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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. As I believe in a multidimensional approach to issues in grad school, I did some work in political science, intellectual history, sociology, social psychology, human development, human cognition and learning, and philosophy.

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The Proof: That God Exists There is a hierarchy in Animalia, not only as quantified by the DNA ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 15, 2020:
I think that you are trying to be facetious. If you did, you failed.
UK Threatening to Tear Up its Defense Alliance with US Because of President Trump’s ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 14, 2020:
With the idiot Trump in office, it is not surprising.
Are Hotel Greening Programs Hurting Housekeepers? | Sierra Club
wordywalt comments on Jan 14, 2020:
Agreed.
For those who think "live and let live", is the way to go. For those who'd rather "go along to get ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 14, 2020:
I understand. Once I grew up, I decided that I was tired of trying to do or be what others expected of me. I have always pushed on things that were important to me, but understood that "you can't fight city hall head-on." In the Army I was promoted 3 times in one year, and at the same time wound up on the CO's "eight-ball list: (that 10 percent that causes 90 percent of the trouble). As a high school teacher, I led a movement that got my principal fired. When I was in grad school and a member of an all-male educational leadership fraternity, I nominated a female student to become the first female member member. I was also one of a small group of top graduate students who pushed for change and even forced instructors to change the focus of their courses to provide us what we thought we needed. When I established the first multi-district educational staff development center in Kansas, my boss wanted the center program to move in one direction. I did not agree and thought that it was to be fully productive and fully supported by the participating school superintendents it needed to move in an entirely different direction. My boss proposed that the center be disbanded and that I be laid off. I went out and met with each superintendent and asked each what he would like to see the center do and proposed some ideas. In a meeting of the superintendents, my boss proposed that the center be closed. The superintendents voted 11 to 1 to continue the center and give me a raise. We went on to receive both state and national recognition for several programs designed and implemented. A section chief in the Kansas Department of Education told me that I would have to discontinue a highly successful program I had started and was operating and replace it with a program she had proposed. l said to myself, "Like hell I will!" I mounted a statewide wave of opposition that was so successful that the State Superintendent of Education called me to a meeting with him in which he asked what could be done to resolve the matter.I told him' he agreed and directed that the changes be made. Ad, there were more instances.
Is there any truth in this TED talk? [ideas.ted.com] Article is in text form but if you prefer ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 14, 2020:
Yes, there is truth in it.
The Medications That Change Who We Are
wordywalt comments on Jan 13, 2020:
I believe it. I don't like to take pain-killers. and have never taken them for more than two days, even after regular surgery and dental surgery. I took an antidepressant one time, but detested the way it made me feel, and took myself off. If any drug is mood-altering in its effects on me, I stop taking it.
God is not necessary for religion. Oddly enough it is true. While the definition can mean a ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
All religions are total system ideologies. They purport to include and explain everything. They form cults of total believers who form extraordinarily cohesive groups who commit themselves to the dogma so totally that they are, in effect, "selling their entire being." to the cause." Christianity , Judaism, all Moslem sects, and communism are all total system ideologies. Hitler aspired to make Nazism a total system ideology.
Why There Are So Many Incompetent Male Leaders
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Some of these points remind me of criticisms of the behavior of the German feminist movement during the 1980s by author Gunter Grass. He stated that they "were trying to use power like men; and we already have more than enough stupid men."
Does anyone else have a homophobic family member? I have no tolerance for stupidity, ignorance or ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Some people are afraid of things they do not understand, and react highly negatively toward the things they do not understand.
Why do most humans love a religion?
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Two main reasons -- the truly intense pressure of being a member of a cohesive group of true believers, and being afraid of not believing.
Religion was not created to control anyone or groups of people. I get tired of seeing this over ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Absolutely correct.
Why There Are So Many Incompetent Male Leaders
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Astute observations.
GENNY, the Israeli home appliance that makes water out of thin air, was named the Energy Efficiency ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
A fantastic product!
Jerry Springer says, "Trump took my show and brought it to the White House." [yahoo.com]
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Both are masters of sleaze.
Although I cannot/do not feel it would be feasible due to my job to come "out" as atheist, I would ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
I think that most of us who started out as Christians felt uncomfortable with how Christian doctrine made us feel about ourselves. Then, coupled with that, we bean to see contradictions and impossibilities in the doctrine and in the Bible. That left us open tloreason and real evidence, leading us to total disbelief.
