Pay attention, now: I said, attractively alliterated I thought, 'the absence of acrimonious atheists and the prevalence of bellicose believers. I did not say, 'the acrimonious atheist can be both a common occurrence and a figment of the imagination'.
It may have had benefits at the start and it may still have benefits for some but it's like the training wheels on your first bike. They help you learn but eventually you move past them and no longer relying on them. If you keep them on they actually hold you back from learning how to ride without them on your own. Learning how to think should be the goal not learning what to think which is what all religions do.
I taught my son the things mothers teach them and a few more. My son is a flipping genius so my job was to remind him to be a little boy, and to be kind ,and as he got older to remember that when the passion ebbed, there would still need to be something to talk about, so don't just fall for beauty; beauty's cool but make sure she's got a brain, too. Did I teach my son to be good to his ladies? Probably not consciously but it may have filtered down in my general be kind diatribes. But I stand on my belief that sometimes only a man can teach a boy what he needs to know. Those two did. I just drove him to their house every Saturday morning.
"Lack of evidence for the existence of something is not evidence of nonexistence."
Chino isnt biased enough and you are too kind! No way!
Unless you are dealing with quantum mechanics, it cannot be both at once.
I also walk around with an ink pen. What kind of irrational fear is that? A firearm is nothing but a tool. And nope, the "loved ones" aren't usually getting hurt. Out of the gazillion of firearms owned, that's only a tiny fraction.
So, um, anyone that wakes up past 5am is a lazyass?