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What do you think of tarot card readings?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 28, 2018:
I read the cards and have done so for over 20 years. The cards are a tool, and a good reader reads the person, not the cards. Any reader who makes the prediction that someone will get money, etc., is not a capable reader and is not on the level. Yes, I know that sounds "funny," but I can use the cards to help a person make decisions based on my knowledge of human nature. The key to drawing the person out to understand what he/she needs/wants to do. One aspect of Rogerian psychotherapy is to ask the "patient" questions to help him/her realizes things that they might not otherwise understand. The readings do the same.
Just curious.... Why do so many people take a picture of themself in a car? I like the color of your...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 28, 2018:
I have been on dating sites off and on for over ten years. Most of the time, I can figure out the "why" of pictures, but not the car pictures. Men with fish, that's when fishermen get their pics take--the same of those with dead animals. Grandpas with babies, that's when they get their pics taken. Outside of a car or with a motorcycle, pride of ownership. Other people, including women, that's when they get their pics taken. Inside a car? I have seen quite a few and do not understand the rationale.
The Wicker Man (1973) I’ve seen various cuts of the original “The Wicker Man” and it ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 27, 2018:
Better than the remake.
What is your "normal"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 27, 2018:
We make our "normal." I tried to be mainstream for many years, but it made me obese and unhappy. In my 40s, I took an uncharted path and after 20+ years, it has led me to the person I am now--the person who lurked beneath for decades. Now, my life would be considered boring by most, but it is the life I choose.
What book(s) helped you figure yourself (or "life") the most?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 27, 2018:
The children's book "The Silver Nutmeg" inspired my deep love of fantasy and science fiction. The Children's Golden Book Encyclopedia, Volume 7, inspired my love of mythology (an article Greek myth). As an adult, Mythago Woods by Robert Holdstock introduced me to Jung's concept of archetypes. I teach mythology.
Bill Cosby was found guilty on all counts. I know everyone is supposed to hate him now, but I can't ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 26, 2018:
I feel no sadness for him: my sadness is for the women whom he abused. Now, Trumpass needs the same verdict.
It was my turn to serve as a juror. "Anyone like to be on a jury duty", the judge asked? How many of...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 26, 2018:
One or two. If I did not have to work to support myself, I would not mind serving as a juror. Maybe when I retire . . . And I was a juror once--it was long, long ago. I was summoned for a rape trial years after that, but was dismissed when I said rape is rape despite prior sexual consent. An acquaintance of mine was summoned also but not dismissed; she told me that the next day, the woman making the claim came in and said she made it up. The last time I was summoned was for a murder trial; three teens took a girl into the woods and "executed" her. I was dismissed due to childcare issues. I was quite happy about that.
Do birthdays make any sense if you are an Atheist? I grew up without birthdays because my mother ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 26, 2018:
Now that I am 65, my birthday is a marker that says I made it to another year. I had a set idea of what 65 would be like, but it isn't what I expected. It is much, much better.
Have you told anyone today how much they mean to you? When was the last time you were told?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Every time I see my four year old grandson, he tells me how much he loves me. Last Sunday, I had lunch with him and his family. He wanted to go home with me afterwards, but it wasn't. He was devastated. My daughter-in-law asked him, "This wasn't enough time with Grandma, was it?" And he shook his head "no." Kudos to his parents for telling him how much THEY love him (and his baby sister, whom he kinda wants to give away at times) so that he can express his love for others.
Writing a novel and would like some opinions
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
As a teacher of literature and, in the past, creative writing, no comment.
Has anyone read the book "The Secret" and do you belive it?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
If this and/or prayer worked, beggars would ride horses, wouldn't they?
Telling women not to do things because "it's not safe" is a big pet peeve of mine. I am aware ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Yes, and thank you.
Pains from doing normal stuff around the house?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Do it. I knew a man who put of a hip replacement for years; when he finally had it done, he was sorry he had not done it much earlier. My ex boyfriend just had surgery on carpal tunnel; he had put it off for years. Now, he is looking forward to having the other hand done. He also has a lot of old injuries, i.e. back, from playing football. If he could have surgery to fix it, he would, but the odds are against success.
If you can retire early, what you will do in your Life?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Oh, well--I am 65. That rules me OUT from posting on this thread. Old wen hobbles from the room.
And what would you choose? I am thinking money and strength, as too much happiness might get me ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Four and nine. If I have millions of followers, I can get lots of money.
