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Offline etienne (OP)

etienne is new here
« on: March 10, 2017, 05:07:58 AM »
Hi, thanks for creating this forum for atheists, of which I am, since about the age 1 hour(or less).  It's a WAR out there with billions of stupid religious people trying to take you down, your brain down and often your body too if they could pull that off.

Presbyterian family, supposedly, but never went to church growing up, except for a few "vacation Bible school" ventures over a few summers when I was a kid.  Sat in the back with another kid and cracked jokes about it.  That kid's in prison now, "finding Jesus", I presume.  The next door neighbor family was into the Bible and Jesus a bit--the Dad was more interested in $ of course-- and I liked their mom because she was friendly and good looking and cooked good food--so I went to their damn vacation Bible school for a few weeks a couple of summers.   It didn't "take".  Our family usually watched bowling on TV on Sunday mornings anyway, and I am thankful for that: bowling is REAL.

 Never thought about "Gawd" much as a kid until some wacked out woman pointed to the clouds on a sunny summer day and said "Jesus is going to come down some day and save us".  I thought, "save us from what?"  And, "who is us"?  Anyway, that didnt stick either and I thought it was the weirdest idea I had ever heard of in my life.  My sister also had a miscarriage that brought her to Jesus, so I had to listen to that a fair amount, though she wasn't offensive about it.  I think that was in my Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath phase.  Steely Dan has always been my phase.

Fast forward to teenage years and Dad was borderline alcoholic--great guy, though--and Mom was maybe going to divorce him, but found Evangelical Jesus instead.  So, we all 3 went to that church, the pastor was cool, lot's of super cute chicks there was a bonus for me:  couldn't make damn heads nor tails out of what they were selling, so I dropped out after a few years.

Like Sam Harris, I have an interest in meditation/"Nirvana", but don't believe that is a supernatural "Gawd"--just something of the brain, a really GOOD something, so they say.  I have not "attained Nirvana", so you don't have to worry about that.

I'm a pro level musician, drums are my main "ax".  And like (dead)Jesus, I have some carpentry skills.  Also, med-school drop out from way back--can't stand hospitals and most Doctors.  Oddly, dentists don't bother me much.

In addition to my native tongue, American English, I speak Spanish and Brasilian Portugues fairly well, BELEZA!

I would LOVE to survive my own death if I didn't end up worse off, but ain't jack I can do about it: the shit's biological.  Which reminds me, I am a Socialists/Communist--ideologically--Marx/Che' Guevara/Mao type shit.  Historical Materialism, babay!

Feel free to hit me with your best shot, but then don't cry like a wuss if I hit back harder.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2017, 05:36:02 PM by etienne »
The Revolution does not fall like an apple when it is ripe:  you have to MAKE it fall...

Offline Baruch

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 05:49:25 AM »
Welcome.  Estar vendo você por aí.  Love languages, had to give your Portuguese a nod.
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Offline etienne (OP)

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 06:06:13 AM »
Muito bom, Senhor e bem vindo!  Gosto o Portugues tambem.  Beleza!
The Revolution does not fall like an apple when it is ripe:  you have to MAKE it fall...

Offline Baruch

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 06:20:05 AM »
Muito bom, Senhor e bem vindo!  Gosto o Portugues tambem.  Beleza!

Mantenha-o simples, por favor. Eu sou apenas um novato.
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Offline etienne (OP)

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2017, 06:42:18 AM »
Claro, não há problema, Senhor. ;)
« Last Edit: March 10, 2017, 07:46:55 AM by etienne »
The Revolution does not fall like an apple when it is ripe:  you have to MAKE it fall...

Offline Mr.Obvious

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2017, 06:51:06 AM »
Welcome to our little band of heathens.
I have a Steely Dan CD in my car. One of my favorites for being on the road.

*Starts humming.* Are you reelin' in the years... :)
E = Mc²

In the end, we are all standing in the dark,
trying to figure out why we are here.
But let us not choose one direction
without proof of where it is headed.

Check your pocket for matches
so we can observe and learn together
as fast friends and relative idiots.

Offline etienne (OP)

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2017, 07:46:18 AM »
Welcome to our little band of heathens.
I have a Steely Dan CD in my car. One of my favorites for being on the road.

*Starts humming.* Are you reelin' in the years... :)
'Brigado, Senhor!  Donald Fagan is a true musical, song writing genius.  And he's still alive and kicking.  His work this century is stellar.
The Revolution does not fall like an apple when it is ripe:  you have to MAKE it fall...

Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2017, 12:23:05 PM »
Interesting bio. Glad to make your acquaintance.
If God Exists, Why Does He Pretend Not to Exist?
Poetry and Proverbs of the Uneducated Hick

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Offline etienne (OP)

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2017, 12:47:28 PM »
Interesting bio. Glad to make your acquaintance.
  Thanks, same to you!  ;)
The Revolution does not fall like an apple when it is ripe:  you have to MAKE it fall...

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #9 on: March 10, 2017, 03:44:47 PM »





Glad to make your acquaintance, hope you have a great time here.
God Not Found
"FRAUD. The life of commerce, the soul of religion, the bait of courtship, and the basis of political power."
Ambrose Bierce

Offline etienne (OP)

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #10 on: March 10, 2017, 05:27:59 PM »
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Glad to make your acquaintance, hope you have a great time here.
Waddup Homey?!  Hey, I like that welcome, thanks!  Hope I have a good time here too and not get attacked too much and booted, like what happens on "believer" boards.  I need a "safe space" here.
The Revolution does not fall like an apple when it is ripe:  you have to MAKE it fall...

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2017, 06:43:53 PM »
This one could prove an interesting addition. Welcome.
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Offline aitm

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2017, 07:09:01 PM »
greetings, welcome to the club.
A humans desire to live is exceeded only by their willingness to die for another. Even god cannot equal this magnificent sacrifice. No god has the right to judge them.-first tenant of the Panotheust

Offline etienne (OP)

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2017, 07:55:00 PM »
The Revolution does not fall like an apple when it is ripe:  you have to MAKE it fall...

Offline Solomon Zorn

Re: etienne is new here
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2017, 08:47:58 PM »
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I think that was in my Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath phase.  Steely Dan has always been my phase.
Pink Floyd is rightfully the second greatest rock-band of all time, right after the Beatles, and just ahead of Led Zeppelin. The Who and the Rolling Stones round out the top 5. These facts are indisputable. All lower rankings are a matter of conjecture.

Personally, although I do like a few Steely Dan songs, I doubt they would make my top 40.
If God Exists, Why Does He Pretend Not to Exist?
Poetry and Proverbs of the Uneducated Hick

http://www.solomonzorn.com