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I am not interested in a relationship and am here mainly for the forums. I do not engage in endless message conversations.

I cannot abide Trumpers or anti-vaxxers.

I lived on the north coast of California for 40 years. In those four decades, I rarely lived out of hearing range of the ocean. I could not see it, but I could hear it. On calm days, it was a subtle undertone; if you have ever held a seashell to your ear, you know what I mean. On days of extreme wind, it was a booming roar, assertive and powerful. Sometimes, the wind was not even local, but it still pushed waves from far out at sea, huge waves, big enough to lift tree trunks and throw them to the beach.

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Trump Tweets Rudy Giuliani Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus President Trump has just tweeted...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 6, 2020:
Oh, darn! My heart is aching for him . . . no, wait! I farted and I feel better now.
‘Deaths of despair’ are rising. It’s time to define despair | Science News
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 6, 2020:
I define despair is the total absence of "hope" or expectations that negative times/things can or will improve. However, I am an adult and I know that "things" pass. On the other hand, I have never experienced continuing pain either physically or emotionally that I thought would never pass.
Just because a person is agnostic doesn't mean that they have to believe in evolution and the same ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 6, 2020:
What is the alternative???
Pastor Who Blamed COVID on Gay People Now Says Biden Supporters “Are Cursed” | Hemant Mehta | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 5, 2020:
I've been cursed so much that it is a miracle [sic] that I'm still alive.
The Third Mysterious Monolith Has Been Torn Down, Replaced With Wooden Cross
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 5, 2020:
I am curious as to why they thought the structure was pagan!
Almost All COVID Transmission Is Happening in These 5 Places, Doctor Says
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 3, 2020:
And I am staying away from all of them--and family gatherings.
How much of our religious doctrines come from the consumption of psychotropic substances?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 3, 2020:
I would vote for mental illness and drugs. Robert Graves postulated that Dionysius' maenads ingested mushrooms to get into their frenzied state. Shamans used drugs to reach altered states--why not prophets?
Christians: "You're atheist because you're just angry at / bitter toward / afraid of / hate god.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 3, 2020:
I have heard this argument for years and actually, some atheist are angry at god--which is ironic as they claim he does not exist. When I left the church, the member of the congregation who still spoke to me told me not to be angry at god because of the actions of the church board. Even then, I wasn't mad at "god," but disappointed over the men running the church. I am an atheist because I just can't see any support for the claim that god exists.
New housekeeper from a new agency today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 2, 2020:
She might have assumed that you were a Christian and because of that, you would cut her some slack. I needed to have my porch roof replaced and a couple of years ago, called a local siding/awning company. The salesman came, give me an exorbitant bid, and explained to me how the owner of the company was a "good Christian man" as if that meant he were honest and fair. Wrong tactic for me. It didn't help when he said that the economy was booming under Trump and was obviously a fan of the Cheeto. I did, however, tell him that I was probably going to go for the deal (I wasn't), but I needed to think about it overnight. He said that was fine. Next day, I texted him to let him know I decided against it. He already had the paperwork ready to go! He as that sure that we were going to do business. He even offered me 10% off. Nah. He also told me that salespeople at the company didn't work on commission. If they didn't, why was he so anxious to seal the deal?
Surprise! Surprise!! Face mask wearing increased to 77%; however, that was not enough to off set ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 2, 2020:
I recently read about a study in another country that supposedly showed that face masks did not substantially decrease the risk of getting Covid. However, a US study debunked this as the people in the the first study consistently did not wear their masks correctly. I can't find the studies, so don't quote me on this.
I'm no fan of religious symbols, but this was amusing
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 2, 2020:
Santa long ago ceased being a religious figure. I prefer Krampus over Santa.
Virtually every agnostic lives like an atheist, living completely irreligious lives Dennis ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 2, 2020:
What is an "irreligious life"? Does it mean being unethical or just not going to church or buying into Xtian ideology? Regardless of either aspect--or other aspects--religious people most often lead "irreligious lives." Even if they go to church and give lip service to a deity, they lie, they steal, they fornicate, they have affairs, they do not love their neighbors, they hate, and they do not take care of widows and orphans. They sit in judgment of other people. They also make gods of celebrities and sports figures and quite a few of them worship Trump.