Finally...SOME TRUTH!!!!
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Sad, but true.
This is who the republicans are supporting. This is what "leads" us. I'm not posting this in the ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
Most Republican politicians have no honor. As I have said before, their primary motivation is the 3 "Ps": (1) preserving personal and white ethnocentric privilege, (1) personal and partisan power which serves them and the party along -- not our people or country., and (3) profit at all costs without regard for the consequences. We must SELL THAT MESSAGE every day!
Hannity Threatens to Release Phone Numbers of Any Mutinous Republicans Fox News host and Trump ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 12, 2020:
What a treacherous, vcious and manipulative demagogue without honor or conscience.
Madison’s reasons for Church State Separation, 1785. Still relevant today, remain a compelling ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 11, 2020:
Freedom of religion is not complete unless the concept includes freedom from religion.. Freedom from religion requires absolute separation of church and state.
Culture and relationships?
wordywalt comments on Jan 11, 2020:
Of course. If people's basic cultural assumptions are greatly different, finding compatible beliefs is difficulty, unless one has great tolerance for differences. In addition there are different norms for behavior, causing similar conflicts.
Could philosophical discussions be better and more productive? [aeon.co]
wordywalt comments on Jan 11, 2020:
What really hurts philosophical discussions is playing the senseless "glass bead games" ala Hermann Hesse.
This doesn't have anything to do with being agnostic. This post is more about looking for life ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 11, 2020:
I would advise that you consider several things. (1) Consider your current economic circumstances and opportunities and compare those to those in Florida. (2) You need to consider the heat and humidity in Florida and how well you would tolerate. (3) Other than your current contacts in Florida, you will need to find out the best ways you wan form an effective and supportive network of friends and associates in Florida. (4) If the issues of political climate and secular life are important to you, you will need to find out where you are most likely to find a similar orientation. In general, north Florida and inland central Florid are conservative and religious.
Thoughts on Interracial Dating & Marriage
wordywalt comments on Jan 11, 2020:
Both partners need to be fully aware of the prejudices they will face and how it will add stress to their lives and marriage. If they understand that and truly love each other and are willing to help each other through the difficult times, go for it!
Twenty years ago there was only one country in the Middle East that had no religious extremist ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 11, 2020:
It certainly seems so.
A belated post to express my pleasure in being a part of this group. In our society, being an ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 11, 2020:
Welcome. I understand your feelings. I am an 82 year old born in Georgia and raised in Florida. Fortunately, I had the experience of living in different cultures for over 25 years -- West Berlin, Germany; Illinois, and Kansas.
You can make Pelosi look drunk but nothing makes trump look smart
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2020:
How true! How True!!!
U.S. Catholic officials welcome Catholic-Muslim document signed by pope | National Catholic Reporter...
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2020:
Anything which reduces senseless conflict due to religion is a plus.
Just my thoughts. A Ukrainian plane gets shot down in Iran/ Well it is not a stretch to say Putin ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2020:
Putin is that dangerous and devious.
Could American Evangelicals Spot the Antichrist? Here Are the Biblical Predictions: - Benjamin L. ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 9, 2020:
Right now they are blind as a bat to the issue.
Pew survey: World has little confidence in Trump on global affairs; his disapproval rate is equal to...
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2020:
No one with any intelligence would disagree with the results of the Pew poll.
Fred trump in Coney island
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2020:
A glimpse into the soullessness of the Trumps.
[lgbtqnation.com] Isn't that special! Blatant conman preacher stmping for tRump. Birds of a ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2020:
Nauseating!
Something else we all need to be aware of. This could go in multiple categories, so I'm just ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2020:
I agree with you totally.
Hi. I’m new and am curious. Does anyone else feel they have to pretend to believe in God in order...
wordywalt comments on Jan 8, 2020:
In my social circles, I simply refuse to discuss anything having to do with religion. If pressed, I say that my beliefs are my concern, not theirs.
I want to know, how many people understand sarcasm? How many people think Trump should get the Nobel...
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2020:
One. We all know who that is.
this just in: Trump declares that the reports of an earthquake, and after shocks are fake news, ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2020:
Unbelievable! What a sociopath!
