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I know this guy's a 'tad' religious, however, I can't help but agree with a lot of what he ...
brentan comments on Aug 2, 2018:
It's weird to think his opinion on the subject is important because so many people think he's inspired by God. Saying that, I don't know if he claimed this opinion is infallible. He's such a fake. Even some Catholics say he is a 'pope for the unbelievers' because he does nothing for Catholics and spends all his time trying to make Catholicism look good to unbelievers.
Vicente Fernandez - Aca Entre Nos - YouTube
brentan comments on Aug 2, 2018:
This was great. I began feeling sure it was a parody. Now I'm not sure. Here's a translation of the lyrics from Google: Here Among Us sung by Vicente Fernandez For showing off I told my friends That in love No pain annihilates me What to prove them I forgot your kisses And they were enough A few shots of tequila I told them that I found With another love And that in her arms I was ceasing to love you I hate you From the day of your betrayal And that there are moments That I have wished until your death Here between us I want you to know the truth I have not stopped worshiping you There in my sad loneliness I have wanted to scream Run out and ask What has happened to your life Here between us I will always remember you And today, next to me, you're no longer There is nothing left to confess That I can not stand That I am hating without hating Why do I breathe through the wound And there is a martyr There is no doubt that pain is also sung When you cry you can not Here between us
Johnny Flynn, theme song from 'The Detectorists'.
brentan comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Very nice, a fine gritty voice and nice finger-picking. Is that the TV series about the two English guys who search for old treasures in the ground? I saw the first series and loved the easy pace of the story and how human the main characteres were.
If one has these 3 gifts.
brentan comments on Aug 2, 2018:
I think you'd be on your way to a morally good life. In the business world, you might not stand a chance. In marriage, your wife might prefer a man out kicking ass for a living.
I hate memes, except those that are true !
brentan comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Sometimes we think very similar to the way Muslims think. Here's a link to a Muslim cleric explaining why women shouldn't drive. He's boldly saying what many men are thinking. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-woman-driving-ban-remain-lack-intellect-men-sexism-sheikh-saad-al-hajari-islamic-leader-a7960501.html
How do you decide which books to keep and which to let go?
brentan comments on Aug 2, 2018:
Keep the books you've read and have made a big impact on you. Never dump these. They are your soul. Dump the ones you always intend to read. They'll always be there and never read.
Call me Dave brought up an interesting question.
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I do get a thanks 90% of the time. The thanks matters to me because it signifies that politeness, which I think graces a society, is still alive and well.
Tommy Robinson freed on bail as court orders retrial Appeal court quashes finding of contempt ...
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
It will be a judicial case of thesis, antithesis and synthesis.
Im kinda a socially awkward person, any advice on how to become more casual with my social ...
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I think reading something about Asperger's Syndrome would help, whether you're on it or not.
I don’t know how historically legit this message is but it sounds cool ?
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I'll bet they loved him!
I am, at the same time, deeply saddened and deeply angered by the degree of fraud and corruption ...
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I think there's no pretense anymore with free market capitalism. It's survival of the fittest totally stripped of the laws and morality that restricted excess. Sadly, I think it's what our parents wanted and also what we wanted, as we all joined in to gradually lower the bar and promote the focus on the individual.
Do you usually root for the good guy or villain in a movie?
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
I like those movies where the good guy wins out and the bad guy gets his ass kicked within 2 hours. I think it was the law in America that the bad guy had to lose out in the end. They didn't want to encourage crime.
This was pretty interesting: [youtu.be]
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Christopher Hitchins claims in his book God Is Not Great that Stalin's Russia was superimposed on the Greek Orthodox doctrines of his time. Sam Harris repeated this idea recently at a conference in Dublin. I haven't got or read the book and haven't found the relevant information online. The only information I've read so far is here: https://skeptoid.com/episodes/4076
All of reality is one. We're still in the singularity.
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
You must admit it doesn't feel like it.
I'm perhaps the most secular person in my intermediate family, since I've join this site I no longer...
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
It's good you've found a place where you can be yourself. I remember well not being able to say what I thought in religious company.
This is what theism is all about.
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
What - you mean the Plymouth Brethren weren't martyrs?
I am often a woman of few words - but lots of deep thoughts.