Pastor: After God Overturns the Election Results, Atheists Will Finally Convert | Hemant Mehta | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 1, 2020:
If a god did exist and overturned the election, it would prove to me that god is pretty stupid.
Worst Bible Passages
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Dec 1, 2020:
Among others, this one always galls me: Psalm 137:9, “Happy is the one who seizes your infants / and dashes them against the rocks.” This is another: Deuteronomy 22:28-29: If a man encounters a young woman, a virgin who is not engaged, takes hold of her and rapes her, and they are discovered, the man who raped her is to give the young woman’s father fifty silver shekels, and she will become his wife because he violated her. He cannot divorce her as long as he lives. While the verse above was actually seen as beneficial to the woman because as she is defiled, no man will want her. The clause for divorce is so he cannot discard her later and avoid supporting her. This one gets me, too: Deu. 22: 23:If there is a young woman, a virgin who is betrothed, and a man comes upon her in the city and lies with her, 24 you shall bring them both out to the gate of the city and there stone them to death: the young woman because she did not cry out though she was in the city, and the man because he violated his neighbor’s wife. Thus shall you purge the evil from your midst. Never mind that she might have had a knife at her throat, something stuffed in her mouth, or went into shock.
The mysterious silver monolith in the Utah desert has disappeared, as fast as it appeared
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 30, 2020:
And another pops up in Romania: https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7mb84/mysterious-monolith-update-new-mysterious-monolith-appears-in-romania
Mario Murillo Says Refusing to Accept Biden’s Victory Is a Test of Loyalty to God ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 30, 2020:
That's just kinda funny.
In June I started a quilt made out of fabrics in my stash, it was going to be lap quilt size.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 27, 2020:
Looks great! I am working on a king-size and I swear, never again will I make a king-size quilt. And I am impressed that your points align so well. I can't count the number of times that I have decided to use up fabric and then, had to buy more to finish the quilt.
I just found the first academic job that I am barred from applying for due to my lack of faith in ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 26, 2020:
If it is a private college, they are within their rights to include the stipulation. There are several local colleges and one university here that requires such a statement. Someone asked me why I didn't lie on an app to teach at the uni, and I said because as soon as I opened my mouth, I would blow it. There is no way that I grade a paper where one of the sources is the Bible and I would have to accept it.
Almost frightening to see how many families plan on having a big Thanksgiving dinner this year, in ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 26, 2020:
I am not even going to my son's, and there will be about ten people there. I don't know where they've been!
The Ancient Heresy That Helps Us Understand QAnon | On the Media
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 26, 2020:
Was there another link on the link that discussed gnosticism? From what I know about it, I can't see that it is related to Trumpism.
I have been very seriously ill during the last few months.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 25, 2020:
Here is to your continued good health! My sister has been in remission from stage 4 breast cancer for about six years but recently had a heart attack. When she reports what doctors say on Facebook, there will be a string of "Thank god" replies. Then, come my reply, "Thanks to the doctors and science!"
Nothing really surprising nor groundbreaking, for those of us who aren't into religion; but it is ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 24, 2020:
I don't have time to read the article, but I could have told you that big gods arose with the first civilizations. Nomadic tribes, early agrarians, and other small enclaves didn't need "big" gods.
Preacher: Ruth Bader Ginsburg “Did Not Know Christ” So She’s Probably in Hell | Hemant Mehta |...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 24, 2020:
He won't go to heaven, either.
The whole Adam and Eve story is just hilarious.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 24, 2020:
Abel. The modern explanation for where they found wives is that while Adam and Eve were the first people (forget about Lilith, but that's another issue), it didn't mean that god did not create other people after them. The problem with this is that the Hebrew Scriptures NEVER mention any other people being created. Cain went to the land of Nod and found a wife, but that still does not answer how the wife, and Nod, got there. Apologists also say that since people back then lived so long, that could have been hundreds of years later (Adam lived 930 years). Uh-huh. Long enough, I guess, for Adam and Eve's offspring to have spread out. By necessity, they would have married siblings.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell helped pay for suspected Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse's bail ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 22, 2020:
I simply cannot fathom the mind of people such as this guy. I try to put myself into the place of people with whom I disagree, but this is beyond me.
