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I have never been known for my self control, especially when it comes to food. More so when it comes...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
I eat an ounce of dark chocolate everyday; I eat it in the morning and it helps curb my desire for sweets for the rest of the day. However, I eat two scoops of ice cream at Braums every third day. About every three months or so, I buy a half gallon of ice cream and eat it all in two days. I have cake on special occasions with family, but otherwise avoid sweets. Do not deny yourself, but pace it--eat a scoop at an ice cream parlor instead of bring it home. Eat an ounce of chocolate instead of a whole bar. Don't keep sweet temptations in the house, but do not cut them out totally. I used to weigh 250 pounds and I have done this for years and have kept off the weight.
The humbling of the atheists: How religion survived the progress of science "Not so long ago, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
Myth is a form of primitive science, and it is the underpinning of religions, all of them. Joseph Campbell names four functions of myth and one is "cosmological": the attempt to explain the universe based upon what the ancients observed and "thought" that they observed. They tracked the planets and knew the movement of heavenly bodies, but assignment mythic meaning. They explained their world/universe as best they could but their resources were very limited. Science seeks to do the same: to explain and know the world and the universe.
Just to explain my profile name... it is a term used by Richard Dawkins. He says that this day and ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
How is a "militant" atheist any different from militant theists?
Free will?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
How do you define "freewill"? Is is the ability to totally shed cultural and biological traits?
Sometimes I really don't like my patients especially when they cause an rtc with a family and then ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
And you are allowed to not like your patients! Just as I am allowed not to like rude students. It does not affect their grade but in reviewing the handful I have had in 18 years of teaching college, they all did themselves in.
Its one of those nights.. I want to put my tux on and go out...I just have no where to go.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
When I feel like that, I put on pantyhose and heels (and a dress) and go to Walmart.
When will the men in politics realize they do not have the right to dictate rights and then to take ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 14, 2018:
When some men AND some women realize that women are not inferior replicas of men.
Why Are You Single? AsapSCIENCE [youtube.com]
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
I didn't watch the video, but I am single because I choose to be single.
POETIC & SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVES What poets and scientists have in common is that both make ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
The least appeal of poetry is its lack of restrictions (well, I am not sure what they means, and I have two degrees in literature and teach lit courses) or the subjectivity of the poet's description.
Annunaki and other EBEs
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
If humans were created by other beings, how did the other beings come into existence? The gods were not aliens.
Guy who says God sends natural disasters to punish gays has his home destroyed in a natural disaster...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 13, 2018:
Guess god does not love him any longer.
Damn my head! Anxiety makes me relive forty years of old mistakes over and over, randomly. And ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I used to do this, too, but I was able to stop by leaving Christianity in my mid-40s, becoming pagan, and learning how to meditate. Christianity was a button because it promotes guilt, and meditation lead me to examine who I am. I still think about the issues from time to time, but I tend to live in the present. Good luck!
Would you have done anything differently?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I would have asked if she were ok and if I could call for help. If she refused help, I would have called the police. Many decades ago, my family lived in a rural area with a road behind the where a railroad used to be; the road was a favorite hang out place for teens. One night, someone knocked on our door and it was a teen-aged girl wearing only a bra. We wrapped her in a blanket and, of course, called the cops. It turned out that she run away from home days before. She was drugged up, confused, and the man with whom she had run away with had dumped her down the road. I shudder to think what might have happened to her if she had not reached our house.
Why Post Pics With Your Kids on a Dating Site?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I see quite a few older men holding newborn babies or toddlers in their profile pics. I think it is like the fish pictures: they don't have their pictures taken unless they're holding a baby or a fish. In this day and age, I cannot fathom why parents post dating site pics of their kids; it's like saying, "Hey, perverts, here they are."
Been watching today's Congressional hearing. I've not seen such pontificating from the republicans ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I saw a clip on Facebook and read an article on Yahoo. The Trumpster's were insisting that the Repubs pulverized Strzok and I had to wonder if we saw the same video. The man demolished their arguments.
I had been talking to a guy for a month. Tried to meet up several times but he either had something ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
If I had the answer, I would tell you. :(
Tell us how your toddlers would pronouce certain words,
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
My youngest son used to say, "Hey, buster," but it came out as "Hey, bastard."
Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week - The ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
Because people are stupidly ignorant. Smart ignorant people can be educated, but stupid ignorant people cannot.
Morality, what is it and where does it come from?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
I agree that ethics are based on empathy, but they are also based on the need to protect the clan. Humans had a better chance of surviving if the tribe stuck together without internal issues, so no lying, stealing, murdering, etc. However, it could be quite acceptable to inflict those actions on/to an enemy. Getting rid of the enemy also increased the tribe's chance of survival. Some tribes cooperated and some did not. This is abundantly clear in the supposed exodus from Egypt wherein the Hebrews killed just about everyone with whom they came into contact with.
Today in work a patient about to go to sleep for major surgery said I can't believe how calm I am. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 12, 2018:
My Southern Baptist sister had breast cancer about 30 years ago; it came back four years ago and metastasized in her bones. However, she is in remission and her cancer markers have been normal for at least three years. When she has a check-up, she posts the results on Facebook, her friends write, "Thank the Lord!" There will be about five or six such comments and then, Gwen posts: "Thank medical science!" No one ever agrees with me.
Do sacred sites move you?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
It depends. Old churches do not move me, but I guarantee the pyramids would, so would Stonehenge, Newgrange, and Gobekli Tepes. I think Delphi would, as well as sacred sites such as springs, rock edifices, etc. Yes, I am still pagan at heart.
Perfection, baby!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Humans are imperfect. I am imperfect; therefore, I am the perfect human being.
Post a photo of yourself in high school and then today.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Graduation night, 1971. And 2018.
I’m just curious on the highest compatibility Percentage everyone has seen?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I have never had 100% or even close to it. I have had men try to convince me that we had things in common when we did not. I had a student who met her boyfriend on a well known dating site that promises compatibility. Their percentage was high and she said that would have meant something IF he had not lied in reply to most of the questions. They parted soon after.
Is anti-theism on a par with racism?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Comparing anti-theism to racism is a logical fallacy. It might be a form of bias, but the root cause is entirely different.
Is being self-sufficient only rewarded in “winning” people?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
Yup, I have known people who are assholes who attract people; they are not even necessarily attractive, but have some elusive quality that I cannot see or relate to. I also know a few people who are attracted to assholes for whatever reason--because they are attractive, witty, or have that facet that I cannot see. However, at my great age, I cannot see that the greatest majority of people are attracted to the assholes. When they are, the a-hole usually has money or the person who is attracted has self-esteem or other issues. Most couples are not comprised of an a-hole and a non a-hole. I have also seen people who are not "good" at attracting members of the opposite sex (or same sex, doesn't matter) who blame being a "nice guy" or a "nice woman" on their inability to find a partner. Being nice is a good quality, but I have met many nice guys who are boring as hell. I also know a lot of nice women who are also boring as hell. I find that people in general have bland personalities--maybe that's why the witty a-holes stick out. OP, I am not saying that you have a bland personality because I do not know you, but this comment sticks out in your post: [ I ] want to be relatively picky about who I date." There is nothing wrong with that, but other people might well want to be picky about whom they date, and if you are not showing the qualities that the women whom you want to date like, then you cannot blame them for being attracted to men who do have those qualities. I am picky not only about whom I date, but whom I have as a friend. Since my last relationship ended almost a year ago, I have not met any men who have contacted me on dating sites or encouraged any men who approached me offline. Simply said, they just do not attract me. I have few friends, my choice, because I am not willing to spend time in the company of people who cannot hold a conversation about more than TV shows, who voted for Trumpass, or know nothing about the subjects that interest me. This means that I spend a lot of time alone, and I prefer it that way. If women are not interested in you, you cannot change them. If you are not willing to date women who are interested in you because you are picky, that is your choice. Your path is your path, but speaking from my own experience, I did not become an independent, emotionally strong person until I was in my 40s. It was, and is, ironic, that once I decided that the opinions of others did not matter much and did buck the status quo, I became "attractive" physically (lost 100 pounds) and personality wise. I live by the adage "know thyself" and to stop blaming others for what might be our own shortcomings or what we simply do not see in ourselves. Again, not saying that's you, but it worked for me....