Is anyone else sick and tired of all the Superhero movies?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
So don't watch them. Problem solved. For the life of me, I don't understand why people gripe about movies, music, etc., that they are not forced to see or hear.
I both love my cats and hate them at the same time. The only comforting thing about this is that ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
I am not the only one!
Would you consider being a pen pal (or more) with a prisoner?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
I wouldn't be a pen pal with anyone, prisoner or not. If I would consider even being a pen pal, it would depend on the reason why the prisoner was in prison. I assume this means a stranger and not a friend or relative.
I am on a dating site and I contacted a gentleman and we spoke on the phone last night. We have a ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
My last two boyfriends were Christians. Why we broke up had nothing to do with their religious beliefs.
I trust most of us here have studied the Bible more thoroughly than those who profess belief; if ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
Both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures are built on the backs of earlier religions and their myths. When the Preacher saith that "there is nothing new under the sun," he was right. But yeah, both books have pearls of wisdom: we should take care of widows and orphans; we should be slow to anger; we should learn to hold our tongues when appropriate; people who live by the sword do die by the sword; and to everything, there is a season. All of the lessons, though, are contradicted by other "pearls" of idiocy and meanness: "Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks!" “If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her, then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor's wife." If he rapes her in the country, they have to get married. (The rationale for the latter is that her reputation is ruined and she will never find another husband.) "Slaves, you must obey your earthly masters. Show them great respect and be as loyal to them as you are to Christ." "Wives, obey your husbands as you obey the Lord." "Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you." I won't go on.
Losing friends
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
I am in the Bible Belt (Missouri, not deep South, which is different) and I have not lost any friends over being an atheist. Or, since I am reclusive and have few friends, I have never lost any acquaintances over being an atheist. No one has ever questioned my ethics.
Pope Francis praises exorcisms as a way to 'fight against evil' and 'escape from the power of sin' ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 25, 2018:
And yet, he is so rational in other was.
Do Smarter ancestors rule over todays society?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 24, 2018:
I would say that our ancestors weren't smarter, but go sit in a McD's or cruise Walmart. We should be the apex of evolution, but look upon the masses and weep. Having said that, no, overall, our ancestors were no smarter than we are: they just did not have the tools at their disposal that we have. However, if it had not been for their progress, we would not have those tools. Religion ruled the world: remember what happened to Galileo and witches. We have no idea how many people did not believe but were too afraid to say so.
Free to Be, Gender Free
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 24, 2018:
My sons had Cabbage Patch dolls when they were small and no one thought anything about it; at least one of their friends did, as well.
Ted Cruz: Americans Have No Right To Masturbate
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 24, 2018:
And luckily, most of us still have hands.
Ted Cruz: Americans Have No Right To Masturbate
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 24, 2018:
What was he doing when he was looking at the porn? Viewing it with a prostitute?
White golf course owners in Pennsylvania said five African American women were playing too slowly. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 24, 2018:
Of course they were discriminated against. Trumpass has set the example that discrimination is fine. However, with all the publicity about other recent incidents, one would think that the racists would be less obvious.
So, no rapture today. How surprising. But don't worry everyone, surely there will be another rapture...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 23, 2018:
There's still time, O ye of little faith!
The Rapture is April 23, Says Man Whose 2017 Rapture Predictions Never Came True – Friendly ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 23, 2018:
Was there a specific time? It's 10:07 CST and I haven't noticed anything out of the ordinary.
I may sound cold heart, which I am not, but I am so sick of hearing about Barbarba Bush's death. Not...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Then don't hear about it. I have no TV, don't listen to the radio, don't read newspapers, and pick which news articles that I read online.
Who wants to be a kid again? Free from responsibilities and bills!!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Absolutely not. Childhood was often a painful, uncertain time for some of us.
Does being pantheist mean believing in God?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 22, 2018:
Yes and no. Merriam Webster defines "pantheism" as: 1: a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe 2 : the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently; also : toleration of worship of all gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire) https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pantheism The first does not see "god" as separate from the universe. The second is the acknowledgement that all gods are "god." Which do you mean? And then, there is panentheism, which is different from both of the above.
Atheist principles - would atheists be interested in listing basic atheist principles?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 22, 2018:
I don't need anyone to tell me what my principles are. If I needed or wanted that, I would have stayed a Christian.