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
That's crafted very well! Not just the 5-7-5 style but also using the motorcycle ride as the vehicle to tell the story of a great start and a bad finish to love.
The ultimate hustle.
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
What's better than a good story but an eternal story, an archetypal story. Jordon Peterson explains these stories as enactments of dramas used to convey philosophical intuitions that had no language as yet. We have a lot of the language now and can express so much that we don't really need the dramas anymore. I hope, though, that we respectfully store these dramas so that future generations can always study the world we come from.
I am challenging myself in writing a short poem, thought, ideas, or anything else, every day.
brentan comments on Aug 1, 2018:
Time and images, and those images make a strong claim on reality. Well done!
109-Year-Old Woman Says Avoiding Men Is The Secret To A Long Life
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I dread to think what brought her to that conclusion.
That's my favorite position
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Or you could be itinerant about it. I mean that in the literal sense of the word, of course.
Another recent poem: The Busted Neon Loneliness I drink overpriced Chardonnay in a ...
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
As another poet said, 'a terrible beauty is born'. Or a film director portrayed in Taxi Driver. And as true as it is, it simply cannot be allowed to be everything. I hope Dostoevsky was right when he put the words into the mouth of the idiot 'beauty will save the world'. Well done for a wonderful poem!
Christian Zionism: The New Heresy that Undermines Middle East Peace – Middle East Monitor
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Maybe these people look on it as the price necessary to pay to bring in God's kingdom, making Palestinians collateral damage in the process while American fundies are safe at home. I doubt if the damage will stop there. Due to the inevitability that prophecy is always found false, no kingdom will come and who knows how bad things will get. I'm sure Christians will put the devastation in the Middle East down to prophecies about the Battle of Armageddon and delight in the carnage.
One of the delightful outcomes of the weekend byelections in Australia was the failure of a member ...
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Not such a downer after all! Best of luck with the new person!
I was hoping to post these two versions of a poem side by side, but didn't manage to do so.
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Well now, remind me not to mess with you! That poem is fierce and to the point (rapier point) and it was a clever idea to paraphrase it.
You guys are soooooo good for me! You don’t know how many times I have tried to write about this.
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
It's very helpful, hopefully as much for the writer as the reader, to outline what it is to be a human being.
Men. Does your testosterone motivate you besides sex?
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Haven't they known about this in sport for a very long time? For me, it means it puts 'pep in my step'. This 'pep' is an energy that can be applied to anything.
Moses, the real deal
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I can't remember what those little cakes were called!
Children are our past, present and future [facebook.com] I do hope this works
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
It brought me to a Facebook page where I had to request to join to see the full page.
The all new born babies are atheist before cheating them
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
They're probably atheist at birth because of original sin, according to at least Catholicism. I think that's why their parents want them baptised as soon as possible.
If at first you don't succeed, try try the gin!
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I don't drink gin but I agree with the 'spirit' of the post!
YouTube Punishes Atheist for Exposing Christian Who Wants Gay People Executed – Friendly Atheist
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I guess this has nothing to do with right and wrong. YouTube probably only cares about who might sue them.
So many chat rooms on this site.... ..yet I only see two used...? Is this common ?
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I didn't know that. Stagefright?
"You raise your voice when you should reinforce your argument.
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Maybe Sam had got to the stage where he had a retinue of yes-men when he wrote that!
Is virginity moral law for atheist?
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
I say no. Sex is not immoral. It's not to be trivialised either, what with serious consequences attached.
Any ideas for cutting back on caffeine?
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Sounds to me like your whole lifestyle is nothing but stress. But what to do if it's needed to pay bills? If it's a bit self-inflicted, may be time to go smelling roses instead of coffee.
Can't remember if I posted this one in one of the other groups or not.
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
That's a seriously well-made poem. I got the sense of the young girl's death, your death and my own.
New Atheism, Worse Than You Think
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Could it be a new church for belief in science - whites only, please! With a copy of The Selfish Gene in one hand and a firearm in the other, we'll track down out and extirpate the unprivileged, ignorant believers!
Last Journey Will I know death is coming for me?
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
That's sad and evocative. I love the names, I guess they're Native American.
Antinous: the Man-God Who Rivaled Jesus in the 2nd Century CE | The Autarkist
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
That's interesting. He's a kind of gay Jesus. I have always thought that Jesus was portrayed throughout history as a gay guy on a cross. Maybe that's because the painters were gay.
