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What moral code do you follow now that you are non-religious?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
The golden rule as promulgated by crows, ravens, elephants, orca, dolphins et al. ...
One thing I am not, is a human on probation. But that is the most that believers think humanity can...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
They have no motivation to live ... thats why I don't trust them.
I just reached Level 8 !!! Only 150,000 points 'til the next level!! LOL
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Congratulations!!
What did you want to be when you were younger?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
A lawyer
If you could make a law, what would it be? I, personally would introduce a maximum wage law, so ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Socialized medicine
Co Dependancy?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
When my wife left me and took the kids I was nuked. I screwed up my job and that made me have to change my career path. Then my mom was committed to a mental hospital and my father passed away. Then thanks to all the stress I had a few heart attacks, died twice, and got a triple bypass. My life sucked. Or so I thought. I thought all these losses were a curse - turns out losing all my attachments was a blessing. It made my world so much smaller, and easier to control. Or not control actually. I was trying to guide my life into some archetypal format that really didnt fit me. It would keep veering out of control because it wasn't my path. I finally found mine as a result and I am all the better for it now. I hope you find yours as well. namaste.
Anyone spent their lives believing they are cis hetero, and that everyone else is just like them, ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
I wish I understood all these terms.
Are you fulfilled?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
You have been unfairly influenced by the archetypes of "normal human behavior". Don't cling to the nesting/family standard if your life isn't on that track. It will make you feel like you must have something else and someone else when nothing is further from the truth. You don't need others to make you feel happy and you can have others without doing it the way the "norm archetypes" suggest. Gain some objectivity, work on other things, and let it all unfold. The universe will take care of you.
I just can't be out of wine! Lol
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
This is a noug. this little noug is greater than your whole bottle of wine. you're doing it wrong.
What's your favorite color? Mine is yellow. I like it because I think it's pretty, bright, and ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 4, 2018:
Heavy, black, and pendulous
Godless Vagina
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
So it's just like a cavern with nobody home? like my ex's head?
Why is it so important to break someone else's faith?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
The purpose of life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women!
I'm new to this website and just trying to see what it's about. I am mostly looking for people to ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Ya ever wonder why they call it a cock pit?
Anyone enjoy listening to podcasts?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
The remake of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" scared the heck out of me so I will never get around anything with the word "pod" in it.
Sexual identities and labeling others. I think that it is very important to learn to value others...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
I need a copy of "Understanding Arnie's post for dummies"
Unexplained Religious Experiences
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
My ex-wife's grandma useta sit at home and practice speaking in tongues.
Why is it that life breaks some people down, and makes others more resilient?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Because of chocolate. some people understand its' amazing powers. others eat kale and crap like that.
What's the next fun thing you plan to do?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Think I will go see Annihilation and Game night tomorrow.
Are you a gamer?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
I gave up a few years of my life as a WoW addict. Various fire and arcane mages named Malthuise and mutilate rogues names Clarize. I also had an awesome lvl 19 twink before they nuked the bg's. I was a heavy raider doing 12 hour BWL runs and we were the third guild in all of WoW to reach original Naxx. All long past now but I do miss vanilla wow and farming with my mage at 3 in the morning.
What’s one of your guilty pleasures?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Thai hookers
What's the worst food in the world?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Durian
How do I start a group on here?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Say or do interesting things
If you could describe yourself and your ideal partner as any fictional character (books, movies, tv,...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
I would be super mario and my honey would be the princess.