Lying Pastor: A COVID Vaccine Will Alter Your DNA and “Remove the God Factor” | Hemant Mehta | ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 20, 2020:
If I cried over this, they would be crocodile tears.
Interesting times for all my US Agnostic people.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 19, 2020:
Not easily!
I am on my last leg of my journey to Ukiah California.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 19, 2020:
I lived in Humboldt County for 40 years! We used to camp at Mendocino Lake and I have been to Ukiah many times. And this has nothing to do with anything, but "Ukiah" spelled backwards is "haiku."
Just when we think this election is a done deal and Trump must surely realize he’s been defeated ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 19, 2020:
Will this nightmare ever end?
Whether or not God exists, Christopher Hitchens is still a scumbag
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 18, 2020:
On this: "Seriously, he never had any original thoughts." I have not read Hitchens, but one of my ex BFs was a big fan of his. He told me something "wonderful" (or some such adjective) about a theory that H. had come up with. When he told me the theory of the origins of religion, I said, "That's been around for years. In fact, I discuss this in a mythology course that I teach." Never had any desire to read the guy after that. And after that, my BF would preface information with "I know that you probably already know this . . ." and yeah, he never told me anything I had not run across in my studies. Sometimes, when people are newbies in any area, others can seem wise and original when, indeed, they are building on the ideas of others.
What's your attitude about eating?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 18, 2020:
I have no mayo in my house and people cannot believe that I eat "dry" sandwiches." Of course, I don't eat many sandwiches, so it is a moot point. My diet is quite bland and boring because I used to weigh 250 pounds and have no desire to ever weigh that much again. My diet could be more interesting, but I have no interest in cooking. I eat no cows or pigs and not much chicken. I like ocean fish, but living in MO curtails that (frozen fish sucks). I do, however, eat an ounce of dark chocolate everyday. Also, since March, I have eaten ice cream everyday. I have gained no weight; largely, I have not gained weight because I haven't eaten much of anything else. Oh, I buy the single serving bags of chips and eat half a bag a day or sometimes, every other day. My grandson is with me on Wednesday when he does online school, and we have pizza every other week. The other week, he has a cheeseburger from McD's, but I don't eat McD's. I eat to live whereas I used to live to eat. I do not let food dominate my life.
Skipping large family gatherings for the holidays coming up, might just ensure you get to see those ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 18, 2020:
Gives me a good excuse not to go!
For people who still have doubt in god this is my basic argument.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 17, 2020:
Sumer and Egypt were the first recorded religions; they were the first cultures (along with the Harappans) who invented writing. However, there can be no doubt that religion existed prior to these cultures as we know them. Their religions grew out of myths and practices that were not recorded but which were in existence for a long time before the invention of writing. Organized religion existed in the Americas before Europeans arrived. Religions have many of the same myths: creation myths have common aspects, the dying and resurrecting deity is extremely common as is the flood myth. Jung said that these commonalities (archetypes) are embedded in our psyches, but more likely, they were spread by dispersion via migration. All deities are made to reflect what is important to the culture; this is why polytheistic religions had war gods/goddesses, deities of love, money, and so on. The Jews needed a warlike, strong, vengeful god because they were warlike, wanted to be strong, and wanted revenge on their enemies. Their god didn't have sex, but sex was controlled by their god.
My 89 year old mother is a strict Catholic and has known for several years that I do not believe ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 15, 2020:
Yes, I can. My sister is Southern Baptist but has become surprisingly liberal in her old age. My local son is an atheist. That's about the extent of my immediate family.
6 Stops on the Hunt for the Holy Grail - Atlas Obscura
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 15, 2020:
The myth of the grail is relatively new one: "The Holy Grail first appears in a written text in Chrétien de Troyes's Old French verse romance, the Conte del Graal ('Story of the Grail'), or Perceval, of c.1180." This article discusses how the grail is most likely connected to Celtic myth. From my readings over the years, I agree with this. In Greek myth, Medea also had a cauldron that could restore people to life. This myth, like so many others, was adapted from earlier myth and bent to fit the needs of the teller, the religion, and the culture. http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/features/mythical/grail.html#:~:text=The%20Holy%20Grail%20first%20appears,1180.
