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brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Hi. I'm real close to finishing Hitchens' God Is Not Great. I'm not sure what you mean by 'putting things in perspective'. Do you mean you find what these guys are saying very troubling?
What do you do on Sundays?
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
I try to make sure I have something to do on Sundays. It must be the most incorrectly named day in Ireland. It is just about never sunny. It is a dull, depressing day. I'm glad when Monday comes and the world is busy again. I don't want to join them, though. I just want to use the facilities (no, not the toilets, I mean the library, café, etc.)
road poem On the land where I live lies the traces of an old road.
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
All roads now lead from the suburbs to the malls. I particularly liked 'the deeds held by thickets and hardwoods'.
The Pope Francis mythology that he is somehow "different" is hogwash.
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Yes, only secular law can stop them. The Roman Catholic Church has used the confessional as a front to avoid taking crime to law. The Jehovah's Witness have used the two-witness rule to the same effect (Deuteronomy 19:15; Matthew 18:15-17). While the spirit of law is the pursuit of justice, church law is used to subvert it. But I think (and hope) their time is up.
Before and After Science I am a lion I am a hunter, a conquering soldier The Emperor ...
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Excellent - clutching defeat from the jaws of victory. Life is hard!
No disrespect intended but either it's real or fake?
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
God seems to take an entirely different perspective on the relationship between young people and clergy: Later, Elisha left there to go up to Bethel, and as he was traveling along the road, some insignificant young men came from the city and started mocking him. They told him, "Get on up, baldy! Get on up, baldy!" He looked behind him, took note of the young men, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. Suddenly two female bears emerged from the woods and mauled forty-two of the young men. 2 Kings 2:23, 24.
How to cure Nihilism
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Here's a socio-economic view of the problem, called Shit-Life Syndrome in The Guardian:
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives.
brentan comments on Aug 19, 2018:
Here's another observation to add to the equation: I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. - Ecclesiastes 9:11. I think the difference between the two is that one speaks from the perspective of all life over a very long period and the other speaks of human life in a shorter period. One way or the other, it pays to be able to adapt.
Some of the suggestions I see in this Senate group help me to understand the abuses of power by the ...
brentan comments on Aug 18, 2018:
I think abuses are unavoidable in hierarchical organisations. Power corrupts, we know. There is so often a problem with cliques. It's a big ask that people act so principled that they put the rules for fairness above their own wishes every time. But I don't think that means be silent about it. Hierarchies need criticism to keep some kind of order or they'll just get worse.
corpocracy-a society in which corporations have much economic and political power.
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Is America a fascist country? Perhaps a huge number of countries are now fascist, including my own.
PERPETUATE: per-pet-u-ate.
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2018:
I didn't think it had to have a negative connotation.
Contrary to rumors, I am still alive.
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2018:
He probably wanted your company so he made excuses to keep you searching.
Hope you all are enjoying anything good in your day for whatever reason it happens to be going on in...
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Thanks. I'm re-reading Antony and Cleopatra! I hope you're doing something nice too!
TRANSUBSTANTIATION: tran-sub-stan-ti-a-tion.
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2018:
I'm not so horrified as some people are about the allusion to cannabilism. I think Jesus explained the notion of what his body and blood signified in scripture. Blood had been the symbol of life since the time of Noah, never mind Moses and his law. Bread, too, had a long history of being interpreted as the food of God, e.g. manna in the wilderness. The Eucharist sacrament is the re-presentation of the Passover meal, when the practice was initiated.It probably should be an annual affair, like it is for the Jehovah's Witnesses, but nobody knows for sure.
The point and level system: points are awarded indiscriminately and therefore encourages many short...
brentan comments on Aug 17, 2018:
Applying points according to quality would be very subjective. Time-consuming too, I think. Maybe it's best just to ignore it and get on with the discussions. I read that the T-shirts can be bought at any level now. I'm also not certain that the levels on the site are a reflection of success as a person. They might be indirectly proportional to each other.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so. Mark Twain
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2018:
The things that you're liable To read in the Bible It ain't necessarily so.
"Ella tiene muchas riquezas pero no se ve feliz.
brentan comments on Aug 16, 2018:
Tienes razón!
Well I just found out I hit Level 7 today.
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
I hoped I would get invited to join the Freemasons but so far no. Maybe next time. At least we get to approve some posts at Level 7. Oh, the power......
My tribe is filled with open-minded individuals.
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
That sounds fair enough!