Yep, just got into a FaceBook argument with a religious fanatic who will "pray for my soul" which is...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 21, 2018:
And what did you gain?
What film would you say is under-appreciated?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 21, 2018:
I liked Water World.
My kids want to cremate me… I'm begging them to wait. Paula Poundstone
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 21, 2018:
It would eliminate a premature burial.
How about Synchronicity?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 21, 2018:
Um, yes.
Can One be religious and Skeptically agnostic?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 21, 2018:
The Oxford Dictionary defines "religious" as: Relating to or believing in a religion. More example sentencesSynonyms 1.1 (of a belief or practice) forming part of someone's faith in a divine being. ‘she has strong religious convictions’ More example sentencesSynonyms 1.2 Belonging or relating to a monastic order or other group of people who are united by their practice of religion. ‘religious houses were built on ancient pagan sites’ More example sentences 1.3 Treated or regarded with a devotion and scrupulousness appropriate to worship. ‘I have a religious aversion to reading manuals’ https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/religious The last definition is the one to which you refer with the alternative meaning. A person could be agnostic/atheistic and still be "religious" in other areas in the latter meaning. "I religiously avoid going to church" just means that the person does not go to church. Personally, I have a religious bend toward eating dark chocolate every day. I am not sure what you are asking in the last part.
I thought I’d be married before level 6 or a date or something...lol! I’m not disappointed, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 20, 2018:
I'm Level Seven so sorry, I cannot date anyone below that level.
What, in your opinion, is the greatest invention in human history?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 20, 2018:
Writing and then, the wheel.
What do you say on facebook to friends or family that have lost a loved one? Most people type ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 19, 2018:
I post this poem by Dylan Thomas: Never until the mankind making Bird beast and flower Fathering and all humbling darkness Tells with silence the last light breaking And the still hour Is come of the sea tumbling in harness And I must enter again the round Zion of the water bead And the synagogue of the ear of corn Shall I let pray the shadow of a sound Or sow my salt seed In the least valley of sackcloth to mourn The majesty and burning of the child's death. I shall not murder The mankind of her going with a grave truth Nor blaspheme down the stations of the breath With any further Elegy of innocence and youth. Deep with the first dead lies London's daughter, Robed in the long friends, The grains beyond age, the dark veins of her mother, Secret by the unmourning water Of the riding Thames. After the first death, there is no other. The reader can interpret the last line however he/she wishes. To me, it means that once you are dead, you are dead, but to believers, it has a different connotation.
She also has more balls than he has, and I mean that in the very best way.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Not balls: ovaries made of steel.
Ever been called ugly or some other mean spirited slur to your face?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Oh, yeah. Don't even want to go into it. I was fat and ugly according to many of my schoolmates. Funny how I blossomed in my 40s. I haven't seen any of my former classmates in person in 20 years, but I have seen pictures. Living well is the best revenge, and looking better at 65 than "they" did at 45 is icing on the cake.
Perfectly good classic joke changed forever by my morbid teenager and Instagram.. I never ever ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 19, 2018:
Relax, the morbid interpretation came later: https://nypost.com/2008/07/27/history-of-the-joke/
Why is it okay to wish death on some, but not others? Ex: Wishing Osama bin Laden death...no ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 18, 2018:
The example of bin Laden is not the best choice. "We"--many people in the US--wished him dead because he was not only a scourge, he actively promoted violence and caused deaths. Limbaugh, a pain in the ass and it would not bother me if he died, but I don't wish him dead. I like Obama and have no hard feelings against the Pope. I hate Trumpass, but I don't wish him dead, just removed from office and made to suffer for what he has done and is doing to the US. Other people adore him; that's their shortcoming.
Where Does Religion Come From?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 18, 2018:
This discounts dozens of other religions alive and dead.
Things that people put in dating profiles that are pet peeves. Discuss.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
The warning, "If you are a player, just pass by me." Oh, I bet that's effective! The players say, "Whoa! This person is on to me, better not contact her/him." The car analogy: "Only one owner, older model but well maintained." And, "I look much younger than my age." (No, you don't, really--stop believing flattery.) I could go on . . .
What is something you just won't discuss in public? And why?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
How is "public" defined? In stores? Restaurants? Bowling alleys? And with whom? Strangers? Friends?