Hi guys, new here. Hope everyone is having a great weekend
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 14, 2020:
What is a weekend?
A South American mouse is the world’s highest-dwelling mammal | Science News
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 14, 2020:
I could have not lived happy a day longer without this info. :P
In the last few days, there have been a number of posts being being posted over and over several ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 14, 2020:
If you mean the same thread, some posters post in several categories/groups. I guess that they are covering bases. If you mean responses, no clue.
"In the beginning was the word " was a mis-translation in Genesis from the Greek .
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 14, 2020:
I am confused. Is this a claim that Greeks mistranslated this or that Genesis was written in Greek? It was written in Hebrew. The Christian Scriptures, aka The New Testament, were written in Greek. However, in Genesis, two names for god are used: Yahweh and Elohim. Yahweh is masculine and singular and Elohim is plural and feminine. It is Elohim who says, "Let us make man in our image." So, there were conversations of a type. A commonly accepted theory, based on linguistics, is that there were five "authors" (or groups of people) who wrote the Hebrew Scriptures. The use of Yahweh and Elohim denotes two separate authors; one faction favored Yahweh and the other favored Elohim. The fifth author was the Redactor who edited the disparate works and tried to reconcile the differences. This is why there are two accounts of creation and differences in the account(s) of the flood. The other authors were the Deuteronomists and the Priestly caste.
The content of this video suggests that the biblical claims where God rewards followers and punishes...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 13, 2020:
Oh, and my life was vastly improved when I became pagan and then, an atheist. Believers would say I have been rewarded by Satan in order to keep me from returning to the fold.
The content of this video suggests that the biblical claims where God rewards followers and punishes...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 13, 2020:
No and no . . . but remember, "truth" can be different from "facts." Truth is often subjective and based on perspective. However, when presented with stats and empirical evidence, believers will very often refute the evidence. Even when Xtians have bad things happen to them, they do not always equate the instances with "punishment." I had a friend who had a miscarriage. She rationalized it as "god's will" because he chastises and tests the faithful. Even though I was an Xtian at the time, that made NO sense to me. I have heard other Xtians say that bad luck (for lack of a better word) is often a trial to test their faith or god is trying to teach them something. He is a lousy teacher.
Although I don't believe the world is ending soon , I believe there's a God, a force that has power ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 12, 2020:
We have no superiority over animals. We just have guns. However, I believe that I am superior to you: does that make me a god?
Does anyone still use “Oh please let me ...” in thought when you want something good to happen?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 12, 2020:
I have to stop myself from saying, "Thank god" when something good happens. It isn't because there is even a vestige of god belief left in me, but out of habit and saying it for decades. Even when I was a practicing Xtian, it was not so much a expression of thanks, but a figure of speech. I will, however, say it sarcastically when something goes right that I expected to go wrong or the lawnmower starts on the first pull after a winter of not being used. Maybe you are trying to get in touch with your "inner" god: yourself.
The more blahblah on TV about Trump not leaving office only sparks a fire for him to continue.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 11, 2020:
Negative attention is better than no attention at all. We need to ignore him and not feed the pig--it only comes back for more.
“The more I learn about the universe, the less convinced I am that there's any sort of benevolent ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 10, 2020:
"Benevolence" has largely been a Christian invention. The Hebrew god was not benevolent, not even with those who believed and honored him. He destroyed Job based on a bet. He "ruled" via fear and intimidation--just like humans do. While some pagan deities demonstrated benevolence, i.e. Prometheus brought fire to man and suffered for doing so, most deities were just like humans: they could be kind but just as often, they were mean and petty. Deities are made in the image of humans or what humans want to be: Yahweh and pagan gods reflect humans. Jesus' followers tried to make him beyond the pettiness, etc., but his followers do not practice what the preach. IF anything close to a deity exists, it is ambivalent toward humans. It doesn't care if we live, die, or about aspects of our sexuality.
This emotional statement from Van Jones after the Biden/Harris win made me cry.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 7, 2020:
It made me cry.
I have an interesting thought concerning morality and I would like to see what other people's ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 5, 2020:
I dislike the word "morality" because it is too closely associated with religion, i.e. most Xtians claim that homosexuality is "immoral," but other than "god says so," there is no reasoning behind it--or the reasoning is illogical. I prefer "ethics" to morals, and there are reasons why ethical behavior should be practiced. The main reason is because it promoted (and promotes) harmony with a clan not to steal, lie, etc. And harmony means that it is easier to thrive as a species.
