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Why Atheists are not bound to subjective morality: Often I see members of religious groups make ...
brentan comments on Jun 27, 2018:
I’m guessing ‘objective’ means universally, permanently true. So that would rule out our individual, time-bound moral value systems. So objective values would be, in a sense, above the individual. In a hierarchy of value systems, objective values would be at the top. That’s probably where God came in. I think this is because there was no concept of aspiration apart from God. Man either aspired to be a god or to be God-like. Nowadays we’re trying to separate the two ideas.
I got this this morning from a Philippina friend that I met 35 years ago as while I was a Peace ...
brentan comments on Jun 27, 2018:
That would scare me if I wasn't used to listening to such nonsense as a Jehovah's Witness. It comes from repetition and not hearing other opinions on what's happening in the world. It would help too, I think, to know how cyclical history is and things are always changing, not always getting worse. Stephen Pinker talks about how many things are better nowadays in his book Enlightenment Now.
I live about 2 blocks from one of the largest independent book stores in the US. In addition to all ...
brentan comments on Jun 27, 2018:
I remember Barnes & Nonble's big store in Seattle, how I loved to sit down in their comfy armchairs and browse through books. You could even get a coffee from the in-store Starbooks (funny how the mind works, you know what I mean). And this might seem silly but I was in awe of their swanky bathrooms! I'm back home in Ireland now and bookstores are a much more modest affair. Here's the thing, though - I love browsing but I don't support the stores by buying; well, almost never. I browse in the stores and then buy online. Some day I might have to pay a big price for that.
Has anyone tried LifeRing Secular Recovery? I played around on SMART a bit but LifeRing looks more ...
brentan comments on Jun 26, 2018:
I think that's the right move. Best of luck!
Glad to join this group, rest of the place is over run with damn colonials.
brentan comments on Jun 25, 2018:
Oh come on guys, it is funny!
Are there many people from the UK on this site?
brentan comments on Jun 25, 2018:
Hello, next-door-neighbours!
“Do not judge, or you will be judged.” Says Matthew in the Bible. Do you agree that it is ...
brentan comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Judging as assessing V Judging as punishing I think assessing people is absolutely fine.
New music is highlying overrated.
brentan comments on Jun 24, 2018:
A lot of it is just pap, as my Dad used to say. But thankfully there's examples like Miranda's Hamilton. I like Robi Draco Rosa. I think he's an excellent poet as well as singer. I like Duke Special, who composes songs around themes like Mother Courage and Michael Longley's poems. There is talent out there among the crap and thankfully we can always fall back on music from the rock era, classical, opera etc if we want to.
Busy weekend...I'm sure I missed about 60 or more posts today and tomorrow and Monday will be more ...
brentan comments on Jun 24, 2018:
Busy - my Dad would have called that 'a good complaint'.
Re: Melania's coat - True feelings, irony intended, extreme obliviousness, or a cry for help?
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
I believe everything people in power do is orchestrated. In this situation, I think she is continuing a policy of mixed messages. Best to go by what they do and not what they say.
The evolution of religion: Why belief systems are literally false and metaphorically true
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
Here's how I see religion: 1. myth 2. religion 3. psychology I think the Hebrew scriptures took myths and made them literal. In turn, psychology takes religion and converts it back to myth.
Refugee crisis: Father photographed crying with children in Kos has reached Germany | The ...
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
I'm happy for the man and his family but horrified at the break-down of law. I wish all those naval vessels were withdrawn, that assisting illegal immigration become a crime, and illegal economic migrants were all sent back to their home countries.
He's Shitin On The U.S.A.
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
At least his ass is covered.
“The Atlantic”, “The Wisdom of Russell Brand” Can’t find a good category for this. ? ...
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
I think a lot of people are bothered by his common accent. He is very intelligent and articulate. I particularly like his interviews with (Dr. Dr.) Jordon Peterson. He listens as well as talks. I could never relate to his comedy though.
It’s summer, and I’m on vacation. What’s fun to do in Yakima/eastern WA? Let’s have an ...
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
Isn't that the reservation? What about that town that pretends to be Bavarian? I think it's called Leavenworth. It's a lovely place.
