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Purpose of Life

Started this discussion. Last reply by Belle Rose Sep 17. 14 Replies

I need some input and some help with this. I am an atheist so this is not a troll question.  I would appreciate honest, practical input.I know the general Atheist argument, or one of them, is that…Continue

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

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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

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Belle Rose replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"A classic example: I decided today I am going to learn ribbon embroidery. What purpose? I like it and it is beautiful and it will allow me to make cheap gifts for people. I don't need to overthink it. Think of something different and new to…"
Sep 17
Belle Rose replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"Hugs to you Mike!!! There are TONS of beautiful women out there who would probably love to jump your bones. Go get yourself a nice suit and get out of the house and go to an event somewhere that you would enjoy. Go for a long walk until your legs…"
Sep 17
Unseen replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"I sympathize.  Back in the mid-1990's I went through a two-year clinical depression, and while it was deep, I never really seriously considered suicide, though I contemplated it. By that, I mean that I finally understood how depression can…"
Sep 15
Unseen replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"I would add a classic memoir written by one of America's best writers on his personal battle with depression. It's Darkness Visible: A Memoir Of Madness by William Styron, author of many fine books including Sophie's Choice. If…"
Sep 15
Pope Beanie replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"After my kids connected me with the right mental health and other organizations, anti-depressants and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) brought me back to life from a decade of depression. I always felt a need to fulfill some "purpose",…"
Sep 15
Terry K replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"Mike, I am in the same predicament you are.  And after a lifetime of anti-depressants and "therapy" of all different stripes, I have concluded that therapy is a pseudo science mostly practiced by those who do not measure their success…"
Sep 15
TJ replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"She told you what you need to do to get her back....but you are focusing on the loss, and, especially as you lost your wife, this is like a post traumatic shock...the mourning and sadness when your wife died is now being relived, and its doubled…"
Sep 13
Mike replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"Thank you all for your input.  Thank you Strega for your kind words. I am the kind of guy that hates doing dishes because I know that no sooner am I done that dirty dishes start to pile up again.    When in basic training I…"
Sep 13
Simon Mathews replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
""I know that these threads are often more intellectual and abstract but I would like some input on how Atheists give their lives meaning and purpose." @Mike, I can recommend a book called Man's Search For Meaning by Victor…"
Sep 13
Simon Paynton replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"I agree with peoples.  "anger, the stress, and the futility"  - sounds like depression.  I would add, get out of your comfort zone and take small steps to make things better.  "futility and pointlessness. …"
Sep 12
Davis Goodman replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"First of all...it's horrible that you are suffering so much Mike. That's beyond awful. I...and I'm sure most people who have read this...sympathise. I think all atheists should remember that all we have in common is not beleiving in…"
Sep 12
matt.clerke replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"Hi Mike,     I agree with TJ. It sounds like you are depressed. Get yourself to your GP and tell them about it, they might want to refer you to a psychologist or psychiatrist for counseling or they might want to counsel you…"
Sep 12
Strega replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"Hey, Mike. Just a quickie here - I care about you. I really do. It's a human failing to think that only the people you love are able to care about you. I have been where you're at. Death then secondary heartbreak. I used altruism and a…"
Sep 12
TJ replied to Mike's discussion 'Purpose of Life'
"You seem to have what is commonly called "Depression". Christians, etc, also get depressed, so, its not that you need a supernatural reason to enjoy your life. You should consider seeing a therapist for example. You lost your wife to…"
Sep 12
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Purpose of Life

I need some input and some help with this. I am an atheist so this is not a troll question.  I would appreciate honest, practical input.I know the general Atheist argument, or one of them, is that because we are atheists and don't believe in an afterlife that we appreciate the life we have more and cherish it even more than people who think there is something more.I also wonder in comparison to believers how we see a "bigger meaning" to life that makes it all worth while?Some context and…See More
Sep 12
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

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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. 

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