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retired educator who grew up in the southern bible belt, but row totally rejects that biased culture. Profoundly influenced by several years in Berlin, Germany at the height of the Cold War.

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Can you "green-thumbers" tell me my tomatoes won't fruit? In N. Florida
wordywalt comments on May 23, 2018:
You a.lso may need more phosphate. You might want to try Miracle-Gro.
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wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
Trump and his entire cabal constitute the locus of evil and the seeds of dictatorship. These are men to be hated and fought against at every turn.
A Pastor and his 2 wives believe the Bible supports their relationship With 19 and 60 Year Old. A ...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
All that proves is what a moral degenerate and charlatan that so-called pastor is.
Hello. Newbie here just trying to figure my way around this site. I have been getting depressed on ...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
You are right.
Republican Who Claims Holocaust Was Orchestrated by Gay Nazis Wins Enough Support for Massachusetts ...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
shows what moral lunacy too damned many Republicans have stooped to!
Is the self an illusion?
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
All of our cognitive structures, including our definition of self, are constructed in our own minds from our interactions with our environment. . We define who we are, what we believe in, what we value, what our standards are, and much more. This mental construct is our sense of self.We could not function as a human organism without such structures.
In America, will justice ever be blind?
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
Justice has rarely been blind in any culture. Nevertheless, it is goal worth aspiring toward.
Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises I think I'm getting the hang of Hemingway with this 3rd book of his ...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
The more you read of Hemingway's works, the more you will see that all of his works follow the same model. He takes his protagonists though difficult times, takes them to prosperity and happiness, then virtually destroys them. The settings and characters change, but the plot never does.
Why is there so much anger here?
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
There are 2 main sources of anger: (1) outrage at the incivility and lack of morality in the behavior of irrational haters and fear-mongers, and (2) dissatisfaction with oneself which the person has difficulty dealing with. I often feel anger toward those in the first case, but I am not angry about who I am and/or my circumstance.
Why is it so difficult for the public to take good care of public spaces? Public restrooms, parks, ...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
Yes, we do. But, too damned many people are thoughtless boors.
Do you want to "evangelize" chistian family and friends? If so, how does this affect your ...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
They have to find their own way to truth. Many of them never will. The best way to promote change is to immerse a person in a different culture which gets them to challenge their beliefs, but treats them with dignity.
Do people become more bigoted as they age? My mom had never been the type to speak poorly of any ...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
Most people do NOT become more bigoted with age. Usually, the bigoted person has become so by late teens to early adulthood. They then tend to identify with and associate with others of the same angry, irrational, hate-filled, and fear-filled ilk -- forming a self-reinforcing culture. In effect they give over theair thought processes to the irrationality of the bigotry of the group. For some reason, he same thing is now happening to your mother. She has given control over who she is and what she thinks to the culture of bigotry.
Argh. My friend is making all these terrible bird puns just to annoy me. Well, toucan play at that...
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
I'll bet you are crowing after that one.
What happens when we die?
wordywalt comments on May 22, 2018:
There is absolutely no reason to believe that when we die our consciousness continues to exist. You are falling into the same trap that religious people do when they believe that we have a soul and that soul continues to live after our bodies die. It is simply a selfish expression of a desire to live forever, to believe that we are something more than we are. Our consciousness is nothing more than the cognitive structures and schema which our brains construct to make sense of our environment. That cognitive structures and those schema do not exist outside of a living, functioning brain -- period! Face reality -- with dignity!
OK babyboomers, how many of you are like me and thinks todays chart topping music really sucks ...
wordywalt comments on May 21, 2018:
I g=have not heard any contemporary music worth listening to. The greatest jazz was that of the 1950s and 1960s. The greatest pop music was that of the late 1960s through the early 1980s.
Will Democracy correct itself in the United States?
wordywalt comments on May 21, 2018:
I have to believe that it can be fixed. If not, this would not be a place I would want to call home.
What's the last thing you said to the person you were leaving on the way out of your last ...
wordywalt comments on May 21, 2018:
The last thing I wrote to my first wife was "Free, at last!! Free, at last!!
Choose the Right Words in an Argument
wordywalt comments on May 21, 2018:
Concern for the iumpact of our words is always appropriate. We always need to pick the right words which express as prcisely what we intend as possible, and to make sure they convey and create the right emotional tone.
