something even more adapted, to follow after me or from my demise!
I Hate Love Songs... [youtube.com]
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I don't care for country music, but that was fun...
I Hate Love Songs... [youtube.com]
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Delightful...!!! Twice!!
What is your opinion on Wiccans?
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I just checked your profile...I am an INFJ
What is your opinion on Wiccans?
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I have been part of a Wiccan group and it envolved rituals, but no one in that group was into magic. It shows homage to nature, in all things! Maybe other groups have different experiences? That is the only one that I know about!
Pray for snow Utah!
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Wouldn't you think a governor has some scientific expertise...he could have said nothing and gotten better results! At least he would have appeared more enlightened!
Hi all, new here!
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Welcome...hope you have lots of fun and some strong discussions in your future!
Phantom likes. Just lately, it is common to receive notice of so and so liking one of my comments, ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I noticed the same thing!
Possibly against my own better judgement, I'm going to broach a subject here that I've avoided ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I think it is always better to state up front, all your (major), preferences. Among my gay friends, they are not that sensitive about their gender nature, but they are not young either. Maybe, younger people are more sensitive, because they are faced with being different in the mist of younger (less mature) minds.
These penguins found a camera in Antarctica and captured a surprisingly good ‘selfie’ - The ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I love the penguins...one of my first charcoal pencil arts works, was a mother and her baby penguin!
Do diets work?
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
It is far better, to eat mostly foods that you enjoy, from the fruits and vegetables, then small amts of meats. The most important part...even then is volume. Large servings of any foods, will not keep weight off (unless you are rare person, with revived-up metabolism). Plus, your stomach will be stretched, needing bigger portions! If your portions are kept small (within reason), your stomach will adjust and you will not experience the same hunger as when you stomach is larger.
Getting Over Sugar Cravings
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
The best thing is to change your sweet cravings, to be only fruit, sprinkled with nuts. This is much more healthy. Over time, you want even care for sugar sweets. A little yogurt added is good, too.
At 50+, I find that it's not what people believe that frustrates me but to what degree they impose ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
It looks like people are more insistant if they are not fully vested into their own believing. Because, once a person embraces their truth, they seem to care less, whether others, see it their way or not. They may even be more tolerant of others different view points.
Anyone else trying the app?
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I have it and it works just fine!
I am in a really torn position right now, myself....it's weighing heavily on my heart. I've been on ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
My feeling is, that you should enjoy this time and not rush into anything! You can go many places by yourself and that might be something you could explore, just to see how that feels. Whatever, you decide, best of luck.
Wah hoo! I've been on this forum for exactly 2 months and tonight I joined the nice folks at Level ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Horay for you! Now, you can start the next very long leg of this journey! But, it is fun, for sure!
What's up!
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Welcome Lydia, you sound like a really cool person. And, I like your life plans. I decided a little late in life that adventure was really important. So just keep doing your thing and being yourself and make some friends and you will have much to offer this world!
Just thinking about this group and who has read Richard Bach, Illusions.. the adventure of a ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I read that book so long ago! I think he wrote another one that I read, but cannot remember the name?
Evolution of the mind
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Well, I was always evolving as I studied all religions and went into them for a period of time and when there seem to be nothing else for me at these places I moved on. And, then I moved completely out of all religions and I felt stronger than ever i did in my past.
Why is it there are so few "awake" and agnostic gay or open minded men near me?
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I am just responding as I have had many gay friends (people are dying that are near my age). But, they and the ones still here...would say, what can you expect in the Bible Belt? Maybe, you could consider moving to other areas where there are more gay people. Everyone, needs friends and especially gay people, because they are a minority and everyone needs a few like minded people around them. Best of luck...
Mountainbiking is my go to stress reliever and primary method of exercise. I love it, and have been ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
Wow...is all I have to say! I do flights of stairs for my excerise. Sometimes, I do my stationery bike, but I found the stairs best for my excerise! I do envy you!
I'm deeply interested in how we can effectively change the minds of those who hold sharply ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 9, 2018:
I believe that to start you should read, 'The Authoritarians, by Bob Altemeyer. This book is available for free, www.theauthoritarians.com. this is a psychology professor at the University of Manitoba. Last week I learned (from another source) that 30% of the population has an IQ, below 90. And, that the military will not take a person with an IQ below 83. So, it struck me that there is a great possibility selling some people on complex ideas is going to be an up hill battle! We may need to learn a whole new set of skills for persuasion? I plan to back off, as the low IQ people, could possibly stay frozen in their position because they can't grasp the whole of an issue. I am going to see where this new revelation takes me. Note: IQ cannot be changed much, even though people can perform certain task.
