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It was one of those days when a woman just wanted to walk around singing the marching song of the soldiers of the Wicked Witch of the West: "O e O, O-O. O e O, O-OOOOOOOO." Gwen looked down at her feet and saw that she was wearing the boots for the task, but her stylish brown cable-knit sweater didn't begin to match the Russian soldier style coat of the WWW's cadre. Sighing, Gwen tried to get the "O e O" out of her head, but it was a difficult task.

Suddenly, the song was gone, replaced by the tune of the "Hokey-Pokey." Unable to restrain or constrain herself, Gwen turned to the man standing behind her in line at McD's and asked, "Are you having the urge to put your right foot in and put your right foot out?"

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Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?  Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able but not ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
This is one reason why I left Christianity. Pagan gods are a bit different.
We often talk about "religion" as if it were a uniform, homogeneous entity. But I think it would ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
Very apt points. As a mythologist, I will add that the myths of all religions are much the same myths, aka "archetypes." Aside from cultural/religious archetypes, we have personal ones, as well. Many people mythologize aspects of their lives, i.e. the good old days, places, people, events all morph into something that is not factual, but depends on the perspective of the person. I mythologize my grandmother's property, as do my sister and remaining cousins. It is not just 50 acres in backwoods Oklahoma, but a place of wonder where we were happy as children.
I know many of us reject the unsupported idea of a god, gods, higher power, or other descriptive ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
I don't discuss "their" imaginary friend(s) with them. I do not try to convince them otherwise (which would make me an evangelical atheist). And no, I do not look forward to a day when such a discussion is "taboo"--people have the right to believe what they want to believe. To make a god belief "taboo" would include censorship and some aspects that would resemble totalitarianism; atheists would become what they profess to hate. I do look forward to a day when religion does not permeate government.
The evolution of religion: Why belief systems are literally false and metaphorically true
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
I tell my students that myth has few facts but many truths and ask them to explain what I mean. The "facts" are allegorical in that some aspects of myth are based on historical events, i.e. the war between the Olympians and the Titans is allegory for the conquest of the Pelasgians by the invading Aryans. The "truths" are aspects of the human condition (however one defines it) that are embodied in the myths. Demeter refused to give up searching for her daughter, Persephone, and parents still seek lost children. Myths are the underpinning of religion and each religion has the same myths because of the functions that they serve--not just in religious sense, but beyond.
Religion substitutes for the non-religious? I'm not talking about some other belief in the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
The universe.
I don't post this to belittle those that are "believers". It is mainly aimed at those that really ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
As I said in another discussion, atheist truly do have the high moral ground: we are ethical because we have empathy and we choose to be. We are not ethical because we fear a god will send us to hell if we are not.
Can we quite the “White Privilege” nonsense? I am a white man who has a fairly liberal world ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
I can freely admit that I have been given "special" consideration because of my white skin. I have dated a couple of black guys, and the last was stopped for speeding. He said that he immediately put his hands on the wheel and sat still. His friend, who was asleep, came awake in terror at the sight of the trooper. The incident ended well. My ex got a ticket, which he deserved. When I am stopped by a cop, I do not have the same reaction. When the cop is approaching my car, I am rummaging in my purse for my license; I don't put my hands on the wheel and sit, absolutely still. Also, I have heard one too many comments from people who, without knowing me, lumped me into "their" category, saying negative things about black people. Had I not been white, they would have judged me the same way. White privilege does exist, just as rich privilege exists. Maybe you should get out and mingle with some blacks to understand just how much it exists. This is too close to "I am not prejudiced, no sirree, not me. Look, I'm proving it."
What would you think if a religious person said they did not believe in magic ?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 22, 2018:
I would point out that prayer is religious magic. By the way, my mother was a devout Southern Baptist but she believed that if you had a wart, you could knot a string around it at sundown and the wart would go away. Hey, she tried it and it worked! (Grin.) Had I told her that was "magic," she would have had a fit and would have insisted it WAS NOT.
