Greetings fellows citizens of the Republic, another heathen here.
I’ve been a member for a few years now but never had the courage to introduce myself or participate in any debate, although the itch was strong...
There have been two reasons.
When I started reading debates and the atheists' answers to outlandish theists’ claims, your responses, explanations, questions and rebuttals... they just floored me.
The knowledge of the Bible, the quotes provided, the depth of rational thinking, the logic... I’ve never experienced anything like it or met anyone like that in my life...
So the first reason was how could I add anything of substance to what you guys have already said?
The second was that English is my second language. I immigrated to Canada from Poland when I was 26, and this year I cracked the magic 60. I’m trying to be precise and to the point in my written English (Sheldon, thank you, you taught me a lot regarding the respect for written language).
But speaking...? Yeah I still have this thick Slavic accent and even though in discussions, I think I get my point across, I get those brain blanks from time to time, searching for a word in a most unfortunate moment...you know, the look of that cow’s gape.. (is it the age or too much good liquor?...)
I happily resigned myself to just reading the content. And boy!! How it opened my eyes!
Anyway, I want to say that two things have had the biggest impact on me here, the knowledge and humor. And at my age I really appreciate humor (what else is there in life, laugh at yourself, and others with stupid claims)
Thank you Old man shouts, arakish, Sheldon, Tin-Man, Cognostic, David Killens, Nyarlathotep, Nyarlathotep 198, LogicFTW, Algege, CyberLN... and so many, many, many others (the list would be too long)... you have enriched my life.
One thing I have to admit to, is that I like to use cuss words, don’t ask my why, I have no idea. I very seldom use them in Polish.
In English, they sound sooooo good!
Maybe I got it from here, so many years ago; https://youtu.be/f2L47_W2mFs
And to be fair, I never use them to insult a person but, if they present a stupid claim or idea I am like a burst dam, I let them have it... meaculpa.
So, on that note:
If you would have me, I would like to join the party.
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