Who are your athiest/agnostic heros?
Freedompath comments on Mar 8, 2018:
I have but a few, but at the top of my short list, is...Thomas Pain. He faught in the war with George Washington and in the French Revolution and nearly perished in prison and stood against all manner of resistance in the Congress. And, unto his dying day, he professed his non-belief.
Does anybody else hate the over use of the word super. There's got to be a better way to describe ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 8, 2018:
...it sounds like 'canned expressions'...or even 'talking points'! Us, creative people, do love original thoughts, but maybe people are too tired to think...sometimes!?
No dictionary has been able to explain the difference between the two words COMPLETE and FINISHED. ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Ha!ha! ...if there was such a thing?
I often wonder if life for most people is pleasant. I really wonder what the norm is. When you're ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 8, 2018:
I think that you would be very surprised, at the struggles most people have...a lot of the time! They do not happen very minute...so most people put on their 'public face,' when they go out into society. I have tried to not put onto society...my suffering! But, there have been times, when I was out and about and expressing my frustration and anger. I would say most people try to forget their troubles when they go out into society. They need that relief, in order to keep their sanity! I have had long periods of time, that things went smoothly. But, I simply don't know anybody, who have had a perfectly charmed life! I do know people, who could handle their frustration and calamities better than others. I myself have gotten better with handling my heartaches and physical/emotional pains. But, there are always challenges.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl was killed in a shooting at dismissal time Wednesday at...
Freedompath comments on Mar 8, 2018:
Guns, are just not treated as serious as they should be...they can be deadly accidentally! It is just sad that our country can't be serious about deadly toys.
Atheist that admire Churches and other religious architecture?
Freedompath comments on Mar 7, 2018:
I have always love the beautiful, churches...even the tiny ones, with their architectural charm! Maybe, this was created out of the idea to suduce people, into the church? And, maybe, they built special churches, as their gift back to God? There are some beautiful church buildings and I found it to be the most special, to be in them when there were no services!
If "the meaning of life is to make life meaningful," how are you making your life meaningful today?
Freedompath comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Keeping things 'close to the chest,' when I am not feeling all that strong and competent! And giving out more of myself, when I feel strong and focused. Always, keeping 'for the better good,' in my minds eye! Welcome to this group of 'heavy thinking' people (some on the lighter side, too)!
What is one truth you have learned that you wish you had never found out? For me, it was finding out...
Freedompath comments on Mar 7, 2018:
Don't you mean, that love evolves into a different form? I have never found love to die, it changed from infatuation or lust...into the reality of responsibility! I learned that love was work! And, maybe it was a good thing that I did not have a full concept of what it was, early on, because I might have passed it by or avoided it! Because, love can cut us, like a knife! And, I do agree, that nothing is forever, everything is always changing...our bodies, nature and for sure relationships! So, go with the flow...really does have a deep meaning!
How do you get rid of mental exhaustion?
Freedompath comments on Mar 7, 2018:
In addition to rest, it is most helpful to get some kind of enjoyment into your life, especially laughter. Even a little goes a long way!
Duck Dynasty Dad: The Bible is Enough to “Stop Human Beings from Murdering” – Friendly Atheist...
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I know better than this and have proof right out of my own family...the Bible or it's indoctrination did not stop murder!
Do zodiac signs (star signs) have a significant role in your life?
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I have always found the zodiac signs to be interesting concerning certain aspects of myself personality. But, I would just make a note of certain aspects and watch how they pan out.
Well, friends, I had a very scary experience the other day, and I wanted to share just in case ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
Thanks, that is indeed concerning. But, a person could be caught off guard, before they had time to do something to protect themselves. Makes me want to stay away from my phone (as my computer is down). I want open things that I don't know.
Guns... Such a hot topic, especially now with 29 mass shootings and being barely into our third ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I can remember back in my 20-30s, gun violence was rare and police shootings were even rarer (around the Atlanta area). So less guns brings a lot less problems. It want ever be perfect, regardless...but, it can sure be better! I think, for me personally, I feel afraid of a person, that 'loves' his guns...it reminds me of people who love their alcohol and drugs! I don't feel perfectly safe around those people, either! I know that if it comes down to it, they will choose their other 'love' over me! So we aren't just discussing a person with a high powered gun, that goes into a public place and shoots up a bunch of people! I have witnessed people who go 'off'...they are not in their right mind! And, other people can get hurt, even when there isn't a gun...but, a gun is deadly and final (most of the time). I don't wished to die from a gun shot!
