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    Traveling, new music, exploring new ideas, trying new things . . .
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    I'm a former Christian in search of more like-minded free-thinkers

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

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  1. My god is chocolate. Chocolate has a calming effect on you? (As if there weren't already enough reasons to be a chocolate addict!)
  2. Those who are able to self-reflect as you have, rarely (in my experience, anyway) have big ego issues. Perhaps its not as bad as you imagine?
  3. I struggle with so much . . .at work (repurcussions from covid) and personally. I just want to develop a sense of peace in all situations. I'm using meditation and art therapy to try to see if that peace grows within.
  4. No. There are volunteers that do this is in some hospitals for sick babies. I've never heard of paying for such a thing.
  5. Totally agree. We are in desperate need of a paradigm shift when it comes to politics and policy-making decisions, etc. One other HUGE factor driving costs in health care is litigation. Malpractice insurance alone ranges from 20k - 300k per year, depending upon specialty and the practice location. Drug companies, facilities and medical device companies are sued regularly.
  6. I didn't mean to imply that obese people should not get health care or that it should be made impossible or unreasonable or that we should "demonize" them. I meant to say that people should have incentives/rewards to stay healthy. Those that choose otherwise should not be rewarded. And help should be readily available (and made low cost or free) for those that want to work towards a healthy lifestyle. And I suppose you could extend the same argument to smoking, drinking, or other high risk behaviors. Medicare is essentially universal health care for anyone over the age of 65. Me
  7. I'm not so sure that universal healthcare would level the playing field. In my experience there tends to be 2 systems that arise out of universal health care. There is the government sponsored plan and then there are private payers who get better and more timely care. In the US we already have universal healthcare for certain populations (Medicare and Medicaid), run by the government - and not very efficiently- which gives me no faith that they will do a better job with broader responsibilities. In my humble opinion, the focus on health care needs to shift from a reactive to proactive po
  8. In theory this is true. The reality is there are many compromises in life. For some, the inability to be authentic is a deal-breaker. For others, the path of least resistance is the path to peace.
  9. And this line of thinking just reinforces what Christianity is: a death cult. The membership is obsessed with death and their book is filled with stories revolving around death from beginning to end. Morbid.
  10. Its only a tragedy to you now. It is not a tragedy to those who don't exist as they are unable to experience tragedy. Death is no more an enemy to life than sleep is an enemy to being awake.
  11. And this, I believe, is the root of all magical beliefs: fear of death. Why? What would be so terrible about no longer existing? You didn't exist before you were born and never longed for anything when you didn't exist. The same will be true when you cease to exist once again.
  12. I listened to this video and Sam Harris argues that free will is an illusion because (oversimplifying here) we have a whole bunch of neurological and biological events going on that heavily influence and essentially predetermine all decisions we make. His theory assumes that we have no control over these microscopic and cellular events within our brain and body. But perhaps we've been conditioned to believe that we have no control over these events, when in fact we do. We just haven't figured out how. For example, if I am told to raise my right arm, I can do that. And I can choose to do that,
  13. I really appreciate your perspective, Weezer. That gives me food for thought. Just like mental health is on a continuum, so too (IMHO) is the rationality of Christian belief, especially in the face of so much contradictory (or lacking) evidence. I imagine for some Christians, the mental gymnastics that rational, logical, mentally healthy people have to do in order to maintain their beliefs creates such an internal struggle that it is bound to turn into some form of mental illness until or unless that struggle is resolved. Thus begins a path of either suppressing those thoughts and doubts or ex
  14. Just curious, SV . . .do you trust medical science (which is also ever-changing)? Are you the sort of Christian who only believes certain sciences are to be trusted or do you shun science altogether because all if it is ever-changing as new discoveries are made?
  15. That is adorable. He called you a "dog." It must be exhausting for SV, always trying to carefully control thoughts and words in order to please an imaginary friend.
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