Hello everyone! I'm new to sites like this, so I was wondering if anyone has advice for a novice.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
I live in Springfield, too! Don't take anything anyone says too seriously. There are some real asses on here and they delight in rattling cages because they have nothing else to do. Stay amused and take nothing personally.
Melania Trump's jacket was no mistake - CNNPolitics
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
I had no sympathy for Melania as her situation is a case of she made her bed, she has to lie in it. Then, I developed a marginal sympathy for her. Now, she can crawl back into the bed.
Are Trump's falsehoods less egregious if he believes them?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
If so, then all of the Christians whom hard line atheists call "liars" are, truly, just delusional.
So how many people have been "ghosted" on here, before you even have more then a few conversations ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Explain "ghosted"--sudden disappearance?
So here it is: Apparently, on dating sites, relationships are supposed to fall into one of two ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
I am looking for someone to have lunch or dinner with on occasion. The men who contact me either want either the aforementioned one night stand or the longterm commitment. At my age, the younger guys have older women fantasies and the men near my age want the commitment.
73 degrees , 85 degrees , 95 degrees ...the temperature on each floor of my house. Too bad there are...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Sleep in the living room.
It only takes the universe 9 months to create a new human being. What goal are you working on to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Getting Trumpass out of the White House.
I'm on a roll today.........I haven't posted anything in a while, and today, this is my second! I...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Humility is far overrated. I find it amusing when arrogant people accuse others of lacking humility. I am not humble.
I think the profile question "Do You Think the glass is half full or half empty?" needs a 4th ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
The glass is half full (of liquid) if the liquid is being poured in. It is half empty if half of it has been imbibed.
Are there and former Nuns or Priests among us?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 21, 2018:
Do pagan nuns count?
Can you have sobriety without a higher power?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
The positives effects stem people*** believing*** that a higher power is helping them.
Let's pretend we're wrong and a supernatural diety shows up on earth! What three questions would ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
Which deity? Zeus? Inanna? Isis? Odin? Jesus? Rama? Or, one of my favorites, either Hekate or Kali?
Sex Magic: How to Cast Spells with Your Orgasms - Broadly
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
Casting spells is no different from praying; in fact, prayer is religious magic. However, if people believe in the efficacy of either magic or prayer, it can empower them based on logical fallacies. If a woman feels confident that her sex magic will work and then, she gets a book deal, she puts 2 + 1 together and gets 4. I will say that paganism empowered me, but not because of spells beyond what I BELIEVED they are were accomplishing. The real empowerment was leaving Christianity, accepting my sexuality, accepting the truth of my situation (unhappy with a 25 year marriage, unhappy with the church I was attending, and unhappy with my 250 pound self). The aspect of the female divine was a positive "role model" and magic was a tool that allowed me to change my life. If sex magic, or any other magic, truly worked, there would not be so many poor pagans in the world. Likewise, if prayer worked, there would a lot more happy Christians.
People who are mentally ill are not selfish. They are suffering and struggling with something that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
My mother was bipolar and clinically depressed. As an adult I realize that she could not help the things that she did. However, Trump is mentally ill, and he is selfish.
Disillusioned? Why do you feel this way?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I cannot say that I am disillusioned, but I am extremely disappointed and angry--just plain mad. We should be at the apex of evolution right now, but I look at Trumpass' supporters and see degeneration, not progression. People wallow in their ignorance and proud to do so.
Ann Coulter says the children crying after being separated from their parents at the border are ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I hope that there is a hell just for people such as this bitch.
Do you believe in good and bad?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
While the universe is indifferent to our perceptions of "good and bad" and ethics vary from culture to culture, yeah, I still see certain behaviors and actions as good or bad. The fiasco at the border wherein children are locked in cages to sleep on the floor, bad. Rape, bad. Murder, bad. Altruism, good. Cooperation to provide beneficial change, good. Taking care of the environment . . . That's "just" smart. While my culture has influenced my perceptions, some are fairly widespread on the planet. As far as people being good or bad as individuals, each of us are both according to cultural standards. Religious concepts were born from cultural standards and cultural standards were born from the need to perpetuate the species. We have better chance of surviving if we all got along.