Would you accept a job or position within a company that was built around religious beliefs?
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I know that I couldn't...I was envolved with a group of artist who were Religious and I had to leave, because I could not create a thing! In fact, I kept feeling ill!
I have to do this again, just because it is weighing on my mind after a conversation I had a bit ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I watched that Jefferies, skit a few days ago. Spot on! I see guns, the same way that you stated. I would never shoot someone, even to defend myself. It is not that I would rather die, I could not stand the sight of a person bleeding or suffering, if I shot them! And...I have been exposed to enough irrational people who, if they had a gun handy...could possibly shoot somebody! I do believe, that I would be able to sacrifice something that I considered dear to my heart, if it was for the common good! I would not want my fellow citizens to be 'on edge,' (trying to make a life in this world)...because, I possessed a dangerous something that could mame or kill them or a family member! I do care about my humankind!
There seems like a lot of wonder about meeting people. I had hoped that I would find local friends,...
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
I think that you will need time, especially if you want to meet agnostic type people. They are the minority, the real minority! More and more people are showing up in my area, but I am moving. So there you go! When I get back to New Mexico, I hope to find some agnostics there. I have made some friends back in NM, but they are not agnostics, but neither are they real religious, compared to this area.
Silence In Court These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 6, 2018:
That was delightful...thanks!
Newt Gingirch is claiming that athiests pose a bigger threat to American than does ISIS. What a ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
...hypocrite in the distant past and now in the present...and that will be true as long as we must be subjected to his superiority attitude toward his fellowman!
Do you ever feel alone. I mean absolutely alone. When I'm in a crowd, surrounded by people, I could ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
You may be feeling more vulnerable than usual. When I am not clearly connected to myself, I can feel that way. The only way that I have found to get a better understanding of my feelings, is first to name them and then challenge their truth. Are they reasonable, or have I allowed my feelings to run amuck? Even when they are reasonable, we must take some action to nurture us...people hurt...sometimes a hurt comes out of the past and gives us a run for our money. Be with the hurt, and look at it in a new light, because at one time we were hurt by whatever it was. It will loose it's hold on us, if we accept it and realize that we are stronger now and can let it go. We can love ourselves, no matter what has happened to us and we can respect ourselves, when we make amends for our own errors. You are not alone, with your challenge, you can plant your concerns here. Because, some of us have stood in your spot and do have some notion about how to move forward! I care that you are hurting...
Here for dating?
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Maybe, you have the right idea about dating. You are giving yourself a chance to get past first impressions and I would have to agree, you must give of yourself into an unknown sitution and not loose yourself either! Best of luck to you...
I learned how to get along and love the woman that I love the best nowadays. Even with her being a ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Sounds like you see each other as a person, that holds certain beliefs. Not requiring each other to think alike! I would like to hope that I do the same, with all people that I love! But, I may not be perfect at that, yet! I applaud you both and may you have a long life together!
Being there - that thing you do Life is tough. Relationships are tough. And sometimes it feels ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Keeping your word and owning your feelings, and not dumping on others, when things go wrong for you.
Feeling the isolation... I am a kind, empathetic, intelligent, fun and humorous woman. But I am ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I believe your post is pretty close to 'a truth!' We must accept our differentness and continue on, anyway! It is easy to get distressed over present conditions in our social order! Somedays, I feel like taking on a 'situation,' with my bare hands...then i remember I don't have god, qualities! The next week, I am taking myself, into my own hands and figuring out just what will give me a sense of purpose and what I can do that will add something toward the 'good'...and I realize that is within my reach. We seem to be alone...in the mist of a very crowded society!
I will try my best to keep this brief but I must vent... not that my venting doesn't have an ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
It sounds like you are feeling very alone, just now. Since you can do very little about what most of your family and society believes...bring your focus back to your inner nature. Are you equalling up to your own expectations? If not, what do you need to do, that keeps you connected to your evolving 'self?' I do have some experience with gay people and you do have a specific challege! But, you have every right to be on this earth and the sooner you claim that on a psychic level, the better you will manage your own life! Some of my own children, are on the 'other side' (GOP, evangelicals). And, I have to tell you, it hurts...A LOT! But, even my own children, do not belong to me...they belong to life! I believe that I need to be kind, respectful and tolerate (and sometimes keep a distance, too), for their choices. So, I will work for my own better good and happiness...no matter what my family and society is doing! I have some influence in that area. On the death issue...it has been my experience, when you loose the fear of living, the fear of dying takes care of itself!