Hey all, So I started a new job this week and it is quite overwhelming.
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
My experience says leave and look for something less demanding.
Faking Reality: Why people embrace conspiracy theories. []
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
I think we are very weak as one person in society as a whole and that can give rise to a sense of victimhood but we can be as strong as we like in our interactions and attitudes with the world.
This could benefit universal health care.
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
They've come a long way from the guy walking the dusty roads, lucky to get three squares and a bed for the night.
Pennsylvania Catholic paedophiles: if this was a non religious organization, it would have been ...
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
If only Jesus would stop forgiving them, but he won't.
It occurs to me topics would flow much more nicely if the default setting went from oldest to newest...
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Yes, I like to follow a thread in chronological order too. It's counter-intuitive to read from the bottom and move up, and also having to go down to read replies to posts.
Have you notice through out history the envading conquaring force forces their religion onto their ...
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
How to steal, rape and kill and get God's love in the process. Now that's a win-win situation!
The unavoidability of worship... []
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
When we began college, we got an excellent talk from the governer of Dublin's old prison, Mountjoy Jail. He focussed our minds on the good luck we enjoyed compared to those in our age group who were inmates of the prison. Looking back on it now, I think it was a fight against arrogance. It was an unwinnable fight against the forces of a four year degree that students took as a sign of superiority. I really appreciated this man's fellow-feeling for the check-out worker. I liked the notion that we will all end up worshipping something so use your ability to think to worship something worthwhile.
No religion No God No problem
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
I wonder.
Especially important for those that don't believe in the afterlife ...
brentan comments on Aug 15, 2018:
Gosh, I'm going to be busy.
BISON In the place where I was born the horizon doesn't exist.
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Somehow or other, it seems spiritual. I can't articulate why, I just feel it. Well done!
[] the real deal. What a song
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Here's a similar idea from rural Ireland several decades ago: O stony grey soil of Monaghan The laugh from my love you thieved; You took the gay child of my passion And gave me your clod-conceived. You clogged the feet of my boyhood And I believed that my stumble Had the poise and stride of Apollo And his voice my thick tongued mumble. You told me the plough was immortal! O green-life conquering plough! The mandril stained, your coulter blunted In the smooth lea-field of my brow. You sang on steaming dunghills A song of cowards' brood, You perfumed my clothes with weasel itch, You fed me on swinish food You flung a ditch on my vision Of beauty, love and truth. O stony grey soil of Monaghan You burgled my bank of youth! Lost the long hours of pleasure All the women that love young men. O can I stilll stroke the monster's back Or write with unpoisoned pen His name in these lonely verses Or mention the dark fields where The first gay flight of my lyric Got caught in a peasant's prayer. Mullahinsa, Drummeril, Black Shanco- Wherever I turn I see In the stony grey soil of Monaghan Dead loves that were born for me. - Stony Grey Soil by Patrick Kavanagh
brentan comments on Aug 14, 2018:
Turn your stumbling blocks into stepping-stones!
Political and social writing is nowadays almost completely tribal.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
People are finding a lot of comfort in identity politics. The leaders, I guess, love the fanboys.
A little reminder about perfection.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
When I was a Jehovah's Witness, I was told that perfection in the Bible meant completeness. I'm not certain they are right but it would mean a perfect person was someone complete in themselves rather than just good-looking.
So misunderstood.....
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Darcy and Eliza Bennett sharing their pride and prejudice.
So if the point of this site is a sort of safe haven for non-believers, how do believers find their ...
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Where is my guaranteed safe space? Don't answer, it's too sad.
As the Earth travels a 1000 miles an hour creating our present we thrive because of what was left ...
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
It was very insightful of our ancestors to look to the skies for meaning and not time.
"If you never heal from what hurt you, you will bleed on people who never cut you.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Good argument for letting things slide.
To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before!
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
To boldly go where no shopping mall has been built. Oh, the horror!
I just heard the term apatheist.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Chilled Christians. Moderate Muslims. ............... Jews. ............... Hindus.
I was just informed I am now Level 6.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
You got a great deal- well done!
Anyone go to mental health support groups?
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I went to a few when I was young. I don't know what to make of them or if they help people in any way.
I may not be the funniest guy or most attractive guy or the smartest guy or the richest guy.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
But, but, but....
orgulous - means proud
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Yes, I came across that in Spanish - orgulloso.
Which instrument do you wish you had learned when you were young?
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Guitar, so I could have been popular at parties.