How's everybody? This is how my day started, I hate this crap...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 11, 2018:
I glow after I scrub myself with apricot pits. I guess god make apricots so I can glow.
Any other Absurdists here?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I dunno--I am still waiting for Godot.
Question on terminology.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 10, 2018:
I have no idea what others call them, but I refer to them as "evangelical atheists."
"The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally,...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 8, 2018:
Ya know, folks, trying to present facts or logically explain anything to the OP is useless. This isn't to open up a dialog of give and take: it is trolling to make the OP feel superior to the libtards. And "libtards" is anyone who disagrees with him.
Would you rather work day shifts, night shifts or graveyard shifts?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
I would rather work online so I can work when the mood hits me (and I do).
Gotta admit I fall a little short, but this article is so true. "If you know a strong woman or ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
It is strange, for lack of a better word, how some women realize that wasting their time on asshole men just needs to stop--and they stop. And yet other women keep on doing it. I am 65 years old, and I stopped a long time ago, but I know women my age who still waste their time on assholes. They think that the men will change or they are so lonely, they will accept the assholedness. And as others wrote, this applies to men, too.
Psychology of women's profile for men they would/want to date
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Agreed. My pet peeve is when men write on their profiles, "If you are a scammer or a player, do not contact me." Women do this, too. I can just imagine the scammer or the player saying, "Oh, boy! I better not contact this person!" Uh-huh.
Favorite Desserts
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Never been there, but the Sahara.
What Is one thing I can do to improve or to make my profile more appealing to women? : ) thanks!
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Learn when to start a new paragraph.
The old debate rises again! (or closes again)
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Double standard? Let's see, you think women should not complain if you leave the seat up, but it seems that you think women should not leave it down? Perhaps you could explain this point more concisely. And I am consistently reminded why I live alone and will never live with another old fart.
“The salvation of a civilization has to be predicated on a resurrection from the corruption of its...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Language undergoes constant change and evolution; saying something good is "wicked" is no different from the evolution of "awful" which originally meant to be "full of awe" to something that is negative. For this reason, I do not see that language can be "corrupted" but rather how language is manipulated to control people. Trumpass is not a good manipulator, but Hitler was; Trumpass' appeal is not in how he uses language but how his ignorantly stupid followers perceive how he uses it. Yup, he says the "right" things, but he does not do so eloquently or even with passion. I have had Brits tell me that Americans do not speak "English," but we do: we speak American English. Brits have also told me that they speak "pure English"; when I ask them what constitutes "pure English," it has always been the language of Shakespeare. Ha! Modern Brits do not speak Elizabethan English. Not only that, but they have many speech varieties. As an English teacher, I "believe" in using precise language in writing and speaking that clearly conveys the intent and uses the correct words in context. However, a concise and correct speaker who uses words in context can still lie if that is his/her intent. In fact, a true orator can disguise the lies even better than the poor speaker. Tone also plays a part in speaking. Going back to Trumpass, people believe what he says because they want to believe; it would not matter who said the words. On the other hand, I once read an account of a woman who lived in Nazi Germany who opposed Hitler. She and her sister went to hear him one night, though, and both of them came out of the lecture supporting him. He did not change his rhetoric, but the compelling nature of how he said what he said changed their minds.
Can you "read" a person?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
Yes, and 98% of the time, I have been right.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when religious people say God told them to do something instead of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
I was sitting in a McD's one day and a woman said that GOD told her to switch from being a democrat to a republican. She said that people were only democrats because their parents were democrats but by gosh, GOD gave her the revelation that democrats were wrong and were evil. This was about 13 years ago, but it explains people who voted for Trumpass.