FLASH FICTION -- 101 WORDS OR LESS PEACE OF MIND?
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Was that Checkov's opinion that if a prop was present on the stage, it must be used? If only the Lances of this world (and I count myself among them) realised that in life, there can always be a new act, a new scene to be experienced if you don't close down the play.
Hi All.
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Super poem. I wonder how one finds the music, or perhaps the harmony, in such grey situations. Would a god, looking down simultaneously on both the good and the bad in this world, think it's all good, by some kind of divine rationalisation?
This will likely drive people away from Microsoft [computerworld.com]
brentan comments on Jul 31, 2018:
Fingers crossed it will open up an opportunity for some other company to supply the need in the market.
Snort!!! as a sick human..this is so funny to me
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Oh dear!
Just wondering...
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Anything to keep socialism out of the country, I guess.
Making new friends
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Every so often I leave my computer and venture back into the 'real' world. I get reminded very quick why I left it and go back to my computer.
This came up in conversation, one of my more favorite tidbits about human evolution, from a favorite...
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
OK. That is seriously fascinating!
Are the odds actually in favor of the notion of a creator , at least as a creator of us , us ...
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Such a difficult question. What was the Prime Mover? Did the universe need one? Were the Anunnaki the aliens who travelled to earth and created people to do their work for them? My belief is the universe always existed. I think that is what we can't get our heads around. The question has been changed into believers trying to get their heads around God always existing.
I do not understand why this country thinks Socialism is so bad.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I thought social democracy with Keynesian economics was an ideal compromise in society. I hear that that economic model won't work in today's free-market economy.
Watch This Ex-Evangelical Explain Why She Finally Gave Up Her Belief in God – Friendly Atheist
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
She's hot! A formidable woman.
This is what greeted me when I came home today. They always take my breath away.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Wonderful sight.
Stephen King: 'My Imagination Was Very Active — Even At A Young Age' : NPR
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I loved the human element in his stories.
Jeff Sessions announces a ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’ to protect hate groups / LGBTQ Nation
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
....and liberty for all. The freedom to buy a gay cake. The freedom to refuse to add a message to the cake that goes against your conscience. This reminds me of how better it is to solve marital disputes without lawyers. In a similar vein, it would help to resolve differences without support organisations. Compromise is key.
I would like to meet friends.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Hi there. You're very welcome!
It's Emily Bronte's two hundredth birthday today.
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
Great story. Weird and wonderful family.
Me and my mate Brendan on fiddle [soundcloud.com]
brentan comments on Jul 30, 2018:
I enjoyed that. Very adventurous.
Reality, what is it?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I guess it all started with people believing gods lived inside that reality. Then they pushed the gods outside. Then the number was reduced.
People don't need RELIGION, religion needs people.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Yes indeed! Religion is looking very silly in my country these days what with all its institutions but no people.
[youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That was great fun!
This is perfect!! [youtube.com]
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Very well done!
Dealing with "church folk"
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
They're there to test your faith!
Well I finally filled out my profile questionnaire.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Lol. Messing with the profile might have disastrous results.
How many people are still experiencing blistering heat?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Second day of rain today, very badly needed.
First time trying this site.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Hello and welcome.
I love the quote " It is not a measure of good psychological health to be well adjusted to a ...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I think a lot of people get through the day self-medicating with drugs or alcohol. I'm old-school so I had nervous breakdowns.
How many of you agree? We don't need a religion
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I fear that there is a problem, a malaise in Western society since the decline of religion.
New to non belief.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
See what she makes of 1 Corinthians 7:14-16.
Is our nation under god or is this country supposed to be secular............incongruency?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It's time for a clarification.
Finished reading the book A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future by Dr Jonathan ...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It's good to hear something positive, or at least hopeful. I believe Steven Pinker's new book is quite positive too about how things are going these days.
It can be so exhausting to give a damn, can't it?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
And remember - no good deed goes unpunished.
Day 2 of studying about computers via reading a textbook.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
So that's what has the world so polarised these days - darn binaries. You're either 0 or 1, on or off, right or wrong.
Did anyone make it to church today??? I missed it again ;)
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
The devil made you do it!
Trump threatens U.S. government shutdown over border wall
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That's totally unnecessary. The Mexicans are going to pay for it.