I am watching " Civilization" on PBS, about the The Second Moment of creation, which is about the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
The Venus figures are most likely symbols of fertility: their faces and not important, and the emphasis is on their stomachs and breasts. They are pregnant, not obese, and that they were so large indicates that their children would have a better chance of survival than those of an emaciated women. They might have been talismans. The question of art for art's sake arises with the "art" of our ancestors; I don't think it was art for art's sake, but that there was a purpose to their art. Paintings of animals could indicate a belief in sympathetic magic. Whichever, it is fascinating.
Would you rather be crazy rich or deeply in love?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Rich. I've been in love.
Feelings about your own Funerals
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
"Funerals," plural? We get more than one? Is that because we die several times or our survivors wheel the body around for a few weeks, visiting different funeral homes?
Is there a word or phrase that makes you say "ew"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
"Munch." I cannot stand it when people say they are "munching" on something.
Name something women should stop doing.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
They should stop responding to men who ask inane questions.
Today is a rare day for me. I'm a very happy go lucky guy, but today I'm not entertained by people....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
I work from home but go out everyday, even if it is to McD's or the hated Walmart. I like people at a distance and under my terms.
You only get to watch THREE movies for the rest of your life. What would they be? For me it’s ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Return of the King, O Brother where art Thou, Jesus Christ Superstar. I rarely watch movies and watch one more than once very rarely, but I have seen all of these more than twice.
Former first lady Barbara Bush dies at 92 – CNN
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Never care for her husband, but I always liked Barbara.
Mars and Venus. This is something women complain about all the time but with guys it's part of our ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Please, explain the part that is a part of men's make-up. Maybe I am missing something.
Crafters: What’s more satisfying?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Finishing and seeing the fruits of my labor. I started knitting a shawl last night and while I am "excited," the product will be more exciting.
COMMUNICATING A THREAT: How many of us grew up under the teachings of heaven and hell? The good ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
Threats are all "they" have. They don't keep people in line with the "god loves you" aspects. If they got rid of hell, I don't know what would happen. On the other hand, Pope Francis says there is no hell: people who do not go to heaven just wink out of existence.
As we age do we fear death, more or less?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
It depends on the individual. I find that I fear it less and less.
Do you have wonderful ex or current in-laws?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 17, 2018:
My ex in-laws did not like me. I am an excellent mother-in-law. I learned what not to be like.
Who knows about socks? I have not to date found a quality sock they are more like disposable than ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
And why can you not darn your own darned socks?
Who knows about socks? I have not to date found a quality sock they are more like disposable than ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
And why can you not darn your own darned socks?
Who knows about socks? I have not to date found a quality sock they are more like disposable than ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I have dozens and dozens of socks; I have had some for years. I never wear them out because none gets worn many times, especially in succession. My problem is (as discussed in another thread) is that several black holes are located in my house, and socks are considered delicacies by black holes.
Where does the other sock ever go? Is there a sock black hole?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I have several black holes. One is in the washer (not the dryer, as someone erroneously claimed), one is under the couch, one is in the floor of my closet in one of my bedrooms, and the last is in the other bedroom, location unknown. I know for sure that black holes are portals and transfers can be made. For example, I lost a white dress and could find in nowhere. I searched the closet in the bedroom several times--nada. Then, one day, there it lay. If I were religious, I would have claimed it a miracle, but I used science to explain the "miracle." A pair of black boots also disappeared and could be found NOWHERE; then, they showed up in the other bedroom. I have a reliable informant who told me that my cat, wearing the boots, entered the portal under the couch, lost the boots in the other universe, but somehow, the boots found their way back home. And, of course, a cat would be involved. They know.
How do you take your scotch?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I don't.
Got my first tattoo today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
They are addicting, you know.
Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles [theguardian.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I hope that this pans out.
Psychiatry: Belief in God is not a delusion because it's a culturally supported delusion OK. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I have often asked if a majority of a population is mentally ill, then is mentally ill not the norm?
Atheist perspective: Becoming atheist does not mean you have to change everything about you – ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Who thought that he/she had to change?
Thoughts on people who claim not to be religious but still believe in Jesus/god/sin/heaven etc?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Yes, they can. Some people equate "religious" as adhering to a certain set of beliefs set forth by a sect/denomination. They might even equate it with going to church. When I have heard people say that they are "believers" but not "religious," this has always been what they meant. Merriam-Webster has three definitions of "religious": 1 : relating to or manifesting faithful devotion to an acknowledged ultimate reality or deity a religious person religious attitudes 2 : of, relating to, or devoted to religious beliefs or observances joined a religious order 3 a : scrupulously and conscientiously faithful Those who are avowing to believe in Jesus but are not "religious" are thinking of only #2.
