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etimodnar

New Friends Group

I feel emotionally and spiritually exhausted. I don't quite know what I can put on to my LJ that isn't going to be criticised. I thought maybe I would create a friends group of people who are more sympathetic towards beliefs I hold dear. But then I thought that so many of my entries are from my heart, that would be friends locking a stack of entries. But if that's the price I have to pay to not be ripped into again, then maybe it's necessary.

I'll give it a trial run maybe. I'll probably change my mind a bit later when I'm feeling less run down.


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Please, please, please don't do that!

Your faith is such a central part of you, and no one should ever have to lock such an important part of themselves away from strangers let alone the people who call them friends.

Contact the friends who are doing the "ripping". Let them know how you feel. Remind them how you are respectful of their opinions even when they contradict with yours.

If you go ahead with this f-lock thing then all is lost.

I don't think they realise how offensive their contempt and sarcasm is when trying to debate with them. They can tell me they don't agree and they think I'm wrong, but it's their attitudes that really offends me.

In having a contemptuous attitude towards my beliefs, they are showing ME contempt. They don't realise that they're doing it. Friends don't do that.

I don't want to even talk to them anymore because they WILL turn it back around to me and how I'm being super sensitive. Or maybe I just don't want to be hardened by people who are calling themselves my friends. Maybe I just don't want to hang around with wolves in sheep's clothing anymore.

I agree with Anonymous.

Don't let the man get you down!

I had a scathing remark set out, but then realised I didn't want to post it. Look, you shouldn't have to hide from opinions of people that disagree with you. You're a stronger person than that and even if I don't think it's a good thing, your faith is stronger than that too.

Don't forget that paid account users can change the privacy of a stack of entries at a time.

"We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further."

I know this is an old issue, but bear with me.

(Bear with me? Bare with me? Neither one looks right. It looks like a choice between asking you participating in the verb form of an ursoid creature, (whatever form that would take) or an invitation for both of us to attend a nudist colony.)

Randomly, I encountered this. And then I went and had my third shower for the day (curse you, Northern European genetics!) and, like most geniuses, I do my best thinking in the shower.

I am devoutly atheist, if such a term is appropriate. I share strawberi's views on this. However, I lack her 'in your face' style of abruptness. It is not that I am inclined to walk on eggshells when it comes to you and the subject of religion, it's that I don't feel it necessary to ...well, I am trying to think of a less elitist way of saying 'boast'. There isn't a non-believer alive who doesn't have at least a touch of arrogance. When you take God from your life, it leaves an awfully big space, and most atheists quite readily step into the position themselves. I am not quite ready to declare my own apotheosis, but I do know I would more readily believe in myself than a higher power.

I like to argue, there is no doubt about it. It can be an interesting intellectual amusement, or it can be useful to actually change someone's mind (although this occurs rarely, and I am just as likely to have my mind change as the reverse).

The love of argument is common to atheists, because our beliefs are founded on a rational basis. By this, I am not implying that religion is not rational, but rather that our viewpoints are developed from a line of logic. In other words, while rationality may be part of religion, atheism actually develops from it.

Religion, on the other hand, is grounded on belief. When a religious person questions their own beliefs, they start soul searching. And I use that term, not to be dysphemistic, but because I lack the world view to describe what they are doing. On the other hand, when an atheist questions his world view, he questions the logic behind his decisions, and questions the information that lead him to make that decision. When we argue, we are extending the other person as an extension of ourselves, looking for the same answers you are, but in different places.

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