Understanding freedom has only come through the sum total of my entire life of learning crossed by meditation in which I can focus on a single idea and explore it from all sides.
I first learned of freedom through patriotic songs, but I didn’t understand it; I had only taken the first step.
I first declared atheism during my twelfth year of life which freed me from the god concept, but I still didn’t know freedom; I…Continue
I visited the New Orleans World War 2 museum.
Tough, emotional time learning about the whole event.
As a martial artist and Tai Chi player, I have learned a great deal about combat and theories which function best in said realm. Hitler and Hirohito had the exact same flaw which allowed the allies to defeat their militaries. Both expanded quickly with their respective forces. Spread thin accross so many captured…Continue
And who shall separate the dust
The high, the low, the rich, the poor,
I heard that life is sacred, but I don’t know what that word means.
A woman outside a clinic told me that a tiny mass of cells was a person, but I didn’t think it looked like one. I heard her say that the bundle of cells was just what a person looked like when it was very small. She said it had the same genetic makeup and all of the same DNA as a fully grown person and therefore had the same right to life. I watched her scratch…Continue
After all this time, all these years, all these degrees of separation - a mere knock guides me to shedded enemies. It was midmorning when a pair of shadows alerted me to some unexpected presences. I think I knew before I knew, my gut clenching beyond the usual spasm of social anxiety.
The blockers of the light lingered and adjusted themselves and finally put knuckle to…Continue
The significance of the "Copernican Revolution" is that as soon you embrace the Sun as a star, you are immediately faced with the possibility that when you look out into space, someone or something is looking back. Before Copernicus most people thought the Earth was pretty much the whole Universe so the idea of aliens on other planets really creeped them out. The Jesuits had enough trouble deciding whether or not Native Americans had souls, let alone ET. Did each planet…Continue
My past lives in my hometown. And the past is...
ignorant. humble. high. toilsome. joy. sorrow. purpose. embarrassing. prophetic. beautiful. raw. aching. sound. shameful. misled. honor. lonely. dead.
Devastating. Shameful disgrace. Leaving the love of my life! I grieve the loss of my Christ, my everything.
And it took all the courage in the world.
I'm disappointing the people I love the most and I'm learning to be okay with it. From being pushed away, I'm…Continue
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We have met the "heat death" of the universe in progress, and it is... us?
EXCERPT "Organic cells form, reproduce, and die within complex organisms that are born, reproduce, and die, within species and civilizations that eventually result in new species and civilizations or simply carry on until they become extinct. All because stars are born, die, and are replaced, some former and current stars facilitating habitable planets and life."…
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Ecclesiastes 1:1 to 12:1
1:1 The words of the preacher, the son of King David in Jerusalem.
Everything is nothing, absolutely nothing. Everything is absolutely nothing. People live and people die but the Earth just keeps on keeping on. The sun rises and the sun sets.…
Added by Brad Snowder on November 25, 2012 at 3:24am — No Comments
hi, i am a new member to this site and have some questions about after life.
it all started a year a ago and accumilited over time and lots of thinking. over the time of a year my grandfater had part of his right ear cut off, found meloma in his lungs, colon cancer and also 7 brain turmors. one night really stood out, when he said " well at least i know that when i die i will go to heave with my brother who was killed in an airplane accedent and to see my parents again. its helpfull…Continue
There are two distinct ways of leading your life. The first is to follow someone else into obscurity – blind, cold, and full of false promises. All over the world, there is a plethora of false prophets ready to abuse your faith and trust, ready to betray you at the next moment if it is to their own advantage.
The second, then, is to enlighten the way in front of you by your own lights – take reason as your guide, and it shall never betray you. You may be wrong from time…
Added by ichbindaswortistich on March 28, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments
My first blog.. let's hope we don't get bored?
I have been working alongside people of whom moved to my country from India. When i started my job (my FIRST job at 16) I hoped i could be guided and helped along the way. Don't get me wrong- i was; by the owner. He (who came from KENYA and INDIA) left us in charge when he thought i was able to sustain the shop on my own (after three months) Which meant i was left to work around my manager and three colleagues (one of which no…Continue
Added by masarumono duff on March 7, 2012 at 4:19pm — No Comments
Hello all, I recently have just been to myself, and began to think deeply about life in its entirety. This self-discussion has led to a small amount of depression. I feel as if religion puts value on human life, and yet at the same time, looks down on it, looking forward to the "afterlife". They say thou shall not kill, etc, all moralistic things in human nature. Then they say, just follow your "god" and you'll have eternal love/happiness/etc in the afterlife. My point is, I have come to…Continue
Very interesting article on whether the discovery of alien life would shatter religious belief..
I just joined Think Atheist and have finally got the courage to stand for my own beliefs.
But my girlfriend believes in God and is a devout Catholic. She once told me that she
didn't know how she could have a relationship with me if I didn't believe [in god]. So...
I don't know what to tell her, and I don't want to lie to her anymore. Any suggestions?
Added by Victoria on July 10, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
I bent the binding of The Good Atheist, Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God, by Dan Barker, in hopes that I would either come out of it in some way affirmed or finally have a resource for a person struggling with the decision to let go of their faith. When I closed the book, I felt like a sore eared member of the choir. The majority of Barker’s book is an appeal to authority and celebrity, a mishap of astonishing proportion when speaking about, to, or for, a community that…Continue
Added by LaRae Meadows on May 5, 2011 at 3:51pm — No Comments
As an opener I'd like to state that my worldview has absolutely nothing to do with my atheism. I like to think that were I a theist I would still hold life, the universe, and everything in exactly the same regards. This post is not intended to answer any questions about nor explain my view on theism. Correlation does not imply causation. That being said, let us proceed.
Where did we…Continue
Beware of those who try to tell you what it is that you must believe.
Beware of those who try to sell you a false morality, based upon an ancient idea of piety or on changing societal norms.
There will never be a shortage of people trying to tell you how you should be living your life or how you should believe. Some of these people even love you and therefore are well meaning. However, always remember what your Daddy…
What I Have Lived For
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither, in a wayward course, over a great ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair.
I have sought love, first, because it brings ecstasy—ecstasy so great that I…