Lucifer vs God I posted recently about going to church and what a waste of time that was. I ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
According to The Christian Scriptures, the only sin that cannot be forgiven is the blaspheming of the holy spirit; I am sure that Lucifer blasphemed just about everyone. Mark 3:28-30: "Truly I tell you, all sins and blasphemes will be forgiven for the sons of men. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin." On the other hand, Lu is not a son of man. However, I have heard a couple of l Christian takes on this question. One is that god would forgive Lucifer but Lu will never admit that he did anything wrong. The other is that someday, Lucifer will bend the knee to Yahweh and will be forgiven. The latter does not fit into mainline Xtian theology, so those Xtians are truly radical.
Atheists in general follow the tenets ascribed to Jesus more closely than most of the Xstians I have...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
As I see it, atheists have the high "moral" ground: we choose to be ethical based on empathy and the need for structure within the society. We are not ethical because we fear the wrath of a god and his punishment.
Boy Scouts of America: We Still Don’t Want Open Atheists in Our Organization – Friendly Atheist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
The times, they are a'changing: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/made-by-history/wp/2018/05/15/the-boy-scouts-of-america-are-admitting-girls-but-its-not-a-betrayal-of-their-values/?utm_term=.5103af4380d0
Single fathers, no respect?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
It is logical fallacy to base a decision on one's experience or even the experience of several or an informal poll. I have seen as much disrespect given to single mothers as I have fathers.
How far back can you remember? My earliest memory goes back to the age of four. My younger brother...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I was two years old. My family went on an outing to Robber's Cave, a park in Oklahoma where the outlaws used to hole up. I remember two things from this excursion: One, my mother, brother and I had our picture taken on the side of what seemed to be a bottomless pit. I remember being terrified of falling and I trace my fear of heights to this incident. As an adult, I revisited the park and the "bottomless abyss" was about four feet in depth. The other was eating sandwiches while sitting on a picnic table, feet up, because of the seed ticks in the grass. As someone else noted, he is not sure of whether his memories are memories are "memories" of stories he has heard or of photographs. The photographs, no doubt, helped me preserve my memories.
Reading the prayer feeds on Facebook that I am inevitably tagged is very interesting to me as a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 19, 2018:
I don't get prayer feeds on FB.
It seems like many on this site are religious about their atheism. It seems like it could be almost ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Oh, yeah! A fundie is a fundie, regardless of beliefs or no beliefs.
80 lbs in 8 months without any exercise and no dieting.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
I lost 100 pounds without "dieting." I changed my eating habits--there is a difference.
So people we all know what the implication of a man having big feet seems to be, sooooo My question...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
She has big feet. And having dated a man who wore at least a size 15 shoe, there is no truth to the implication.
What is your response when people sneeze ( if any)? I like to say Bless You.. With Science and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Out of habit, it is "bless you." Sometimes, I ask the person if he/she knows why the phrase came about.
Anyone ever watch these? (A Bad Lip Reading) Most of them are pretty damn funny. Good for when you ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
This is my favorite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOQnk-hRVuc
We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 18, 2018:
Indeed. And I will add that no bad experience or lessons is wasted if we learn something from it. The problem is doing it again.
What are some books others would recommend for me to read about getting more comfortable with ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 17, 2018:
You don't need to read books: just say what you think. Experience is the best teacher.
The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 16, 2018:
That about sums it up.
My atheist cat has taken over my side of the bed.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Try sleeping with a four year old grandson. It is amazing how much of a queen sized bed a four year old can take up.
I asked my kids this to see what how they would answer it. 10 birdies are sitting on a power line. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 16, 2018:
I wouldn't shoot a bird just because I could.
"Your western morality is based on Judeo-Christian values" If I got a penny each time I was told ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Judaism was built on the back older religions and Christianity was not only based on Judaism (hence, those earlier religions), but Greek philosophy and myth. Heaven and hell are heavily influenced by Hades and in turn, Hades is based on the myths of Egypt. Jung's theory of archetypes shows that all myths come from a common source, most likely spread by dispersion. The basis for Western morality comes from the need of ancient peoples to protect the clan/tribe and to promote harmony within. Lying, stealing, and murdering does not promote harmony.