Iran's parliament declares US military a terrorist organization. [cbsnews.com]
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2020:
Under Trump, it is starting to behave like one.
Margret Roadknight champion amongst the then burgeoning feminist movement. A lovely women with a ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2020:
A beautiful, haunting voice.
Many people when given positions of authority or power usually end up corrupting it...examples ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2020:
Not usually, but sometimes. Whether or not they do is a measure of true character and inner strength.
IDIOMATIC. - Adjective...1) using, containing, or denoting expressions that are natural to a native...
wordywalt comments on Jan 7, 2020:
If one learns a foreign language, one must learn idiomatic expressions to be fully fluent in that language.
Okay, Bolton says he will testify in a GOP Senate travesty trial. If he perjures himself, do any of ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2020:
YYou may be surprised.
What is the one Truth or Method of finding the truth that you hold sacred above all others? How do ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2020:
Always treat others with dignity and respect.
Should creationism be taught in schools? Here is how one science teacher answered that question: ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2020:
As a former high school biology teacher many years ago, I say that there is no way in hell that creationism should be taught in schools. It is demented theology, not science
WORST BIRTHDAY STORIES Today I'm 62! 43 years ago I was in Army Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 6, 2020:
I did my basic training at Ft. Jackson, but almost 61 years ago. I remember the gas chamber training well. When you went through, did they still use the infiltration course training, with live machine gun fire overhead?
No wonder donnie murdered the general, a ton of shit is about to hit the fan on his finances. He ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2020:
Not Trump alone. Add McConnell and the Republican party.
New Year's Day Gun Violence Claims 177 Lives As 2020 Begins [newsweek.com]
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2020:
I det4est lthe NRA. It is an agency which enables, abets, and encourages death.
Trump Seeks To Highlight Evangelical Support With Launch Of Coalition [huffpost.com] Where do I ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 5, 2020:
Moral depravity merging with moral corruption.
The United States' main allies are abandoning Trump over his 'dangerous escalation' with Iran ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2020:
As they all should!
Trump Reminds Evangelicals that God Is On Our Side After recent criticism from a notable ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Like hell!
To what extent do you let reason or logic make your decisions for you? To what extent do you allow ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I usually make decisions based on the combination of reason and evidence. Sometimes emotions intrude, but seldom rule.
What you are seeing is the first engagements of World War III. We will not see a 2020 election. May ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2020:
We WILL see a 2020 election, and the idiot Trump will lose!!!!
Ass kisser or cocksucker of the year? [mediaite.com]
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2020:
Dobbs's statement is insanely absurd.
Not exactly 45, but certainly one of his henchmen (who I despise as much as Jackass himself).
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2020:
You have the situation backward. Trump would not have been possible without the 30 years propagandistic demagoguery and corrupt manipulations of McConnell.
Keeping a low profile in the south...
wordywalt comments on Jan 4, 2020:
I simply do not talk about religion. If someone asks me what church I go to, I respond, I am not a church-goer, If they persist, I change the subject. On politics, I express my rejection of right wing views by prefacing my remarks with, " I respectfully disagree, then go on to express my point of view and the rationale behind it --whenever possible backed by concrete facts or data.
Alex Jones And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2020:
I wish him a year of the same.
Paul Manafort Says Hannity Served as His Backchannel to Trump Paul Manafort said he used Fox ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 3, 2020:
Hannity is and has always been as morally bankrupt as Trump.
Wake up, Republicans. Your party stands for all the wrong things now. - The Washington Post
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Hear! Hear! Make them stand up and take notice.!
[churchandstate.org.uk]
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
These are damned dangerous demagogues and traitors to our constitutional democracy. They must be spoken against loudly and often -- and beaten into the ground so that they dare not say such things again.
Conservatives and the False Romance of Russia - The Atlantic
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Oh, is that true! Those ignorant, fuzzy-headed politicians see Russian authoritarian as a vehicle for pursuing their own political goals. They have no knowledge or understanding of the history and culture of Russia. Russia has always been an authoritarian oligarchic state and culture. It is also a country and culture which has an inferiority complex, causing it to act in an aggressive and expansive manner to try to be more than it is. It is true that the country is no longer ruled by communist ideology and political structures. But, today's Russian leaders were once members of the communist ideological elite and served in the military, secret police of politbureaus. They are still applying the tactics and strategies they learned, if not the ideology. They are just as aggressively authoritarian, expansive, aggressive, and self centered as they ever were. Any American who identifies with any aspect of the Putin regime's thought or behavior is an enemy to the ideals and values which we seek to pursue in our constitutional democracy -- and a damned fool!