I was inspired by the responses to my music post yesterday and the fun responses. What is your ...
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
An American poet Bruce Springsteen Thunder Road
Why are there so many people who are lonely? Why is it so hard for people to make real connections ...
brentan comments on Jun 23, 2018:
Maybe people feel there is something wrong with a person who is lonely. I think lonely people feel the same way. There's a natural desire not to be around people who have something wrong with them, like avoiding a disease. So the lonely avoid the lonely, ensuring loneliness..
Hello anyone out there?
brentan comments on Jun 22, 2018:
You sound mighty fed up! You look fed up too in your photos. I hope you find someone or some thing to help make life more interesting for you. In the meantime, I hope the discussions on the forum are somewhat interesting to you.
Would you? Could you?
brentan comments on Jun 22, 2018:
I would be tempted. I'm also tempted by the taste of food that is bad for me. I think about how quantity and quality of life need to be balanced. But if my health issues were so bad that they threatened my, life, I would get with the regimen very fast!
Is traveling and being exposed to other people and cultures important and why?
brentan comments on Jun 22, 2018:
“The insight of a man certainly slows down his anger, and it is beauty on his part to pass over transgression.”‚Äč—Proverbs 19:11. It's from the Bible. The book has a few gems in it. Going to other countries helps you understand why they do things differently. My situation was different from an American learning new values abroad - I was an Irishman in America trying to understand why Americans did things the way they do. I think two things are needed - time and an open mind. I don't think a short vacation will cut it.
Why, my friend?
brentan comments on Jun 22, 2018:
That was a very well-constructed post - stream of consciousness, human, compassionate. If you haven't read it already, you might enjoy Make Friends With People Who Want the Best For You in Jordon Peterson's book 12 Rules For Life. He too concluded that sometimes you have to avoid people who won't rise to a better level and will only take you down to theirs.
Hi all! New to this app and to this group. Basically raised a JW since about five or six years ...
brentan comments on Jun 20, 2018:
Welcome! I'm another ex-JW.
The Bible, the old and new testament. I think of the bible as a very important historical book ...
brentan comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I see the Bible the same way. It's like reading the psychology of humankind as it goes through change. I also believe that the core social values of ancient Israel became those of Great Britain which also became those of the United States. These values are expressed in law. The book is far from ideal, being very old. But it has poetry, fiction, myth, history and all the aspirations of man expressed in many different ways. I think the literal understanding of 'horns of light' seemed hollow to many old students of the Bible and led to complex interpretations like we read in the Kabbalah.
Very good article by author Tim Winton about boys and masculinity and culture [theguardian.com]
brentan comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I found this article on modern use of ritual to help young men find their place in society in the U.K. It is used mostly to try to stop young criminals re-offending but it might have a broader application.
Very good article by author Tim Winton about boys and masculinity and culture [theguardian.com]
brentan comments on Jun 20, 2018:
I enjoyed the article and was intrigued by the idea that young men in society have little or no involvement is rituals anymore. I would love to know more about that - what rituals they used to have, what benefit they had for the individual and the society, how ritual might be reintroduced into society etc.
Where’s all the haters? Disgusted by humanity, where’s the omnicidal maniacs?
brentan comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Does anyone remember how nihilistic Rusty Cohle was in True Detectives?
This was too cute not to post
brentan comments on Jun 19, 2018:
One poor child confused and the other upset. Parents!!
Im 35 today
brentan comments on Jun 19, 2018:
Well, have a great birthday!!
For The Gamers In The Community....
brentan comments on Jun 19, 2018:
I don't think video games are the problem. I think it's a case of an obsessive nature finding a home somewhere.
You got a secret crush on this forum. How many?
brentan comments on Jun 19, 2018:
There are lovely-looking women here and intelligent ones too. I think intelligence in a woman is very sexy. I think they all live far too far away to even think of a relationship. Plus I'm 63 and I wonder am I kidding myself. I'm separated for more than 2 years now and I think I'm too used to having all my time to myself to do justice to a partner. So I stick to the discussions.
I would love to change the world, but they won't give me the source code.