Free time I’ve decided that hard work is the bane of philosophy.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
An unconsidered life is not one worth living, Socrates said. I wonder is he right? And thinking constantly about life can be downer if it's not balanced with more immediate needs. Work can be healthy that way, if it's not one of those jobs better suited to a robot. I don't work anymore so I find things like cooking a great escape from deep thinking.
Big butt women are smarter and healthier [tinnuochan.com]
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Lovely to snuggle up to, especially in winter.
Jews, Christians and Muslims really have no clue how much of a dick they make their god out to be.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
We thought he was a good guy.
Former 25 year president of the National Secular Society gives scathing critique on competence of ...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
The 'best' excuse I ever heard for God doing nothing for so long is that he has to prove Satan wrong about how humans should live. We're the collateral damage along the way.
Ok. Who went to church today? ??????
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Sunday is my day of rest, just like every other day.
Success is delayed failure
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Oh dear, a meme.
That will get you moving..lol
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It would get my bowels moving!
Jim Jefferies - Atheism - YouTube
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
He's very witty. But when he says religion is slowing us down, I wonder is it certain we are being slowed down on our way to utopia?
Just for laughs...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That says it all, really!
City's famous statue, End of the Trail.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
It's very sad - the end of an age. So much for manifest destiny.
I wonder about the connection of spirituality and reincarnation with nature?
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Me too. I think we might become part of cosmic consciousness when we die but I doubt if it is in any unified form. I think reincarnation might just the rebirth of sundry old elements that come from different entities that had different forms of consciousness at different times in history.
I'm never doing that...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
My father would always turn everything electrical off at night and also pull the plugs out of their sockets. Now its part of my routine. I wonder is it just safety-conscious or a bit OCD.
The great Matt Dillahunty calling the god of the Bible stupid
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Nonetheless, the Bible has lasted a very long time!
Woo-hoo! It ONLY took me 7 months to hit level 6!
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Don't believe the people who say it doesn't matter!
I think I just posted the last personal post I'll ever post to facebook.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
I was pointed towards Dostoevsky by Jordon Peterson who, like Dostoevsky, discusses important ideas from the mid-ground. I can't recommend his YouTube lectures highly enough.
Hi, just joined. Hope all are well!
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Hello and welcome to the forum!
I'm posing nude for an art class tonight.
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
That's inspiring. It's just how the Great Potter in the sky made you!
A slightly tongue in cheek account of growing up in the North of England post WWII-John Howarth with...
brentan comments on Jul 29, 2018:
Great fun - loved the old photos!
Have you ever seen a movie that you wished you never seen?
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Wise Blood.
Why Beer is better than Jesus:
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
Beer forgives me my sins (at least temporarily).
If this isn't my future, then I want a divorce already.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
This is where love comes in. It's the beautiful je ne sais pas that makes us look good to our partners despite our imperfections.
..........
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I think that unless you have had an unbelievably dreadful day, gratitude is the best platitude.
Humanists, both religious and atheist, talk about the ‘dignity’ or ‘value’ or ‘worth’ or...
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
The Western concept of human dignity comes from our Judeo-Christian culture, which was faith in a certain god and the doctrinal belief that man was made in the image of god. It is a tremendous concept, a belief that elevates imperfect man to such a high status.
Once, I met a girl I liked, but she was different.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
I guess we've a long way to go to understand the biochemical nature of that type of attraction. It might be related to the biochemical nature of the sixth sense.
Sanjay Gupta Believes Marijuana Can Ease Pain of Women's Breast Cancer
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
There is, I think, a moral imperative swelling up that will eventually swamp the pharmaceutical industry's monopoly on medication. The curious thing is that the illnesses best served by cannabis derivatives are not alternatives to mainstream medicine. Mainstream medicine has nothing to offer. I hope the law changes very fast everywhere to put an end to unnecessary suffering.
I started the day in a funk.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
That sounds like a good thing to me!
I recommend this book.
brentan comments on Jul 28, 2018:
It's a very gritty book. There's lots of ugliness in it, as it reflects much of human life, which has been described in the past as 'nasty, brutish and short'. To its credit, there is much beauty in it too, from the psalms, the Song of Solomon, King Solomon's dedication prayer in the temple and the apostle Paul's aspirational letters.

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