What is your opinion on boycotts? Do you think they are effective? Here in Florida, we have a ...
wordywalt comments on May 21, 2018:
Publix and Putnam have common roots. It is as simple as that. I don't agree with hum, but Putnam is neither the rapid reactionary nor the corrupt moral idiot that many Republicans are. As Republicans go, he is not the worst of the lot and a much more honest man than Rick Scott.
Spouse and religion
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
Tell her that she has a full right to her own beliefs, but that you want no part of religion, including discussion of religious beliefs and issues. Ask her to extend equal respect of your right to believe as yiu do to you.
If a woman wants an abortion should the father have a right to keep the child?
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
Only if (1) the child was conceived in consensual sex, (2) the father has the means to support the child well, (3) the father is mentally healthy and not a true believer in any political or religious ideological dogma.
How many of you atheist are pro-life? Just curious
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
Pro-life is a deliberately deceptive term, using to mask the fact that the user of term is simply anti-termination of a pregnancy for ANY reason. You will find that most of the members of this site are not "true belieers" in ANY ideological dogma..
Would you kiss again the last person you kissed? (and I define "person" very broadly, I consider my...
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
Oh, yes!
The religious need some serious education! So deluded and self imposed ignorance!
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
Damned well stated!!
Westboro Baptist Church Visit
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
These are truly vicious demagogues who only know how to hate, distort, and instigate. Their church was formed by Phelps and his family still forms the core of the group. The fact is that Fred, his son and daughter were lawyers who were disbarred in Kansas for unethical conduct. Yet, they former this perverted church of sheer haters. Wherever they go, they should be met with a counter-demonstration which depicts them as the moral perverts they really are.
Im 26 and I actively participate in discussions with people who are most of the times 30 years elder...
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
I am glad. Us old farts do have a few pearls of wisdom we have gleaned from our experiences and are glad to be able to help any time we can.
As a former exchange student I'm saddened to hear that an exchange student from my organization was ...
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
I am sorry that your fellow exchange student and her family had to find out that the American political culture lacks the courage and morality to control gun violence by limiting access to guns.
I am not a perfectly giving person, but why has this Country chosen to withdraw aid to Northwest ...
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
The answer is simple. Trump and his supporters are total bigots. In addition, Trump is in cahoots with both Netenyahu and Putin. His actions contribute toward the goals of both.
It says on the internet that 2/3rds of us (brits- I suppose) were not interested in the royal ...
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
I have never watched a royal wedding. In fact, I have attended only 5 weddings in the past 60 years, including two of my own and my 2 daughters'. I even told my oldest daughter that I would pay her to elope to avoid all of the expense and rigamarole.
Penguins mate once and stay together for life. It's depressing to realize that penguins are kicking ...
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
Relationships for penguins are a much simpler and elemental matter -- propagation. Human relationships are much more complex and we often get into them for the wrong reasons. When we do that, those relationships are likely to fail. But, if we are smarter than penguins, we learn from our mistakes and do not repeat them.
How do people feel about people who are childless?
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
Some people don't want children, and that is their choice -- and mp one else's. It is not for others to judge.
How have your priorities changed over time?
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
As a young man I focused on defining myself and on providing for my family. In my productive years I focused on accomplishing something worthwhile, on synthesizing learning, experience, and thought to build and implement useful programs of action. Today, I focus on a few close relationships, on maintaining my mental and physical strength, and on the simple pleasures of living in the moment.
How do you define a quality of life that makes life worth living? I'm thinking about how I ...
wordywalt comments on May 20, 2018:
I am 81 years old. Over time aging and its effects have caused me to give up things that I really enjoyed -- that I often thought I could not do without. The hardest has been giving up reading due to vision problems. But, there are still things that I still enjoy and I focus on them. Still, my mental acuity is as good as it has ever been, and my lifetime of experience enriches my understanding to a point that I could not have attained as a young man. Similarly, I work HARD to maintain my physical strength and am much stronger than the usual octogenarian.My point is that if you fear losing your physical and mental capacity, your only answer is to work hard to prevent the loss. Otherwise ], your own behavior leads to the things you fear.
We need sensible gun laws.
wordywalt comments on May 19, 2018:
If we want better gun laws, we will need to keep the evangeliccals out of politics and the Republicans out of office.
Do you think the United States would ever have an atheist president?
wordywalt comments on May 19, 2018:
Any answer would be a wild stab in the dark.