I'm trying to figure out my purpose. I am going through a rough breakup. My teen is angry at me, for...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I have stood where you are (except that I had 5 children), and it is indeed confusing and painful! You must stay strong with your teen...ofcourse, your teen is angry, their very security is threatened, to their way of thinking! Your child, needs whatever little support that you have in you right now ...reassure your child that the two of you will come out of this 'change'...stronger and smarter (I know this is hard to believe, at this moment). And, make sure that your child knows that this breakup, is not his/her fault! Their pain and your's as well, is the result of the loss of their security and that other person, in their (your) life! This knowledge, is what I was short on, back then and i regret it the most ( I have heard my grown-up children's side, now). You must take one day at a time. This is a grieving period, for what is being lost...your security, hopes and dreams and sense of purpose! Everything must be reavaluated to fit this different scenario! Just make a plan for each day and stick to you as that will give you some control in your life, no matter how bad you feel. You will get thru this and you will be stronger and smarter, because moving out of this situation, will make you smarter. You must figure out new ways of being and coping as the old ones want work here! Get an idea in your mind, of what you want your life to be like, as soon as you can make that happen...and keep that always in the back of your mind, no matter what is happening in real time. You are not alone...if you put your troubles out here, someone will answer... My best to you!
What is your own opinion about the Law of Attraction?
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Well, I must confess that when I was part of the religious family and went to church, even sang in the choir and prayed...I cannot remember one prayer that was answered! And, I do remember, how I tried to put myself right (some mysterious something), and it never got me anywhere! In fact those were the saddest years of my life! Funny, how much better, my life has been since I am free and clear of all of it!!
I was told there is no more middle class in America now. Your opinion?
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I think they are probably right statistically...but I also believe we should not get caught up in what pronouncements are made about living in this or any other country! We need food, water, shelter and some healthcare. Cloths can be obtained at thrift stores, if money is really tight. I feel lIke there are unknown forces, trying to squeeze us into a proverty mentality! One, where we are lacking in almost everything...and taking us hostage for Healthcare. I have this idea in my mind, from the media that in the not to distant future, people will be only able to afford healthcare and hardly anything else! I think we are being undermined. There is a way to live in this country, and by damned, we will find it!
I hear a lot of people on this site saying how lonely they are how they wish they could find ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I was having some very sad feelings about all the lonely people myself! I wish I could just out stretch my wings and cover every lonely person that is on this site...and warm their heart and remind them of love, yet to be realized. I have been that lonely and I do remember how it hurts! But, I feel none of that now, myself! And, I am alone, as far as a partner goes. I think that I will make myself available, but i wonder if I can fit them in to my life. I do believe that I know what a relationship requires now! But, I wish that I had magical powers and could put all the lovely and lonely people together, to enjoy life!
Did you grow up with religion?
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I lived out in the country and a bus came by my house on Sundays and picked my sister and me up and took us to Church. But, for some unknown reason to me even now...I felt out of place. I thought something was not quiet right! Ofcourse, I would have been shamed into next Sunday, had I ever shared my thinking, back then. It was not until my 30s that I really could take a stand for what was not right to my way of thinking. Over, the years my dissatisfaction grew and soon I felt like a whole person...without religion or a man made God!
Anybody here see the parallels between believing in and and obeying an all-powerful god, and ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
Somewhat, as some people are looking for a Savior! Someone, that will give them all the answers even when they haven't ask the questions. I don't see God, resembling a government, except they are higher authorities, but different! I see government, as created to keep society harmonious and fair and just. But, then certain people appointed to the government have not worked out their personal kinks, and so the society pays a price because of it. I never thought of God, as peace keeper, etc! But, then I have lost my religion!
Curious about y'alls opinions on the hive mind/collective consciousness theory. Arguments for or ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I do believe in collective consciousness. But, I don't see it overriding our life. Just some kind of built in knowledge that humans share, that can be tapped into for good or bad.
