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  1. I will say that what first attracted my attention to Buddhism was its parallel to the scientific method in the four noble truths. 1. There is suffering (observation) 2. Suffering comes from attachment and desire (testable hypothesis) 3. There is an end of suffering (predicted outcome) 4. The end of suffering is the 8-fold path (experimentation) It's not an exact match, of course; but, as the basis of a religion/philosophy, it sure beats "accept jesus or burn in hell" or "fly a plane into this building and spend eternity f☆({ing 72 virgins."
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  2. My first like! I'm so excited.
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  3. This story is just heartbreaking. This poor child was: 1) Born with Down Syndrome 2) Survived leukemia last year 3) Died from COVID-19 this month These were the kinds of stories that made it impossible for me to believe in Providence - the idea that there was this all-good, all-loving hand guiding the universe... You have to do some seriously jacked-up mental gymnastics to think that there is someone working things out for good... And hers was a church-going family... she sang in the choir... No special protection granted for having faith...
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  4. This has been a good conversation.
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  5. Have you ever tried mindfulness meditation? You can start with something simple, like closing your eyes and just observing your breath going in and out. Try it for 15 seconds, then a minute, then longer, and when your mind wanders and you become aware of it wandering, just go back to watching your breathing. It's an excellent way to stay in the moment, and it does gradually get easier.
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  6. Cigarettes. As someone whose life was impacted very young by a drunk driver, please don’t drink and drive, even if it’s “only” one drink. Not at all saying you’ve done this, just answering the “cigarettes or alcohol” question.
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  8. I think that it is just hard for some people, especially religious conservatives, to fully comprehend that some people, even people they know pretty well, just don't have the same beliefs as they do. Even after you have told them repeatedly! Thick skulls, an' all that....
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  9. Well, thanks to the doctors, my aunt is now better. If my religious relatives want to think that god helped out, then I'm fine with that. I just know that if she were not getting better, there is no way in hell that they would blame their deity for it. "Hey, he works in mysterious ways, he needs her in heaven, or sumthin like that." But, hey! I'm glad that the operation went well. Hooray!
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  10. So if Biden takes office and the economy continues, you for one, will not be attributing it to Biden in the way that republicans have attributed it to Trump. You will attribute it not to any president and refrain from giving any such credit. That sounds fair enough. This is something that I will reflect on in the future if I do see Biden fans trying to make claims to the effect that Biden saved the economy or anything similar attributing the economic conditions to anything Biden as done. Those who refuse to acknowledge Trumps role in economic conditions had better not start coming
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  12. It's called "practice" for a reason.
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  13. It can be intense. My friends say I fit the classic Pisces image of feeling other people's emotions as if they were my own, sometimes it is a whirlwind of emotion since I work in a courthouse sometimes. Lots of upset people. It took me 50 years to figure out that I was that sensitive, and that I had to learn to distinguish between my own thoughts and feelings and those around me. That makes choice the most important tool I have because otherwise I'm easily led by what I'm feeling from others. Sometimes my own mind seems to have other personalities that vie for control, like my body
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  14. After I read Harry Potter, I find myself wishing magic were true, but then realize it isn't. And if it were, it could be used for bad as well as good. One of the reasons I left the faith was seeing how very evil the god of the Bible is, ordering genocide after genocide (ironic given the Holocaust) and ordering them to keep the young virgin girls for themselves to rape as "wives". He is a Middle-Eastern tribal male turned into a god, nothing more. I do find myself talking to the ceiling wondering why evil men haven't been destroyed by this plague instead of so many good
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  15. Naked contraceptives are another story, though.
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  16. God is missing, I'll tell you that much. As in absent. Not after three decades of not believing in god. There were times during the first decade where I tossed around the idea sometimes. And I got into re-reading the bible just in case there was something I missed. But that's when I started noticing all of the contradictions. Then got very interested in how many contradictions there are. And took off reading my way through textual criticism and minimalist archaeology. So what happened is that I learned more and more what's wrong with the bible. And I kept learning more a
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  17. The church has never been above naked contradictions.
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  19. No, not even close. We don't have conservative riots, tearing things down, throwing massive shit fits with hysterics or anything similar. We see litigation and debate as a form of push back from the right. Two very different worlds. It's odd that the conservatives tend towards objectivity in politics but are so subjective with religion. Meanwhile liberals tend towards extremely emotional subjective politics. There's nothing remotely similar from the right. We don't have neo-nazi's trashing the cities because the media called Biden president elect, nothing remotely close to what we see from lef
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