Trump: "I want my people to do the same" at press conference today, comparing North Korean people ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 16, 2018:
"His" people? Although Americans are quickly losing freedoms and Trumpass wants to be dictator/president for life (which, given his health, would not be long but any length of time is too long with him), we still do have the right to say, "Up yours, dude--you do not own me."
What about weird people?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
I feel the same about many in the pagan community. Many of the pagans whom I have met (I was a pagan for about 15 years) are maladjusted and have poor social skills. They blame their lack of a job, success, and the inability to assimilate into society on being pagan. I am quite weird and revel in it, but I am a functioning member of society. On the flip side, I have known Christians who say that they are persecuted and martyred when "things" did not go their way. Pass the buck.
Certainty in a belief seems to me a trait of a theist. Why then are my atheist comrades full of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
The certainty that bothers me about atheists (not so much agnostics) is the superior attitude of some who are smug in their "certainty" that all theists are a bunch of gullible idiots. These folks are so entrenched in their dogma of atheists being not only more intelligent than theists, but that they (the atheists) also have the high moral ground. They make blanket statements about believers that simply do not apply. If one disagrees with them, they then attack that person.
Does your brain and your mouth have separate agendas at times ?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
What? Me? Do my brain and mouth sometimes have different agendas? Yes, I mean, heck no. Never.
Does anyone feel better now that Trump claims to have "solved the problem" of North Korea? To me ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
I stay in Missouri for a reason: he has to show me, not tell me.
I’m so upset with this recent illegal immigrant separation of children from their families. I want...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
This is distressing to anyone who has a heart.
'Special place in hell': Trump's top advisers accuse Trudeau of betrayal
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
IF there is a hell, Trumpass and his administration have seats reserved for them in the lava pit. Or, maybe, hell will be more like the Greek version and they will be punished in other ways. What a lovely thought!
I'm sure this has happened to all of you and I'm seeking a good solution: You come up on someone ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Say, "I'm sorry--I did not mean to startle you" and move on. This happened to me yesterday when I was picking bag worms off my cedar and did not hear a vehicle pull into my driveway. A man spoke, startling me, and he immediately apologized for doing so. He was a total stranger, wanted to know if he could have seeds from my red hardy hibiscus when it was finished blooming. I dug up some stems for him to root, he thanked me, and went his way. The end.
I've discovered/concluded that I really can't stand baby talk in a relationship. Anyone else have...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 15, 2018:
My ex boyfriend (we are still good friends) still calls me "Baby Girl," and I tolerate it from him. I cannot stand baby talk and I hate most "euphemisms." This is a bit indelicate to state, but I had a former boyfriend who called vaginas "hoo-ha monkeys." He used this term one day and I said, "If you say that one more time, I will get up and walk out." He was totally shocked as his former wives/girlfriends thought it was funny. I was not them.
I photographed this hunting spider in my kitchen a few days ago. They are aptly named because they ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 14, 2018:
I have jumping spiders. We live in peaceful coexistence.
I can’t sleep, so I thought I’d check out something that’s been rattling around in my head: ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 13, 2018:
The only libertarian that I have met was a one legged man from a dating site. His ideas were only half-formed and he could only vague articulate and support them. I never saw him again, but it was not exactly due to him being a libertarian. I am sure that he thought it was his disability, but it was actually because when he spoke, spittle flew from his mouth onto me from across the table. He also held his spoon like a shovel. Yes, I am shallow. I found out a lot about him, but he knew nothing about me.
Caffeine dosing strategies to optimize alertness during sleep loss
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Caffeine never kept me awake: it just gives me heart palpitations.
Are there any other theories aside from the mainstream big bang theory that you think is a likely ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 13, 2018:
The "beginning" of the universe is the most mind boggling concept to me. On one hand, how could it have been here "forever"? On the other hand, how could something spontaneously "arise" from nothing--or evolve from nothing? How did the elements of its creation exist as they, too, would have arisen from "nothing"? Multiverses do not explain these issues. Perhaps there was a big bang, but that leads back to the original issues of something from nothing. I sometimes lie awake at night, pondering these questions.
