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  1. #726
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    Thou art God. (Just finished Stranger in a Strange Land.)

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    Just kidding. We are all destined to be worm food, so let's party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meadow Skipper View Post
    I’m not sure this is the case with all religions. Buddhism and native/aboriginal (like Native American) religions come to mind. That got me to wondering about some things I’m pretty ignorant about. Does Judaism have a structure like some of the Christian religions that enrich the “church”? Islam? Though those two have their control thing going on. But along with the Catholic Church, evangelical Christian churches often seem designed to pour bucks into the upper hierarchy’s pockets, I just wondered how common that is. But yeah, I’m kind of ignorant about the financial side of many religions.
    Dues for Jews. https://freakonomics.com/2010/10/19/...s-versus-dues/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    The American Worldview Inventory (AWVI) 2021, an annual survey that examines the perspectives of adults aged 18 and over in the United States, found that while 57 percent of Millennials (born 1984-2002) consider themselves to be Christian, 43 percent “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.”

    Comparatively, 70 percent of Generation X (Gen X) Americans (born 1965-1983), 79 percent of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), and 83 percent of the Builder Generation (born 1927-1945) consider themselves to be Christian, while 31, 28, and 27 percent, respectively, “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.”

    According to the survey, only 48 percent of Millennials say one should “treat others as you want them to treat you,” compared to 53 percent of Gen Xers, 81 percent of Boomers, and 90 percent of Builders.

    At the same time, 38 percent of Millennials agree with the statement “you try to get even with people who have wronged you,” while 33 percent of Gen Xers, 12 percent of Boomers, and 10 percent of Builders say the same.

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    Wow. Put aside the Christianity stats.

    I’m shocked and afraid by the last section.
    No “do unto others”?
    That’s the same as karma. And kindness. You should be kind even if you’re atheist. I would hope.

    Also the last one about seeking revenge. Dayum
    Everyone in America is either Christian or a non-believer!? And somehow when you add boomer and builder non-believers and Christians together you get over 100%. Whut? Seems like a really high quality study.

    “found that while 57 percent of Millennials (born 1984-2002) consider themselves to be Christian, 43 percent “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.”

    Comparatively, 70 percent of Generation X (Gen X) Americans (born 1965-1983), 79 percent of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), and 83 percent of the Builder Generation (born 1927-1945) consider themselves to be Christian, while 31, 28, and 27 percent, respectively, “don’t know, care, or believe that God exists.””

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    Also the reason younger generations say no to do unto others as you’d have them do unto you is that we were taught the Platinum rule, and that you should t assume someone else wants to be treated the same way you do.


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    ‘70’s poster: Do onto others, then split!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neufox47 View Post
    Also the reason younger generations say no to do unto others as you’d have them do unto you is that we were taught the Platinum rule, and that you should t assume someone else wants to be treated the same way you do.
    Yup, I guess kindness is overrated for the latest generations. Masochism on the rise as regular life is so easy now that the body seeks out external artificial pain and suffering to stimulate itself, whether it's obtained from another or via the self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 54-46 View Post
    ‘70’s poster: Do onto others, then split!
    The only true crime is getting caught!

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    Quote Originally Posted by neufox47 View Post
    Also the reason younger generations say no to do unto others as you’d have them do unto you is that we were taught the Platinum rule, and that you should t assume someone else wants to be treated the same way you do.


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    Yup, I make no assumptions about how anyone else wants to be treated. I'm equal opportunity, since 99.9% of the posters here are syphilitic assholes whose entire gene pools are wastes of oxygen, I treat everyone here the same way. You have to know your audience.
    Relentlessly pursuing beauty in an irredeemably ugly world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glademaster View Post
    Yup, I make no assumptions about how anyone else wants to be treated. I'm equal opportunity, since 99.9% of the posters here are syphilitic assholes whose entire gene pools are wastes of oxygen, I treat everyone here the same way. You have to know your audience.
    nice
    you don't want no smoke.