What do you look for the most in a partner or friend? For me: intelligence, a sense of humor, and ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Humor then intelligence then interest in movies and entertainment
Who is going to the AAcon?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 3, 2018:
Probably
Punctuated Equilibrium in Homo Sapiens
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I don't think it's necessarily just technology. We share a similar frontal cortex communication center with corvids, elephants, orcas etc... . We had it as cro-magnon as did neandertal and denisovan. But as all 3 were fighting starvation the last of the ice age it was only us who eventually survived and turned from hunter-gatherer to farmer. Thats not an intuitive change and not one made by the other hominids. But I credit (not just me, but others too) our ability to vocalize with making the use of that comm center in the social arena much like the crows and dolphin pods and orca and elephants have done. We had the biological advantage with the higher windpipe allowing reasonance of the sounds coming from the vocal cords so we could actually speak. This communication, once just between family members in grunts and intuition, now now allowed for the storing and passing of knowledge and interactivity to allow us to build farms and communities. So the environmental changes allowed evolutional changes which would draw a good parallel of environmental changes with tech. same same. Just a thought.
What's the best thing about being single?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Getting the bathroom all to myself and any time I wish. this is a solid advantage after you've been a dad with 4 kids.
Who is getting Academy Awards on Sunday? Who deserves them?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Good lord you people are uptight!
My 12-yo daughter revealed to me yesterday that she’s gay. Should I...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Just in case this was supposed to be a joke of some kind ... the area I live in has attitudes just like the "outlandish" ones you mock here. Given the trump "presidency" and other outlandish things of the present I would hope you understand why I find it harder and harder to remember which thing is actually satire.
Who is getting Academy Awards on Sunday? Who deserves them?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Best Picture - Get Out, Ladybird, or Shape of Water. The others all have flaws. I personally preferred Get Out. Lead Actor - I really thought the best was Gary Oldman for Darkest Hour. But some sympathy votes will probably choose either Chalamet for a gay role or DDL for it being his last picture. Lead Actress - Frances McDormand by a mile. Meryls role wasn't that good, Margot wasn't that good, Saoirse did good but I don't think they'll give it to her. Sally Hawkins could be a sympathy choice. Supp. Actor - I am gonna say DaFoe even though Woody and Sam rockwell were both good. I could see Plummer as a sympathy vote for what he had to do to finish. Supp. Actress - Strictly between Laurie Metcalf and Allison Janney. Both of them had excellent roles and did excellent jobs with them. I prefer Metcalf's because she turned into my mom ... but Janney probably was the best. That was a rich character. She was damn good. Octavia's role was to be herself and I didnt consider the other two even in the ballgame.
My 12-yo daughter revealed to me yesterday that she’s gay. Should I...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Congratulations mom! I was excited when my youngest daughter said the same. Better odds she will finish HS despite her feeling different, no pregnancy, and generally a better group of peeps coming around.
What is the best way to explore human nature: psychology, philosophy, or biology?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Why do you say pick one? many I know use them all and also talk about history and sociology.
Ladies: The egg never swims out to the sperm. Never chase a man.
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Let's not propagate silly rules. the truth is love is precious and the chance of it is fleeting. as much as hindisght kills us late in life we should never be cautious. fling yourself headfast into the chance for love. chase it with gusto. it's one of the few great prizes in this humble existence.
Zrez’s Vows to the Members of Agnostic.com Starting today, March 2, 2018, I will… 1.) ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Why? have these things been problems??
What's your favorite popularist science book or science lecture? And why do you like it? Links ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
This one and the one on Skunks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7wdAiq0bk8
Buddhism Don't know if this should be in a different category, but I don't think it matters. ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
1. nope, not a religion. it's a discipline with no "higher being" except yourself. 2. seek refuge in the triple gem (darma, sanga, and Buddha)
What do you do to pick yourself up when you're feeling kinda low?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXWQ-aflq0A
What song/rhyme/jingle/etc is your earworm?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Easy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHozn0YXAeE
Noam Chomsky said that both aethist and theist organisations are doing the same sales.. the only ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Religions are united in differing groups by their different belief sets. This gives them individual identities and a concept to group around. You don't get that in atheism. Not having anything is not something to to really group around. You have no actual traits or ideas to bond you together. The lack of an idea is itself not an idea. So religion provides identity while atheism provides nothing more than an asterisk.
