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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

I'll not be getting any pedicures in this lifetime, worthy or not. Not while I'm awake. It's not what you think. People mess'n with my cuticles creeps me out. I don't know why. Got a haircut in Colombia one time that unexpectedly included hot towels, straight razors and a manicure. Felt like I was under interrogation. Setting there helpless while people do shyte to ya! Not this cowboy, uh-huh, no way, no thanks.  (1 hr ago | post #7611)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

It seems to be a term coined by Genuine Christians (tm) to describe their arch-foes in the battle between Good and Evil. What y'all OUGHT to be doing is figuring out which side you are actually on. Perhaps later. Believing in a God, not believing in gods, Internet discussion boards where people are free to speak their minds in relative anonymity ... I think we are participating, pretty much as designed and expected, in a 'machine' intended to provoke arguments. What would be weird is getting angry about it.  (10 hrs ago | post #7600)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

That's too bad. The closer I get to death the more I look forward to the rest. I don't perceive Judgment Day as a problem.  (10 hrs ago | post #7599)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Good advice (the electrolyte balancing dietary supplement part). Thank you. As for using OKC's breasts to warm my scented oil ... uh ... not so much. I suffered a momentary lapse of reason. I'm a happily married man! Someone rubbing expensive oils into callused feet is the providence of Saviors and other special people. I'm not worthy.  (10 hrs ago | post #7598)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Who pulled your string?  (19 hrs ago | post #7594)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

The Creator-of-the-Universe has decided to grace me with leg cramps along with my shrinking bladder/enlarging prostate. Thank you Creator-of-the-Universe, you are our only hope! What I really wanted was an attractive woman massaging scented oils ( warmed between ample breasts) into my dry and callused feet. Did I just say that? Am I still dreaming?  (Monday | post #7554)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Well ... I guess I 'bout seen it all now.  (Monday | post #7553)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