Well in my humble opinion, of course without intending to offend anyone who thinks differently from ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
Your problem is that your opinion is "humble." Mine never is, and I never, ever forget what I was going to, going to . . . Say? Do?
Why does it seem that some people go out of their way to be unpleasant? I've often upset a someone ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 16, 2018:
I have to echo what Duchessa says: some people are miserable. Sadly, some of them want other people to be miserable, too. I think it is a form of negative power. When someone is rude or abusive, they get a certain sense of satisfaction in knowing that they manipulated the emotions of another person. When we compliment someone, it makes us feel as good as the person who received the compliment; I s'pose that we are "manipulating" them in a sense as we want them to feel good, but there is nothing wrong with that. I have seen the "evil" gleam in people's eyes when they hurt someone's feelings. They enjoy causing the pain. People seek power in various ways. The old biddy (who is about my age, but still old) who sits in McD's and gossips to her cronies about how inappropriately I dress (too young for my age) gets a sense of righteous power because her friends agree with her. She would never say it to my face, though, because she knows that I would retort and that would strip her of the power. I have responded to rude people in various ways, and not usually by being rude back. It takes the wind out of their sails because they do not get the response that they wanted. And sometimes, people are not aware that they are being rude. I have been accused of being rude because I speak forcefully (years of teaching). Other times, people are just in bad moods or, maybe, their dog just died. We can understand that, but as you say, not why someone would be like that all the time. Their worst "punishment" is that they live their lives.
Just got rejected because I'm an atheist. That's the first for me. How many times has that happened ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
You mean rejected by a potential date?
Lately, I’ve been feeling really lost. I have felt like I’m doing nothing meaningful. All I do ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I hope that it works out for you. I think many of us go through stages such as this. I did.
2 Different America's
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I lived in Northern California for 40 years. If the Northerners had their way, there would be a South and a North California--it ain't never gonna happen.
Atheism isn’t a culture as any atheist can tell you. Could a culture be developed based on ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
"I find it unfair that we have to contend with institutionalized superstition that has massive social support." Life isn't fair. Minorities should not be the target of prejudice and women should not have to worry about getting their genitalia grabbed by future presidents. Children should not be abused (nor should anyone), and the old should not have to waste away in rest homes or live in poverty. No one should be homeless and veterans should be treated with the care and respect that they deserve. However, no one is entitled or deserves anything. And yes, this is leading somewhere. I have learned to be a fairly self-contained unit. I have few friends (loads of acquaintances) and as I aged, my family has dwindled away. We, not just as atheists, need to learn to stand alone. Yup, it is great to have a support system (and my family and few friends are there for me), but it is even better to be able to take care of one's own needs.
Age difference dating
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Not an attractive one or one with money.
So, there is a dog park close to me and I take my little dog to the park almost every day so she can...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Oh, she understands; however, her duty to you outweighs your right to privacy and to have your wishes respected. And maybe she's attracted to you.
I wonder if animals have an actual sense of right and wrong. It may not be in line with the human ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Maybe elephants. Animals do have emotions and, perhaps, even empathy.
To those who have left religious or ideological communities or social structure, have you maintained...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
When I left the church that I had attended for over ten years, most of the people had no idea how to "deal" with me. I remained friends with none of them--not because I was not willing to be friends, but because they were uncomfortable and did not know what to say. The contact with the few who did remain friendly dribbled away because we didn't see each other. The pagans with whom I was close after I left the church don't care what I believe of don't believe.
"Friends with benefits"
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
Why do you want to know?
Last night I had a cookout at my house. One of my very good friends happens to be a laypreacher at a...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
I can't remember getting a look of disgust. Surprise, yes, because I am so "nice," people assume that I am Christian. However, I would actually relish a look of disgust; then, I would rub it in. 'Cause really, I am not so nice.
I was just looking at the Patheos site (which I am always a bit suspicious of) and in their ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 15, 2018:
The question of whether there are "real" Christian hospitals in the US has been answered, but let me say that it frosts my buns when people ask "Where are the atheist hospitals"--or the pagan hospitals, or whatever. For centuries, the Catholic Church killed heretics. They systematically converted pagans at sword point. People soon learned to at least give lip service to Jesus out of fear of being burned or put on the rack. The Protestants have been no less tolerant. So, in this climate of fear and ostracizing, people who were not Christians were going to stand up and say, "By golly, I am going to found a hospital!" Right. By the way, there are also Jewish hospitals in the US--Christians do not have a monopoly.