What's the most "sinful" thing you've ever done?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I was a juvenile delinquent growing up. I stole a lot and committed acts of vandalism. This went on from like 1973 until about 1981. Then when I started college at OU in 83 we stole all the baby Jesus' (Jesii?) from nativity scenes all over Norman, OK and left them in the hall at walker 8E dorm on OU campus. We also pulled the fire alarm at Adams a couple of times and also I stole the big Sirloin Stockade cow from the one on Lindsey and dragged it behind the Delta tau Delta house. Oh, and we took the concrete hamburglar from the Lindsey McDonalds and left it in a girls room on Adams 9th floor. Thats all. Other than that I am just a stoner. Never even cheated on my wife.
What's something that has never (or will never) changed about you?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Humor. I always use humor. It's a gift and a curse.
OK so it's been fun so far but let's try and shake things up. Who here thinks that all the recent ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
It's so myopic. The true goal should be to evolve beyond linear time. Become 4th dimensional creatures who can exist in any time but not all at once yet (which is 5th).
Why do believers of heaven avoid death and/or mourn?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Cowardice
Does anyone think being somewhat cynical is bad?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Well, it does tend to open up inquiry which leds to knowledge. But it also propagates "me" thinking by the cynic. At some point we have to trust in others to elevate our thinking and move into better circles in the world we create around ourselves. Understanding cynicism but not living in it is the key IMO. I live by the tenets Damyata Datta Dayadhvam. From the Brihadaranyaka upanishad. Exercise self-control, give of yourself first instead of expecting from others, and be compassionate. I have found that this allows me to salvage any situation and creates a world around me that centers on good things.
Is everyone a pillhead or addicted to meth? I smoke pot and like to drink every now and then but ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I will barely even talk to someone who doesn't smoke weed. They seem WAY too tense and busy for me. But I stop there. Well, maybe shrooms. Shrooms are actually the safest drug of any with many positive psych effects. But that's all. Well and this remote control. So weed, shrooms, this remote control ... and my dog Pook. And this chair. And thats all I need.
Would you consider dating a boss or is it a bad idea?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Horrid idea. just have some sex with them.
Do you eat meat? Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Do you strive to eat less meat or are content with ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I follow the conduct of Buddha Shakyamuni ... I will not condemn others for eating it and I will not kill creatures myself. But if already prepared I will not turn it down.
Should I attend a wedding at church as an atheist?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Sure ... as long as your skin doesnt start to burn as the church's shadow falls across your skin.
Why do religious people need a god to worship?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
They need something to make them feel secure. they can't just let go and believe in what they do.
Why Women Aged 35 45 Are Single and Unhappy The Paradox of Declining Female Happiness - YouTube
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
The video sounds like more of the same bullshit propagated by the Nation of Islam and the US fundamentalist christian movement. They think ancient archetypes are the only possible method of making mankind happy. It's all a bunch of hooey. Of course those roles are pounded into our heads ad nauseum for years so many will fall in line with their thoughts. But those who arent sheep will think for themselves and move beyond that crap. If their view had been true then man would never have converted from hunter-gatherer to farmer and civilization would never have been born. Again - it's all hooey.
When are you most likely to lose your patience with someone?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Uhhhh ... August?
Hello Everybody! Anyone going to the American Atheist conference in Oklahoma City later this month?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I am thinking about it, but the idea of having to endure Red and the rest of the AOK members does not intrigue me. I had to deal with their boring brand of idiocy at the Church of Satan protest a while back and being in a room with Red for any amount of time makes my stomach turn. We shall see.
I recently became single because my ex decided he couldn't live with my cat. Prior to this, he kept ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Give up Pook? no way.
So Putin wants to blow up Florida
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Yeah cruising I-drive or hitting up Church Street Station just isn't the same anymore. Orlando sucks now. May as well just blow it all up. Florida's gonna be gone soon anyway. Maybe if we gave it to Cuba?
What is the most important trait you want in a lover?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
HUGE ... tracts of land.
