“I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking. The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth, that there is no reason to deceive ourselves with pretty stories for which there's little good evidence. Far better it seems to me, in our vulnerability, is to look death in the eye and to be grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides.”
“What you seem so unwilling to accept, even now, is this: that the ideals which supported the old Republic had no correspondence to the fact of the old Republic; that the glorious word concealed the deed of horror; that the appearance of tradition and order cloaked the reality of corruption and chaos; that the call to liberty and freedom closed the minds, even of those who called, to the facts of privation, suppression, and sanctioned murder.”
“Mankind in the aggregate I have found to be brutish, ignorant and unkind, whether those qualities were covered by the coarse tunic of the peasant of the white and purple toga of a senator. And yet in the weakest of men, in moments when they are alone and themselves, I have found veins of strength like gold in decaying rock; in the cruelest of men, flashes of tenderness and compassion; and in the vainest of men, moments of simplicity and grace.”
“It seems to me that the moralist is the most useless and contemptible of creatures. He is useless in that he would expend his energies upon making judgments rather than upon gaining knowledge, for the reason that judgment is easy and knowledge is difficult. He is contemptible in that his judgments reflect a vision of himself which in his ignorance and pride he would impose upon the world. I implore you, do not become a moralist; you will destroy your art and your mind.”
THE WORLD WAR TWO GROUP
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A chance to discuss books covering the Second World War, the battles, campaigns, leaders and weapons. Tantum librorum, tam brevi tempore (So many bookA chance to discuss books covering the Second World War, the battles, campaigns, leaders and weapons.
Tantum librorum, tam brevi tempore
(So many books, so little time)One small note: we know there were Nazis in the war, but this group is in no way a place to celebrate their existence or praise anything but their military tactics & weapons!
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His task is a lordly one because the warrior still agrees to die for the mistakes of others.” ― Alexandre Sanguinetti...more
Atheists and Skeptics
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This is a group meant for the discussion of atheism and skepticism and the books associated with both. Recommending books arguing for or against religThis is a group meant for the discussion of atheism and skepticism and the books associated with both. Recommending books arguing for or against religion and starting discussions involving religion is encouraged.
This group is NOT restricted to atheists and skeptics (despite the name), and religious folk can most certainly recommend or discuss books arguing for religion (such as "The Case for Christ" and others in the series of books by Lee Strobel). In fact, skeptics can recommend pro-religion books, as well, since it is always good to know opposing viewpoints/arguments.
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The #1 resource on the internet for M/M Romance fans, this group has something for everyone. * Book and Series Discussions * Daily Updates on New ReleThe #1 resource on the internet for M/M Romance fans, this group has something for everyone.
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The Four Horsemen
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A harmonious place to discuss and consider the offerings of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett.
Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
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For the LGBTQI community and the people who love and support them. Our aim/goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where members, regardlFor the LGBTQI community and the people who love and support them.
Our aim/goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment where members, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, can discuss and actively promote political and social equality in schools, the workplace and society as a whole....more