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Purpose

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gregg RThomas Jan 7. 15 Replies

I promise I am not a troll and this is a sincere question and not a challenge.I know this will be like the classic 'where do atheists get their morality from without god" question.The religious…Continue

charitable donations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Physeter Mar 10, 2014. 10 Replies

I want to tap the collective knowledge of a non-religious community so maybe someone can help.  I have a whole wardrobe of women's clothing that I want to donate but I do not want to donate it to a…Continue

Community

Started this discussion. Last reply by M.M. Aug 23, 2013. 10 Replies

One thing that we need to do as Atheists is find a way to build a community.  How many people don't really believe in God but still go to church just so they have a place they belong, a sense of…Continue

Does religion negate free market capitalism?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Jul 15, 2012. 3 Replies

We are a varied lot of people here with many economic and political beliefs.  The one thing that unites most of us is are disregard for religion.  Some will be more equipped to answer this question…Continue

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Gregg RThomas replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"@Mike: Hi, I'm Gregg, I'm a diabetic who's dick don't work any more and has a hole in his heart, I've been suffering thru strokes for the last two years, I just had Cataract surgery, I still love my ex-wife even tho…"
Jan 7
Belle Rose replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Please do share!!!!!!! c'mon, don't be shy....lol"
Jan 6
Davis Goodman replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"There are two definitions of purpose. One...as a mostly objective description of an object or some concepts/actions. A hairbrush's purpose is to brush hair. It was made for that purpose, bought for that purpose and used for that purpose. Its…"
Jan 6
MikeLong replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Very Nice, Helena. Almost saved me from replying. But: Nothing to do with religious persuasion or otherwise, but, if you see life that way, I'd advise a cold hard look at your value system. What makes you happy? Do that. For my part I see my…"
Jan 5
Belle Rose replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Please forgive me but how blunt do you want me to be? I am not in the mood to sugar coat things right now....so that is my disclaimer.... First of all, Welcome to TA. If you seek honest advice and good company you have come to the right place. I…"
Jan 5
Unseen replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"You only need a purpose if you think you need one."
Jan 5
Freethinker784 replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Life is hard and some people are not prepared for all the hardships that they will encounter once on their own..........Having a solid up bringing surely helps, with parents teaching  you good moral values......Even with all that, life can be a…"
Jan 3
matt.clerke replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Regardless, please consider counselling with a social worker or psychologist... whatever you have affordable (or even free) access to. It can really help to get these things off your chest."
Jan 3
Simon Paynton replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"I saw something on Facebook that a Christian had posted:  "it's supposed to be love thy neighbour as well as yourself, not instead of yourself".  Even our Jeff Ulinski said that Christian compassion is all about putting…"
Jan 3
Helena Rivka Suwalski replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Purpose may not be the most profound way of thinking about it. The thing that makes me feel meaningful is seeing my place in a greater scheme of things. I am insignificant in comparison with the vastness of space or the unbelievable power of a black…"
Jan 2
_Robert_ replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"I could care less about what Buddhists or Christians mean by "flourishing". They push altruism for this life, only to pay for the next life. They are worried about their souls. Blind altruism is irrational. Jesus is irrational (love…"
Jan 2
Simon Paynton replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"The idea "ethically" isn't that you have to go around being especially altruistic and helpful to people - just that whenever you act, make sure that the effects on other people are the most good and the least bad they can be. …"
Jan 2
TJ replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"Being alive is a gift.  Its a rare opportunity.  As with any gift, you can appreciate it, or feel it sucks, etc...but its still yours to do with as you please. Some are born into a life that sucks more, say a baby born to a starving AIDS…"
Jan 1
_Robert_ replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"I am with Simon on this; the purpose of life is to flourish. For me that means to learn and become a more moral and better person. To have a perspective on suffering. For example, this morning I realized I missed an opportunity to help…"
Jan 1
Simon Paynton replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose'
"When times are tough then I find the number one thing that makes me feel better is doing something about it in some way.  Does it seem like life is all work (difficult job) and no play?  Is there something you can get involved in outside…"
Jan 1
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Purpose

I promise I am not a troll and this is a sincere question and not a challenge.I know this will be like the classic 'where do atheists get their morality from without god" question.The religious people all have their edicts from their god and the promise of an afterlife to keep them in line and keep them a purpose.What do my fellow atheists use as a grand purpose in life to make it worth it? I am not considering hurting myself or doing anything stupid but I will admit it has been tough lately. I…See More
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Posted on December 12, 2011 at 6:50pm 3 Comments

Maybe if God weren't so busy helping Tim Tebow win football games on Sunday he could cure my wife's cancer.  I guess some things are more important than others.

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At 9:21pm on November 17, 2011, Acacia Warwick said…

Thank you Robert. I wish my husband Todd would talk to someone, but he just says he's fine. As for me, I'm trying to not think in terms of expiry dates. It's just so hard in the bc community's "be happy or die" and emphasis on "spirituality."  The one atheist thread on breastcancer.org just degenerated into anti-religion jokes. 

At 8:27pm on September 25, 2011, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Mike!

 
 
 

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