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+Amber Petchey's post regarding life before death reminded me of a question I've long wondered about. 
If you believe in an afterlife, and someone close to you who is also a believer dies, why grieve? Shouldn't you be happy for them, for they have gone to paradise? 
I mean, sure, you'll miss their company, I've no doubt. But it seems to me that grieving relatives/friends usually display far more outpouring of emotion than I would have thought warranted a situation where you're going to be apart for a little while (comparatively speaking), and then reunited for eternity.
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It was me, +Norm Englund, regarding the way some people think - the way you've put it, I like your version. There's more than a pinch of truth to it too - we are more likely to mourn people who were kind to us than those who didn't make an effort.
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A new island rises out of the ocean the day of Sir pTerry's passing? Coincidence? I think not! Should definitely be named Leshp in his honour. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jingo_%28novel%29)
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Bahahahahaha!
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With the World Cup starting, this is relevant. I have never been more glad to not have TV at home.

http://www.tickld.com/x/how-football-sounds-to-people-that-just-dont-care-T
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Here it is, the definitive answers to all your questions about God.
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Seen a few posts on here about the Eaglemoss model collection. Does anyone know if they're limited edition or not? Several of them I was hoping to get have gone out of stock. Just wondering if they're likely to reappear at some point.
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+Jimmy B hope you enjoyed them. You won't be disappointed and the quality does get better. 
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Damn, I must have a lot of enemies... :/
Or maybe just one, who follows me everywhere.

Not sure which would be worse... 
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Because I'm always seeing posts here claiming religion is a mental illness, or writing of theists as 'nuts' or 'crazy'.
Yeah, please don't do that:

http://freethoughtblogs.com/brutereason/2013/12/07/what-this-depression-survivor-hears-when-you-call-religion-a-mental-illness/

http://chrisstedman.religionnews.com/2014/02/24/5-reasons-atheists-shouldnt-call-religion-mental-illness/

Most important point for me is this one from the second article:
"2. Mental illness is not an insult

Surely not all atheists who claim religion is a mental illness do so to insult believers, but some do. This should go without saying, but it’s vital: Mental illness should never be wielded as an insult, particularly because people with mental illness face widespread stigma.

“Equating religion with mental illness is harmful for a number of reasons,” said Mogilevsky, who will soon launch a secular mental health support group. “When done to make fun of or put down religion, it also puts down people struggling with [mental illness].”

Calling religion a form of mental illness as a way to insult believers is not only crude and wrong—it also contributes to a culture that marginalizes people with mental illness and defines them solely by their illness. Atheists, agnostics, and Humanists should actively promote dignity for all people and strive to challenge dehumanization, rather than contribute to it."
[Content note: mental illness, suicide, abuse] Some atheists love to compare religion to mental illness, or directly call it one. I won't link to examples; it's pervasive and has probably happened ...
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Indeed. How could one deny such eloquent argument?
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