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Ha, I know the title alone is going to get some people to read the quote! He's right, of course. It doesn't have to be a wild ride, but at least make sure it's not banal.
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I Said No to a Religious Friend as She Lay Dying. Was I Right?
Religion is nothing but a crock used by people to fortify themselves against the frightening prospect of death, that chillingly inevitable end of life.  And when death impends, be that at war, in hospital, or on death row, people cling more desperately to that delusion.  Even nonbelievers walk on eggshells when faced with a dying person. We wonder: Is this really a good time to tread on their sensibilities and disabuse them of their crock? Not long ago I found myself in that quandary.  Someone I knew was dying, and I went to her deathbed to pay my respects. She was a woman who respected me as an elder of the Nigerian community in Cleveland.  She was also something of a protégé, having sought my advice repeatedly as she considered the proper advanced-degree path to pursue.  In my days as a scientific educator—when, also, two of my sons were in the university—I had become something of an information resource for my fellow Nigerians on matters like the choice of college to attend and the discipline of study, and especially how to tap into financial assistance programs available to good students and their parents in the U.S.  I chose to visit her when most of her friends and well-wishers would be at work. I was wary of the perplexed reactions of my fellow Nigerians when it became known that I am an atheist.  My friends told me I would come across much better as an agnostic or a pagan than an out-and-out atheist, for Nigerians are often ranked alongside Americans in sheer religiosity—of the pushy and loud sort.  It’s amazing that the very people whom religion has historically oppressed and denigrated the most (i.e. women, Blacks, colonized people) are the ones who cling to it most tenaciously!  The Nigerian media go so far as to estimate that one in three houses in the cities and townships of the Christian south of the country are used nowadays as churches, chapels, temples, tabernacles, or other places of worship.  “Nigerian atheist” is considered an oxymoron. Those who know I was raised a Catholic—and, to boot, an altar boy able to recite the entire Eucharist liturgy in Latin and English—profess themselves baffled by my apostasy.  Read the full article: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/11/I-said-no.html
The Nonbeliever’s Guide to Bible Stories
Throughout contemporary life, references from the Bible, its stories, and characters surround us. As a result, nonbelievers may be at a loss when they encounter them in conversation, art, or literature.  Modern-day controversies such as separation of church and state, posting the Ten Commandments in government buildings, nativity displays, and other issues may not be fully understood. This represents a gap in nonbelievers’ knowledge base.  My first book was written for my daughter as a guide to successful living. Trust Your Radar: Honest Advice for Teens and Young Adults from a Surgeon, Firefighter, Police Officer, Scuba Divemaster, Golfer, and Amateur Comedian combines life lessons with fun stories from my varied careers. A second book, Trust Your Radar, Slackers’ Edition, is a streamlined version. Both works identify organized religion as “jammers” of our clear-thinking “brain radars.” My new book, The Nonbeliever’s Guide to Bible Stories, fills the information gap about the Bible for my daughter and lucky readers.  It’s a secular sprint from Genesis to Revelation, hitting the characters, stories, occasional highlights, numerous lowlights, and famous quotes (featured in italics).  Nonbelievers should have some concept of the religious fairy tales being foisted upon their believing peers. At a minimum, just to get all the jokes.  Read the full story https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/12/the-nonbelievers-guide-to-bible-stories.html