How much loneliness causes depression and anxiety.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
I see it as a result of loss of community. The spirit of the age seems to centre on the individual - the age of the smartphone, headphones, selfies. It's a bit shocking to think cave-dwellers might have had better sense of community than we do. The only thing that I think can save a person from the effects of loneliness is a sense of fulfilment in themselves. In other words, how much of worth can they draw from themselves. I would fear for people whose sense of worth was entirely external, based perhaps on a skill that is no longer required or taken over by younger people.
CUNNILINGUS: cun-ni-lin-gus.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
A word well known to cunning linguists.
Cable, Dish, Antenna, or Streaming? How do you watch TV.
brentan comments on Aug 13, 2018:
Streaming on an android box. It works well except for live TV.
Pro-Lifer's next target......
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
The modern-day Onan, shirking his responsibilities (no, 'shirking your responsibilites' is not a euphemism for jerking yourself off).
I just joined but so far , I think I'm going to like it.
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
Hi. Welcome. I think you'll like it here. There's enough like-minded people to give a sense of kinship, and enough debate to stop it becoming an echo chamber.
What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
Lady Gaga told me I dress weird.
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
I would listen to her - she would know.
I wrote this in response to those that ask me "what if science is wrong?
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
I think we need science and spirituality. I definitely think we should dump the Judeo-Christian patriarchal god and go for something more like Buddhism. Maybe use Buddhism to wean us away from religion and just think on a cosmic level instead of focusing on salvation. I see my society hurting because it has abandoned the old beliefs and left stumbling around in the dark. I think they are stumbling around in the dark looking for meaning but no new meaning has been articulated yet that has the authority religion used to have.
Dating age range.
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
I do. I would like to meet someone ten years-ish younger than me. Mind you, I can't afford to be very choosey.
Two kids were hanging out with me and my dog in the park.
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
That was a case of leading the witness but it could have gone very badly.
ESOTERIC: es-o-ter-ic.
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
I would love to belong to an esoteric group, like the ancient mystery schools. I suppose the modern equivalent is something like the Freemasons.
Made this meme because it’s a good reminder to dive deeply.
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
Arrest those pervs immediately!
How have you changed the weakneses your mental illness gave you into strengths?
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
I think by persevering. Being too stubborn to go under.
Man, this depression is getting to me.
brentan comments on Aug 12, 2018:
I wish you well. I've experienced it, along with a failed suicide attempt, which I've always been grateful was a failure. All I know, from my own case, is that it can go. Medical knowledge is building all the time. I can't recommend exercise highly enough. Walking is so good for the mind as well as the body. But who wants to put in the effort when they're depressed? Please force yourself to help yourself. If you can, take a look at Jordon Peterson's 12 Rules For Life, Rule 2, 'Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping'.
i just discovered that i'm host to a group that i didn't found.
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
'some have greatness thrust upon them'
That About Sums It Up!
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Lol, I guess that's what an insular education gets you.
What Does Immersing Yourself in a Book Do To Your Brain? | Literary Hub
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
It raises my spirits. Seriously, the shit some people know. Right now it's The Language Of Creation by Matthieu Pageau. I don't know what I would do without these people.
I don't care if this 11 yr old told the cop to "go fuck himself," (which he didn't ) what this ...
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Whatever happened to 'boys will be boys'?
Tory Scum !
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
It is an appalling show of incompetence and must thoroughly destroy any confidence the public would hope to have in their leaders. If it's any consolation, the only thing that makes British politicians look more incompetent than some of their counterparts everywhere else is the complexity of their problem and the time limit imposed to resolve it.
Always let the lord guide you
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I'm disappointed with that woman. She looks so nice.
Good decision
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Even though we're not strictly talking about wine, I think it was a case of 'in vino veritas'. Leaving aside all that, it's good to see people making sound decisions.
Is empathy the root of human morality ?
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I think it began as a transaction which was not just an agreement to support each other in need, but also as an investment in the future in the sense of insurance against need. If so, that's a hell of a concept for a cave-dweller to ideate. It's astonishing to think how that idea, which I think is akin to barter, reached its apotheosis over time in the Christian notion of a man-god investing in his own death to buy himself a better position in heaven and support and save all mankind in the process.
Jesus is the way...
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
That's a really cute bum. She's nice too.
Just saying hello. Very new to this app & still learning how to use it. Drop a hello or ?. ?
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Hi. Welcome to the forum. It doesn't take long to get the hang of it.
Why do humans form friendships?
