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Modem Butterfly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:13 PM
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Here's how Xians can get along with atheists
And, for that matter, anyone can get along with anyone else.

Look around you. Realize that there are people who have different lives from you. Realize that, though these lives may seem alien and unlike your own, it is the life that makes sense to those that are living them. Think about how perhaps your own life doesn't make sense to other people, and realize how nevertheless, your life makes sense and is important to you. Realize that although fair-minded people may disagree, fair-minded people work very hard on not being judgemental, or at least, not to make their judgements the basis for laws, policies, or prejudices. Think long and hard about how everyone is simply doing the best that they can to live in a way that makes sense for them. Breathe long and deep, and realize that you, too, are doing the best that you can to live in a way that makes sense for you. Realize that no one is really that different.

Repeat as necessary.
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handywork Donating Member (176 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:16 PM
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1. Empathy...
too many people in this world don't understand what it is...
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Modem Butterfly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:17 PM
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3. That's it exactly. It's something we ALL need
And it's something we all need to work on, too.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:17 PM
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2. What to do when your religion mandates that you convert the
nonbelievers?

Or that your are BETTER by virtue of your beliefs?
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Modem Butterfly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:18 PM
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5. Unfortunately, each individual has to make peace within themselves
And that can be more difficult for some folks.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:19 PM
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7. In other words you want them to stop that behavior, or modify that belief?
Pretty instrusive....
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Modem Butterfly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:21 PM
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9. It's totally up to them
They're the ones who have to live their lives their own way, just as the rest of us must.
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:26 PM
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12. What if in order to "live their own way" they wish to legislate their
morality and convert everyone? Sounds like the existing situation (which is intolerable) and not a solution. What am I missing?

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law"
vs.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"
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Modem Butterfly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:28 PM
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17. Then the rest of us should stop them
It's unfortunate but true that some people will decide their lives aren't complete so long as others are living in a way that is different from them. But then, those aren't folks who are really into getting along with others and the OP isn't really directed toward them.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:17 PM
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4. I'm a Christian and...
I already get along just fine with atheists.

Most of us do.

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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:18 PM
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6. Simpler. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
I'm an agnostic who believes that most "Christians" would be well advised to follow the advice of the guy who said that. For that matter, everyone would be well advised to follow that advice.
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Ron Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:19 PM
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8. Well, duh!
That's exactly what Christ did; he hung around with the prostitutes and tax collectors, and called out the publicly pious. Christianity is really about accepting the differences in the first place.
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:24 PM
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10. Evangelican Christianity assumes they alone are right ...
... and that it is their duty to convert the otherwise hellbound. That is a basic principal of their religion. People who are Catholic, mainline Protestant, Jewish, Buddist or other do not bother me and I reciprocate. I even get along with most Rs, if you can believe that.

Regarding empathy, one guy I know who is an Evangelical said of Evangelicals generally that they are often long on truth but short on love. What an arrogant thing to say! (We were discussing gay marriage and I said denying it hurts a lot of people.) He meant that gays are sinners and all that crap, but he ought to feel sorry for them.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:24 PM
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11. Wow, all that's missing is
You are a child of the universe... Go placidly amid the noise and haste... etc.

:)

TlalocW
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Modem Butterfly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:26 PM
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15. I prefer the Deteriorata
Go quickly amid the noise and waste, and remember what value there may be in turning a quick buck.
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TlalocW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:29 PM
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18. I have that
Recorded off of Dr. Demento when I was in high school. :)

Immediately followed by, "Cheerleaders on Drugs."

TlalocW
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flamin lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:26 PM
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13. Try this:
The Golden Rule
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HINDU: This is the sum of duty; do naught unto others which if done to thee would cause thee pain.

ZOROASTRIAN: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto
another whatsoever is not good for itself.

TAOIST: Regard your neighbour's gain as your own gain, and your neighbour's loss as your own loss.

BUDDHIST: Hurt not others in ways that you would find hurtful.

CONFUCIAN: Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.

JAIN: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.

JEWISH: Whatever thou hatest thyself, that do not to another.

CHRISTIAN: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.

ISLAMIC: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.

SIKH: As thou deemest thyself, so deem others.
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Tierra_y_Libertad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:41 PM
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19. Nice post. n/t
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forgethell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:26 PM
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14. Good advice
for the atheists, too.
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DistressedAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:28 PM
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16. Even Simpler! EVERYONE HATE BUSHCO AND BUSHCO EXCLUSIVELY!
All else flows.

Peace be unto you! :pals:
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Modem Butterfly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 02:01 PM
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21. At the end of the day, that's all I ask
:)
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oneold1-4u Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-07-05 01:42 PM
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20.  bigot-wicked as a Xtian
They follow the islamic laws!
Bigot: n. A person who regards, his own views in any matters as unquestionably right, and any belief or opinion opposed to or differing from them as wicked. A person who is totally intolerant and obstinately and blindly devoted to his own belief and opinion.-
"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs"
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