Wannabe Native Americans: Found this on Quora - Not my analysis My great grandmother was 100 ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 5, 2020:
We have a family tradition that claims my fourth or fifth great-grandmother was Cherokee. I have papers where my great-great grandfather file for benefits but was turned down because he "looked like a white man." This "legend" goes back well over a hundred years. However, when my niece had a DNA test done, no Native American. So it goes.
I moved and bought a small house.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 5, 2020:
I did not have to pay a deposit for utilities because I was buying my house--this is the only reason why I can think of why the info is needed. Had I been a renter, a deposit would have been required. However, I was not asked to provide proof. I work online! It is vital to me.
A 44-Year Old Man Kidnaps Christian Teen Girl in Pakistan, Forces Her to Convert and Marry Him.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 4, 2020:
A follow up on this article: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-54789714
For your consideration and debate.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 3, 2020:
I couldn't read the article because I wasn't going to subscribe, but what was the point where America began to be built on faith and religious freedom? If this means the earliest settlements in the Americas, this is simply not true. The Puritans were all about THEIR religious freedom, but not anyone else's.
Witches Outnumber Presbyterians in the US; Wicca, Paganism Growing 'Astronomically' - The Christian ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 2, 2020:
We're all going to hell.
A 44-Year Old Man Kidnaps Christian Teen Girl in Pakistan, Forces Her to Convert and Marry Him.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 2, 2020:
Although J. Epstein did not "marry" his teenage amours, his association with them had nothing to do with religion. And he did so in full knowledge of the laws prohibiting such behavior.
A 44-Year Old Man Kidnaps Christian Teen Girl in Pakistan, Forces Her to Convert and Marry Him.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 2, 2020:
This is not a "religious" issue, per se: it is an issue of power. Men of this mindset would kidnap and "marry" women regardless. They use religion to validate their actions because it sounds better than, "I want that woman/girl and I am going to take her." A pedophile and/or rapist will not change due to being an atheist.
How many of you curse like a sailor?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 1, 2020:
I often curse like a sailor (sorry, any sailors who are offended by that stereotype), but I stick to the old reliable words. There are studies that say people who curse are more honest and smarter than those who don't: https://www.discovermagazine.com/health/worried-about-your-foul-mouth-swearing-could-actually-be-good-for-you https://phys.org/news/2017-01-links-honesty.html#:~:text=Psychologists%20have%20learned%20that%20people,associated%20with%20lying%20and%20deception. I always heard that people who cuss do so because they have a limited vocabulary, but I am proof that is not factual.
If you aren't an atheist would you be kind enough to explain your reasons?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Nov 1, 2020:
Why should I?
Sunday is "All Souls Day", and a public holiday in Spain.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 30, 2020:
In the British Isles, Catholics instituted All Hallow's/All Saints' Day on Nov. 1 to combat the Celtic holiday of Samhain. "Hallowe'en" is a contraction of "All Hallow's Eve."
I really like this site but I'm a bit confused about how it works.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 30, 2020:
Some groups are private cannot be accessed/replied to unless you are a member of said group. If you are denied access/posting, try joining.
As an atheist I do not believe that the individual life of a person has an absolute and intrinsic ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 29, 2020:
If I decide to shoot you, then, should I be prosecuted because--in your own words--your life has no intrinsic value? Should the Nazis have been put on trial for killing people with physical and mental handicaps? After all, those people had no intrinsic value and were of no benefit to the state, eh? Why should people of any age be exempt from your policies as the life or a person who is 21 has no more intrinsic value than that of someone who is 61? Or let's let people who cannot pay for their medical care to die--it's better than saddling others with their debt, right? Why not lower the age? Let's say people who are of any age who are obese, have hypertension, diabetes, and other health issues be sedated and allowed to die. Oh, wait! It's just OLD people who should be "allowed" to die. Gotcha.
No one in the church gets upset when children get abused.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 28, 2020:
Give some proof that "no one" get upset. That is an extremely broad claim that is not substantiated by any evidence.
