BroTom

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About BroTom

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    Chicago USA
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    Reading, bicycling, constructing models
  • More About Me
    Recently retired, been xC for 3 decades

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  • Still have any Gods? If so, who or what?
    Pantheism, maybe

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  1. Hi SherpaJones Welcome.....I hope you find the support you're looking for here. It was painful reading your story. I think you're very strong to have recovered to a remarkable degree after such a devastating start to life. Look forward to more posts from you. Tom
  2. Hi Dark Bishop I love your post. If nothing else you've convinced me to finally get around to checking out this Matrix movie. My favorite part of your testimony is where your family is first and foremost now. I never really bonded with my parents and that was a loss for all of us. I decided at age 8 to protect myself from ever being connected with anyone. My emerging conception of spirituality now has to do with being connected--to the Earth, humanity and the universe. I mean connected in a completely natural way. For my early-stage purpose, spirituality means whatever anyone wants it to mean for him/her/them/self. One thing I'm doing is revisiting my old sensations of "the presence of the lord". I'm trying to re-interpret them to fit into my new perspective. Hope to have some of those re-interpretations to report in the future. When I think deeply, I can still feel a presence. Now I see the presence as myself teaching me that I was always connected. And now that I'm starting to have half an ounce of awareness, I can foster and appreciate my pursuit of connection. Yes, I know that connecting with people sometimes brings pain. Won't try to explain that, I just accept it as part of the deal for now. That's as far as I've gotten. Tom
  3. Hi Gageman........welcome. I'm kind of new here too. I am in awe of you for taking charge of your own beliefs in early adolescence! I was a much slower learner. Maybe not now, but some day in the future, you will be able to look back and appreciate what an accomplishment that was. Your post sort of forced me to look back and remember how painful the teenage years were. That's a good thing because it also makes me appreciate that I survived it and then moved on to my own adult life. If there's anything I'd like to say to you it's to please think and work towards laying the groundwork for your independent adulthood that is coming up before you know it. Please try to focus on the hope that your life is going to get a whole lot better. Hope you stick around. Tom
  4. Congratulations, Nightowl, at the moment I'm writing this, you have twice as many likes as posts. Special congratulations on taking charge of your beliefs at age 18. Hope you stick around to take advantage of all the knowledge and wisdom here. I also enjoyed studying linear algebra and differential equations. For me, math adds a rich layer of appreciation towards understanding how everything works. Best wishes. Tom
  5. Don't forget to add some grain alcohol (Wholly Spirit) to that Zoda Pop
  6. Couldn't you at least have spelled his name right?
  7. Hi Spaceman Welcome and best wishes About the closed minded scientism thing....Remind them that it is completely open minded to inform your belief from science, because scientific understanding changes to fit the observations. If they then accuse you of being a weasel, ask them why it is appropriate to use (possibly changing) scientific knowledge to prove the existence of (their unchanging) god. But seriously, I love to watch the debate from the peanut gallery but personally hate to engage in it myself. I'm just not into debating. My message is I hope you are taking some time when you are alone to read between the lines of their arguments. Your new-found freedom makes your friends unbearably uncomfortable and perhaps angry. They act that out with their relentless arguments. It's from their weakness that they're badgering (whether or not they know that). Always remember that yours is the winning hand even if (maybe especially if) you choose to decline to answer their arguments. Tom
  8. Go for it! For me, it just wasn't working any more.
  9. I loved my bourbon, but it didn't love me back. (Hmmmm kind of like you-know-who) Happy to be alcohol free now.
  10. Thanks, DarkFlash, and welcome to you too. Tom
  11. I once listened to a sermon about alcohol from the pastor of the fundamentalist church I used to belong to. He had never once touched alcohol. There was a hint of an envy against the Christians who had a dazzling testimony of being delivered from drinking. This believer in the literal and infallible word of god stated that Jesus never drank alcohol. Said that it was unthinkable that Jesus imbibed in the stuff that had trashed so many lives over the generations. I can't remember how he actually explained it all away. Something about a "sweet wine" used in those days, that wasn't actually fermented. And this all from someone who condemned the Catholic religion for requiring the lowly believers to accept the interpretation of church authorities of the scriptures. And I did drink the sweet wine. Tom
  12. There's a liquor store in Chicago claiming We cater to all of your spiritual needs
  13. Thanks Bedouin. I love your approach to life. And now I have a new understanding of your name: Be doin' Tom
  14. What do you mean by spirit realm? I think I've heard of it before but never had it explained to me Tom
  15. Hi Jon I love thinking about this kind of stuff. Haven't really got around to studying it yet, so I can only speak from my own intuition. Suppose you and I had a conversation and I learned something or changed my mind, say. I would be inclined to say that the only thing that transmitted between us was the sound waves. By my mental processing, I reconstructed your idea inside my head and I got your message. Does this line up with you, or do you think that ideas themselves can be transmitted? Tom