To my beautiful girlfriend who I haven't met yet. So I need to talk to you about an insecurity. ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 5, 2018:
I must say, I felt so sad reading your post. I was uncertain as to what exactly you were attempting to tell us. It seems that you have an ache in your heart for someone to be with, but at the same time, you were not sure that you would be excepted by the people that would come along with your love relationship? If I am right on this...this seems way beyond anyone's imagination? The love that is waiting for you could be an orphan, herself! It seems that you are inviting more sad possibilities into your life? My thinking on this matter, if I have understood it correctly...is that you need to work on your healing, now. Don't wait for some special person to come and save you...from what you must save yourself from. It sounds like you have a lot of losses that need to be grieved...so that you can move with strength and confidence toward your better good and into the arms of someone that loves you for the man that you are! You are not...all the things that you don't have...you are a man with unlimited possibilities, some may as yet to be realized! In other words you are a work in progress! Isn't that what we all are? Maybe you could be more specific, with what you want and need?
Question everything
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I think that happiness is when you have found your 'real' inner person. Because, it changes how you see everything around you. You have the where-with-all to handle your affairs as well as most of the people around you. Life became a joy and not a job!
I just reached Level 8 !!! Only 150,000 points 'til the next level!! LOL
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Now you either worked night and day or (cheated), or got preferencial treatment from somewhere? Now fess up? Hell! I am completely impressed!! I just don't even have that on my menu! ????to you!
I am really down about my new job. It's harder than anything I've ever had to learn ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I found in another of your responces a note on passed anxiety. So you have that in your makeup, to deal with. If you could get an understanding about your stressors, at least you could have a clearer understanding on whether to stay or go! If you are trying to be perfect, use that some other place, else. Give yourself a break, from your report, even your co-workers are challenged.
I am really down about my new job. It's harder than anything I've ever had to learn ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I think that somebody should have filled you in on what it is like to take a new job at your age! You are out of the 'detail age' and are now entering the age of the 'big picture!' Now, it will surely take you a bit longer to get the details under your belt than say 10 years ago! Just being in the learning curve, is going to create anixety, × 2 now, because you are in the 'big picture stage,'(of brain development) too! So relax, get your rest and take the pressure off and pace yourself! Even a genius couldn't come into a new job and take off like 'gang busters!' Put every thing on the back burner, for at least 6 months! Take all the help, offered to you. It is your stress level that is in question here...not your intelligence! Now, after you have taken this job on realistically for 6 months and it still feels 'disagreeable.' then you can leave. You gave it your best and things did not add up so as to keep you there. Best of luck...
I had a friend send me a message on Facebook asking me if I was an atheist and what made me this ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Stay awake my friend!!! It is truely sad that we must feel the need to defend our way of being in the world! But, don't fret, before long you will not care, how/what others think about your beliefs...it will just creep up on you!
Being polite when confronted by the religious
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I have to admit that I was rude and later on i was just plain angry when confronted by religious people (they are still here). But, once I came to terms with what I really believed and it became my whole nature...they hardly bother me now! I really don't care what other people believe now. Their words just travel on dead air...as far as i am concerned! But, if I see harm being done, I will step up.
Have you ever gotten a kick out of an enemy’s misfortune?
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I am surely an imperfect person, however I have never gotten even a good feeling from my enemies misfortunes. I can hardly laugh at misfortunes, that are also funny! I am torn! When I attended my children's football, basketball or any other sport...I was always proud when a kid on the opposite team, made a great play! I am the least competitive person that I know.
Please indulge me in one more question about Karma
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I am not sure I agree with that definition of Karma. I see it more as a different energy field. Using the conscious or unconscious beliefs of a person...if they send bad thoughts toward other people or they cheat and steal and are dishonest...they will likewise, get back the same in return, even disguised in other forms, of cheating, stealing and dishonesty! Can be any other, harmful traits, too! Because, their own consciousness draws back to themselves, what they believe in. It could come immediately or later on...from the original event that was 'sent out'. I don't see it as a 'willing' of anything...although it could be deliberate actions. But, it can be traced back, if one is willing to examine themselves that deelpy!
Do you feel as lonely as I do?
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
You are not going to die alone, unless you want it that way!! I looked at your profile and you are young and handsome...there is a good start! I cannot stress enough how important having friends are in this life, is. Not just because you are lonely, but because you will never know your whole self, without your reflection back to you from your friends. Now that can be both fun and hard. So find some friends that you have something in common with, too! Join a group that does something that you really enjoy, and that you feel is worth while! And, believe that you will be connected to a gal, that will be just right for you and for her as well! Best of luck!!!