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2018:
! choice[] set a = do the right thing; set b = do the wrong thing; choose b []
Ok ladies, help me out here. Please help me understand and let me know what I'm missing. Here's ...
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2018:
I really like to smile and be friendly. I would like to feel free to exchange a few words with people as I meet them informally but it just isn't done anymore. This new loss of sociability can't be good for anyone but I think we need to go with the flow so as not to worry people.
What is the bible to you?
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2018:
It's a very good book to help us understand how we got to where we are today.
Blind Faith by Ben Elton is a must read if you like disturbing dystopian novels. This one is about a...
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2018:
That looks like a good read. Ben Elton is a talented man. I was reading recently about Giambattista Vico who believed that history is circular and each cycle has 4 phases - the age of gods, the age of heroes, the age of men and the return to the age of the gods. If he is right, we are well along in the age of man and I think I can feel a change in the air....
What Fuck-n Bible is Jeff Sessions Reading?
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2018:
He's reading the rules that *othe*r people need to obey.
Balanced people
brentan comments on Jun 18, 2018:
I take a daily anti-depressant that keeps me going but I'm not really balanced. Sometimes I take a valium and I really enjoy that mellow feeling. I was religious too for many years but that never gave the spirit of peace it promised. I suspect, with no proof, that some balance must be bought by compromise with other people - in other words selling a part of yourself to buy smoother relationships with other people.
Weirdness is just a side effect of my being awesome.
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2018:
Normality is overrated.
Instead of using the word "spirituality" I have been using the word "emotionality". I think the word...
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2018:
I would say no. The two words convey different ideas. Words get commandeered along the way. Rainbow now means two things but we probably won't want to change the name of the mulicoloured thing in the sky. We'll understand which meaning should be taken going by the context.
I do actually have a life, sort of. Dinner out and a burlesque show. Having a good time. I need ...
brentan comments on Jun 17, 2018:
What! You have a life AND you post on social media. That's just plain greedy.
Early fathers day at The Incredibles 2 in 3D
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Happy vicarious Father's Day. That's life with young kids!
First steps
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
I never liked the religious idea that independent thinking was an affront to God and the traditional beliefs that an organisation held sacred. I was in the Jehovah's Witnesses and they believed that unity in doctrine was more important than actual truth. The leaders did all the thinking for us, believing that they came to their conclusions by inspiration.
Complete the following sentence: If everyone could have more _______, _______, and ________; the ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Food, sex and sleep.
What are your weaknesses?
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
I went to a training session to help pass the examination for the American Postal Service. They told me that if the interviewers ask me what my weaknesses are, I am to convert my weaknesses into strengths. In other words, my weakness is that I love my family too much or I can't help assisting everyone I know to make the best of themselves. I don't know for sure what my real weaknesses are. Maybe not telling enough people to go fuck themselves. I think I should have challenged people more but my idea of being a good Christian wouldn't let me do that. Now I'm an an elderly man and an atheist and I still don't challenge people. I walk away.
A very logical and well thought out argument [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
William Laine Craig holds his own very well against our favourite atheists. I like listening to him to hear how well-educated folk think about religion. When all is said and done, though, I think Craig is an apologist, not just in the sense of defending faith, but in the ordinary sense too of just making excuses for God. The YouTube video between himself and Lawrence Krauss was really good. Craig's reasoning for justifying God's command to commit genocide against the Canaanite people is shocking. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb1-F_UEtS4&t=238s
Language is important, at least it is to me. As is logical, rational thinking. So if I am wrong I ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Let me think out loud: I’m sure there is a god I’m sure there isn’t a god I’m not sure either way If I’m not sure there is a god, there is no god in my life. There might be a god but he and I don’t have a relationship. I’m not an atheist because I’m not stating emphatically that there is no god.
Gearing up for Father's day BBQ. Sangria... rest overnight in the fridge. Done!
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Have a great day!
Famous last words...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
That makes me wonder if all the world's a movies set and we're just actors, and the Great Director in the sky knows all the answers.