A conservative I know asked why is it that liberals hated the rich. I can’t speak for others, but ...
wordywalt comments on May 19, 2018:
I hate the undue influence that they have, and the fact that many of them really want to lord it over over andxd take advantage of us at their whim. But Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are two fine, moral rich men -- unlike the Koch's, Trumps, and too damned many others.
When it has to do with love, relationship or marriage, you must sacrifice something or compromise ...
wordywalt comments on May 19, 2018:
I hope that you do not mean to take your statement as far as if appear that you might. Any relationship necessarily involves give and take. But a relationship which requires one to give up things that are central to one's definition of oneself is a relationship which should not occur. Similarly, any relationship which requires one to compromise central and deeply held beliefs, and values is a relationship which should not occur.
Merely reading a profile... I don't like admitting this, it seems to be an emotional response.......
wordywalt comments on May 19, 2018:
Your first response is probably correct: This is not a person you would want to have anything to do with. He or she is also not the kind of person you want to see on this site. Nothing wrong with that.
I have a friend in Illinois who's daughter came home from school yesterday and said the following. ...
wordywalt comments on May 19, 2018:
The evil greed of the NRA and the greed and moral cowardice of the Republican party have out entire political system immobilized. We MUST rid ourselves of both corrupting influences.
I hope this doesn't happen... Worth the read. [washingtonpost.com]
wordywalt comments on May 19, 2018:
We must rise up and show more sense and morality than the Italians have.
This is not something I just realized but felt this post fits perfectly into how I am and always ...
wordywalt comments on May 18, 2018:
I love it. It could have been written by Hermann Hesse. At age 81, I understand it.
Science can answer moral questions
wordywalt comments on May 18, 2018:
If one defines clearly what one considers his or her basis for a moral coce, then science can clearly help to define if specific actions match that code. But, th act of setting the assumptions on which the moral code is based, and on stating the basic premises of that code, science does not play a part. Reasoning does.
Does anyone else find small talk or talking exhausting. I don't consider myself an introvert and am...
wordywalt comments on May 18, 2018:
If you don't mind my asking, where does your thinking tend to go, and why?
Aspartame Side Effects
wordywalt comments on May 18, 2018:
That is a bunch of garbage. I have been using aspastame for decades. I have never had a migraine or epilectic seizure. My mental health is good and I do not suffer from depression. I have no phobias. No proof exists that use of aspatame have ANY relationship to hyperactivity, MS or chronic fatigues syndrome or the purported fibromyalgia, or birth defeds of any kind. The statement is so outrageously false that I find it infuriating. The statement itself is phobic with no grounds.
In another post I had written, a comment came up in regards to Mueller not indicting a sitting ...
wordywalt comments on May 18, 2018:
Your understanding is correct. Mueller will issue a report to Congress in which he will spell out the provable offenses by Trump and provide the supporting evidence. It is then up to Congress to impeach, built on the report. That is why is absolutely essential that the 2018 election turn the House Democrat -- so that they will act on the Mueller report in a legal, moral, and patriotic manner.
Just when I thought living alone was better than living with someone who made me feel alone...they ...
wordywalt comments on May 17, 2018:
One can live alone without being lonely. Many people who live alone are not lonely.
When in your life have you been humbled?
wordywalt comments on May 17, 2018:
A number of times. It is actually good to be brought back to earth occasionally so that our egos do not get out of control.We really do not want to become Trumps.
Help! I've just started a new job and found out that all my colleagues are devout followers of some ...
wordywalt comments on May 17, 2018:
Do not get involved in any conversations about religion and do not wear your atheism on your sleeve. Just live it.
Is there any point in debating to believers about their religion?
wordywalt comments on May 17, 2018:
One does not debate to, but instead debates with a person. The answer is a simple NO.
One less state
wordywalt comments on May 17, 2018:
South Carolina (even though my ancestors settled there in the 1700s). It has always been the hotbed of racism, other forms of ethnocentrism, secessionistic thought, and rabidly reactionary thought. It has long been a painful boil on the butt of the USA.
What is your opinion on GMO foods and Monsanto?
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
My bachelor's degree focused on biology. I am for well researched (pre and post) GMOs which screen multiple generations of the GMO for possible effects. In effect, a GMO is a mutant. Mutations occur constantly.
How do you handle unwanted robo phone calls?
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
Options 2 through5, depending on how I feel at the moment.
Equal work for equal pay
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
I reject your question. When I taught at the college level, I had a female student who took a job at a mental foundry just to prive she could do it. When her work was so good that the boss told her that she was doing a better job than most of the men, she quit. She had accomplished her purpose -- proving that she -- a woman -- could do it.
