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About TruthSeeker0

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    north of the 49th
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    photography, music, psychology, reading, outdoorsy stuff, baking, good conversation with good friends
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    Learning to find my genuine self, that's about it.

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

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  1. This is excellent. I wish I had the courage to send it to everyone in my family, but I don't think it would be received well.
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    So, thoughts on Donald Trump......

    Gotta love this kind of argument. Nope, he isn't out there putting people in concentration camps and murdering them, therefore, what's going is somehow acceptable.
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    What do you believe

    Ah, Luther, I wish I had read up on him, and his writings, and what he was like, long ago. Would have probably rejected the church at least a decade earlier. One of the things that continues to bother me is that I couldn't apply my critical thinking skills to religion, even though I had them.
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    Anyone else hate going to sleep?

    I dont really see how your religious beliefs of the past correlate with strong addictions. Even if this was the case, its possible to get past them. There are probably apps that help with phone addiction, I would see if there are any. I know of one that will disable FB for addicts for the time you select, so I wouldn't be surprised if there was one for phones as well.
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    Anyone else hate going to sleep?

    Put the phone and any other distractions like a laptop away half an hour before bed, and just go to bed, turn off the lights, and relax instead of telling yourself, I must sleep, now. Find some relaxing music or something to meditate or just relax to, there is plenty on youtube. I sometimes do some light reading, no heavy subjects though before bed. It's easier when you remind yourself you'll feel that much better in the morning with a good rest. This is all good advice, but I'm terrible at it myself because I love my free time in the evenings and really need it because I don't like my job, but at the same time, sleep is invaluable "me time" as well. And most importantly, put that phone on silent and out of hand's reach.
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    Is Satan to blame for porn?

    The Catholic Church can do no wrong. Its the only one left in Canada that has yet to apologize for its involvement and running of residential schools, and it will do anything to derail even giving an apology for such.
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    Bible selling...

    I think a lot of people buy the bible simply because it's called the 'good book', and therefore they think its something worthwhile to have on the bookshelf. They dont necessarily read the thing cover to cover. I grew up in a fundamentalist household with at least 8 bibles and none of us kids really read it. You know, its the same thing with going to church. It's admired in society. Few people really pause to think over how good or bad going to church is, but certainly if you asked the average citizen on the street they would tell you going to church is a positive thing because that's the accepted thing in society. I think only atheists have more negative opinions on the subject.
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    Bible selling...

    This is what happens when you're told Christianity is the religion of peace and you wear blinders because you have to, and aren't allowed looking at evidence to the contrary. And told that if there was someone spreading Christianity through coersion, they weren't True Christians.
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    A letter to my parents

    Do Christians actually consider what kind of evil, insane, amoral being it takes to create a place like hell? I think many of them do not.
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    A letter to my parents

    That is largely what pushed me to question when I was a fundamentalist, I believed people close to me were going to hell.
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    A letter to my parents

    I was once one of them. Its hard to sit back and watch them do what they do to themselves with their beliefs. And it's futile to try convince them otherwise. The best approach is simply appreciation that I was able to escape.
  12. I left the church, or the social circles in it, gradually over a period of years when I grew tired with what I saw as hypocrisy and small mindedness, and totally lost interest in them. I had no close family left in the church I attended, which made a big difference, and I felt like an outsider. Looking back on it, I could say I gradually outgrew it and stopped attending less, but disbelieving definitely came last, and the evidence provided by the authors I read was all the push I needed to exit for good.
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    It's been a year-

    Thumbs up! It's been a little over a year since I left as well, and the positives are definitely apparent. I took up therapy as well and it's been one of top things that has helped along this process. Getting rid of the guilt and shame complex has been the best thing about it, but I have noticed that it's not so easy to do when you have been doing it your whole life, the shame complex still likes to creep in and have to consciously pay attention to it. Had to laugh at your dismantle the patriarchy comment. Hell yes, I have done that in a big way. Never again are a few men with a lot of power going to put pressure on me about how I should be living my life. And I agree with the reading, its one of my favourite hobbies and has taken over a good chunk of the sunday time that was previously lost to the weekly guilt and shame session.
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    America is waking up to the farce that is feminism

    1. Feminism is the belief that women are as worth as much as men. 1a. (Corollary) This means women should be treated as fairly as men. 1b. (Corollary) This means women should be respected as much as men. 1c. (Corollary) This means women should have the same rights as men. 1d. (Corollary) Etc etc. 2. Feminism is the belief that women shouldn’t have to do things just because they’re women. 2a. (Corollary) Men shouldn’t have to do things just because they’re men. 3. Feminism is the belief that women shouldn’t have to *avoid* doing things just because they’re women. 3a. (Corollary) Men shouldn’t have to *avoid* doing things just because they’re men. I would agree with this. But, I think people are going to differ on how they define fairness, in regards to 1a. If I could just add a point here, I think it's that a lot of men seem to have the opinion that feminism is a bad thing, that feminists are power hungry people who seek to have some unfair advantage over men. This is pretty far from the truth, imo. I think the definition above is one that most people, men and women, can agree on. I define myself as a feminist largely in response to my experiences growing up in a patriarchal, male dominated and controlled fundamentalist church. So being a feminist for many years gave me a rebel label within the church, although I hid this quite well, not always successfully. It's difficult to hide something you feel passionate about when for you it means basic equality and human rights, such as the right of women to make their own choices about their own bodies. I grew up in an environment where I was expected to toe the line in the church, search for a husband and marry young, and have a large family as a result of the fact that children were god-given and birth control was considered a sin. But, I decided to get myself a decent education and I think that education saved me. Everything that I took for granted as a woman having rights and equality in modern day society was the result of a lot of struggle, and when you learn about all of that I can't really fathom how you can consider feminism in the historic sense any sort of negative.
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    America is waking up to the farce that is feminism

    Yup, and this is what I dislike about many of the discussions that are started here, because a lot of them turn into resorting to insult etc instead of constructive discussion where people can attempt to consider other perspectives other than their own.