Why does it seem to be that there are more male atheists and agnostics when women are often ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Here's a take on why: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/09/village-atheists-history-nonbelief-united-states/499520/ This is particularly interesting: "As the visibility and number of American atheists has changed over time, the group has gone through its own struggles over identity. Even today, atheists are significantly more likely to be white, male, and highly educated than the rest of the population, a demographic fact perhaps tied to the long legacy of misogyny and marginalization of women within the movement." Let me repeat that: "a demographic fact perhaps tied to the long legacy of misogyny and marginalization of women within the movement."
Why does it seem to be that there are more male atheists and agnostics when women are often ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Perhaps women are less inclined to admit their status: http://bigthink.com/articles/why-arent-there-more-female-atheists-rebecca-goldstein-susan-jacoby
How did you start your career?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2018:
I spent $35,000 in student loans to get a Master's degree.
Fighting in the middle East will continue as long as the religions hate each other because of the ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2018:
They don't hate each other because their religions: they hate each other because of the land and resource issue. Religion is the validity for their hate for each other.
Do you ever look at the random pics of strangers and wonder if they are sociopaths?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2018:
Um, no--do you?
The lessons of the Bible
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 14, 2018:
If the adherents of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and quite a few other religions do not blindly follow their deities, then the priests cannot manipulate their followers. Blind obedience to a god is dictated by the priesthood. The case of Nimrod/Babel is hubris, daring to challenge the gods. This is rampant in Greek myth and when humans show too much pride, they will be taken down. The story that is most bothersome to me is that of Job. Job kept praising god when all of his trials and tribulations came upon him--and for what? Nothing more than a bet that Yahweh made with the Adversary. If Yahweh knows all, he knew the outcome, so why torture the poor guy? Of course, after his wife and kids died, he was given some more--no big loss, right?
Do you agree that if wasn't for the Dark Ages and religious prosecution, our civilization would so ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 13, 2018:
If the Black Plague had not ravaged Europe, maybe.
What was it that got you thinking?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 13, 2018:
I didn't truly buy into Christianity (for various reasons) until I was in my late 20s and had my first child. Then, I was a church lady until I was 42ish. I left the church for various reasons, none were truly connected with my disbelief in Christianity as a whole because I was not a fundamentalist. The real kicker, though, was when I began to study myths in depth and found that Jesus is based on other dying/resurrecting deities, that the first flood myths are from Egypt and Sumeria (and Noah is lifted directly from the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh), and educated myself not only in myth, but other aspects of the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
I'm currently parenting a teen in the age of social media and instant gratification. She seems to ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 13, 2018:
I am a college instructor. Have her talk to me.
Conspiracy Theories... I have a acquaintance that I met thorough work - nice guy, a little ADHD, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
People in McD's and Walmart love to tell me this stuff.
My friend on Facebook posted.. Those who keep saying “Money Can’t Buy Everything” don’t ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
I just posted on another thread that money does matter. Having lived in poverty a couple of time in my life, I would much rather have money than not have it. Tell homeless people that money is just a piece of paper. Tell people who have had homes foreclosed that money is unimportant. And a billionaire does not have to be the "best scientist": he/she can pay the best scientists.
Life and Death decision This may seem silly, but trust me, I'm going somewhere with this! If ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
Why not?
Who else thinks this?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
I do like my body. I have closets full of clothes. The two are not mutually exclusive. People do wear clothes for reasons other than hiding their bodies.
How much money you make, what kind of car you drive, how big your home is - these things don't truly...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
By the way, money does matter--I lived below the poverty level as a child as an adult. I never went hungry and never was without a place to stay, but tell millions of people who have been hungry and/or homeless that money doesn't matter. The experience of being poor has never left me, and I am 65. It has driven me to ensure, as best that I can, to take care of myself financially and plan for my future.
How much money you make, what kind of car you drive, how big your home is - these things don't truly...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
What if 150 pairs of shoes makes my "soul" sing?
What good has come to the citizens of the United States because of the current administration?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Apr 12, 2018:
None, nothing, nada, nil. Zero zilch.

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