The Feared Path to Serenity. Take me away, To my mind's eye. Take me away, To where dreams ...
brentan comments on Jun 16, 2018:
Gosh, that's a very good poem. I wish I could say "Pull your socks up, man" but sometimes there isn't the inner strength to do even that. That I know. I don't know what horrors cause a person to take permanent refuge in alcohol or how hereditary alcoholism works.
Yup, that would produce the sort of person who would believe this crapola
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2018:
In the first case, brothers and sisters would have had children. In the second case, it would be first cousins.
How do you feel about drivers who text and drive?
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Manslaughter on wheels. They should be punished severely. I'm not sure what the punishment should be.
If I tell you my best reason for labeling myself as an Agnostic Humanist, will you tell me one ...
brentan comments on Jun 15, 2018:
Agnostic Humanist as opposed to what?
"Humanism is the transformation of this Christian doctrine of salvation into a project of universal ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2018:
Here's the first three paragraphs from The Goal of Humanism. It is on their Truth Magazine website at ://www.truthmagazine.com/archives/volume28/GOT028224.html As a philosophy, humanism has several goals. Among some of humanism's positive goals are: (1) freedom in the realm of civil liberties; (2) world peace; (3) elimination of poverty; (4) world unity; etc. These aspirations may be summarized by saying that humanism hopes to make this world "heaven" on earth. Humanists deny life after death and are concentrating their energies on improving this world. Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices. Man's most sacred duty, and at the same time his most glorious opportunity, is to promote the maximum fulfilment of the evolutionary process on this earth; and this includes the fullest realization of his own inherent possibilities.
Shakespeare was born over 400 years ago and most people have some idea who he was, will anyone ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2018:
I'm not sure it would matter much to me.
Today is a new day
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2018:
I don't know who is more scary!!!!
Favorite Band/Musician?
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2018:
James Taylor Yes
"Humanism is the transformation of this Christian doctrine of salvation into a project of universal ...
brentan comments on Jun 14, 2018:
I think secular humanism is a modified version of Judeo-Christian values. It adds values such as equality for minorities and subtracts laws such as stoning adulterers. But I've never actually read a mission statement of a secular humanist group so I don't know how they express their goals and values. I have a fear that as the average Western person loses awareness of Judeo-Christian values and the average secular humanist tends to be academic or intellectual, there will be a huge proportion of people in society with no sense of objective values at all.
An oldy but goody
brentan comments on Jun 13, 2018:
Such a nice man. I blame his father.
IHOB response from Wendy's
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2018:
Happy memories - all those syrups!
Singapore and Photo op. No matter what your opinion of Donald Trump is, his policies or the current ...
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2018:
I can see it now. Trump gets the Nobel Peace Prize for North Korea and with that out of the way he then prepares to start war with Iran. He will delight Israel and the fundies back home but cause utter havoc in the Middle East.
Believe in you
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2018:
Whatever you do, don't be self-deprecating. It doesn't pay anymore. Speak well of yourself.
Devine wisdom, or sevant....one who all the sudden wakes up and KNOWS stuff they've never studied?
brentan comments on Jun 11, 2018:
That would be wonderful in college!
We all have some flaws.Do you have any of these?
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I really wanted to have at least one of those flaws so I could fit in. Darn it, it sucks being flawless.
Can you believe how many fucking churches there are?
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2018:
There sure is great variety. The wonderful thing about them is they all preach the absolute spiritual truth, even though they disagree. You can rest assured you are on the narrow path to salvation and enjoy the fact that all those other losers are on the broad road to damnation.
How can I stop acting feminine/gay?
brentan comments on Jun 10, 2018:
I think testosterone injections for starters. Add to that alcohol abuse, aggression and bad language. Watch John Wayne movies and study his mannerisms. Be careful, though, not to copy his weird walk!
I just discovered this awesome book for those unbelieving 12 steppers amount us. [amazon.com]
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2018:
I'm sure that believing in a god is a great motivator and it gives a person a higher power to look to for support. I was a very addicted smoker and had to give cigarettes up to become a Jehovah's Witness. It was a dreadful experience (yes, being a JW was a dreadful experience too) but my wish to please god pushed me through barriers that I could never have motivated myself to overcome just for my own sake. I've never heard of a similarly powerful secular alernative to the 12 steps but it would be great if spirituality was powerful enough to motivate without the religion bit. I suspect that a belief in the afterlife is part of this spirituality.