Jim Bakker: God Personally Told Me He Sent Donald Trump to Delay the End Times – Friendly Atheist
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 6, 2018:
My first exposure to Bakker was over 40 years ago when I saw him on TV telling the flock that god wanted him to have fancy cars, a big house, etc. He said that if a person did not have those things, they were not doing enough to glorify god. Right. I also saw him while channel surfing after he got out of prison and set up in Branson, MO, just down the road from me. He said that "true science" did not disagree with the word of god. He went on to insult his audience by telling them that he knew more things than they did. He proved it by telling them about tectonic plates and how ivory tusks are found in Alaska. You see, a long time ago, a meteorite hit North America right on the edge of a tectonic plate. It hit so hard that it caused the plate to tilt; when it tilted, all of the elephants in that area slid into Alaska, instantly dying when they hit the cold. No kidding folks! I could NOT make this up! Never mind that there were never elephants in the Americas and walrus have ivory tusks.
I've been a vegetarian for over 8 years. I'm not an overly healthy vegetarian but vegetarian none ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 5, 2018:
I was a vegetarian for three years (vegan for three months, that ended quickly) but have been eating fowl and fish for many years now. I had a couple of negative comments when I was a vegetarian; my then boyfriend's sister-in-law said, "Well, that's just stupid." I refrained from saying, "No stupider than your low IQ makes you." The only "issue" I had in dating was after I returned to fish and fowl; a man took me to a retro restaurant and they had NO chicken or fish on the menu. I ordered a grilled cheese sandwich, which must have been grilled with the ham, and was sick for the rest of the day. I am "weird" in general, so I guess most people just accept my diet as another part of my weirdness.
Do you like to fly?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 4, 2018:
I tried flying once. It didn't work. No matter how hard I flapped my arms when I jumped off the roof, I plummeted straight to the ground.
Swear words?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 4, 2018:
It is interesting how blasphemous words have changed over the centuries. Many people might never have heard the phrase "odds bodkins" but if they did, they would think that it is made of nonsense words. It actually means "by god's body," which is blasphemy.
Would you want a Christian God to be real?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
No.
I don't know how to put this. I have heard people say that a debate with a theist is pointless(IE ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
Discussion is one thing, debate is another. Debates are conducted to prove a claim. Debating a Christian is pointless; discussing religion with a Christian can be interesting (but usually is not as all most have is rhetoric).
There are many in here who have confused not believing in the judeo Christian God with atheism. ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
The prefix "a" = without. "Theist" = belief in a god. "Atheist" = without a belief in a god.
Do you think that duality in thoughts and actions limit the living "experience"?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jul 2, 2018:
What do you mean by "duality in thoughts"? Oxymorons? Paradoxes?
I am officially, (we actually got out the measuring tape this time) the shortest person in my ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
I am the shortest one in my family, too. I am 5'6", but my sister is 5'10" and my sons are both over six feet. My last boyfriend is 6'6"--he still likes to tell me how short I am. I am average height, dammit. And why does it even matter????
Anyone have a positive experience with Reiki?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
I have a Native American friend in Canada. We met online in a chat room and have only met in person once. She is a reiki master--she also believes that she is psychic and gets "vibes" from pictures. She once told me that I had the ghost of a good looking quiet man in the old farmhouse I rented. Another time, I posted a picture of an old stone/cement retaining wall on a dry river on Facebook. She told me that something horrible had happened there and it involved an Native American woman who lived there when Europeans came into Missouri. By the time Europeans got here, there were no NA tribes in the area. However, she did tell me that I had an incredibly strong aura that radiated in every direction for ten feet. I had an experience with another reiki master that almost made be believe that, but that's another story.
I can't believe the eggies this BLOTUS has. He's so unaware of the stupid shit he does and thinks ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
Argh. Just argh. An angry argh.
Well, it looks like the supreme court will be set back to 50s mindset for the next generation or so....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
This depresses me so much, I cannot even put it into words.
Born again Christian
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 27, 2018:
No, but Mary who sits at McD's with her ancient husband (you all know Mary, right?) has expressed her disapproval of the way that I dress to at least two people (who told me, of course). It seems that I dress too young for my age. I have never spoken to Mary, but I will bet that she is a Christian, born again or not. I think it is jealousy, though, not her Christianity, that makes her disapprove of my attire.
Why can't a man have a friendship with a women like he does with another man? My best friend and I, ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 26, 2018:
I have had several platonic male friends. However, I have found that most men who say that they want to be friends really mean that they want to be friends because they think it will eventually lead to "romance."