Top sách về tâm lý học nên đọc để hiểu rõ người khác
Nếu bạn cảm thấy bế tắc trong mối quan hệ và giao tiếp cũng như hiểu người khác, thì việc tìm hiểu về tâm lý học hành vi con người là điều quan trọng mà bạn không thể bỏ qua. Tâm lý học được xem là một trong những lĩnh vực khoa học về con người đang dần trở nên quan trọng hơn trong mọi mặt của đời sống. Dưới nhiều góc nhìn khách quan khác nhau, nhiều người cho rằng việc hiểu về tâm lý học giúp họ thành công hơn trong công việc cũng như các mối quan hệ bạn bè, khách hàng... Trong bài viết hôm nay, Top Sách Hay xin giới thiệu đến bạn top những quyển sách về tâm lý học hay mà bạn nên đọc để hiểu rõ người khác. TOP 3 SÁCH VỀ TÂM LÝ HỌC HAY NÊN ĐỌC 1. Những đòn tâm lý bán hàng – Brian Tracy Có lẽ bạn đã không còn xa lạ gì với Brian Tracy là một tác giả, chuyên gia đào tạo và phát triển cá nhân người Mỹ. Ông là tác giả của hơn 70 cuốn sách nổi tiếng và bán chạy trên thế giới. Những đòn tâm lý trong bán hàng là một trong những quyển sách nổi bật nhất của ông. Với quyển sách hay về tâm lý bán hàng này bạn sẽ học được: - Hãy tự đặt mình vào vị trí của người mua, bạn sẽ bán được hàng. - Nếu bây giờ bạn không, hoặc không dự định kinh doanh, bạn cũng hãy tin rằng kiến thức kinh doanh bằng tâm lý mang đến cho bạn không hề vô ích. 2. Tâm Lý Học – Nghệ Thuật Giải Mã Hành Vi Quyển sách này sẽ cung cấp cho chúng ta những lý luận và kiến thức kỳ diệu của tâm lý học để có thể đọc suy nghĩ của người khác, cũng như phá tan phòng tuyến tâm lý con người. Cuốn sách Tâm lý học – Nghệ thuật giải mã hành vi của tác giả Trần Lộ mới ra mắt đọc giả Việt trong tháng 5 – nhưng đến nay, quyển sách này đã trở thành quyển sách tâm lý bạn chạy nhất hiện nay. 3. Sách hay Tâm lý học về tiền Chúng ta hiếm khi lâm vào hoàn cảnh nợ ngập đầu ư? Biết tiết kiệm để dành cho lúc khốn khó hơn ư? Chuẩn bị sẵn sàng cho việc nghỉ hưu? Có những cái nhìn thiết thực về mối quan hệ giữa tiền và hạnh phúc của chúng ta hơn phải không? Một thiên tài không kiểm soát được cảm xúc của anh ta có thể dẫn tới một thảm họa tài chính. Điều ngược lại cũng đúng. Đây được xem là quyển sách giúp bạn hiểu rõ về tâm lý học hành vi về tài chính, hiểu về cách bạn sử dụng đồng tiền. Bạn nghĩ sao về 3 sách hay tâm lý học hành vi ở trên? Đừng quên để lại ý kiến và bình luận của bạn nhé. Xem tiếp Blogs Tâm Lý Học Hành Vi
What Lies Behind Us and What Lies Before Us Are Tiny Matters
There’s a legend that when God created all the animals, He created the bird. The bird looked around and he saw all these mighty, ferocious animals and he turned to God and said, “God, it’s not fair. I’m this little tiny creature and you created all these wild, huge powerful beasts. Just look at how little I am. How will I ever survive? They’re stronger, faster and they’ll devour me!” So God fashioned a pair of wings and threw them down which landed on the back of the bird. Sarcastically, the bird said, “Thanks! Now I have to carry these around for the rest of my life. These are going to slow me down even more!” God said, “No, silly bird. If you learn how to use those wings, you’ll be able to soar above all the wild, huge, and powerful beasts and you’ll always be safe. What makes us great? The greatness of the bird is that it can fly above all other creatures. Yet we are neither the strongest nor the fastest of all the creatures. What makes us great is our spirit—our wings. As long as we learn how to tap into our wings, we have an advantage over everything else in the world. If we see our human spirit as a burden, something that we carry around as a weight, then we become weaker than everything else. The only way we can rise above the challenges and hardships of life is when we learn how to use our wings and take flight. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. - Henry S. Haskins
Jesus: Prophet of Peace and Love or Purveyor of Fear and Hate?