When it comes to being in a committed relationship, how important is open honesty & trust to you? ...
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
I don't want to know such things, nor will I share them. I believe in trusting privacy.
For the guys..Boxers or Briefs?
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
The third option: boxer briefs
With China Funding New Trump Resort Project! trump as President is in Clear Violation of ...
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
Trump is a corrupt, truly evil man.
My favorite idea site is doing a west coast road trip with NPR's All Things Considered. They want ...
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
I think that the northern trip would be much more interesting.
The whole thing with ZTE is such brazen corruption. All it took was a $500,000,000.00 bribe.
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
The deal,by itself, should be grounds for impeachment.
Is it correct for the US to block a UN vote for an investigation into the murders and maimings of ...
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
It is not morally justified.
Struggle = strength?
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
> I would alter that to A strong person never chooses a path simply because it is easy."
How supportive were your parents when they learned you were not religious? As a parent I hope to ...
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
Both of my parents were religious. When I made it clear that religion was no longer a part of my life, we simply never broached to topic again. Other than that, our relationship did not change.
Inside the secretive religious cult in New Zealand where women are forced to submit to men for fear ...
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
He should be imprisoned for life.
A scenario. You can host dinner for people who are dead. Who would you invite? Me? . ...
wordywalt comments on May 16, 2018:
Hermann Hesse, Mark Twain, Carl Sagan, Charles Darwin, Barbara Jordan, Reinhold Niebuhr.
Offense, like insult, CANNOT be GIVEN, only TAKEN. These are internal learned EMOTIONAL responses....
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
You have every right to say what you think, so long as you so it in a civil and respectful manner. If you can't abide by those rules, I don't want to hear a damned word you say.
Do you think we should be bailing out a Chinese phone company when American companies are going ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
Did you notice that the Chinese government approved a BIG trump private business deal? Do you think there is any connection?
It is very difficult to conduct an adult conversation on politics or social controversies, even on ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
Most political and social conservatives have forgotten what the term "civility" means-- if they ever knew.
Anyone who thinks there's not an "us" and "them" is delusional. [newsweek.com]
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
You are absolutely right. The Trump cabal is ant-i people, anti-environment, anti-democracy, and anti-morality.
As an atheist what do you want done with your remains when you die? I want to be fed to ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
I want my ashes to be scattered on the Kansas prairie around Wilson Lake.
Do you value empathy?
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
Empathy is crucial in any relationship and must be a part of the culture of any caring society.
Bye Bye 4th amendment. (right against unlawful search and privacy) Justices Thomas and Gorsuch ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
Both Thomas and Gorsuch are died-in-the-wool ideologues with real judicial temperament. Both should never been placed on the bench.
Well I commend on a Facebook post that was saying that Trump was the most incredible Christian of ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
Any person who says that Trump is an incredible Christian both does not really understand what Christianity is and is a damned fool.
I never understood the statement, "I want to give back." What are we giving back, and what and why ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
Unless you are a rare person, you are among those of us who did good things to help us and who enabled us to move forward in our lives in a positive way -- without having any obligation to do so. Yes, we did benefit from such actions by others, and did build up an obligation to help others. If you have been so helped, and feel no desire to help others similarly, you are being senseless selfish.
Nikki Haley walks out of U.N. Security Council meeting as Palestinian envoy begins to speak – ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
I don't know what to think of Haley. Sometimes she shows intelligence and courage. Sometimes she is an ideologue, and says and does things publicly that she knows to be false and morally wrong.
At what age do you start to feel "old"? My birthday is in a month and I'm dreading it already. I ...
wordywalt comments on May 15, 2018:
If you take care of your body and mind, you still have a lot of good years ahead of you. At age 81, I am as mentally alert as I ever was. At age 69 I started working out with weights and gradually increased the weights to the point that I am stronger today than I was as a teenager -- but endurance is limited. Yes, over time, the infirmities of age make us give up things which we loved, but we learn to adjust and treasure the things we do yet have even more. Relationships are deeper and calmer, but less sexual.
Anyone have naturally growing plants that Monarch butterflies feed on during migration? I have ...
wordywalt comments on May 14, 2018:
Milkweed and dill/
Mother's Day -- second one without my stepmom ... I miss her so so much, my chest aches. ...
wordywalt comments on May 13, 2018:
She sounds like a very special person whose memories will always be treasured.