The summer mental drag is in full swing. Seems as I get older and lonelier the more I have to trudge...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
No offense, but if you need sex to make your life happy and fulfilled, perhaps you should do some reassessing.
I think I have good news. I have struggled with my job since I started, almost 2 years. It has ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
Alas, one must take the good along with the--or vice versa. I started getting Medicare last year and I am very relieved. I am healthy, but one never knows . . . Hang in there, kid.
Is organised religion dangerous, just a harmless benign fantasy or somewhere in between? My own ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
Organized "religion" isn't dangerous: it's the people who organize it.
A Jury May Have Sentenced a Man to Death Because He’s Gay. And the Justices Don’t Care.
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
"Well, not only that. There’s also the matter of his committing an especially heinous murder in 1992. Rhines, caught burglarizing a doughnut shop in Rapid City, South Dakota by an employee named Donnivan Schaeffer, stabbed the 22-year old in the abdomen and back. Then, as Schaeffer pleaded for his life, Rhines thrust the blade into the base of his skull." https://www.snopes.com/news/2018/06/25/gay-man-sentenced-death/ Just sayin'.
Have you found your "calling" in life? Are you doing what you want to do, either as an occupation ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 25, 2018:
I knew that I wanted to be a teacher in second grade when my teacher tapped me to help other kids read. After getting an elementary credential and subbing for seven years (then working at Walmart for two years), I returned to school to get an MA. Since then, I have been an adjunct at various colleges/universities. At present, I am all online. Other than having time to write, I don't want to do anything else.
Things like this bother me a bit. Should authors be posthumously punished for attitudes that were ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
As a literature instructor, I think the books should be read and taken in the context of the time. Children old enough to read the Wilder books are old enough to understand the historical context--it should be explained to them. Same with the works of Mark Twain.
Where's all my single secular ladies at? :-)
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
You own some secular ladies?
Who here performs acts of charity? What kind? Do you give money to the homeless, rescue animals— ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Although I am an atheist, I still subscribe to the Christian idea that our acts of charity and kindness should remain private.
Sometimes, I feel like religion is a state sponsored control mechanism to control the sheep. Anyone ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Of course.
I don't know what the school curriculum teaches these days. What is the classic literature that is ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 24, 2018:
I cannot speak for high school, but I have taught lit at two schools and it depends on the level of the course and other factors. For example, I taught intro to lit at a community college and we read mostly contemporary short stories. However, I have used Frankenstein and Great Expectations for the novel. We also read Oedipus Rex, a translation of the Greek play, and Death of a Salesman. I discussed the canon and how it changed in recent times. There are also classes centered around a specific genre or author, i.e. science fiction, the Beat poets, or Shakespeare. I teach myth classes and we read Frankenstein, Dracula, and in one, I am Legend. I teach grad courses in British lit on the Victorian era and selected topics in British lit. The Victorian lit is classic and in the other, we read both classics and contemporary works (of course, "contemporary" is subjective). The canon has changed in recent times to include women and people of color; the works used to be overwhelmingly by old white men. It is not static.
What If You Were Never Born.....
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 23, 2018:
I do not believe that we have a purpose in life and it is impossible to predict (in hindsight) what our nonexistence would have meant. Take the example of your niece--she might never have been born because the life of your sister would have been much different without you. She might not have married the man she married; she might not have had children. I have heard many people say that everything happens for a reason, but we make the reason in consideration of the event. It is the same with purpose; in hindsight (that word, again), we decide the purpose of an event or our "missions" in life.
Just another thought in passing. I have those on occasion. There are as many philosophies of ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 23, 2018:
Spot on. The Golden Rule is based on empathy; people without empathy are, well, soulless (in a manner of speaking).
Should I travel and seek a different reality?
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 23, 2018:
If you have the means, yes. However, one does not have to travel to seek/find a different reality. I am proof of this.
Can we quite the “White Privilege” nonsense? I am a white man who has a fairly liberal world ...
Gwendolyn2018 comments on Jun 23, 2018:
One more thing--saying that "white privilege" does not exists is the same as saying that sexism does not apply in today's world and that women who are sexually harassed blow "things" out of proportion. As a woman who has experienced sexism first hand, yeah, it is rampant, as well.
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.

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