I wonder if you think sugar is a bad product? I think many health problems are related to how much ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
We do dangerous things that make us feel good because we like enjoyment. What do you want to do - just remain in a coccoon and be a human bettery like the matrix? Other creatures in nature do similar things. Even the smart ones. to wit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVqObIauPJA
From Professor Brian Cox in his book.The Human Universe. The human brain is the most complex single...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
I find the comparisons between hominid and other species to be fascinating in this area. We share similar frontal cortex communication center structures with some other fauna such as elephants, orca, dolphins, corvid (crows, ravens, jays, magpies). As a result those animals share certain behaviors with us that we generally classify as typically "human". Most of these behaviors focus around empathy and social structure. They organize themselves into groups that follow the "golden rule" and they mourn their losses. Crows, elephants, and orca have been seen performing types of ceremonies acknowledging their dead. Funerals. I have watched one of them myself among a murder of crows in my neighborhood. It makes me wonder if certain environmental factors that drove us to increased intelligence will affect these creasures as well in the future if their species survives.
What to do about my father?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
We choose our own path in this life. some people choose rather hard ones racked with fear and hate. others follow strict ones. the point is to find what makes you happy and content and make those around you in your little world happy and content. don't begrudge him the path he has chosen. smile and tell him how much you love him. address his concerns with a smile and a hug. it's all about loving and helping one another.
If you could go back into your past and relive ONE YEAR over again, would you? What year would it be...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
1975. That was a very good year.
Formerly religious people: What has become your means to cope with loosing your faith?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Cope with what? I sleep peacefully at night now instead of crying that I am going to hell because I thought about boobies or backsassed my parents.
Why are people so greedy?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
They havent evolved to be "we" thinkers like many of us. they are still stuck as "me" thinkers.
atheism logic freethinking
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Is this a test?
Do you like eggs? If so, what's the best way to eat them? I eat eggs in moderation. I like them ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Soft scrambled with sharp cheese. and they have to be WET soft-scrambled. none of that pussified soft scrambling.
So can someone tell me why no one is talking about the teacher in GA? I am genuinely confused why at...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
The ignorant ammosexuals in Oklahoma are convinced it's a liberal plant.
What are your favorite Disney songs?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nXpB1rixnPQ
What's your favorite video game?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Defender, Stargate, Dig Dug, Ms. Pac Man, Karate Champ, Super Mario.
What is an odd smell that you would admit to enjoying? I like the scent of Vicks vapo rub, my ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
Skunk smell
Suggestions accepted
JeffMesser comments on Mar 2, 2018:
As humans we are at a bit of a disadvantage in this universe. Everything around us of import seems to have a much longer lifespan than our 75 years. So we evaluate things on a much smaller scale than a truly objective view would likely entail. We look at things in relation to a few years or maybe a generation (20 years) while geologic events are viewed in thousands of years, global ones in millions and cosmic ones in billions. In this instance we're evaluating the effects of a Presidency and culture shift on America ... and that likely would require a view over decades rather than a few months. My point is step back. Separate yourself from it and get an objective viewpoint. The battle between liberalism and conservatism in our country is best viewed as a teeter-totter that overcompensates one way then another vice just staying balanced in the middle. View the balance instead of the extreme swings. Know that the factors that make it swing to the left or the right are the things that make us sweat it - but the balance will eventually come. The right's horrid acts will spur more activity from the left and they will rise up to overtake the right. Then they will swing it too far and the reverse will happen. And if it causes the country to change its' form then that is also the teeter-totter of yet another balance between democratic values and autocratic ones. Gain a better perspective. Thats the true solution.
Are there any nihilists in the house?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 1, 2018:
A nihilist? sounds exhausting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZcZSIGHDz8
Professionals near me advertise their religious beliefs. To what extent would you find this ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Welcome to Oklahoma my dear. Imagine how I feel at the courthouse when the attorneys and judges wear their religious beliefs on their chests basically as a badge of acceptance. I feel your pain daily.
