Author Topic: Goin' Old School  (Read 81 times)

oldschooldoc

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Goin' Old School
« on: November 22, 2008, 04:22:05 AM »
First, I need to apologize for not formally introducing myself sooner.

I was brought up in two very different households. My time was split between my parents and the experiences were pretty different. My mom was a life-long, every-Sunday-no-matter-what Baptist. My step-mother is an extremely devout Catholic (her father is a deacon).

For 10 years, I had secretly thought I was an agnostic, but once I realized that when it's your time to go, it's your time to go. There is no plan, and there is nothing after. Life is life, and you better live it to your full potential because you will never live again.

That may sound pessimistic, but it is actually what has made me want to be a better person and live up to my full potential. I won't get another chance in some 'afterlife'. I don't have to live in fear of hell, or live to please some sadistic supernatural being in the sky. I am free, I am free, I am free.

I look forward to many fruitful discussions on a forum such as this.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2009, 03:41:18 PM by oldschooldoc »
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Re: Goin' Old School
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008, 02:34:19 PM »
An oh, so common story... maybe not the specifics, sure, but the "falling away", very much so.

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Re: Goin' Old School
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2008, 03:28:57 PM »
Welcome to the forum, and thanks for the intro!
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oldschooldoc

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Re: Goin' Old School
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2008, 11:29:17 PM »
You know McQ, your avatar picture really makes me think of two of my favorite books. 1984 and Fahrenheit 451. 1984 for obvious, big brother reasons. Fahrenheit 451 because I've always imagined the eyes of the mechanical hounds looking just like that!
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Re: Goin' Old School
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008, 01:09:06 AM »
Welcome.  I am very sorry about your mother.  Although, it is good to have you on the side of reason.  I can relate to your catholic upbringing.  One positive about it is you do get good exercise.
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