Multitudes of Christian commentators over the past two millennia have proclaimed the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth to be unsurpassed tenets of spiritual wisdom and unexcelled guidelines for living a morally responsible life.  Hundreds of millions of devout believers are absolutely convinced that they will conquer death and attain everlasting life because God sacrificed his son for their sins. They are also convinced that Jesus didn’t really die. He was restored to life and subsequently ascended to heaven to spend eternity with his father, and soon Jesus will return to Earth to judge the wicked and rapture righteous believers up to heaven with him. Countless books have been written extolling the allegedly commendable features of the “Christian worldview” and the “Christ-centered life,” but, by contrast, few authors have examined the unsavory side of Jesus’ personality and his less than-meritorious behavior and opinions. For this presentation, I’ve formulated, in a balanced fashion, two sets of ten principles based on Jesus’ pronouncements. Although his directives come from the canonical gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), additional documentation is abundant elsewhere in the New Testament epistles and letters. The twenty precepts are listed along with the supporting Bible verses from which they derive. The cited verses and passages appear in this separate article. This scriptural evidence will enable readers to answer for themselves the binary question that is the title of this article. NB: This article is not made assuming Jesus literally indeed existed, but an evaluation of the character of the Abrahamic religious texts. Read the full article:https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/11/jesus-prophet-of-love-or-hate.html
My Vote Won’t Make a Difference: A Bigger Myth than God
Democracy is a lot like Atheism. Both are grounded in the belief that there is no sovereign, no ultimate arbiter of right and wrong who will steer us in the proper direction if we just listen closely enough and, most importantly, obey.  Not everyone in a democracy is an Atheist, and not all Atheists think democracy is a good idea, but Atheists in America do. So why is it that Atheist voter turnout is so low?   There are probably as many reasons as there are non-voters, but after years of listening to people talk about all aspects of voting, I’ve come to understand that a lot of us have never had the opportunity to take a close look at what democracy is and what it isn’t.  Democracy is born of the understanding that when more than a handful of human beings are thrown together, at least some of them will want to govern.  The problem of deciding who ends up in charge can be solved in a number of ways. Birthright and force have been the two most common in history.  Other choices include lotteries, omens, and default. Democracy solves the problem by placing the burden of the decision squarely on your shoulders and mine.  And I do mean burden because democracy is not easy; it was never meant to be. Just like the word “god,” the word “easy” appears nowhere in the Constitution.  Democracy is not a synonym for freedom because it doesn’t promise that you will get your way—not even once in your life—after the votes are counted.  Democracy doesn’t guarantee voting procedures without deep flaws and deliberate complications (but it does offer ways to remedy them, albeit with a lot of work and never overnight). Read the full article: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/12/vote-as-an-atheist.html
Why Do We Have an Ego?
When we imagine our ego and what it would look like, we might convince ourselves that it has a striking resemblance to what we see when we gaze in the mirror. This ego of ours is an idea that we carry around—it does tend to go wherever we go, doesn’t it? No invitation is required. Our ego is along for the free ride  whether we like it or not. To unplug this connection to ego means lights out. For many, it signifies the end of our lives, so we don’t dare take this route. Nature just designed it to be this way. We are stuck with our ego, for good or bad, and there are a lot of people who are very content with their egos, even if their egos cause significant harm to themselves and others. They’ll also connect to a collective idea and defend it along with other egos to their death. They spend enormous amounts of time, energy, and resources to justify and defend the actions of their ego. Logically, you might ask — assuming that this is what nature intended, yet not worth defending — why do we have an ego at all? Because it works. It uses the languages we invented, and it weaves these remarkable, complex stories. It writes laws and convinces us that these laws are natural states of being. It dictates what is right and what is wrong. It speaks of justice and can justify being unjust for the sake of justice. The ego works. The ego works so well it has convinced most of us that it is real. That it is someone else. That it is also you. It works so well that it has us believing that some of us are better than others. It works so well that it has convinced us to get into a cage so it can be freed, rather than allowing us to be liberated.
Evidence Suggests Patriarchal Religious Indoctrination Played a Primary Role in the 2016 Election
Hillary, Women, and Patriarchalism: Defeated by an Ignoramus Who Regularly Expresses Contempt for Women, Though Claims He “Loves” Hillary Rodham Clinton was the first woman to become a major party candidate for the office of President of the United States. She was defeated by an unqualified, foul-mouthed, ignoramus who has regularly expressed his contempt for women, even though he claims that he “loves” them. While it is not surprising that a majority of men voted for Donald Trump, it was stunning that fifty-three percent of white women actually refused to support the first female presidential candidate who had a good chance of winning. The outcome of any election is determined by many interacting factors, but there is some evidence that patriarchal religious indoctrination assumed a primary role in the 2016 presidential race. A slight majority of Catholic voters (60%) favored Trump, while an overwhelming majority of fundamentalist Protestants (81%) preferred the bellicose billionaire.  From the latter figure, it can be concluded that Donald Trump is the exemplar of the “Christ-centered life” because this term is central to fundamentalist ideology. The justification for patriarchal domination as a God-given mandate is, of course, Holy Scripture.  Because so many Americans accept the myth of Judeo-Christian nationalism, it is entirely appropriate to look to the Bible as the source for this severely oppressive, anti-woman theme in fundamentalist Christianity.  The content of the Bible was recorded, transmitted, and compiled over a span of almost two millennia in male-dominated, agrarian, Middle-Eastern societies.  Therefore, the treatment of women in the Bible reflects the cultural context in which these chauvinistic rules and beliefs developed.  Because these misogynistic edicts, decrees, and mandates were codified in the Judeo-Christian scriptures, they became part of a vast compendium of commandments that devotees today believe to be God’s perfect word.  Read the full story: https://www.fadewblogs.eu.org/2021/11/hillary-women-and-patriarchalism.html