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Old Atheist, new to this forum

I was practically born an atheist. Did not know religion was taken seriously by anyone until I met one at Sonoma State University. I still suffer dyslexia.

I grew up in the Hays Valley in San Francisco. The closest person I thought might be a deity was Grace slick. she was like a mother to me.

I am white but lived in my adolescent years with an all black family. Most of them were gay and we hung out at the Fort about every night.

None of us worked. We just got high and drank wine.

Later I grew up a bit, found out academics were easy once I tried to pass in school and went on to college.

I am older now and no longer get high and have become much like a middle-class person, accept I do not git religion; is death really that scary? Why not make up a cool god who gets high and likes sex orgies?

I miss my Medical

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Grinseed's picture
Welcome Kathryn.

Welcome Kathryn.
For a god for good times call Dionysus...he really put the "woo" into "woopeee!"

Old man shouts at clouds's picture
Yeh and Bacchus wasn't a

Yeh and Bacchus wasn't a slouch either!

And big welcome K!

Tin-Man's picture
Greetings, Kat! Happy to have

Greetings, Kat! Happy to have you on board! If you are looking for fun, you have come to the right place. Funny that you said, "I was practically born an atheist." Fact is, everybody is born atheist. LOL Unfortunately, there were many of us here who had to suffer through several years of religious brainwashing before we were able to wake up to reality and escape the suffocating clutches of religion's mind-altering grasp. Anyway, quite a diverse crew we have around here, so browse around and make yourself at home and jump in on a few discussions. Enjoy.

Algebe's picture
Welcome Kathryn.

Welcome Kathryn.

Diotrephes's picture
Kathryn,

Kathryn,

Glad you're here. Don't be shy about expressing your opinions. We've been through all of the usual ones so if you can bring something new that'll be great.

Cognostic's picture
@Why not make up a cool god

@Why not make up a cool god who gets high and likes sex orgies?
They have one already. Dionysus.
"Dionysus (/daɪ.əˈnaɪsəs/; Greek: Διόνυσος Dionysos) is the god of the grape harvest, wine making and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theater and religious ecstasy in ancient Greek religion and myth."

Welcome!

Algebe's picture
How about Ama-no-Uzume, the

How about Ama-no-Uzume, the Japanese goddess of parties, the dawn (or partying till dawn), and strippers.

arakish's picture
Well Come Kathryn.

Well Come Kathryn.

My sister's name is exactly the same.

Kathryn: Why not make up a cool god who gets high and likes sex orgies?

Yeah, why not.

Don't be afraid to speak your mind as some have said. Like this:

If I knew the right people, I'd still get some weed occasionally. I have never been against weed, IF IT IS USED RECREATIONALLY.

I read an essay by Gore Vidal where he "tongue-in-cheek" said that all drugs should be legalized. His reasoning was the ones who addictive personalities would (paraphrased) "weed themselves from the gene pool. And hopefully they do not reproduce."

One of the most hilarious essays I have ever read. Of course, even though tongue-in-cheek, he still had some really good points.

Algebe: How about Ama-no-Uzume, the Japanese goddess of parties, the dawn (or partying till dawn), and strippers.

Hell, she can join the orgy too. ;-P

Kathryn, have fun perusing the threads.

rmfr

Terminal Dogma's picture
OP sounds like a hedonist.

OP sounds like a hedonist.

Mutorc S'yriah's picture
Hi there Kathryn. { I was

Hi there Kathryn. { I was practically born an atheist }

You couldn't have been born a THEIST, that takes some learning. I consider anyone to be an atheist, if they're NOT a theist. In light of that, we're ALL born atheist, (not theists). Being agnostic about the existence of "God" IS atheist, (it ain't theist!).

Kathryn { is death really that scary?}

I don't know, I've never been dead. I reckon being dead probably isn't scary, it's the getting there which is. I mean, how long will it take; will it hurt; will the exit be nasty or nice ? I dunno. Of course it is different for different people - some have gone in ways which look quick and painless, others go slowly and in agony :-(

Lah de dah de dah, sorry about the morbid bit above. Hopefully you'll not go, (kick the bucket), in a long while yet, and it'll be fine. In the meantime enjoy LIFE :-}.

Mutorc

Mr. Squid's picture
Hi Kathryn.

Hi Kathryn.