Who is good enough ( my Sunday morning rant)
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I sure like the way you think! I myself, would not date a pot smoker, unless you had some debilitating illness that it helped. But, I even stopped alcohol because, I only have one brain and it has to last me this lifetime! But, I do agree with you about exploring possibilities in this life. Sooner or later you will find what will fit who you are. And that usually works for everyone! I would leave myself free to explore, too!
One thing I am not, is a human on probation. But that is the most that believers think humanity can...
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Well...you are investing in the afterlife...ashes to ashes! Nature has been moving toward eternity, since creation began!
Would You keep dating someone who felt it was necessary to keep you a secret from their kids?
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Maybe, it means that she wants to be sure of any person she exposes her children to? If it is just a dating situation, it seems that she would be up front about the men she dates and introduce them to her children. If it is on going maybe, she is afraid her children will get attached and then the relationship will fall apart and her children will be hurt, by the loss of someone they may have had no problem with and we're fond of This would certainly be bad for children if many men, came into their life and then went away! This is a very hard situation to call.
Funeral For a Friend: (A gimps into the mind of a Christian preacher ? ) Years ago a white ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
The preacher's rant was cruel and inhumane! Hopefully, the off-set tribute helped to balance out that sick preacher! The widow may have come away with ptsd and what about the unborn child's wellbeing? This is simply beyond ignorance! I can only hope that someone at that service, spoke to the widow and assured her, that she was not being 'tested' for anything. And, that the minster was way out of line...mostly on the insanity side!
Newbie to the community writing poetry hoping someone will notice me. Hey hey hey.
Freedompath comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Welcome and I hope you find some interesting people and interesting topics, that will fire up your imagination.
Why is it so important to break someone else's faith?
Freedompath comments on Mar 3, 2018:
That does not sound like something I am interested in doing! My daughter is so deep into her religion and conspiracy theories and it hurts me, deeply! However, I will not try and break her stance on her faith or anything else! I cannot do much now, but be available should she need me...even as my heart breaks!
What does it mean when someone says 'I don't want a commitment'?
Freedompath comments on Mar 3, 2018:
It surely means they don't want to be in a relationship and if that is not what the other party has in mind...then they should not waste time, with this person! I wonder what happened to being friends with somebody. Friendships are so important toward our development as a human being. Maybe, we don't fully understand that until we are old?
Update on my health My boss is helping me out financially so that is good he is stepping up to the...
Freedompath comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Can't hurt to educate yourself on everything concerning your condition. You never know where it will come in handy! Best of luck and keep the faith...
Can I just stay at this amount of points? 666
Freedompath comments on Mar 3, 2018:
No, you need 6666, next! Keep it up and good luck.
Hello, this is my first post! I signed up a couple of days ago, still looking around to see what's ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Great introspection...I am the person that is always saying that, 'ever so often we must reinvent ourselves!' Sometimes, it is because of relationship breakup, sometimes, job loss, sometimes, a death and sometimes, an illness! These new developing ways are sometimes difficult and sometimes fun and if you play your cards, just right...always enlightening! So welcome and best of luck, in all that you may be doing.
If someone truly wants to be with you, will they say they need space or time to think about it? Is ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 3, 2018:
I have never had that experience, and I simply can't get my mind around why, a person needs a break from their relationship? A person should be making some 'me time' all along the way in his/her life. It gives a person time to be with themselves, to see who they are or what they want to be. I think by the time a person wants to take 'leave' from a relationship...he/she is trying to leave without hurting or maybe trying to let the other person down gently...but planting a little hope so it want hurt so bad. That truely makes no sense! It is just all hurtful in my book!
What is the best way to explore human nature: psychology, philosophy, or biology?
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
First I would suguest that you study everything that comes into your life. Evaluate things, see how they work or not work. Read books lots of them, or use the Internet if you prefer, on all the subjects that you are interested in. And take classes or attend lectures...I loved lectures, best of all! And, you could always go back to school and study the subjects that interest you.
Would you rather be poor and work at a job you love or be rich and work at a job you hate? Why?
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Poor and work at a job I love!! Poor is only a state of mind, if you are creative with your 'little' money.
Advice for long work days? Got another 15 hour workday with no weekend (full time + part time job) ....