Dating after 50
JeffMesser comments on Mar 1, 2018:
If you're a 50+ man with a pulse and common sense all you must do is make yourself available and the women will hunt you down. I've been chased no fewer than 7x the last few years and I am certainly no prize. Thankfully they're most all churchies and as soon as they find out I am a heathen Buddhist they give me space. I like my simple, unattached, low-T life. Plus chicks are so busy man. I prefer to hang out, listen to The Wall, discuss world events, drink some tea, smoke some weed, and philosophize. If we need to boost the energy then I put on the Violent Femmes. Most women shy away from my preferred lifestyle.
Is there an unwritten law somewhere that parents need to adopt their adult children’s pets when ...
JeffMesser comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Ginea pigs are pretty tasty if prepared properly.
Are there humans in here?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 1, 2018:
I am human on Thursdays.
How often do you like it?
JeffMesser comments on Mar 1, 2018:
Multiple times a day? good lord, I'm not from Havana!
Why are minorities in the U.S. so religious?
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Because of jackass white people who made them live such horrible lives on this plane of existence.
Are you more calculating or spontaneous?
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
depends on what you wanna celebrate. big holidays we plan for but other stuff is spur of the moment.
Twice now on this site I have encountered a post that was posed as a question, but it became ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
thats too bad. I like hearing other opinions. what a boring world it would be if we all though the same things the same way. bleh!
Would it be better if the United States split into two completely separate countries, the Democratic...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
My friends and I have been guessing 5-6 different "provinces" ... West, East, NE, South, Midwest, SW.
Do you hate arguing or do you enjoy it?
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I am just tired of it. DId it in debate in HS and college. Slipped a bit then in Law School. The did it for a living for many years. Now days it's just all trump peeps wanting to argue and it's like talking to a rock.So I just go straight to the name calling and skip the middle part. that way it's more exciting and quicker.
Dating after 50
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I tried to do that dating thing at first. But the ones who I have things in common with are my age and they are so set in their ways that we can't match schedules to do anything. The younger ones just annoy me. And I really just value my free time and lack of attachments. All the ones who talked to me about going out and I am good friends with them all now but I am just too set in my ways. And they all seem to be churchies. namaste.
Simple questions for those that prefer Women. What is your choice... Wig or Hat in a woman? Short ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I dig women who tell you what it is they want instead of making you guess by their conduct. They also hafta be cool with me calling them chick. I was brought up by hippie parents. Other than that I don't like the too young ones who just look good with your car. I want some with world experience and their own ideas about things. And they can't say "Who?" when I ask them to grab the Pink Floyd tape or dvd or whatever. And they hafta know how to make good hot chocolate and enjoy it if I make it the right way and some good cake. Oh, and they should get high a lot.And it doesnt matter how they do their hair to me.
I'm really bad at introductions, so I'll keep this short and sweet! Hello all, it's so wonderful ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I grew up a Southern Baptist in Odessa. I'd go to bed at night crying and terrified that I was going to hell for impure thoughts. This drove me from religion and into the arms of the vedas. Welcome from OKC, OK. !
Anyone have any Netflix recommendations? I'm anxiously awaiting Ozarks return... until then, help a ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Longmire
On the topic of door-knockers, it should be said that, of the two most aggressive sects (viz., ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
why do that? I spend the time debating religion with them enjoyably. They usually don't return after that. They are just trying to save people's "souls". No reason to spite them.
How important is the constitution to you?
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I find it to be a little too specific in some cases and in serious need of footnotes to aid the Supreme Court in interpretation as to legislative intent. It also failed to give enough avenues for Congressional power. I envision a document of almost bullet point with the Supreme Court deciding the contours thus making it more flexible. Overall I am proud of many of its' ideas.
This post is strictly to those believers or Romance as a Tool and a Way to Live. To meet up with ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Is this a TOEFL question?
