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19-02-2012, 11:12 AM
Question Tell Me About Your "-ism"
Hey all,

I originally posted this as a FaceBook note several months ago. In that note I 'tagged' a bunch of people who I knew to be from all walks of life, but obviously on an atheist website most of the replies will be skewed towards atheism. No matter, it still makes for an interesting conversation.

Consider this quote from the Rev. Kaaren Anderson, co-minister of First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY, June 26, 2011:

Quote:"Unitarian Universalism doesn't really care one whit whether you're an atheist, a theist, agnostic, Buddhist, Pagan, or Barnes-and-Noble-ite. Our question for you is whether your atheism, theism, Paganism, Buddhism, or Barnes-and-Noble-ism leads you to connection, leads you to listen to your deepest self, be open to life's gifts, and serve needs greater than your own. In other words, do your beliefs help you connect to self, life, and others?"

So....does your '-ism' help you connect to self, life, others? How? And for the atheists especially, can this be comfortably interpreted as spirituality?

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19-02-2012, 11:20 AM
RE: Tell Me About Your "-ism"
I prefer to say I study agnosticism then atheism. I live as an atheist and think as an agnostic. No room for argument in this one today.
But either way my ism brought me here and here is where I get my ism out.

I can express my ism without regret or uncomfortable stares. I have an Internet home.

I have other more personal isms. I invent words at this point to express my isms.

Fatherism, husbandism, grumpyism.

I cherish all of my isms because they help make me who I am.
They don't help me experience life anymore than I would without but they do help me experience community and family. They are social illnesses. They corrupt me and force me to join society.

"I think of myself as an intelligent, sensitive human being with the soul of a clown which always forces me to blow it at the most important moments." -Jim Morrison
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19-02-2012, 12:09 PM
RE: Tell Me About Your "-ism"
Given the demise of Socialism maybe there is room for Social Network ism... does it "help you connect to self, life, and others"... no, no and yes. It helps you create a new self it takes you away from real life but "others", it does that.

Incidentally, in my world ISM means Information Security Management ... with its protectionist purpose (no penetration, heightened confidentiality and wanton use of firewalls) it is the antithesis of connectivity.
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19-02-2012, 01:10 PM
RE: Tell Me About Your "-ism"
All my -isms are explained here...
http://thethinkingatheist.com/forum/Thre...e-thinkers

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Disclaimer: Don’t mix the personal opinion above with the absolute and objective truth. Remember to think for yourself. Thank you.
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19-02-2012, 02:00 PM
RE: Tell Me About Your "-ism"
self life others

I always cared about others. I started caring about myself... I guess about 3 years ago... something like that. and life, well, by now I care about my life, always cared about other people's lifes, about nature and all other animals on this planet.
Not sure if my ism plays a big role there.
I started finding out a lot of things about myself when I was in my deepest paganism and witchism so to say. I think that was the time when I found out most about myself and my love to nature and animals. That was simply a part of my belief system and a part of how I was raised.
But still, now I have an atheism and I did not change that at all. Still care a lot about those things, just with a different approach. No magical thinking anymore. I am more realistic and would not call it spititual at all.

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19-02-2012, 02:59 PM
RE: Tell Me About Your "-ism"
(19-02-2012 11:12 AM)ValerieAnn1975 Wrote:  So....does your '-ism' help you connect to self, life, others? How? And for the atheists especially, can this be comfortably interpreted as spirituality?

Alcoholism. It helps me disconnect from self, life, others. I'm comfortable interpreting that as spirituality.

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Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
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19-02-2012, 03:16 PM
RE: Tell Me About Your "-ism"
Oops. How embarrassing. I thought the title said jism.
I'd rather not express how that connects me to others.

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19-02-2012, 04:00 PM
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(19-02-2012 03:16 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  Oops. How embarrassing. I thought the title said jism.
I'd rather not express how that connects me to others.

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19-02-2012, 04:01 PM
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(19-02-2012 03:16 PM)Erxomai Wrote:  Oops. How embarrassing. I thought the title said jism.
I'd rather not express how that connects me to others.

Naughty preacher man! Heh, heh, heh....wonder if ya' kept your old vestments? >; ]

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19-02-2012, 04:04 PM
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My ism...

I'm pretty sure I don't have one... what I mean is, I have my own opinion about stuff. Sometimes it coincides with other people's... but an ism implies that you espouse something...

I mean, if I say "I am a humanist" and you say "but humanists do this"... then I clearly don't follow humanism...
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