I just read that in the USA, Water became the most consumed bottled product in 2017. Here is Oz I am...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Americans are lazy. I have a well and my water tastes fine, but I still buy bottled water because I can stick in the refrigerator and take it with me. I sometimes fill the empty bottle with water from the faucet, though. On the other hand, I have cut back on my soda consumption because of the artificial sweeteners. I stopped drinking soda with sugar many decades ago. On the other hand, if Aussies are drinking large amounts of soda, they could be lazy, too. (Grin.)
I love the “What If’s”. What if, everyone waited to be married before having sex? How do you ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 12, 2018:
More teenagers would get married.
Today has been a super hard day for me. Today we finally sat down and talked about our marriage ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Be brave and you will be happy.
I wish I could find a woman who is as passionate as I am about automobiles, I'm in love with my V8 ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 12, 2018:
So, the most important criterion for meeting a woman is her like of cars? Good luck with that one, buddy.
If I were there
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Tell me why I would want to meet you.
What do Christians think god looks like? [nbcnews.com] A study from the University of North ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 12, 2018:
This has little do to with the question, but among the logical fallacies and other issues with the movie Super Size Me, one thing irked me. In one scene, Morgan what's his name shows a picture of Jesus--white guy with beard--and asks Kindergarteners who it is: most of them did not know. Then, he shows them a picture of Ronald McDonald and all of them know who he was. Morgan used this as an example of how McD's brainwashes children. He thought it was a shame that the kids recognized Ronald but not Jesus. Really? It assumes that all children are Christian and should know what Jesus "looks like."
I'm on this other dating website and I've never been married with no kids. This woman responds to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 12, 2018:
Actually, "I've never been married with no kids," should be "I've never been married and have no kids," but aside from that, she was probably concerned that you would not understand her relationship with her children. Regardless of whether her children are grown or not, she could have a close relationship with them and there could be grandkids; she might feel that you could resent the time she desires to spend with them. In fact, the comment that they are grown up and out of the house denotes a naivete toward relationships of parents and grown offspring. As far as never having been married . . . some people live together and do not marry, so that is not indicative of not being able to commit (which is a worry for some). This late in life, however, if a woman wanted to get married, she might feel that a man who has never lived with a woman in a longterm relationship might not adjust well to cohabiting. Heck, I was married for 25 years but have been single for so long, I would not adjust well to cohabiting and have no desire to get married. I am one of a growing minority for women my age. Move on . . . you will get lots of "turn downs," and some will be for less of a reason than this. Some won't even give an answer/excuse.
Please pass this everywhere! This is the truth of all religions and their violent past!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
This is the violent past of HUMANS, not religions. Religions are composed of humans. No religion commits any act: they are a concept, not physical entities. Humans use religion to validate their wants. One cannot truly hate a "religion" as a religion is only as "good/bad" as the people who practice it. If religion had never been invented, all of these things still would have happened.
Dear Canadian friends, please accept my deepest and sincerest apology for the behavior of D. Trump. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I second this statement.
When a non-believer dies, what can one say instead of "Rest in Peace"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
My atheist friend just died. His 19 year old daughter, his only relative, called to tell me. He was a good and kind man. That is all that needs to be said.
Wondering what this site is about. Tired of dealing with the southern baptist girls, tired of Trump ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Heathen women rarely speak to faceless, nameless men--or women
Any ideas on on-line dating. How does one tell if the other person is real or truthful?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Look for inconsistencies in what they write and if you meet, what they say. If they say something that sounds too good to be true, it is.
Are atheists too passive?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I am not passive, but if I try to "engage" Xtians to disprove their delusions, I become what I despise: evangelical.
I was invited to a church by a friend today and the one thing that stood out to me was the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 10, 2018:
Start your own freehinkers' group. There is one in my city, but I have never attended one of their meetings.