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
My only thought is...learn to pace yourself. Getting 'the thing' done is what is required, not going at a pace that you get so 'caught up' in it, that you have difficulty relaxing...even when you need to relax! The research says to try and maintain a schedule. Keeping your circadian rythem regular, is to your benifit. Find as much as possible to appreciate, about what you are doing. That should help to keep you from burning out. Best of luck.
Another Death with Dignity State
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
At least that news...takes the pressure off for any person, who might feel like he is stuck in hell, because of a particular medical condition. They have more choices now.
My 12-yo daughter revealed to me yesterday that she’s gay. Should I...
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Every 12 year old needs to be supported by their parents. She is the same daughter that she has always been. If it happened to be something that she has misinterpreted, that will work it's way out, too! A close friend told me that he knew very early that he was gay and even his childhood friends told him later in life, that they knew he was gay, too! He was accepted and never experienced shunning as some gay children, have had to experience. If this news is a bit of a shock, It should be ok, for everyone to make an adjustment, too.
Read a great quote today: " In a world where everyone wears a mask, it is a privilege to see a ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Yes, and so true!
Im now level 6! All hugs are welcome!
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I am sending one your way...you deserve it!!
Does anyone think being somewhat cynical is bad?
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I think it will not serve you well in the long run. Being completely aware of your surroundings and the behaviors of others is one thing...but, cynical is like 'having little trust' in life! That simply does not make good sense. We face OUR experience, head on and if it is out of kilter, we make adjustments! Why be cynical about that?
Would you consider dating a boss or is it a bad idea?
Freedompath comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I think it is a bad idea. There is too much at stake. Now, maybe if you have been working for this person for a number of years and they are close to your age, then I might give it a "heads up!' To begin with, there is an imbalance of power, here. That matters, when we are establishing a relationship. To my way of thinking, a love relationship, should have balance of power, to be working well. A relationship with a boss, creates problems, if you are having a 'spat,' or possibly something goes wrong at the work place or conflicting feelings between other employees with the boss, if he/she shows preferential treatment, because of a relationship. And, the 'biggie' reason not to have a relationship, is if something happens that breaks up the relationship, you may need to be away from this person, so that you can move on...which would leave you to find a new job at a very bad time! Why set yourself up for such stress?
I'm sitting here mentally preparing myself to go to my martial arts class while in the process of ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 1, 2018:
You did not tell us why you have this disability. I have in the past been disabled, once at age 49, when I hydraplaned on wet pavement and hit a concrete driveway culvert, head on. I ruptured discs in my neck and lower back. Plus, I did not get the proper PT, after the accident and I refused to get surgery. It took way over a year to recover past that pain. Then, I had arthritis set in and for the next 15 years I was not without pain. Off and on I got some relief from PT and also, when i worked out at fitness center to build all my body muscles. I did get complete relief after I had lower back surgery, last year. It is like a miracle. But, I am an exception, not the rule and I can't say exactly why I am completely pain free now. But, what I can say, looking back...I was struggling with so many different things in my life! I was divorced, had no meaningfull work and could barely support myself. I had a few friends, but no support from my family. And, worst of all, I was in the throes of finding out who/what I really was. Because, I was not grounded in any kind reality of who I was. I was just 'acting' a part that I made up as I went along. I believe, I would have helped myself more...had I concentrated all my efforts on developing my 'inner personal self,'...my body would have been 'happier!' No one size fits all...but, know yourself, honor the needs of your body! One must not go blindly, if something does not agree with your core value, then skip that...whatever, you do, it should add to your overall strength and wellbeing, not deplete it.
Gravestones and Epitaphs
Freedompath comments on Mar 1, 2018:
I have lost interest in an 'epitaph,' on a tombstone. I just want the people who knew me in this life...to be able to say that, 'she made the world a better place, because she was in it!'
Something that happened the other day as I am leaving the grocery store I have to share. As I am ...
Freedompath comments on Mar 1, 2018:
To me that is clear mental disorder...I don't know what could have been done in that case! Who to call? Do like. Aldi's though!
Working on my sanity
Freedompath comments on Mar 1, 2018:
I would like to say to you (if you are old enough), 'don't feel like the 'Long Ranger?' Most of us are working on our sanity...even into old age (at least if you know what's good for you).
One of the scariest situations I find myself in are relationships, and over the last couple of weeks...