Ok, I admit to being a spelling and diction Nazi. I try mightily to "Speak The King's English" and ...
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2018:
I really like good English. I would read Joseph Conrad books even if they had no story. I'm Irish so I'm raised on lots of travesties of the English language. Many of them are very funny. I think it mostly has to do with lower income people getting a very bad education. I read enough to know how language aspires to express complex ideas and inspires through communication. I think it's criminal that poor people can be robbed of a share in this level of consciousness. Using 'axe' instead of 'ask' sounds bad but not being able to 'axe' the right questions is worse.
Why don't men actually READ and pay attention to women's profiles before sending "I think we'd be a ...
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2018:
That's a curious post. I think you're being mostly serious, though. I get the idea that you're attracting and rejecting men at the same time. You seem to be telling men that you're open to meeting somebody but you are so accomplished you don't need anyone. Even if they have a talent for something, such as cooking, you will reject that talent. If you're discouraging men who are less academic than yourself, that's probably a good thing, unless he happened to be a very special person.
Solving the Pronoun Problem "I propose that simple solution, a small change in language that ...
brentan comments on Jun 8, 2018:
I don't like that idea. It would be worse in America where people are referred to as he or she when they are right there beside you. Everybody would just be a thing.
Is This Really The United States?- Redneck Area?
brentan comments on Jun 7, 2018:
I'm sure they're just misunderstood.
Is there anyone here who isn't "into weed?"
brentan comments on Jun 7, 2018:
I never really got into it. I was brought up in a culture of alcohol. My two sons both prefer weed.
Thankful to Miss America for eliminating the swimsuit competition, even if they still insist on ...
brentan comments on Jun 6, 2018:
So long, Miss World, where women parade their beauty for the male world. Men, always interested in the physical side of female beauty! Women don't care how they look. They especially never cared how other women look.
I love your thoughts on this one. [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jun 6, 2018:
Brian Wilson being murdered for Christ.
Guys, please reconsider using plastic bags while shopping. Washable canvas bags cost a few dollars....
brentan comments on Jun 6, 2018:
I have the Mother Gaia way of thinking so I do my best to recycle and avoid plastic bags. I have two small bags that fit in my pocket. But the guys at the shop counter seem to take it personal. "Oh, I *suppose* you don't need a bag" and words to that effect. What's that about? Could the profit on plastic bags be good?
Could you stay isolated for five days in total isolation as an asocial experiment?
brentan comments on Jun 6, 2018:
That a good one. I do that anyway without trying to be antisocial.
I had the meeting st interesting discussion on the topic The opposite of addiction is connection. ...
brentan comments on Jun 6, 2018:
I think of addiction as having a big empty space inside that needs to be filled. I'm not sure connection is the answer because so many people can make the situation worse. It's something to do with feeling fulfilled. I'm not sure how people can achieve that 'in this graceless age' as Glen Frey sang.
I'm a survivor, how about you???
brentan comments on Jun 6, 2018:
Yes, I guess I am a survivor. But every time I look at the news or read the paper, oh dear, people suffer. I'm probably just somewhere in the middle for problems. How things go seem to be in the lap of the gods, so to speak. Best to be grateful things aren't so much worse.
I drive by a Johovahs witness ware house/church all the time. They have the gates locked while cars...
brentan comments on Jun 6, 2018:
Preaching is a one-way street for the JWs. They used always complain that traditional clergy were remote and inaccessible. Once they became established, they behaved the same way.
Got a book (or poem, come to that) you consider particularly erotic? I think I'd go for Anais ...
brentan comments on Jun 5, 2018:
I think Lady Chatterly's Lover, but I'm not sure if I read the book or watched it on TV.
