There’s nothing fundamentally wrong with people. Given a story to enact that puts them in accord with the world, they will live in accord with the world. But given a story to enact that puts them at odds with the world, as yours does, they will live at odds with the world. Given a story to enact in which they are the lords of the world, they will act like lords of the world. And, given a story to enact in which the world is a foe to be conquered, they will conquer it like a foe, and one day, inevitably, their foe will be bleeding to death at their feet, as the world is now.
To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
I still try though. :-\
Why are so focused on 'proving' GOD isn't real?
I’m not focused on proving that god isn’t real. I’m focused on protecting the dignity of philosophy—especially from those that seek to equate it with theology. Furthermore, I’m focused on letting my pretentious opponents know that they’re not alone in the field of ideas. I don’t need to prove that Yahweh doesn’t exist; any intellectually honest person is ready and willing to admit it, and some, like myself, are ready and willing to demonstrate why that’s the case.
Ultimately, when you have a people that are so bent on pushing their beliefs into your lap, even when you don’t want them there, people like me are necessary. I don’t come to the atheism tag to read about god, apologetics, Christianity, Islam, etc. Yet I see plenty of it; furthermore, it’s redundant. In any event, I have plenty of reason to be against Christianity and Islam. I have plenty of reason to be against purported truths and whether these “truths” are tied to religion or not, I’ll stand in their way. Thus, I’m focused on truth as well, so when you have religions like Christianity and Islam claiming to be true, though they’re not, people like me are necessary. In a nutshell, even if I were to pack up and stop blogging, others like me will arise; in the words of Joe Carroll from The Following, “I am inevitable.”
[America] is an experimentalist country. It’s a country the central creed of which is faith in the constructive genius of ordinary men and women. This faith has lived under the burden of an institutional idolatry. The sin of the public culture of the United States is the tendency to believe that the country discovered at the time of its foundation the definitive formula of a free society, and that the rest of humanity must either subscribe to this formula or continue to languish in poverty and despotism.
Having my mind blown thanks to this video posted by my friend D.A. earlier today… which you can tell isn’t from American television corporations because the host used the word ameliorate during his introduction. :)
Everybody wants to live longer, and I don’t know what that means “to live longer.”
Suppose you could live 10,000 years. Then what’s your urge to get out of bed the next morning? There’s no time pressure on you… to achieve… to accomplish… to love.
When you give flowers to a loved one on a special occasion, are they made of plastic so that they live forever? No. They’re made of… flower petals, there’s a pistil, there’s a stamen, there’s a stalk. And that will all die. And it’s the fact that it dies that empowers our emotions to appreciate it that much more.
So the finiteness of life forces me to appreciate every sunrise that I wake up every day. And if I live forever I don’t know that I would have those emotions or those feelings or that sense that the day awaits my energy.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, on life and death
And you owe it to yourself to watch his face as he says these words… such passion and spirit… video here. I adore this man.
Source: Business Insider
As Milton wrote in Paradise Lost, “[The mind] can make a heaven of hell or a hell of heaven.” In our constant search for meaning in this baffling and temporary existence, trapped as we are within our three pounds of neurons, it is sometimes hard to tell what is real. We often invent what isn’t there. Or ignore what is. We try to impose order, both in our minds and in our conceptions of external reality. We try to connect. We try to find truth. We dream and we hope. And underneath all of these strivings, we are haunted by the suspicion that what we see and understand of the world is only a tiny piece of the whole.
Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.
Perhaps the biggest tragedy in our lives is that freedom is possible, yet we can pass our years trapped in the same old patterns. Entangled in the trance of unworthiness, we grow accustomed to caging ourselves in with self-judgment and anxiety, with restlessness and dissatisfaction. Like Mohini, we grow incapable of accessing the freedom and peace that are our birthright. We may want to love other people without holding back, to feel authentic, to breathe in the beauty around us, to dance and sing. Yet each day we listen to inner voices that keep our life small. Even if we were to win millions of dollars in the lottery or marry the perfect person, as long as we feel not good enough, we won’t be able to enjoy the possibilities in front of us. Unlike Mohini, however, we can learn to recognize when we are keeping ourselves trapped by our own beliefs and fears. We can see how we are wasting our precious lives.
Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.
Sartre wrote “Hell is other people,” but sometimes one man is more than capable of being his own worst enemy.