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JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I once shot an atheist in my underwear. How he got in my underwear I'll never know.
What pay rate would you be satisfied with?
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I live a simple life on next to nothing. I have cut my overhead to cable, electricity and water and my mortgage is tiny. I can live on under $1,000/month and hope to cut into that even more. If I was brave I would cut loose and live on alms. The feeling of having no material ties and few bills is quite exhilirating. When I owe nothing I will be truly free.
What is everyone’s guilty TV binge pleasure? I just got done with all 12 seasons of Supernatural ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Preacher Lost Star Trek DS9 TNG Voyager Enterprise Buffy Angel Family Guy Longmire Game of Thrones (obviously) Frasier Star Wars Rebels etc ...
It's been shown time and again that when you combine intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, you get......
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
It shames me that I get fewer points by answering later in spite of the fact I had no control over the situation. It creates frustration with no avenue of relief. What kind of reward system is that!!??!!
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JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
No one respects me. No one. Take my god .... please.
Temper Temper..
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
My temper is my biggest weakness. well, that and chocolate. I try to maintain an even keel and stay focused on the middle - but my temper drives me to one side or the other. It's rather frustrating. How to deal with it? I try to maintain some distance for objectivity (often thru meditation) and see the balance playing out in a situation. For instance ... Trump is a horrid bozo but perhaps his bozoness is the thing that will make citizens lose their apathy and actually get involved in politics thru voting and staying informed.
Spell and Grammar Checking Experiences After running your spell check, do you visually check your...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Meh ... I really don't care about it. If someone can understand what I say despite my typos and poor grammar then that's all I was shooting for anyway.
How to facilitate a close and meaningful relationship with Christian siblings
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Yes, very similar to my family situation. My family has basically shunned me since I told them all of my use of weed and my life as a hindu sage. They are all southern baptists and rather intolerant of differing views. I have learned to get high before arriving for thanksgiving dinner, not breach the subjects unless directly asked, and bring the cranberry salad.
Greetings other agnostics, humanists, skeptics, and “heretics” of all flavors - I’m new here, ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Hellooo! Welcome to the group. Today we will be looking at the coq au vin or maybe we can just concentrate on the au vin.
Different path?
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
I would simplify, lose all attachments, and study the Upanishads. But I say that knowing what I know now and I only know these things thanks to the suffering I have endured by my prior mistakes that I wish to correct. So it is a catch-22 situation. Instead I embrace my losses as freeing, seek to deny all materiality, and work to rid myself of ego. This accomplishes the task and let's me keep what I know from those prior experiences of suffering.
Atheists need to come out of the closets in which they hide, and speak out about the pious if they ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Well that is an easy thing to say if you live in a nation or state with religious freedom. however we don't all live in such places. there are many places in the world that speaking up as such would land you in jail or worse. even aside from those consequences you also could be ostracized and unable to find a job or a place to live or be denied services. I share you view, but your solution is a tad myopic on a global level.
I FOUND HIM!!! I FOUND JESUS!!! I was waiting for the bus on 67th and Powell in Portland, ...
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
impossible! he was in the grilled cheese I just ate.
How is revenge best served...?
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
Revenge serves no one and solves nothing. we must learn to forgive and show compassion for those who would transgress against us. give of yourself first with no expectation of return. the Isha Upanishad tells us to own nothing and renounce all. this is the key to happiness.
What are 5 useless facts about you? Here's mine: 1. I use charcoal toothpaste. Yes, it's black....
JeffMesser comments on Feb 28, 2018:
1. I enjoy getting high although I often choose a good indica due to chronic pain from an intestinal ailment. 2. my family is all southern baptists and they have chosen to avoid contact with me due to my smoking weed and living as a Hindu sage. This includes my children. 3. I work a couple of days a week for a few hours as a criminal defense attorney. 4. I spent 8 years in the US Navy as a nuclear engineer. 5. My pet is a stubborn cairn terrier named Picasso (Pook for short).

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