Which type of behavior makes you to literally stop dating / dealing with a person...and to run away ...
wordywalt comments on May 13, 2018:
Any behavior which is egocentrically manipulative or senselessly controlling and/or mean spirited
John Bolton: Trump Sanctions On European Companies "Possible" Over Iran | HuffPost
wordywalt comments on May 13, 2018:
These egomaniacs are insane and threaten the future of the entire world.
What was before the Big Bang?
wordywalt comments on May 13, 2018:
I would speculatethat the answer is one or a very few super, super massive black holes.
“I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ...
wordywalt comments on May 13, 2018:
All too true.
Another year older a couple of days ago, yep, getting up there cause I am now 57 years old!
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
You still have a lot of good years. Still enjoying the soap. Thanks.
Newt Gingrich: Atheism Is More Dangerous To Christians Than Terrorists Are - The Intellectualist
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
That kind of an attitude is the EXACT reason why religious "true believers" are often so cruel, judgmental, and men-spirited in their pronouncements and behavior.
Welcome. I posted a picture of a black and while computer drawn couple. I think it is quite pretty ...
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
Reminds me of the art deco style of the 1920s and 1930s.
Political issues
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
Given the moral corruption of the Trump cabal and the almost total collapse of moral spine among Republicans unwilling to confront the total immorality and greed of the cabal, honesty and integrity in government MUST the number one issue. It MUST be the compelling issue of 2018 politics.
I was at a coffee shop (OK, Starbucks) when the guy next to me starts telling me about all this ...
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
You have more tolerance than I do. I would not have listened to the guy for even 5 minutes.
A purple rose grown in a friend's garden.
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
Beautiful!
Americans - How corrupt is your government? If at all!
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
With the Trump cabal in power and with today's morally bankrupt Republicans in power, our government is becoming more and more corrupt by the day. As an 81 year old man, I am voicing my opinion in every medium that I can, contributing money to anti-corruption causes, and making sure that I do not show such moral bankruptcy in any of my behavior.
One of my co-workers (she's Catholic) commented during lunch that those that do not have faith have ...
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
I would say to her, "In all due respect, you do not know what in the hell you are talking about. I know non-religious people who are highly responsible and conscientiously moral people -- by personal choice. You are carelessly and falsely demeaning people with false dispersions."
Do you care if you are remembered when you die?
wordywalt comments on May 12, 2018:
No. As a former teacher, college instructor, and staff developer for public schools, as well as simple contacts as a person, I know that I have influenced hundreds, if not thousands of people. From feedback I know that for many that influence was highly positive. I don't care if those influenced don't remember where he influence came from. But, I do take pride in the fact that the influence occurred.
Sam Harris' moral landscape?
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
My moral code is very similar. Mine is based on the concept of minimum violation of human dignity and well-being (and of things that contribute to that dignity and well-being).
When to help - when to step away? I've been single for almost six years now; a single parent a ...
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
A ground rule I have found useful is" Never get involved with someone you work with and/or with a person who is crazier than you are. A person who is always emotionally needy is a bad risk.
A question of faith: Atheism as grounds for asylum - InfoMigrants
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
Given the fact that disavowing belief in Allah is grounds for execution in most Islamic countries, it MUST be legitimate grounds for asylum in the U.S.
"Late in Life" Relationships
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
The caring and the sharing -- the adding of quality to each other's flives.
When you die you go back to the state you were in before you were born.
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
That statement only makes sense if the prior state of the individual were non-existence.
What Makes You Happy?
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
A pretty damned good list.
The Irreligious Now Outnumber White Evangelicals in America
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
Progress.
Why Only the Happily Single Find True Love
wordywalt comments on May 11, 2018:
Makes a lot of sense.
Is modern life too demanding? Our ancestors felt no shame in doing nothing and observing nature. ...
wordywalt comments on May 10, 2018:
Life is only as demanding as we make it, or as we let it become. We have choices.For 3 decades I lived a life with a stress level that would have killed some people. Today, due to the choices I have made, my life is much simpler. The extreme highs are not there, but neither are the extreme lows. It is a much more peaceful existence.
Which Statement Hurts Most in Relationship?
wordywalt comments on May 10, 2018:
Number 7.
What do you think about Spiritual Healing? Does it work as well as sexual healing? Asking for a ...
wordywalt comments on May 9, 2018:
Spiritual healing is a hoax. The only effect from it is a placebo effect.

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