Got married at 26, had a kid at 33, and divorced at 40, or thereabouts. Got my B.A. in Sociology in '85 (never give up) while working in aerospace where I enjoyed a nearly 30-yr career in HR. Retired in 2009, and still live in So Cal. I love to read, love to learn, am an avid mountainbiker, used to surf, up until last year when I decided to hang it up, at least for the time being. I have 2 Shih Tzus dogs, both males, 11 and 12 years old, respectively. They're my best little buddies. I maintain a great relationship with my daughter, whom I love boundlessly, and who lives in L.A. with her husband.
I must add, I'm neither liberal or conservative, but I believe the current Administration is an abomination.

Athiest and death
Comment: 1. Death is the natural outcome or conclusion, of life. It's all part of the cycle. Dealing with death is as individual as fingerprints, you have to process it in your own way. Grieve on your own terms.

2. Stipulate that you want cremation (if you have no objection to it). And have your ashes spread in places you deem significant. People will say whatever they feel like saying, but you won't be there, so don't worry about it.

Just my opinion.

Should unbelievers use the word 'spiritual' if they aren't referring to anything supernatural?
Comment: A definition of spiritual: relating to or affecting the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things.
I personally think we're more than just meat sacks with chemicals streaming through us that determine what we do. You don't have to believe otherwise, but I choose to; it's part of what makes me who I am. That other part, that part that causes us to ponder and wonder at things, to find joy in other things, to experience the gamut of emotions that we do, and to allow our imagination to take us out into the universe, even if it's not a literal, physical event; is what I identify as human spirit, and why I believe humans can be "spiritual". So, I suppose it depends on what your definition of the word is.
I am going through a very rough patch in my life right now. It seems to be one thing after another, starting with separating from my husband of 21 years. I am not generally a high stress person; but, when a bunch of things pile on at once, it takes its toll. Despite all this stress, pain, anguish and uncertainty, I have felt no desire, no need, to call upon a god for comfort or guidance. One would think, especially given I was a believer for over thirty years, that if the god I once believed in existed it would use this opportunity to impress upon me that it is there; but--nothing. What is helping me through this is my ability to reason. Sure, emotions still take over once in awhile; but I am always able to work my way through it. And, I know I will come out of this just fine. So, this, to me, is just more evidence that there is no god--especially a personal one....
Comment: Sorry for your troubles, Joanne, I've been through it a couple times, and I know what a shock to the system it is. But, you'll be fine, eventually, the hurt will diminish and you'll become a stronger, more self-reliant person for it.
Thoughts on Satanism?
Comment: No, sorry, I can't help you there. Personally, if I can't/don't believe in god, then Satan goes right out the window along with that. Besides that, there are too many negative connotations with the name that would put people off and compel them to likely draw many wrong conclusions about one who is affiliated, I think.
Do you walk away from friends that are believers in one religion or another or tolerate their childish "blessings" etc.?
Comment: Some I would, others, I would not. It depends a great deal on the quality and depth of the relationship.
How many have been defriended on Facebook over your atheist memes and opinions?
Comment: I don't even know if that may have happened; frankly, wouldn't care if it did/had. I don't advertise or intentionally post things like that, except in the political arena, where I'm pretty sure I've put some people off with my anti-Trump posts and rantings. But as far as my non-believer status, I neither hide, nor flaunt that.
Do you think there is only one human race?
Comment: Do you specifically mean homo sapiens sapiens, Michael? If so, then yes, my realm of understanding has brought me to that conclusion. People who use the term "race" to connote other ethnicities, as I refer to those with different archetypal skin color, body size, facial features, etc., etc., are ignorant and seeking a way to differentiate themselves from others; usually for the purpose of wanting, or needing to feel superior.
did you loose faith, or gain a sense of reality?
Comment: As I have mentioned in here before, I attended parochial schools for 11 years; Seventh Day Adentist, to be specific; but I don't recall being "deeply religious" back then. I had a neighbor lady across the street from where I lived who was an atheist, a very smart woman, and she and her husband had 3 boys very near my age who became my best friends. I spent a great deal of time at their house drinking coffee and having philosophical discussions with Winnie, the mother, including discussions around the existence, or non-existence of a Supreme Deity. I think that is when/where I began to seriously disbelieve.
Do you tend to disagree with people you don't like or don't present their ideas in the way you'd like? Why is that so?
Comment: I rarely, if ever, get into conversations with people I don't like. I don't need the aggravation, and I don't need them near me. I also don't feel compelled to try and convince anybody of anything, if it's that important and they don't already get it, they're just too stubborn or stupid in the first place.
Morning folks, why aren't we all getting ready for the church this morning I wonder? ;-)
Comment: Because I stopped surfing last year. That was my true "church".
What's your phobia?
Comment: Arachnophobia. Can't stand spiders.
When do you find sex the most enjoyable?
Comment: When it's with another person; preferably a woman.
I work for Orkin Pest Control. Today I caught a mouse in the house the lady ran out screaming thank God you caught the mouse thank God you caught the mouse. I feel like telling her b**** I did all the work. It wasn't f****** hear God damn day out these traps God did not go to Orkin school and become the Orkin man to catch the f****** mouth I seen your f****** house. I couldn't say that I would have gotten fired but that's what I wanted to say....
Comment: Easy, brother. If you are going to get highly agitated and peeved at the idiotic things religionists verbalize (on an ongoing basis), you're going to have a rough time. Let it go with the knowledge that you are significantly more reality-based than these people, as difficult as that may be at times.
I call myself a catholic agnostic, what do you call yourself?
Comment: Dean. No, seriuosly, I eschew labels, except the ones I put on supporters of a certain POTUS. If anything, I simply prefer "non-believer".
Has the Earth ever been visited by extraterrestrials?
Comment: Nope, sorry, don't believe it. I'm of the same frame of mind as you, Farmer, "Where's the solid evidence?" It could explain some things, I suppose; the Nazca plain drawings, some of the artifacts like the ancient airplane model, the "helicopter" hieroglyphics, etc., but I think there are other explanations, more terrestrially born, that we just haven't come across yet. Of course, I could be entirely wrong, but I'm just not yet convinced.
What was the first job you ever held?
Comment: Worked as an usher at a movie theater at 16.
Would you help someone that believes in god/gods knowing that he/she thank THEM instead of you? If yes why?
Comment: I would help anyone with whatever help I could provide. I don't necessarily need to be thanked every time, but I do require the help be appreciated, or that would be the last time they got any from me.
Anyone take the Myers-Briggs?
Comment: Took it 2 or 3 times. Once or twice, I was an I (introvert), the other time, I was an E (extrovert); that difference alone blew my confidence in the validity of the assessment. It may possibly be more accurate more consistently for others. And we were told, because it was a work-related training exercise, that it was valuable for helping us to know how to deal with others in the workplace. I don't like being categorized or pigeonholed, so I usually don't pay a lot of heed to such things.
Why do some atheist still use religious terms?
Comment: I don't equate spiritualism with religion. I see the term as standing on its own, so I use it, or a form of it to mean, essentially, metaphysically contemplative, so to speak. Engaged in higher thinking, beyond the mere mundane of the material world.
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