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Those are great questions. I had an idealistic understanding of friendship. Maybe like blood-brothers. A bond, while not as strong as an ideal loyalty in marriage, but quite strong. If those days ever existed, I think they are gone. Friendship might simply reduce (or already has) into groups who use each other for recreation without bonds, to avoid solitary entertainment.
Further proof that Buddhism is more about mindfulness and taking personal responsibility and not ...
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I never heard of that treatment. I had to look it up. It looks useful for everyone, not just the mentally ill.
What is something that is absolutely worth the money? (I say, TP, never buy the cheap stuff)
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Arm and Hammer every time.
I know I get "testy", "annoyed", "insulted" & generally intolerant of some folks here.
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Little specks irritating the heck out of other little specks.
Have you ever been devastated by a lie?
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I think betrayal lies at the heart of it. Good old Dante put betrayers in the lowest circle of Hell.
Many years ago I was so fortunate to attend a concert by Sharom Kam, gifted clarinettist, in ...
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Super piece of music! Your poem captures the spirit of what's happening very well.
They Are All Assholes.
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
I don't believe it was ever any different. These guys understand that they live in a culture that just doesn't care, as Melania pointed out so poetically.
Let's talk about the other side of the "Shithole Country" debate.
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
What happened to Sweden? It's usually the trio of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.
Well here I am sitting the bar, drinking a cold one.
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Hello and welcome. I hope you find the topics interesting.
If I should slip.
brentan comments on Aug 11, 2018:
Super poem. I love the basic premise of problematic life and then taken in stages through slip, trip and fall. Very clever. But more than clever, heart-felt, beautifully worded and constructed.
Discussion Ideas for Psych 101?
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I think they would be very interested in the dynamics of identity politics.
I am new here and utterly lost. Just testing the waters. Thank you! Everyone is so welcoming.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Hi and welcome! You'll soon get used to it.
Boris Johnson's burka jibe: Why do some Muslim women wear the veil? - BBC News
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
It was a witty comment. I'm also thinking "when in Rome" but maybe it's a bit much when someone's faith is involved. I think a ban should only be considered in time of martial law.
I just really wanted wanted to get it out there that I detest Laura Ingraham and everything she ...
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
She was really cute in Little House On The Prairie.
Albeit - although, even though.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Imagine your situation if you lived in Idiocracy...sorry, not thinking.
XXX rated Some of the best pussy out there.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I feel cheated!
Isn't it about time for a new "chosen prophet" yet?
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I'm almost ready. Be patient. It will be awesome!
Is Rap Music? - YouTube
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I suppose it must be but it's not my cup o'tea. Anyway I'm old. I only have one rap album. It's by The Roots, called 'And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. It's experimental, moving from classic music to street to hiphop and back.
Well hi guys new on here
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
You're very welcome!
The Beatles or the Stones?
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I would pick The Beatles too.
EMOLUMENT: e-mol-u-ment.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I get a 'Word For The Day' e-mail every day with a new word and its meaning. It also tells a bit about the etymology of the word, which can be very educational in its own right. Here's the one for emolument: Latin Ä“molumentum advantage, benefit, equivalent to Ä“mol(ere) to grind out, produce by grinding
Hey, anyone here obsessed with Audio books like I am?
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I feel my eyesight is going to last a lot longer thanks to audio books. Recently, I've read Crime and Punishment and also The Master and Margarita. I didn't buy them, I listened to them on YouTube.
You should think that we are all under a Petri dish.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Many of us see the South as a combination of arrogance and ignorance. What is it about the place that suits you?
A picture is worth a thousand words, LMAO..
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Science debate
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Would science debates not just be echo chambers for the academically-accepted ideas?
Allows I think about best friend
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
That's a strange post.
My weekend forecast, what's yours? ?
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Remember - be wicked responsibly.
Can’t argue with this statement.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
I'll bet Benny puts on a hell of a show!
The library on Queen Mary, awesome. Queen Mary 2.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Which Mary?
Rolling Stones; Would this song even be released today?
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
They sound like they deserve each other. I wonder was it marriage that made the change?
Hmmmm, "admin" professes to "reject" online media, though not only is he here on agnostic.
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
Hi. I've just joined the group. Does it really matter what admin thinks about things. Does their opinion impinge on the rights of others to express their opinions?
[] OMGosh WTF
brentan comments on Aug 10, 2018:
The poor child. Maggots were living in her gum. This must be down to poverty. I hope they fixed her up real well.


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