What is MATURITY?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 27, 2020:
Maturity is when one understand that most things are subjective, and that includes a list telling other people how they should think.
Pimping out a friend on dating sites. What's up with that?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 26, 2020:
This is a scamming technique. However, most that I have received were emails from men's "secretaries." They all say the same--the writer was looking at profiles, mine popped up, and wham! Instant attraction. They encouraged me to write to his personal email as he did not have a profile.
My cousin's son in law committed suicide.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 25, 2020:
Say that you are heartbroken and that you might be able to empathize with losing an offspring, but you can sympathize. When I send condolences, I invariably say something along the lines of "Words are a weak expression of how I feel and no words can ease your sorrow and pain. I will simply say that I am heartbroken and that I love you. Please let me help in any way that I can."
The only way to end rape culture is by replacing oppressive religious values with sexual freedom and...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 23, 2020:
Rape is not a "sexual" act: it is an act of power and dominance. It has nothing to do with sexual repression or lack of sexual freedom. Abolishing religion will not stop rape from happening. Educate yourself on issues of rape before making such blanket "recommendations."
Neil Degrasse Tyson: Asteroid could buzz cut Earth the day before the presidential election ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 20, 2020:
Well, Pat Robertson has predicted that Trump will win and then, the earth will end up to five years afterwards when an asteroid hits. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/521993-televangelist-pat-robertson-says-god-told-him-trump-will-win-an
My childhood religion was Jehovah's Witness, how dumb was your religion?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 19, 2020:
Southern Baptist--except my mom would get mad at people in the church and we went sporadically. I remember someone asking one of my SS teachers what "Jews" were. She said, "Jews don't believe in Jesus." For several years, I thought that everybody who was not Christian was a Jew.
Joseph Campbell – The Story of Indra from the Brahmavar Upanishad – The Power of Myth - YouTube
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 19, 2020:
Mythology is one of my biggest passions. Campbell said only thing with which I disagree, and that is that women didn't have it bad in the past. Myth is the history of humankind.
As an atheist, i've been thinking about this for a while now.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 18, 2020:
And another thing . . . the first things that most conquerors do to those whom they conquer is take away their religion (if different from their own) and take away their language. The Normans did it to the Anglo-Saxons, forcing them to speak French instead of Old English, the English outlawed the speaking and writing of Welsh, and white Americans sent Native American children to schools to strip them of their culture(s) and language. Likewise, missionaries set about to bring pagans into the fold--at sword point if needed. Slaves were likewise stripped of their language and their native religions. The learned to obey in order to live. After hundreds of years, they continue to buy into the religion.
As an atheist, i've been thinking about this for a while now.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 18, 2020:
Neither should Native Americans nor women. Christianity and Islam both denigrate women and portray females as inferior to men.
Why in the hell would people do something this damned stupid?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 18, 2020:
Um, because they are stupid?
Here's something fun to test yourself.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 18, 2020:
I was eating my morning ice cream and took the quiz--got 90%. I missed some of the number questions such as chapters. This is not the quiz I would give to test people's knowledge. Mine would be a harder.
Merry Meet
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 16, 2020:
Hail and well met.
"When the student is ready, the teacher appears."
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 16, 2020:
Sometimes, we need to be our own teacher(s). People look too much to the outside to find what they need/want.
Teacher decapitated in France after showing Mohammed cartoons
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 16, 2020:
Jeezus H.
Throughout my life, I've had to slowly learn that Perfection doesn't exist.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 15, 2020:
Wait . . . are you saying that I don't exist?
This morning at work I was asked if I knew what the wages of sin was.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 15, 2020:
I thought the wages of sin were monies paid to prostitutes.
Who here is interested in Norse mythology aka the Viking religion.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 14, 2020:
One of my biggest passions is mythology. I lean more toward Egypt, but I have a working knowledge of Sumerian, Greek, and Norse--and Jewish/Xtian myth, too.
Pope Francis assures atheists: You don’t have to believe in God to go to heaven | The Independent ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 14, 2020:
Well, how 'bout that? Heaven might be populated by atheists!