2020!!! Never thought I'd live this long! So to start off a decade of great potential, let's all ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
I will cede the growth zone to my younger colleagues on this site. At age 82, I do not have the physical endurance or energy to pursue things with the fervor I once had.
Can I get an "amen"?
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
Nah. He ain't nobody's messiah (meaning he is no one's messiah. You gotta be kidding"..
Does god exist?
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
We will never know with absolute certainty. But, in the total absence of any supporting evidence, I say NO and stand by it.
Anti-Vax For Jesus: Conservative Christian Lawmaker Calls Vaccines ‘Sorcery’ | Michael Stone
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
They are threats to public health and safety.
Conservative Christians Claim Democrats Impeached ‘God-Fearing Americans’ | Michael Stone
wordywalt comments on Jan 2, 2020:
The bizzare stupidity that these turkeys come up with!
North Carolina voter ID law BLOCKED. Judge says law was written with 'discriminatory intent'. ...
wordywalt comments on Jan 1, 2020:
Hooray!
GOP Rep.'s request for reading recommendations goes spectacularly awry
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2019:
A well deserved response,.
A GOP legislator in Washington called for a 51st state led by a military Christian government
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Shea is a treasonous would-be totalitarian.
What does Depression feel like to you? @LeeLou posted an interesting question in Health & ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2019:
I have not been depressed for 30 years, but when I was I felt life I was trapped in a continuous replay of the same negative thoughts and feeling that I could not escape. I pulled away from people and from activities, and was rapped in the never ending replay.
Are you truely agnostic or an athiest in hiding? We havent even fully explored our own planet, yet ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2019:
And we, as a species and as a biological organism, will most likely never know more than an infinitesimal fraction of that before the planet and all of its living inhabitants are wiped out by some cataclysmic event Still, we have the drive to understand. What does that have to do with spirituality?
Why don't people see it?
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2019:
All too true.
Obama and Trump tie as the most admired man in 2019
wordywalt comments on Dec 31, 2019:
Something is screwy!
The hospital clerk asked my religion before a medical procedure. I told jokingly her to put atheist...
wordywalt comments on Dec 30, 2019:
The question should be "What is your religious affiliation?" The responses should include "none", not "atheist."
Review of EXPLOSIVE NYT article confirming Trump was told withholding Ukraine aid worked against US ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 30, 2019:
Several new nails in Trimp's coffin.
PA GOP Wants Death Certificate, Burial For Fertilized Eggs That Don’t Implant
wordywalt comments on Dec 29, 2019:
Absolute stupidity.
Anguish and Anger From the Navy SEALS Who Turned In Edward Gallagher
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2019:
This is the kind of "person" with whom Trump identifies Tells you a lot about Trump.
How do my fellow Atheists deal with depression?
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2019:
Anti-depressants can help some. But, two keys are (1) staying busy, or high levels of activity, and (2) strong emotions -- even anger. Something that really makes you feel something intensely. One treatment at an institutional setting was to give patents a toothbrush and instruct them to clean the floor. After a while most patients would get angry -- and it started their heling.
Corruption at its finest
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2019:
Thanks to McConn's bottomless levels of corruption, all too damned true.
If you think it is the right thing to "respect other's beliefs", please tell me why? Is there a ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 27, 2019:
There is a large difference between respecting other's beliefs and respecting others' right to believe as they choose. I focus on the latter, unless those beliefs fail to treat others and the environment with dignity and respect.
Is it possible that human beings are creatures who are simply built, so to speak, in a way that ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 26, 2019:
In my opinion, a really healthy and productive person does not generally focus on self, but on an idea, a goal, a project they are working on, an interaction in which they are engaged. As a retired educator, I am convinced that good teachers seldom focus on self.
Narcissist, Psychopath, or Sociopath: How to Spot the Differences [m.youtube.com]
wordywalt comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Good depiction.
