Greetings, a word of thanks and a reintroduction of sorts.
My name is Jeff and I am a man who is coming to RRS to thank you. You see, a few years back I joined these forums after seeing a Google banner on a religious forum I visited. At the time I was pretty crazy and especially self-righteous. I'd argue that most everyone is too much of the latter, but if you're a theist and you go to an atheist discussion website in an attempt to draw people back to God, you've got issues! I'm glad I can laugh about it now, but I will be honest and say I'm still extremely embarrassed.
I hope I haven't raised any red flags so far. I was never banned, and while this is my second account and I assume that is against forum rules I was hoping nobody would mind. My embarrassment is pretty extreme while thinking about some of the ridiculous things that swam through my mind at the time... I would also like to say that I was (and still am, to a much smaller degree) suffering from schizo-affective disorder. So I hope you guys will allow me to stay, seeing all of that and I promise I'm a much different person. I would provide my forum username too but it was an obscure one I don't usually use so I've forgotten it but if you so wish I can lurk the old stuff and find it. I'd like to avoid doing this though because I don't want to even think of the things that used to swim through my head at this point in time. I'd also be embarrassed as well I'm sure... Sheesh!
Anyway, now for the appreciation part of my post... You guys honestly helped free me from my shackles. I was a real fool. I'd especially like to thank Bob Spence, I remember at least twice where his keen intellect really jabbed through the ignorant shield I used to *cough* "protect" my mind. I noticed you have your own show now, that is wonderful! I will most certainly have to tune in for that soon.
RRS, DON'T STOP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING! You helped free at least one mind and I'm sure you can free more. You have my deepest thanks.
If you're wondering why I'm back here, I was literally just a few minutes ago on a hookah forum I frequent and someone mentioned RRS and I was like... My goodness! I have people to thank! Hehe.
Full disclosure though: I don't consider myself anything. Not atheist or agnostic (yet anyway) and I would say I'm something I can't describe. People like to toss around the word "spiritual" so I usually tell people I'm that, though it's total bullshit. I do really enjoy some of the lessons that can be taught in religious texts to be honest. But don't be offended! They're just things that any ethics philosopher would appreciate, I swear! Haha.
If you have any questions, definitely feel free to ask.
Thanks again all (especially Bob!) and I already know I will have a lot of growth by being here. Best wishes.
I never thought there were corners in my mind until I was told to stand in one.
I have learned so much, thanks for keeping it real RRS.