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I like very dark chocolate and rum mixed into my beverages.

I enjoy going to the movies, even the bad ones, because a night out is never really a waste of time.

I love reading books, primarily science fiction and fantasy. I don't get nearly enough time for it, unfortunately, and never have enough money for books.

I like playing video games, but not as much as watching movies or reading. I primarily enjoy games that incorporate role playing and puzzle solving. A good example would be Brave Fencer Musashi, the original.

I view myself as a Geek. I don't consider that a bad thing, although some might.

I love animals, but especially cats. I own two cats.

I enjoy things that are unique, strange, unusual, bizarre, or not ordinary. I find comfort in the different and weird.

I am irritated by stupid people, by that I mean people incapable of thinking and reasoning. I find it is like speaking to a wall, except the wall keeps shouting the same concepts at you repeatedly.

As a child, I always viewed Spock from Star Trek as a decent being to try and emulate. I try as best I can to live by logic and reason. I try to avoid tinting my perspectives with heightened emotional states. As a human being, this is not always possible.

My one and only Moral Dogma is to Truth. Which is to say, that I have a personal rule of always speaking what I feel and think to be true. People who know me, know not to ask something unless they want a full and uncensored response.

Something is either true, or it is not. We may have different truths, due to our different perspective on life, but to say something untrue is morally objectionable to me. I expect full honesty from others, as I always give full honesty to others.

I am antisocial, and by that, I mean that I usually don't like people. I like the concept of people. I like the ideas of friendship, fellowship, and community. I like the idea of the human species, and feel sorrow for their failures or Joy for their accomplishments.

Unfortunately, when I actually meet individual human beings they just don't seem to fit well with me, my ideals, or my personality. I find it difficult to maintain any sort of long term friendships or acquaintances outside of superficial facebook status updates.

To be honest, I find it difficult to involve myself in their lives, which are so often absorbed by the superficial and inconsequential.

I am not looking for deep and thought provoking banter at all times in my interactions with others. I enjoy chilling, goofing off, and generally being lazy good for nothings.

However, to be completely honest, I simply don't care about their work place drama or hearing the same family stories they've told a billion times before or how their significant person is the greatest thing on the planet because they do the dishes. Honestly, dishes have little interest to me and I find it difficult to summon any sort of emotion in response to said dishes.

I am a realist. I have been accused in the past of being a pessimist. Generally though, if reality is shit than no amount of rose tinted glasses will make it smell any better.

I am, however, usually a congenial person. I have had more than a decent amount of hardships in my life, some of them brought on by myself and some of them brought on by circumstances of life. However, I find that the day to day cycle of existing is not all that terrible. So most of the time, I present a content and cheerful person to the viewing world.

I am an atheist, and if that statement is all you take away from this excerpt, then you and I cannot be friends. Sorry for your loss.
Why are you here?
Since my awakening to my status as an atheist I have been experiencing a shift in how I see the world and how I relate to other human beings.

I find that individuals who were previously in my circle of friends and acquaintances no longer hold the same meaning to me. Clubs I used to belong to don't interest me. Activities I used to engage in are not engaging. Generally, what used to be fun is no longer fun.

I do not know what to replace it with or even how to replace it. So I find I spend an ever growing portion of my time watching netflix and angrily posting about conservatives on my facebook page. This is neither productive, nor desirable.

So, I come in search of fellowship, community, and a place full of minds I might get to know and potentially like. There are no guarantees, of course, but if you do not change your actions you will never get new results.
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Why you left your religion.
The religion I was raised on hates everything that I am.

As such, I hated myself due to my self-perceived inability to be what I was "supposed" to be.

I fell into an all consuming and ever widening pit of despair until my eventual deliverance through the realization that God is fantasy.

It has been a struggle to pry myself out of the muck my childhood placed me in, but thankfully I limit my exposure to family and continually work on positive thought to counteract the years of self-hatred engrained into me by the church.

I am able to experience happiness and self-contentment, which is something I did not experience until after the age of twenty three.

I did not originally become an atheist. I was more of an "I don't care."

However, after several years spent coming to terms with how my upbringing warped and destroyed my sense of self, I came to the conclusion that Religion is a terrible thing. It actively destroys people. It takes our most vulnerable members of society and brainwashes them for its own use.

I firmly believe that religion is as traumatic and mentally scaring to a person as child abuse and should be outlawed as harmful to society.
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At 9:53pm on February 20, 2012, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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At 8:41am on February 20, 2012, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Rachel! Join us in the chat on the bottom right of the screen and feel free to ask questions and get involved as much or as little as you want! If you would like to, add me as a friend and I'm also on twitter as RSAnative if you care to follow. Welcome again and make yourself at home!


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