How does The Good Christian (tm) understand or deal with anger? Offering up the other cheek, of course! Is that what you're doing here? Offering up an endless supply of cheeks for us to bitch-slap? You know you don't have to do that, right? There are other, less humiliating, paths to your Heaven. "Through his works you shall know him" ... isn't that in the Bible? Maybe you should try that approach. Do a few Good Deeds. Tell a Gay Person that you feel their pain or maybe that they're not so bad after all. You might start to feel good about yourself again and this self-flagellation can finally stop.  (Monday | post #7552)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Okay ... what's the deal? You and 'So What' neighbors or something? Herds water at the same creek? Kids go to the same school?  (Friday Apr 18 | post #7478)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Yeah ... thought you were almost 'normal' for a while. Not sure how that makes me "self centered", commenting on someone else's condition, but ... okay. Pretty sure we're all self centered to some degree or other. Of course, emotions and mental health issues are another matter. I mention my Mother more, perhaps, than I should but her experience is probably typical and seems to illustrate some of our points. As the 'baby' of the family, I realized years ago that I would probably get to watch everyone who preceded me die. I try not to let it bother me too much. We all have our allotted 'time in the Sun' ... so it goes. Bit harder when someone goes before their time. But, hell ... I'm 'preaching to the choir' we're all Human and we all must bear these same burdens. Atheists just don't get to ameliorate their grief with all the 'called home' and 'in a better place' business. My Spock eyebrow gets quite a workout at funerals. Emotional pain, physical pain, loss, addiction, the comic books we read as kids ... yep ... character building stuff. An adult Human's personality is the summation of so much programming, manipulation, nurturing, education ... yada, yada, yada that assigning something like 'pain' a pivotal role may be lending it a bit too much weight. Most citizens of Western Civilization have it pretty cush ... yet character continues to get built. I'm 61 years old. I've been what you might call a 'skeptical inquirer' since I learned to read. My Mommy quit making me go to church when I was like 13 or so. I've been on Topix since 2008. Been pondering this stuff for a lifetime and finally have a place to talk about it. Yeah. Pretty sure I ain't faking the 'NO GOD' stuff. If there was a Shakespeare quote in the referenced post, I am not aware of it. Feel free to point it out so I'll know next time. I've got a lot of stuff swirling around the cesspool of my mind and no idea where a lot of it came from. I firmly believe the odds of a mother and child reunion are nil. I believe the chances of anyone, regardless of their goodness or belief system, getting to a place, a heaven, after their biological functions cease are likewise nil. I believe that everything we are, everything we will ever be or have ever been, plays out during our life time and there is no more. That's it. Finito.  (Friday Apr 18 | post #7476)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Yeah ... thought you were almost 'normal' for a while. Not sure how that makes me "self centered", commenting on someone else's condition, but ... okay. Pretty sure we're all self centered to some degree or other. Of course, emotions and mental health issues are another matter. I mention my Mother more, perhaps, than I should but her experience is probably typical and seems to illustrate some of our points. As the 'baby' of the family, I realized years ago that I would probably get to watch everyone who preceded me die. I try not to let it bother me too much. We all have our allotted 'time in the Sun' ... so it goes. Bit harder when someone goes before their time. But, hell ... I'm 'preaching to the choir' we're all Human and we all must bear these same burdens. Atheists just don't get to ameliorate their grief with all the 'called home' and 'in a better place' business. My Spock eyebrow gets quite a workout at funerals. Emotional pain, physical pain, loss, addiction, the comic books we read as kids ... yep ... character building stuff. An adult Human's personality is the summation of so much programming, manipulation, nurturing, education ... yada, yada, yada that assigning something like 'pain' a pivotal role may be lending it a bit too much weight. Most citizens of Western Civilization have it pretty cush ... yet character continues to get built. I'm 61 years old. I've been what you might call a 'skeptical inquirer' since I learned to read. My Mommy quit making me go to church when I was like 13 or so. I've been on Topix since 2008. Been pondering this stuff for a lifetime and finally have a place to talk about it. Yeah. Pretty sure I ain't faking the 'NO GOD' stuff. If there was a Shakespeare quote in the referenced post, I am not aware of it. Feel free to point it out so I'll know next time. I've got a lot of stuff swirling around the cesspool of my mind and no idea where a lot of it came from. I firmly believe the odds of a mother and child reunion are nil. I believe the chances of anyone, regardless of their goodness or belief system, getting to a place, a heaven, after their biological functions cease are likewise nil. I believe that everything we are, everything we will ever be or have ever been, plays out during our life times and there is no more. That's it. Finito.  (Friday Apr 18 | post #7475)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

Not sure it counts as real 'persecution' if you can end it by logging off. In any case, it becomes clear that you come here, deliver months of obtuse, close minded comments, get everyone pissed and/or frustrated with you and then wallow in self pity when they quit being nice. You're looking for some nice, safe, comfy 'persecution' so you feel like a Real Christian (TM). It's kind of a two way street. You feed off of us and we get to vent on you. Nobody gets hurt or ostracized from their family or anything. Win-win.  (Friday Apr 18 | post #7466)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

The only believable evidence would have to come from the god itself. Some miracles performed under laboratory controlled conditions would suffice. I used to be quite good at faking UFO pictures. I'm talk'n pre-Photo Shop days, dark rooms, enlargers and all that. In fact, I got so good at it that it pretty much ruined my belief in "Flying Saucers". The 'bots will never be able to produce convincing evidence. Hell, they're still trying to learn to program VCR's and set the time on digital watches. Anecdotes, small voices and tingly feelings ... it's all they got.  (Friday Apr 18 | post #7418)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

It comes in spurts! My brain seems to work best right after I pee. Go figure. You seem to be fairly consistent however. Must be an Okie thang. Enjoy your posts!  (Friday Apr 18 | post #7415)

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'Good without a god': Faces of atheism in Oklahoma

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