I was also born an atheist. I watched Star Trek and read Carl Sagan when I was like 3rd grade, and I've always agreed with the notion that we are insignificant to the universe--which I'm quite comfortable with and I never had an existential crisis whatsoever. I don't like it when someone says ''God made it'', for it's an underappreciation of nature to me.

A few years ago, when I was in high school, I had depression and my family assigned me a church--without my consent--as a solution. I already knew I was a solid atheist, but I went to church with some friends anyway.

And it didn't work, as I expected. Later that night I quitted and it was the first and last time I ever stepped in a church. A few days later, my friends asked me why I quitted church so quickly. Feeling complicated, I said these words for the very first time: ''I am an atheist''.

They were baffled. It was not contempt or disappointment--they were just baffled. Fortunately, our relationship carried on as usual, and they were really nice people.

I've mostly grown out of depression now, and I thank my lack of belief in God all of this.

arakish's picture
Mr. Squid,

Mr. Squid,

Cool name. I am similar. Was it Star Trek: The Original Series? Did you also watch the Neil Armstrong "Small Step Giant Leap" thing on live TV?

Of course, Carl Sagan did not become big until the mid to late 70s? I was gone in US Navy by then. Even had to watch Cosmos on re-runs.

Just wondering...

rmfr

Mr. Squid's picture
Ha ha I wasn't even born back

Ha ha I wasn't even born back then...I was born in 1998.

Though sure, when I was in middle school I watched every episode of The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and like 1/4 episodes of The Next Generation (broken CDs).

arakish's picture
That was my bad. I just read

That was my bad. I just read "Star Trek" and assumed the original series. LOL

What is it assume does? Makes an ass of u and me?

Now I feel stupid. ;-P

rmfr

Algebe's picture
@Arakish: Did you also watch

@Arakish: Did you also watch the Neil Armstrong "Small Step Giant Leap" thing on live TV?

I was at high school in New Zealand when Neil Armstrong took the giant leap. It was during the lunch break, so one of the teachers put the live radio feed over the speakers in the school hall. There were about 1,000 kids in there listening in total awe and silence as Armstrong said he was opening the hatch and stepping out. And then the bell rang for afternoon classes, so the principal switched off the radio and told us to get out.

arakish's picture
Damn! That sucks. I was

Damn! That sucks. I was glued to the TV at a time past my normal bedtime, but my parents let me stay up to watch it because it was summer, school was out, and I was adamant about wanting to watch it.

Mr. Spock made me a true skeptic. I already was, kind of. But he cemented it.

Then Neil Armstrong on the moon cemented my love for both science and science-fiction, forever turning me away from religion. As if I weren't already.

rmfr

InquisitiveCalGal95's picture
Welcome, Kathryn!

Welcome, Kathryn!

Can we be friends? You sound like a fun and interesting individual. I've done weed, but I've always wanted to try the hookah. lol

Personally, I've never really been as religious as some of my family members. From an early age, I've had questions about stuff surrounding holidays such as Easter and none of the answers my family gave me made much sense. It wasn't until I lived on my own that I started recognizing my belief, or rather disbelief. I now consider myself an agonistic atheist and I felt like a weight have been lifted from my shoulders and I've never felt this much freedom!

Qu@si's picture
welcome kath....you're not

welcome kath....you're not the only one who came drank and high to this forum...

look at this people....i miss yah ol.....!!!

caught up with my work though..anyway.. hi guys

Cognostic's picture
I'm sorry..... I read that

I'm sorry..... I read that again..... Did you say orgies are cool? Ahhhheeemmm - got a phone number?

(Disclaimer: Cog is to rarely be taken seriously.)

Luis R.'s picture
Welcome!

Welcome!

Terminal Dogma's picture
Has the OP ever been back?

Has the OP ever been back?

Too busy getting high and having orgies?

Tin-Man's picture
@Term-dog Re: Where is the

@Term-dog Re: Where is the OP?

I know, right? Doubt we could have scared her away. Hell, I haven't even started my juggling kittens act yet.

NewSkeptic's picture
You sounded just like any

You sounded just like any other Californian, until the part about not getting high anymore. Welcome.

arakish's picture
I am Floridian and I still

I am Floridian and I still get high, occasionally. Does that count? Don't know about the orgies though. Never been in one. Unless you count me and my wife as an orgy.

rmfr

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