So, am I sitting here typing right now due only to an utterly improbable sequence of events that go ...
brentan comments on Jun 5, 2018:
And here I am recognising your post and replying to it. I guess I'm here thanks to the big-bang but this reply is more than that. It's the problem - consciousness, this ability to look inwards and question things to a degree you demonstrated in your post. But maybe I'm jumping the gun and should only be thinking here about how we got to be who we are. Destiny, God's will, biology! Combinations of those things. Are there any more possible reasons? I think that it is very improbable you will come to be the person you are at any time before your birth but once you are born, you can take it that it was always meant to be.
The bible clearly shows that Jesus could not control his temper and on one occasion went crazy and ...
brentan comments on Jun 5, 2018:
It would be better to compare what happened back then to some entrepreneurs using the premises of a cathedral as a marketplace. If the priest got angry and drove them out, he might be arrested for aggression but serious questions would be asked about the abuse of the premises by the businessmen. In John's Gospel, Jesus' anger is explained in chapter 2, verse 17 "His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” This is in Psalm 69:9.
Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians - The Atlantic
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
It is fascinating, and horrifying too, to see how playing with words can seem to alter the truth.
I've recently realized that for most of my life I was a romantic, playing with gauzy notions about ...
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I think it's about aspiring to better things. To try to give life meaning. Poets and religious folk share a search for meaning. I gave up religion late in life. I seemed to shift quickly and naturally (for me) into art and culture. It's not real in the sense of eternal but it gives my current life meaning as I read more and more about what it is to be human and how we developed over history. In one sense, all I'm doing is diverting myself from reality. In another sense, my head is full of the richness that culture give us through art, literature, theatre etc. I hope you too have or find something (or indeed, someone) to love, to give meaning to life.
The US Supreme Court has sided with the baker who refused, on religious grounds, to make a wedding ...
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
I'm not bothered much about the cake issue. Mostly it was about gay activists targeting fervent Christians. And it's not about the cake, it's about what goes on top. Having a socialist tendency, I never thought I would be happy to hear 'let the market decide'. I never heard of the decorations, such as two guys kissing, being sold separately. Maybe they are. That could help too.
The man Jesus can also be accused of hatred for the Jewish leaders, or maybe it was jealousy because...
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
It's true that Jesus gave the religious leaders verbal lashings and could be violent towards furniture. He seems to have friendly relations with some religious leaders and we can infer how well he got on with Joseph of Arimathea. He hated hypocrisy and the way religious tradition had perverted the spirit of the law. Having said that in defence of Jesus' dealings with the these guys, I also feel sure it is a myth and was used to check rebellion in Judea.
Any poetry suggestions? Ted Hughes, for example? Apple Tragedy So on the seventh day The ...
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
This is my favourite poem. It’s by Gerard Manley Hopkins. Margaret gets her first sense of decay as the trees ‘unleave’ in autumn. The poet thinks about how she’ll encounter decay and death in more profound ways as she goes through life. He finishes with the thought that the bottom line for young Margaret (who I think must stand for all of us) is that she has had the first inkling of the sense of her own death. To a young child Margaret, are you grieving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leaves, like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! as the heart grows older It will come to such sights colder By and by, nor spare a sigh Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie; And yet you will weep know why. Now no matter, child, the name: Sorrow’s springs are the same. Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed What heart heard of, ghost guessed: It is the blight man was born for, It is Margaret you mourn for.
Any poetry suggestions? Ted Hughes, for example? Apple Tragedy So on the seventh day The ...
brentan comments on Jun 4, 2018:
To me, it reads like an archetype for Saturday nights after the pub. We read all about it in the Sunday papers. Well, perhaps not all about it. The emotional distress, family breakup, betrayal are suffered privately.
Do you feel that the current trend in universities being/having a "safe space" is detrimental or ...
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
"You want to be safe - stay home with your mom" - Jordon Peterson on safe spaces.
Do you read Tolkien? C. S. Lewis?
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I would like to read C.S. Lewis because I'm always interested in religious conversations and many references are made to the arguments in his books.
How are you different from most people ?
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I'm probably somewhere on the autistic scale, the Asperger Syndrome. There is no way for an adult to test for it in my country so I'm just guessing. I'm honest and not tactful, intelligent but not clever. Old age has allowed me to remove myself from society apart from necessary dealings, but nonetheless I keep an eye out for more solid contact.
