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.

Congrats to all of you for seeing that the ideas presented by organized religion are a load of steaming ****. But I do not understand the certainty that some atheists have that a "god" does not and could not exist. If there were a god (or higher power as I like to say), why would it be required to make its presence known, or remove injustice and cruelty from this world? That is one of the mistakes reliious people make...trying to view god in human terms. Just because their version is nonsense, why must we then say that any idea of a higher power is impossible. Also, if your knowledge that no god exists is based on the fact that science has no indication of it (let alone proof), then by logical extension, electrons and protons did not exist a thousand years ago because science had no inkling of such things. If any nonexistence certainty atheist out there could enlighten me, I would gladly consider your thoughts.
wordywalt comments:
An unanswerable question not worth pondering.
How do you handle talking to a parent when they are politically opposite of you?
wordywalt comments:
Stay away from politics. He is not going to change, and neither are you. If he starts on politics, walk away.
Obedience to parents
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Most parents sometimes pry too much. When I was home in the summer while in college I played cards with friends (not gambling) until late at night once a week. The next day, we would go through a routine, until he finally gave up. He would start in, Where did you go last night, son/" I would respond, "out.". Then he would ask, "What time did you get in/" I would answer, "Late." Basically, I was indirectly telling him that if he did not trust me, I was not going to tell him.
What does "coffee" mean to you?
wordywalt comments:
If you get those kinds of socially incompetent cues from a man, dump him quickly.
Who gave you the 'birds and bees' lecture~
wordywalt comments:
No one gave me the "birds and bees" lecture. I learned from my fellow teen-agers, from observing animals , and later from college biology classes. That is why, in 1966, as a high school biology teacher, I introduced a united on sex education (against the principal's wishes -- "if there is any problem, it's your ass." Not a single parent or student complained.
Difference in intelligence in a relationship
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Possible, if the intelligent partner is a nurturing and forgiving partner.
Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?
wordywalt comments:
Wisdom is applied intelligence, ergo more useful.
What value is there in freedom of the press? I think there are two parts to this, restriction of the press will reduce the ability of the press to report on certain topics completely and on all sides of other topics and this freedom can be beneficial or detrimental to the society considered on an item by item basis. The benefits are obvious and are the reason for the First Amendment, but the incidence of copy cat crimes produced by publicity in the media is an obvious drawback and in many countries gag orders and requests to use restraint in publicising vile deeds appears to reduce their incidence
wordywalt comments:
Your statement is so poorly worded that I am not sure what you are trying to say, or what your point is.
One attempted shoe bombing on a plane... and we have to take off our shoes. 1,518 Mass Shootings since Sandy Hook... Nothing done. What The Fuck!!! https://www.facebook.com/attn/videos/1517891898246264/?t=27
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That is because too damned many of our politicians have sold their souls to the NRA and gun industry! It is time to rise up and kick every damned one who is on the take from the NRA out of office!!
In roman times murder was only considered to be murder if it was a free man that got murdered , then people would scream bloody murder ,anyone else get murdered did not matter , a man could kill his whole family ,anyone who wasn't granted privilege of being a "free man" . By the state
wordywalt comments:
Your point?
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Would have to know more of what you are talking about to respond.
Do you read you read books for your significant other?
wordywalt comments:
If I could, I would.
Hey! I'm Evelyn! I'm originally from Oklahoma and currently reside in Kansas -- attending graduate school earning my doctorate. I know I don't *technically* fit this group (I.e., Deep South) due to my currently location, but hope you don't mind my joining the group anyway. :)
wordywalt comments:
Sure. Ideologically both Kansas and Oklahoma have come to resemble the deep south more and more.
Someone recently posted a cow joke in one of the groups. That reminded my of the "two cow example," as a way of explaining political philosophy. Here are a few of my favorites: DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and shoots you. BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and as many eggs as the regulations say you should need. AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: The government promises to give you two cows if you vote for it. After the election, the president is impeached for speculating in cow futures. The press dubs the affair "Cowgate". HONG KONG CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly-listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt / equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows. The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company. The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because the fung shui is bad. TOTALITARIANISM: You...
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What was that all about?
Is ignorance bliss?
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No. I know of no such studies that are recognized as legitimate.
Massive study of Australia's gun laws shows one thing: they work
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Spread that message far and wide. Shout it out over the rooftops! Cram it down the gun nuts' throats!
So I posted something earlier that I took down because my intentions were being misunderstood. I mentioned that I felt awkward being on here seeking friends and community when it feels more like a dating site. I think the way I worded it made it sound judgemental, but in truth, I was only judging my own feelings. I am married and a friend looked over my shoulder today and wanted to know why I was on a dating site. I said it isn't just for that, and told her that I mentioned my husband in my profile and posts. I am also in a weird state of limbo right now in my life, so trying to not muddy my waters. I have chatted with some awesome folks on here. I like that. I am trying to decide if I belong here. What the hell does it even mean to belong someplace? #ExistentialCrisis
wordywalt comments:
You are welcomed as a fellow discussant and opinion sharer. Unfortunately, on any medium, there are always a few men who are moral idiots who try to hit on any woman they hope might be vulnerable in some way. Most of us men are simply more than willing to simply accept you as one of us.
What do you think about Germany's proposal to make public transport free?
wordywalt comments:
Germany has long been one of the most advanced nations in providing essential services through government. We could lean a lot from them.
How long did it take you to get over your divorce? I am in the process of serving my husband, but it's hard when he lives on a boat. I go out to clubs and see weird relationships, and hear people not talking so well about their significant others. Everybody needs time to heal- heck my lawyer said no dating until the divorce is over. I honestly thought that I would be driving around the parking lot at this point saying, "Hey you - get into my car." But I feel more like crazy cat woman and just flinging cats at people.
wordywalt comments:
I was happy when my first wife filed for divorce. I even thanked the process server effusively. Getting over the divorce was easy. Getting over 30 years of a terrible marriage took much longer. I had nightmares for years.
"How can you be a moral person and be an atheist?" I get asked by Christians. Friends who are atheists get asked the same. thing. It t is rude and tiresome. Being a good person is a choice. Today I received this message on another dating site: "I really like your playful, creative, giving being. You're more "spiritual" than most religious people. I'm curious how an "atheist" can live that way." I would never hassle Christians about their faith. Christians who don't know me often insist that I explain: 1. Why I am an atheist. 2. How the universe began (as if being an atheist automatically makes me an astrophysicist). "Nobody knows," I reply. "Science is advancing more every year." 3. What happens when people die. "Nobody knows," I reply. 4. What is spirituality? I don't have to justify my lack of belief in an invisible deity to anyone. Your thoughts?
wordywalt comments:
Simply tell the questioner, "Your question is intrusive and rude." Then do not respond further.
The obsession with weapons...
wordywalt comments:
The obsession with weapons is a sickness. Having fired powerful rifles, Browning automatic rifles, and machine guns, I can tell you that it does give one a sense of power, a macho-feeling. But., that is a feeling which should be suppressed strongly unless one's life is in eminent danger. To give in to the feeling, even for recreation is to curry violence in oneself.
wordywalt comments:
Meaning is the attributed definition and attached value which a person gives to an object or event. It does not exist independent of the human mind.
How many republican atheists/agnostics are members of this website?
wordywalt comments:
Until today's Republican politicians show some moral backbone, and until Republicans give up their obsession with moribund ideology, I would not consider calling myself a Republican.
April 20th Proposed School Walk Out Day for School Shootings
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Do it!
Second Amendment myths everyone should stop believing | TheHill
wordywalt comments:
The content of thiws article should be spread in ALL media.
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