What are your thoughts on sociopathy and psychopathy as mindsets? Sociopathy means lack of ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Several years ago a neurologist at the U. of Kansas medical center said that he is convinced that psychopaths are hard-wired to be sociopaths from birth. He said that even as infants, they do not related to others in normal ways.
In a couple of my Amazon books I mention the danger of a self-fulfilling prophesy. Hitler, for ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 26, 2019:
You should read an old book by Leon Festinger entitled WHEN PROPHESY FAILS.
Giuliani Claims He’s More of a Jew Than Holocaust Survivor Soros Jewish groups are up in ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 26, 2019:
Guilliani has become a pitiful, destructive figure.
Make them believe in something young, then they have a chance of controlling them as adults. By then...
wordywalt comments on Dec 25, 2019:
You sound like Lenin. Like overly zealous religious fundamentalists, he believe that if one indoctrinates children early with a total system ideology, they will likely become permanent captives of that ideology.
There are individuals who believe that being spiritual and religious are not the same thing. I think...
wordywalt comments on Dec 25, 2019:
I do not use the word "spiritual, as I do not believe that human beings have :spirits. We are moral, aesthetic, thinking, and deeply feeling beings, yes. But, I do not call that spiritual.
‘Loneliest Man In America’ Donald Trump Is ‘Malignant Narcissist’ With No Friends, Mental ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 25, 2019:
Of course he is. He has no ability to understand or relate to anyone.
‘Eight Crazy Nights’ Of Estate Planning Topics To Discuss With Your Family And Friends
wordywalt comments on Dec 25, 2019:
I've already done most of those things.
Study finds that children raised without religion show more empathy and kindness | Dan Arel
wordywalt comments on Dec 24, 2019:
And, are less judgmental.
We’re Getting Old, but We’re Not Doing Anything About It
wordywalt comments on Dec 24, 2019:
Unfortunately, with he recalcitrance of the Republican party, our political system stinks when it comes to trying to addess predictable problems before they are staring us in the face.
Rudy Giuliani Insists He’s “More of a Jew” Than a Holocaust Survivor | Beth Stoneburner | ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 24, 2019:
Giulli is a loud, sick old man!ani
Study Shows White Evangelicals Want Christian Supremacy, Not “Religious Freedom” | Hemant Mehta ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Absolutely true, and not a damned one of them is honest enough to admit it in public.
Woman faces attempted murder charge in second intentional hit-and-run
wordywalt comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Throw the book at her!
I have quite a dilemma. (I realize the overall category that this site falls under, but I think I ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 23, 2019:
I am an atheist and my wife is a devout Catholic. We knew that about each other when we married. We have been married for 24 years. The key is that we accept each other's right to believe as we choose, and that we treat each other with caring, dignity, and respect.
How long would be long enough? If you were in reasonable good health and mental fitness how long ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 23, 2019:
I wish to die when my quality of life is no longer meaningful and when I believe that I have become a burden to others. At age 82, I cannot specify an age.
I haven't been here in a long time, i started here when the site was just starting up and made a few...
wordywalt comments on Dec 23, 2019:
Two years ago, this site had a wider variation in membership and a more open exchange on all topics. Most of the unnecessarily aggressive right-wingers have left, but they did their damage. Partly to avoid the sting of bitter exchanges, more narrow interest group have segregated themselves, and the open exchange is lessened -- and less rich.
Is 'god' an impersonal force of nature, a 'universal consciousness' similar in quality to other ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 23, 2019:
God isn't. It does not exist, but a false human conception.
What's a funny saying your parents said?
wordywalt comments on Dec 23, 2019:
My father loved to fish. He stated, "Not all liars fish. But, all fishermen lie."
Nailed it
wordywalt comments on Dec 22, 2019:
Hear! Hear!
Do you approve capital punishment? If so, why? Do you NOT approve captial punishment? If so, why? ...
wordywalt comments on Dec 22, 2019:
I favor the use of the death penalty ONLY in the case of psychopathic or sociopathic killers caught in the act or having concrete roof (like DNA evidence) that the person committed the crime(s) Such people, as long as they live, are a menace to others.
Kids Meet a Former Member of the Westboro Baptist Church | Kids Meet | HiHo Kids - YouTube
wordywalt comments on Dec 22, 2019:
It is good to see that one can escape from the brainwashing which that malevolent cult surrounds its members with.

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