Reasons to Remain Single
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I was married for 25 years. I'm separated now. One of the really nicest things I enjoy about being single is reading in bed at night, with some music playing too! On a different but related issue, what about the MGTOW guys who have renounced relationships with women? Between Incels and MGTOWs, it's becoming a strange world.
Is anyone else on Goodreads? I keep all my read and to-read titles there and would love to compare ...
brentan comments on Jun 3, 2018:
I'm on Goodreads too. For a long time, I've only gone on the site accidentally, thinking it a book store. But for some reason,it knows the last book I was reading. Perhaps I was a bit intoxicated because I really enjoy having a drink and reading. The site says not all books are being displayed in the read section but they are working to fix it. In my case, it only shows the last book I was reading. We all seem to have very different tastes but sure, not send me your profile. Mine is Swords Shakespeare.
Sometimes life just throws a big pile of shit at you and then laughs. I'm homeless for two weeks...
brentan comments on Jun 2, 2018:
Family can be a big disappointment and still we expect so much from them. In Dante's Inferno, he puts betrayers in the lowest circle of hell.
Ladies: I’m curious. For those of you raised in a religious household, were you told you ...
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Even as a youngster, I always wanted to stay clean down there. In a family of six boys, it seemed very odd indeed that anyone might ask for anything more than toilet tissue. But I never felt ‘right’ without more protection. When in my late teens, I finally got my mother to consider purchasing serious hygienic products for me. I liked the security of the pad but the tampon had a little ‘je ne sais pas’ that felt good inside. When I went to college and met more people outside the family circle, I discovered that pads and tampons were for women and my need for inner cleanliness called for different solutions. I still sometimes blush at my innocence but I must admit I miss the tampons.
Can you name the next president?
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I keep reading about this young whippersnapper from the Kennedy family.
Here is a question for men: how do you react to a woman crying? Not because she saw something sappy ...
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
1. Recognise that tears validate everything she says 2. Accept blame if possible 3. If you are not to blame, offer to beat up the offender 4. Try to turn the situation into an opportunity for sex
Why Are Atheists Generally Smarter Than Religious People? | HuffPost
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
The apostle Paul laid out the reason for the lack of wise ones in the faith at 1 Corinthians 1:26-30: Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. The odd thing about this is Paul himself was very intelligent and he practically gave us Christianity as we know it today. In my years as a Christian, I found my fellow Christians to be very proud of their lack of wisdom by human standards. I didn’t find that lack of wisdom by human standards was any indication of wisdom in spiritual matters. Perhaps I shouldn’t make judgment; call it an observation.
A Massive Clue on Pregnancy And The Development of Schizophrenia Was Just Found
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
Super! I really hope cancer is next. I wonder, though, will it mean schizophrenia can be cured or be a situation where pregnancies will be terminated to stop the afflicted person coming to be born. That would raise another moral dilemma like terminating pregnancies of children with Down's Syndrome.
The apple didn't fall far from the tree. My adult son came to me last year and asked for help going ...
brentan comments on Jun 1, 2018:
I wish you all the best. I can't imagine how difficult it must be to deal with the addiction. Then to worry about your son's addiction. I hope you stay strong and over time, both of you stay sober.
What Time do you get up in the morning?
brentan comments on May 31, 2018:
I'm not familiar with morning. I read into the night, it just seems right. Recently, I broke my arm and the appointment times I got to have it X-rayed were for times like 8 or 9 am. What a shock to the system to be up at 6.30! And this dream-like sequence I experienced, seeing all these people moving around with coffee in paper cups as if that was a perfectly reasonable activity. I was disturbed by it and I'm going to be more careful in future to avoid accidents because I never want to experience it again!
Does anyone think we will live in a post-religious society?
brentan comments on May 31, 2018:
I think Ireland fits the label. I was a boy in the 60s when Ireland was a very oppressive society. The country has shown signs that it no longer accepts the authority of the Catholic Church, voting not too long ago for gay marriage and just recently for abortion. We are expecting a visit from the Pope in a couple of months so it will be interesting to see how the public react to that.

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