You DON'T know there is a god: Point 2 - Misdefining Atheism - YouTube
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 14, 2020:
I don't have time to watch the video, but Christians make the claim that god exists. The burden of the proof is on the person making the claim, not the person who disagrees. No empirical evidence has been produced. Decades ago, I read a story about god in modern times proving he existed by submerging Australia for five minutes (no one drowned). He tried other miracles, but they could be explained by science. I might be a believer if something like that happened.
The non-existing Jesus was an animal sacrifice to himself.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 14, 2020:
Animal and human sacrifices have been in existence for a very long time, no doubt predating written records. Sacrifices were needed to please the gods and the blood was cleansing. Note that the ancients understood the importance of blood as the life-force. Christians say that god had to manifest himself in human form in order to have the "human experience" and to experience death. Even this is "borrowed" from earlier religions, i.e. Inanna of Sumerian who went into the underworld, was killed there, and then brought back to life. The Bible has some truths and one is there is nothing new under the sun: Judeo/Xtian tales and beliefs were taken from earlier mythoi, including that of the dying/resurrecting god.
I am not a religious person, I don't give a damn about religions but .
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 13, 2020:
I like quite a few religious songs--doesn't mean that I buy into the dogma.
I have a friend that constantly says.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 13, 2020:
Will and Ariel Durant wrote that Christianity was the last great creation of the pagan world, and it is. Catholics are pagan--but they are also Christian. It was basically the only church until the Great Schism in 1054 when Eastern Orthodox Churches split from Rome. In the Western world, Catholics still reigned supreme and wiped out other sects such as the Albigensians. It shaped and formed Christian thought. However, Christianity as a whole is built upon pagan ideology. The myths are taken from pagan religions/cultures. The trinity was a staple in many pagan religions. Hell and heaven are based on Greek (and other) ideology and Platonic thought. Your friend can be Catholic and pagan, but I don't see that he/she can be "non-Christian" as Catholicism is, despite what Protestants say, a Christian sect. I know people who are Christian pagans including a Metis Native American from Canada. She is full of BS.
I do this all the time.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 13, 2020:
Misplaced anger. Get mad at the institutions that house god. And no offense, but I'm doubtful that you have completely shed you god belief.
Every so often, when I bite into a perfectly ripe fresh fig, I start to believe there might be a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 12, 2020:
Haven't had fresh figs for over two decades--or dried figs either. I like to let them get slightly overripe, freeze them, and eat without defrosting. Yum.
Carlo Acutis: Italian teenager could be first millennial saint [bbc.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 12, 2020:
Whoopee.
Here's my follow-up article to the priest having a threesome in the church.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 11, 2020:
But apparently, the altar was burned: https://www.yahoo.com/news/church-burns-altar-where-priest-201506389.html
Have you ever gotten "the look" from a xtian friend or relative that said "why me, god and not ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 11, 2020:
My sister has been fighting Stage 4 breast cancer for 30 years, in remission, out of remission--in right now. She also had a heart attack several months ago. She harbors no such feelings and I have not met anyone other Xtian who has.
Rick Wiles Blames Gov.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 10, 2020:
Gwen beats her head against the desk.
I have to be honest.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 9, 2020:
When I started practicing paganism and did my first ritual, I still had the nagging doubt that god was going to strike me with lightning. Nothing happened and I quickly got over the idea. However, it took me much longer to lose the idea that I might go to hell. If I am confident about anything in this universe, one thing is that there is no hell. I understand where you are coming from.
Some of you may think I’m “nutty”, but I thought I’d share this here anyways for those that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 9, 2020:
I had a 'possum in my garage the other night. I leave the pedestrian door open during the day so my cats can go in and out but close it at nightfall to keep out the critters. However, I was late in closing it that night and when I went to do so, startled a large 'possum eating the cat food. I don't mind feeding the feral cats and 'possums, but I don't want them in th garage and this guy/gal was HUGE and could put down a lot of food. It ran behind some furniture stored in the garage and I did not want to move everything out. The cats are not bothered by them, so I decided to leave it overnight and round it out the next morning. (This is not my first experience with 'possums in the garage.) HOWEVER, my bedroom is right behind the garage and when I went to bed, I could hear the 'possum trying to get out or raid for more food. Unable to sleep, even with earplugs, I got my flashlight, scared the thing again, but opened the garage door and managed to shoo it out. Next morning, I found a large 'possum dead on the side of the road. I was a bit guilt stricken as I am sure that I rattled the thing so much that it ran out of the garage and into the road. I did not bury it, but as I have also had experiences with roadkill in my yard, I got a shovel and hauled it a distance away to minimize the smell wafting into my yard. Paul Simon sang, ""For all I've [the earth] created returns unto me/From dust were ye made and dust ye shall be." Life feeds on death; whether the 'possum or the squirrel were buried or left on the road, it will sustain other life; that is the only reincarnation. You performed the ritual for yourself, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, life has no true purpose except to sustain life. It's a part of the cycle. And someday, I'll write about Stan, the first 'possum who took refuge in my garage.
