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  2. I don't think people are getting dumber. I think it's more exposure to the stupidity of complete strangers via much more information dissemination. The Internet shows us what we've always done but most people rarely encountered. Especially small town people.
  3. I've done some pretty stupid things myself on occasion, and I'm allegedly much smarter than your average bear. I don 't think humans are a particularly smart species. The example you give seems to match a pattern which I think may be increasing, though. I see a growing tendancy for people to look for external causes and solutions to their problems rather than do ing something themselves. Not having a key fails to even trigger "why not?" or "how can I get one?", the default behaviour is "make enough fuss and 'someone' will fix it".
  4. People have been stupid, crazy and weird long before we got here. I really don't think this is anything new. Not even all that unusual. My memories are full of stupid stuff I've seen.
  5. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed how stupid people are becoming, not so much of these fantasy bubbles people are locking themselves in but the intelligence I today am questioning, for example, a person lives alone in an apartment block and has done for months, but I does not have a key for the main doors and stands there kicking and shouting at the doors for hours till someone is coming in or out then the idiot can enter the building.
  6. It's good to see that you're still around. For the rest, I have embraced Agnostic Apatheism. Despite the complete lack of evidence, Some version of God could possibly exist. I don't know and I don't worry about it. It's not important and it's not worth arguing about. Jonathan
  7. Spot on. Either God is a myth, and doesn't affect us. Or he's real, and we don't affect him. Anything beyond our control isn't worth worrying about. Been a minute. Thought I'd say hi 😊
  8. Religion as comforting illusion? That makes sense. I have long since decided that it wasn't worth arguing about God. Even if some version of God possibly exists, it doesn't actually matter.
  9. Jung described psychological conflict as the work of resolving two opposing ideas. He described religion as the need to resolve the fact we have life and the opposing fact we die. This leaves the mind needing to add purpose to the fact we have a temporary existence. He believed religion was born out of that internal struggle. Lang went further in suggesting religion was a socially accepted delusion in order to cope with the conflict of life and death. Marx also described religion as the sigh of the oppressed spirit and the opiate of the people. Opiate suppress the pain of life and makes it's hardships as more acceptable.
  10. "You have looked deep into my heart, LORD, and you know all about me. You know when I am resting or when I am working, and from heaven you discover my thoughts. You notice everything I do and everywhere I go." - Psalm 139:1-3 What is it about me that I often hide from others?
  11. Yes. The same old arguments. Covid is no longer a hot topic. I'm sure nobody wants me to prattle on about Agnosticism. I'm still social. I don't feel like I have anything interesting to say. Jonathan
  12. I still occasionally visit. Just get tired of the same old arguments springing up in virtually every thread. But do miss interacting with a couple people here.
  13. Didn't know you were from Queens.. Same as Jonathan.. Seems like a very diverse place with Rabbi's, Agnostic's, and Cyndi Lauper
  14. Since what is right to one person could be considered wrong to another person, I doubt that doing only that which is right is an achievable objective. But even though we all inevitably screw-up more than we succeed, trying to do the right thing is an honorable goal. To Christians, there is but one who did everything right.
  15. I don't think we can ever reach a complete answer, but suffiicient: maybe. It's a pretty good start point. Of course, it somewhat begs the question of what is "right".
  16. Just to say that I'm still alive too... 67 now, older but not wiser .. Been trying to turn over a new leaf though!
  17. Yeah, I've looked in a few times over the last couple of years and seen nowt, so I went away again. In key news, I aten't ded.
  18. It's good to see you again. I have a social nature. I just don't have anything to say at the moment. Jonathan
  19. Many forums go through cycles. In the interim I could hum, or maybe talk about growing up in Rego Park. Is there some topic somebody wants to discuss?
  20. Still here. Kinda saddened by what's happened with things, though.
  21. Yes. I'm still around, though I've run out of things to discuss.
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