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29-08-2011, 04:22 PM
RE: Atheist register.
(29-08-2011 03:22 PM)Zatamon Wrote:  
(29-08-2011 02:58 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  
(29-08-2011 11:54 AM)Zatamon Wrote:  Reminds me of a poem:

Nice. You didn't attribute it so I assume it's yours. I like it a lot.

I wrote it on one of my more pessimistic days. Sad

It reminds me of The Hollow Men. ... it's just something we all gotta deal with.

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29-08-2011, 04:51 PM
 
RE: Atheist register.
(29-08-2011 04:22 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  It reminds me of The Hollow Men. ... it's just something we all gotta deal with.

Thank you, GirlyMan, I am humbled.
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29-08-2011, 08:45 PM
RE: Atheist register.
If only we turned yellow or green when we became atheist. Then they could properly discriminate against us.

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29-08-2011, 10:33 PM
 
RE: Atheist register.
(29-08-2011 08:45 PM)myst32 Wrote:  If only we turned yellow or green when we became atheist. Then they could properly discriminate against us.

I would say, sew a big red "A" on your shirt, but... nah... that's already been done!
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01-09-2011, 09:58 PM
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(29-08-2011 04:51 PM)Zatamon Wrote:  Thank you, GirlyMan, I am humbled.

Don't see any reason for you to feel humbled.

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Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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02-09-2011, 05:39 PM
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How about we all get behind this register and instead of turning it into a dating site we turn it into an atheist fan club where we all get atheist badges, a super secret decoder ring and of course the monthly news letter complete with a picture of Michael Stahl's face when he finds out we turned his attention seeking idea into a joke Big Grin

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03-09-2011, 06:27 AM
RE: Atheist register.
Link to the post about the retaliation video

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03-09-2011, 05:36 PM
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(02-09-2011 05:39 PM)FSM_scot Wrote:  How about we all get behind this register and instead of turning it into a dating site we turn it into an atheist fan club where we all get atheist badges, a super secret decoder ring and of course the monthly news letter complete with a picture of Michael Stahl's face when he finds out we turned his attention seeking idea into a joke Big Grin

meh ... I find Zatamon's poetry far more interesting than spending my time responding to some inconsequential irrelevant fucktard wanting to count who believes in Santa Claus and who doesn't.

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I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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03-09-2011, 06:17 PM
 
RE: Atheist register.
(03-09-2011 05:36 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  I find Zatamon's poetry far more interesting than spending my time responding to some inconsequential irrelevant fucktard wanting to count who believes in Santa Claus and who doesn't.

GirlyMan, your temptation is irresistible.

I have another, quite relevant to this thread:

Vision:

Adjusting the zoom
of my imagination
I can observe anything I like:
any time, anywhere,
there’s no limit,
not even the sky.

I can watch galaxies collide,
black holes sucking in light,
colourful nebula spinning on its axis,
limitless space: sterile beauty,
peaceful, reverent,
like an abandoned Cathedral.

I notice a blue-white planet
orbiting a star
and wonder how small,
how fragile it looks
out this far.

As I get closer
I fall through the clouds
and fly over the landscape below.
I drink in the colours:
oceans, trees, grass,
golden grain of endless prairies;
pink-gray granite mountains
clawing at the sky;
millions of bluish-white sparks
as I cross from azure day
to indigo night.

One more notch
and I’m close enough to
see the cities, people,
roads, cars, canals,
factory chimneys belching at the sky;
battlefields with white crosses;
bronze statues of generals
who planted them;
magnificent mansions
side by side with the slums,
tin-roof houses,
built of discarded packing crates;
dark-skinned children
scavenging on the dumps;
well-bred youngsters
on the golf-course
learning new intricacies
of self-absorbed,
pitiless lives.

As I fly on,
the landscape changes again,
I’m skimming the canopy
of an old-growth jungle
with its bustling life:
monkeys leaping through space,
rainbow parrots dazzling my eyes,
a slithering anaconda hugging a branch,
armored alligators floating like logs
on a slow-moving river,
winding its way to where it must -
This picture, too, has death, fear, pain
but still, it is clean, balanced,
does not fill me with a sense of doom,
impending disaster.

One more notch, and
I am watching a colony of termites
like the inside of a Swiss watch
when it was an art
to make things work flawlessly,
with relentless precision
like the passage of time.
Perfect order,
machine-tooled by billions of years of evolution
separating transient from everlasting
until it hit upon the idea
of subjecting the parts to the whole…

…It feels so right that
I can’t help wondering
what the world would be like
if god had stopped
on the fifth day:

Then,
his creation would be perfect.

it would be Art.
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03-09-2011, 08:37 PM (This post was last modified: 04-09-2011 04:27 PM by GirlyMan.)
RE: Atheist register.
(03-09-2011 06:17 PM)Zatamon Wrote:  I have another, quite relevant to this thread: Vision:

That's very, very good. I always knew physicists were just poets in disguise..

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.
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