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  1. Your legacy...

    I would say the desire, but generally I agree.
  2. Your legacy...

    names are just words to future generations. nobody considers what Caesar was like to his friends, nor Abe Lincoln, nor Stalin. Just as nobody will be likely to remember the person who intervened in someones suicide attemp fifty years from now. but actions have impact without names as easy as with.
  3. Your legacy...

    i tend to think fear of no afterlife is a strong motive to try to believe...often enough its not enough motive. for me, i concur with the stoic idea that death is final. our legacy can live on negative or positive, but whether it does or not is unimportant. what matters to me is if i did my best at what i wanted to, namely being a good person.
  4. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    as i said, i dont believe anyway. the world is full of excuses for things that have no definitive proof, and sometimes things that do have proof. just ask any prison guard.
  5. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    i dont know if god exists any more than you do. i tend to think not because i believe all things are knowable and nobody seems to know god. but maybe hes just really good at hiding.
  6. Authentic self

  7. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    i get that. but acknowledging its not known to me doesnt make it unknowable in my opinion. theres just way too many times i didnt know and someone else did.
  8. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    but if they didnt know then how could they honestly claim someone else didnt?
  9. Your legacy...

    the kindness given only lives on in the people who receive it. if they let it die its gone. also i dont think people remember the kindness of notorious people but rather the pain they caused the world, even forgetting they had kind moments. i cant tell the kind moments of hitler for example, but certainly there were some.
  10. i think noboody should be tax exempt that makes use of anything taxes pay for, or in other words...everyone should be equal in tax law with no special treatment for religion. they use the roads, the church i used to live across from in jonesboro il actually took over a section of the street by paving over it. south illinois streer still looks straight on the gps but you have to do a partial square to get around the church now.
  11. i can look at the object and say its a book. someone else might say its wood pulp and glue. someone else would say a nice collection of fairy tales while another would insist the bible i was referencing as a mere book is really the ultimate truth. all different perspectives for the same object, multiple truths at the same time, like most of reality. subjective, but also objective, and rarely is one perspective complete(if ever).
  12. It wouldn't surprise me if that were the case. I know I looked into scouts for my middle kid, and realized it was now a major joke organization compared to what it used to be(at least in my eyes). They gave out merit badges for such things as video games, and didn't go on any camping trips at all. My wife is Christian, or at least religious. She isn't 100% sure, and I don't like to label her. But occasionally we end up going to church events because someone she knows will invite her. I don't mind going so long as she has the understanding that if asked, I will answer honestly(so far nobody has asked at these events, almost amazing). A lot of people there seem to be there primarily to socialize and gossip.
  13. I can fully respect and appreciate that tradition, I just don't know that I have the courage to do such a thing. It is very Socratic, that is, living as a citizen of the world, and treating everyone as your brother(or sister). I applaud.
  14. It's funny, but from working at Walmart I know those decorations arrive at the store as early as august. So early every year...
  15. Read...then discuss

    I read a book by the Dalai Lama recently in which he states that he doesn't seek to convert anyone away from their current religion, because if it works to help them to be better people he wouldn't want to steer anyone off that path. There are many cases where religion(in any form really, not just Christianity) DOES indeed help people to be better people. There are lots of people I have met that seem to have to have some rule book to live by, or they go off. They just can't get it together without someone telling them what's right and wrong. I don't know if they would be able to without religion, but religion is a fact of life in the world at large. But as you said, there are plenty of morals that aren't religiously attained. Plenty of people live moral lives without referencing the bible to solve their issues, or the Q'ran, or any other system of belief. It really is a case by case basis, I think.
  16. I don't even want to host my in laws...I can't even imagine hosting strangers. How does that work, even? Maybe I am in too rural an area to grasp it.
  17. Speaking as a former Druid, it really didn't make much difference to me. There weren't enormous amounts of stupidity, I mean most people already knew that Halloween was borrowed from another tradition. The biggest thing I remember was the constant barrage by the Christians who believe Halloween is Satanic. They didn't want to celebrate it because it was originally a pagan holiday, but funnily enough had no problem with Christmas which was also borrowed from Pagans.
  18. The question seems very basic I suppose. I thought I would share a little story, kind of an interesting thought to me. My mother died about a year ago. Throughout her entire life with my brother and I, she never brought up religious matters that I can remember. She never took us to church, but if we wanted to go she would give us a little money for the donation box. She never discussed the fallacies of any one group, she never brought anybody else's religion into anything that I can remember. She never talked bad about Atheism, Satanism, Paganism, or Christianity. I really had no clue what religion, if any, she was. I found out about an hour after her death, when we were discussing what kind of funeral service to have with the funeral director, that she was a Druid. Now, through my entire life, I had never considered she might have been what I was. My Grandfather was a devout Christian, non denominational. Meaning whenever I would stay at his house, I went to whatever random church he decided to go to on Sunday. So I rarely stayed over on Saturdays, needless to say. My Grandmother, I realize belatedly, was much like my Mother. She never discussed religious matters, but always went with my Grandfather. I assumed she was Christian, but maybe not? My Father was basically out of the picture for large portions of my life. He was an Army Sergeant for twenty years, and divorced from my Mother from the time I was five. I didn't see him at all between the ages of nine and fifteen, and when he got back I stayed one weekend and decided not to go back due to extremely abusive talk. When I grew up a bit more, I visited occasionally. He was devout Christian. My brother had become a Christian. I ended up an ex Druid, Stoic Atheist. It just all got me thinking about how family influences our religious choices, even when we don't quite realize it. I identified with my Mother for most of my life, probably a lot because she was the one who raised me for the most part. She listened when I talked about religion, she would interject historical perspective to the discussion, and never bad mouth anything. She never piped up and said she agreed or disagreed with my decision to be a Druid. I just find it somewhat remarkable, and amazing.
  19. ordination

    Giving legal advice as a non lawyer is not a good idea.
  20. minister: a member of the clergy. clergy: the body of all people ordained for religious duties. pastor: a minister in charge of a church or congregation. so interchangeable terms that mean the same thing...confused how again?
  21. The Difference

    Are you deliberately baiting and being rude?
  22. Enemies

    giving free legal advice as a non attourney is a bad idea. thats extremely basic law. i simply dont believe you about your friends.
  23. Enemies

    you are out of your depth on this one, but i will bite. what law school did you attend?
  24. Enemies

    I think of plagiarism as a form of theft. Many do. Thou shalt not steal, ULCneo.
  25. Enemies

    On another forum, I was in a discussion about water department fees, particularly late fees, disconnects, and recharging deposits after the disconnect. The person I was debating went on and on about how they were trying to help others. They had talked to the water dept and gotten this information first hand. Their numbers just didn't add up, of course. Their story changed. I called the town in questions water dept and found out he had been harassing them, they told me the policy. I posted that to the forum, and he hasn't posted again in any topic. It's amazing how going to the source can do that sometimes.