What's the mechanism by which an otherwise intelligent person believes in blessed trinities, virgin ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 9, 2018:
Virginia Woolf was a genius, but she was also crazy (though she knew it). She heard birds singing in Greek outside her window. She recreated this in her novel Mrs. Dalloway when Septimus Smith also heard birds singing in Greek in his descent to madness, leading to suicide. In real life, Woolf killed herself. Different levels of insanity and delusion--they have nothing to do with how intelligent a person is.
"You must be a very lonely man, Jaime." "I am," he replied. "But i am the only one to blame for ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 9, 2018:
When one is lonely by choice, it is different from being lonely because no one wants to associate with you (or other circumstances that makes the situation not of one's choice). However, as it has been pointed out elsewhere, being alone is not the same as being lonely. People can be lonely in the midst of a crowd. I had a student (he was in in 50s) several years ago whom I got to know. I told him that I had no social life and no close friends in Missouri. He refused to believe me because I am friendly, seemingly open, and people like me. I assured him it was true and he then said, "Then that is your choice, isn't it?" Yes. Choosing to be alone is not the same as choosing to be lonely. Perhaps the difference between me and Jaime is that I do not spend a lot of time "standing ground on old forgotten roads no one travels anymore." We all spend time in the past, but it is not a place in which we should live.
Is life meaningful without religion?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Yes.
I just read an article about the recent school shooting in Texas in a magazine called The Week. It ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 8, 2018:
I have had essays by student on both sides of the issues, and support can be found for games not causing players to be violent and vice-versa. However, it has been several years since the last paper, so maybe new studies are more conclusive. However, if a player is sane to begin with, the games will not cause him/her to go batshit. A mentally disturbed player would very likely become violent even without the games.
What is worst religion or sexism?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 8, 2018:
This is a logical fallacy, comparing two unlike issues.
If a guy or girl straight up asked you to have sex with them, how would you respond to it?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 8, 2018:
This is way too open ended. Do I know this person? And I hope that women ask men to have sex, not girls.
Why do some men think women as "prudish" if they don't want to hookup?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Some men have a hard time dealing with rejection; so, when a woman says, "No, thanks," those men will call her "prudish" because they cannot accept that the problem is them, not her. Some men also cannot seem to understand that when they find a woman attractive, the feeling is not guaranteed to be reciprocal. It's like the guy on a dating site who contacted me several times wanting to hook up. Every time, I thought he had the message that the answer was "no" and failed to block him. He messaged me again, after a week or so, and asked why, if I did not want to have sex, where "those" pictures on my profile; these were the same type of pictures posted here and on Facebook where my family sees them. I replied, "Oh, I want to have sex--just not with you." He never contacted me again.
Is life meaningless if we can live forever?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 8, 2018:
Read Robert Silverberg's novel Sailing to Byzantium.
Cult Dressing & Religious Behavior
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 7, 2018:
People are largely herd animals. Most desire to belong and clothes are an outward sign of belonging and identifying with a group--the article says this, but I did not have to read it to know this. This extends beyond religion: Goths and girl/boy scouts wear clothes/uniforms that identify them with their group. Even beatniks and hippies wore identifying clothes, so do businessmen. I see "secular religion" as misnomer; it's more like "I am a part of a herd because I need to belong and I want people to know it." Me? I am a part of the sexy old woman club.
Hitler Finds out Chuck Norris is Coming - [Episode Four] - YouTube
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
I saw another satire of this, but I cannot remember what it was about. This is funny.
Reasons to Remain Single
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
I enjoy being single. My last two boyfriends wanted to get married or, at the least, move in together, but I like living alone. I was married for 25 years, had a live-in relationship for about seven, and I know what it takes to live with someone. My ex BF (we are still friends) stayed with me three weeks last summer when he was moving from a house to an apartment, and it drove me nuts to have him in the house. He did nothing obnoxious, but just knowing that he was in the house bothered me. I eat when and what I want, I go where and and when I want, my money is my money and I do not have to consult anyone about how I spend it, and I sleep on whichever side of the bed I want to sleep on.
Anyone else ever do this? Thinking to myself "gee, my hair looks really good." grabs scissors and...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
No, I never do this.
anyone wiccan here
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
Not now, but I was a practicing pagan for about 15 years or so.