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    I expected nothing else. He's a rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCMtnHound View Post
    Yup, I guess kindness is overrated for the latest generations. Masochism on the rise as regular life is so easy now that the body seeks out external artificial pain and suffering to stimulate itself, whether it's obtained from another or via the self.
    Have you spent any time with the latest generation? High school and college kids are by far more empathetic and kind than any other generation. Nerds and gays and kids with disabilities aren’t ridiculed at school like they were even 15 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glademaster View Post
    Yup, I make no assumptions about how anyone else wants to be treated. I'm equal opportunity, since 99.9% of the posters here are syphilitic assholes whose entire gene pools are wastes of oxygen, I treat everyone here the same way. You have to know your audience.
    This is so core brah!

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    If ODB treated you as he wanted to be treated, would you be happy?


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    I live in a very christian town where it is well known they fuck each other over so if someone goes out of his way to tell me he is a christian I automaticaly don't trust him cuz obviously he is looking for a leg up over the next guy
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    ^^^IME, this is good advice regardless of faith.
    Goes back to the comparison of religion and penises
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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon3 View Post
    Have you spent any time with the latest generation? High school and college kids are by far more empathetic and kind than any other generation. Nerds and gays and kids with disabilities aren’t ridiculed at school like they were even 15 years ago.
    My observation as well. My friends' kids (elementary and HS aged) are not "___ist" in any way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon3 View Post
    Have you spent any time with the latest generation? High school and college kids are by far more empathetic and kind than any other generation. Nerds and gays and kids with disabilities aren’t ridiculed at school like they were even 15 years ago.
    It would seem even the winky emoticon is lost along with the nuances of VM.

    But i would return to you - if these young adults are so pure with their acceptance of the downtrodden, why are we as parents so concerned with bullying within facebook, twitter and the like. Why are there kids taking their lives because of online bullying? I have daughter finishing 3rd grade. I don't have many concerns with her ability to thrive in most any social group she chooses, but the markers of the same pressures of when I was her age are still very much there. Nature vs nurture is still being debated, but I agree with hopeful bias, our society is maturing, if ever so slowly.

    To the topic, my conversations with my daughter about the possibility of a god or gods is very frank. I ask what she thinks, and challenge her notions of the unexplainable, and how they should or shouldn't influence her behaviour to others. And how to protect herself from those that would seek to exploit or otherwise gain advantage over her because of a religious teaching turned weapon. She hopefully has understood though, that she is welcome to dream of fantastical explanations of how the universe is put together beyond our understanding, and share those stories. Just not to judge others based on their acceptance or lack thereof of those fantasies.

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    Ok who amongst you are Dudeists ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    Ok who amongst you are Dudeists ?
    i myself dabbled in pacifism once. not in 'nam of course.
    and say what you want about the tenets of national socialism dude, at least its an ethos.
    you don't want no smoke.

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    the dude abides
    Lee Lau - xxx-er is the laziest Asian canuck I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by PB View Post
    I expected nothing less. He's a gleaming beacon in the sea of syphilis.
    Fixed it for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post

    As a self reflexive bag of water, a meat coated skeleton, an illogical higher order homeostatic freak of nature and violator of the laws of entropy, how can you be sure of anything?

    More specifically, how can you be so cock sure there is nothing greater than you and your limited sense of energy density reality?

    I’m not saying you should believe in anything, but why deny the existence of anything beyond your limited bizzare self?
    Self quoting my first post.
    I get agnosticism
    And it’s not atheism.

    Doubt is different than belief

    The fairy god controlling your life is not logical
    Denying any higher consciousness is not logical.
    Atheism is as much of a belief system as Christianity
    “Life has become immeasurably better since I have been forced to stop taking it seriously.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Core Shot View Post
    Self quoting my first post.
    I get agnosticism
    And it’s not atheism.

    Doubt is different than belief

    The fairy god controlling your life is not logical
    Denying any higher consciousness is not logical.
    Atheism is as much of a belief system as Christianity
    Have you actually read any responses to your original post?

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    Atheism is like sex with hot women. It just makes sense.

    And of course there are people who see that differently, whatever floats your boat, but please do not force your ideal of hairy beary guys upon us.
    It's a war of the mind and we're armed to the teeth.

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