Freedompath comments on Mar 1, 2018:
I am a bit confused? This relationship that you are describing...are you in it or not in it? What I have detected over many years about sarcasm is...that it is masking a real 'put down' of some kind. Maybe, to keep people at a distance. I have even noted 'that'...even in my self! It prevents intimacy, if that is what you desire? Ask your self, what is the worse they can happen? The person before you, says...I don't like you, I don't want to date you, I don't want to be with you? You might even end up doing the same thing in certain circumstances! What does it really matter, what the reason is, behind it? We don't have unlimited time, so spending time with anyone that we don't enjoy, is wasting time. And, it can't just work for one person...it needs to work for both people...or the relationship will be lopped-sided! Don't evaluate yourself, by weather a relationship works...we need to evaluate our selves on our actions of caring, patience, and honesty. Not on weather people like us...as we will never please everyone, no matter how hard we try!
As some of you may recall from a post I wrote a few weeks back, I have been dealing with the grief ...
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
As a mother of 5 children, I can't imagine giving any one of them the responsibility for a sister or brother or father (tho we are not together). I feel very strongly about that. I am fairly certain they would step up if at all possible, if their sibling was in dire straights. But, to your grief...it will lesson with time. My mother has been gone more than 7 years and sometimes I yearn for just one more conversation with her. Ever so often, i will note something of a supporting nature in my self and i remember i may have gotten that from her! It may very well be true, that some of us are going to carry a sad 'spot' for the rest of our life? That is just the way we are put together. It looks like we need to learn to live with some hurt. Not cultivate it...but let it be part of us in a good way. I realize the value of all life...mine included!
Is it better to settle for a good relationship or wait for the best, even if it might never happen?
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
You are selling yourself out, settling for anything! When you choose, do it on purpose and go from there. Look for all the wonderful and not so wonderful things in that person (or thing). And before long you will only choose what suits your nature. Everybody wins then.
Today I have heard the word "amazing" used at least ten times about the most mundane things such as ...
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
This has irritated me for so long. In fact, there are other remarks that escape me at the moment, that people will sometimes use to elevate the mundane!
Billy Graham didn’t speak for me
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
...same here, snake oil salesman!
I am having a time wishing for my old life back. I am in the home my wife and I shared, only, I ...
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
That takes time, if you don't map out some specific things that will help you create a new life...it will take a lot longer!! That is the one thing that I wished that I had...even half-way understood, after I got divorced! But, it took me 5 more years before i could throw in the towel! Five lost years! I have made a note over the years and very few people can go back (even to the place they grew up) and make it work again! Keep your focus on your future and what you want that to be...yesterday is gone and everything with it! I am so sorry for your hurt and struggle...Best of luck.
Greetings other agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and “heretics” of all flavors - I’m new here, ...
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Welcome and I hope you find some things here that is worth your while! Put your 2 cents worth in! As that is what the most of us do (some may put in a BIG dollar amt).
Is Billy Graham being on display at the Capitol Rotunda a separation of church and state issue?
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
He represents the current Political Religious mindset!! It makes me mad and sad all at once! The present administration is determined to try and force religion onto the AMERICAN people, just like a lot of other things they are attempting to force upon us. I want be there and i want applaud Graham, at all!
Anxiety
Freedompath comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Well...what I can say for sure is, if you try and avoid these feelings, you will surely cripple yourself further! First of all, you may be anxious about something specific so ask yourself what that is? Then challenge your assumptions...are they realistic? Or, are you trying to hard so as not to make a mistake? No one must be perfect and trying to do so is unrealistic! Next, make sure you are getting enough natural sunlight! Be out in nature all that you can. I myself, noticed that lately I am showing more anxiety. And we have had more cloudy days. I am in the mist of a major move and sorting out all this stuff, is causing all kinds of things to come up! What to keep, what to toss and watch out to not toss...things i will need later? And, what about throwing out things attached to my heart strings? In other words, don't screw up! I just ran an errand and it's raining and dark here at noon time and when i picked up my (heavy) purse, it ticked me off! As I walked down the Isle of a store, I felt anxious! I feel fine back here in my own space, so that tells me that I must slow down and be patient with my self. I am not up to par! I will step up my excerise as that will help, too! Best of luck and I would look your anxiety square in the 'face' and remind 'it'...that you have it's back!
How is revenge best served...?
Freedompath comments on Feb 27, 2018:
I believe that recovering our happiness in spite of anything that may befall us... is (sweet) revenge. And, I think that is a tall order, because it is often hard to pick our selves up and recover and sort out some really bad thing that has happened to us. But, if we don't...it remains like some kind of 'infection!' Separating us from our joy of simply being alive.

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