I guess that this is what "be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
The issue is that so many humans refuse to be stewards.
I'll have the people sandwich please!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
Hey, if I were starving and people could be made into green crackers ala Soylent Green, I would eat 'em.
If you don't like a show on TV or songs on the radio, then change the channel. Don't make the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
An amazingly simple concept, eh?
Nice to know DeVoss is living up to expectations [yahoo.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 5, 2018:
Bitch. As an educator, I can safely say that DeVos is an affront to the word "education." If she truly cared, she would quit.
Teleporters I was having an odd but fun conversation the other day and thought I'd being it over ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
This not quite the same scenario, but another post prompts me to ask this. Robert Silverberg's novella Sailing to Byzantium features a man from the past whose mind/memory was "resurrected" in an android body (is that a redundant term?) in the exceedingly far distant future. Most people in that future are immortal, but some are born with a defect: they are mortal. The protagonist, who will also live forever in his new body, falls in love with one of the mortals, but knows that she will die. He finally gets the bright idea of loading her "personality" (all memories intact) into an android body. Problem solved. But . . . Is the protagonist REALLY the man he was in the 20th century? Is he truly "alive" at all? Will his girlfriend be?
When You Argue With a Fundamentalist You Don't Know What You're Asking For | Alternet
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I don't argue with fundamentalists: it is a useless endeavor.
Religious behavior in animals - Wikipedia
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
"Precursors" of religious rituals do not equate with religion--nor does it mean that such rituals would become religious if chimps evolved into more cognizant creatures. It's called "anthropomorphizing."
What or Who created the universe?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I dunno. It baffles me.
Do you read Tolkien? C. S. Lewis?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
The Chronicles of Narnia are reflective of Christian ideology, but Christian ideology is based on pagan ideology. When I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, I see the myth of the dying and resurrecting deity from various religions. No, their beliefs do not detract from their works.
State Senator Explains Global Warming: 'We're Moving Closer To The Sun' - The Intellectualist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
This is up there with the ignorant statement that Satan planted dinosaur bones to fool people into believing evolution took place. Oh, and, of course, dinosaurs were on the ark.
So has anyone gotten likes or comments on their personal pictures yet? How do you find out that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Well, my self-esteem just fell by about 1%--NO likes.
What Religion Gives Us That Science Doesn't
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Great article.
The anger DOES subside at some point
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I have seen, and see, quite a few atheists who are angry at religion/believers. It is sad to see an old man (and in my limited experience, most are men) still raving about the issues of his youth.
Has anybody else lost family members over their beliefs?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
These people sound a bit unhinged. I am sorry that you have to experience this. My sons are atheists (they arrived there by their own thought processes, not anything said by me) but my sister and other family members are Southern Baptist. None of my family has shunned me for being pagan or atheist.
The sun never set on the British Empire for, what ? A couple of hundred years ? Now they are an ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Selfishly, I want my grandchildren to live good lives even after I am dead, but we will pass and no creature will mourn.
Giuliani: Trump Could Have Shot Comey And Still Couldn’t Be Indicted For It | HuffPost
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
That's some crazy shit.
NATIVE AMERICAN CITIZENSHIP [instagram.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Why am I not surprised?
There Is No White Jesus | Famalam - YouTube
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 4, 2018:
Some Children see Him Some children see Him lily white, The baby Jesus born this night. Some children see Him lily white, With tresses soft and fair. Some children see Him bronzed and brown, The Lord of heav'n to earth come down. Some children see Him bronzed and brown, With dark and heavy hair. Some children see Him almond-eyed, This Savior whom we kneel beside. Some children see Him almond-eyed, With skin of yellow hue. Some children see Him dark as they, Sweet Mary's Son to whom we pray. Some children see him dark as they, And, ah! they love Him, too! The children in each different place Will see the baby Jesus' face While this is meant to be comforting and explain that really, Jesus is EVERYTHING to everybody, try adding "And little girls see him as a her" and see how far it goes. I said this to someone who was quoting this song once and the person (cannot even remember who it was) was rather taken aback and incensed that Jesus could be conceived of as anything but male.

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