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  •  I always thought that scene from (9+ / 0-)

    Almost famous when they all sang 'Tiny Dancer" on the tour bus was magical. lol Seriously, it almost makes me cry. I always sing with them. I'll run in from the other room just to sing with them.

    And that entire Unplugged show of Nirvana was the most wonderful Unplugged ever made.

    You know what else a lot of people don't get about atheists? Some of us are deeply touched by the beauty of the world where it is beautiful. Since I began to come out as an atheist, I see the world with different eyes. Sometimes I describe it using a cheesy line from "Interview With a Vampire".

    "I was a newborn vampire, weeping at the beauty of the night..."

    When a creator or an intelligent designer is absent from your fundamental thinking, you can't help but develop an appreciation for life and the patterns it creates and how it has sustained and adapted and persevered...especially the beauty of it. Untouched, natural landscapes and waterfalls bring tears to my eyes. Because I believe we're all alone in this universe, without a parent figure of savior, I see love, tolerance, beauty, kindness, happiness as that much more miraculous. Love, life, the evolution of complex life is truly a wonderful thing to behold and I am lucky to be the mirror in which the universe sees the miracle of itself.

    Whenever I have to discuss or defend my lack of faith to my believer friends, they never expect that. They always expect me to be cynical. They're always wrong. They usually find that they are the cynical ones who have taken the beauty of life for granted. :-)

    "It's not enough to acknowledge privilege. You have to resist." -soothsayer

    by GenXangster on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 04:32:36 AM PST

    •  I like to tell people that we are all made out of (7+ / 0-)

      stuff created by stars.  Think about that.  We--and everything else in our world--are made out of the stuff created by stars.  How could anything be cooler than that?  

      So much more beautiful and breathtaking than being made out of clay or a rib or some other imagined story.  

      Metaphors be with you.

      by koosah on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 06:26:42 AM PST

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    •  Well said. (0+ / 0-)

      The Almost Famous scene is one of the most profound in the history of film.  Not because they're singing, obviously, but the combination of singing with the "You are home" and the look of realization on the kid's face.  

      And I have the same feelings about the end of Lost in Translation.  I will always worship Sofia Coppola for making that, even though I haven't really liked anything else she's made.

      Pour yourself into the future.

      by Troubadour on Thu Jan 24, 2013 at 11:09:25 AM PST

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