TW My cousin just posted that it’s been 10 years since we lost her brother to suicide.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 7, 2020:
Decades ago, when I was still going to church, a young boy--he was in the fifth or sixth grade--committed suicide. We no longer had a pastor at the church by that time because it had become a brethren church. We were all stunned, but when I said something to the elder about it, he said that the boy had been offered help (via the church) and refused it; he said only the child was to blame for his death. It was one of the first nails in the coffin of me leaving the church and then, losing my religion.
Vatican causes chaos by invalidating baptism formula | National Catholic Reporter
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 7, 2020:
OH, GOD, NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
For those who are in the early days of their careers and wno may face the need to take major ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 6, 2020:
Apt points. When I took the ACT decades ago and started running out of time, I went down the list of questions and marked the first answer in all multiple choice questions. I had a one in four chance of being right. However, test takers should be aware if there are penalties for unanswered questions. Some test only consider wrong answers as incorrect; unanswered ones are ignored.
Only TWO out of sixteen members of our Ethical Sluts are women. Say what?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 5, 2020:
Why should you feel that it is your place to decide what any woman should or should not be? It is not your decision what women chose to do.
Do not wish death upon anyone anytime anywhere for any circumstance.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2020:
Long, long ago, I read an article in which Hitler's masseuse said that he could have killed Hitler easily when giving him a massage and sometimes, considered it. Which would have been worse: the masseuse killing Hitler and saving millions of lives? Or not killing Hitler because murder is unethical?
Do not wish death upon anyone anytime anywhere for any circumstance.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2020:
And let us not forget this: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-mocks-hillary-clinton-9-11-faint-collapse-pneumonia-a7341451.html
Do not wish death upon anyone anytime anywhere for any circumstance.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2020:
If this makes you feel better: I do not care if he dies or suffers while dying. There is a reaction for every action and Trump chose the reactions/consequences of his choices. By the way, when my 90 year old mother suffered from dementia and failing health and fell into a coma, I wished her a speedy death to relieve of her any pain she might feel. I wished the same for my father when he lingered in the hospital for days as he died from lung cancer. Both of those instances fall "under ANY circumstances."
Karmic justice is a bitch We'll see how this plays out.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 2, 2020:
It occurs to me that he might be lying. Then, he could "breeze through" the disease to show that it is not serious.
Since I am new here I have to share.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Oct 1, 2020:
When I was still going to church--nondenominational--I was pro-choice but kept my opinions to myself. The pastor told a story about going to a local antiabortion rally. He and his wife took their three kids, one who was about four. When the rally was about halfway over, the youngest said, "Where's all the dead babies?" He thought that a parade of the murdered babies was going to pass by. Sick. The "loving memory" should be for the victims who died of illegal abortions.
IMO, humans came up with the idea of a soul and a life after death when we started becoming aware of...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Sep 30, 2020:
I think that humans conceived of an afterlife from dreams. Dreams were not understood by the ancients and when a dead person "came back" in a dream, it was "evidence" that the person was still alive . . . somewhere. This could have been before or after the concept of deity emerged. The idea that humans created religion in response to death is not necessarily supported by the earliest recorded myths, though. The Sumerian afterlife was horrible--the souls drank dust and ate clay. In early Egypt, only the pharaoh, as a god in his own right, had an afterlife. Then, his immediate family could go; later, anyone who could afford to be embalmed could go. However, whether or not the soul continued to live in Tuat was not assured. The Egyptians feared oblivion more than a a hell, though later myths did have a concept of punishment.

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