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What do you do, if anything to replace religion?
Posted 16 April 2006 - 11:16 AM
What are your core beliefs?
Posted 17 April 2006 - 05:42 PM
Instead of focusing on trying to love an invisible creature, I focus in on loving my friends and family and enjoying my hobbies. I also try to grow as a person...learn about the world around me. I feel bad that I'm not volunteering right now, because I used to do quite a bit of it, but, well, that was in the days where I wasn't commuting for over two hours a day. Maybe once I move (and after my exam), I'll have more time.
I do waste enough of my life on things like tv and crap. I don't need to waste even more of it focusing in on something that doesn't even exist. (at least the tv really DOES love me back...I mean, Tivo even knows what I like! )
Posted 18 April 2006 - 03:13 AM
Ah! Pascal's Wager! How flawed it is! Here's the article I wrote about the wager on Ethical Atheist and the same article on my own website.
Posted 18 April 2006 - 12:24 PM
"There is no line, where my bare feet end and the good earth begins."
Posted 18 April 2006 - 05:12 PM
Ah! Pascal's Wager! How flawed it is! Here's the article I wrote about the wager on Ethical Atheist and the same article on my own website.[/quote]
Posted 19 April 2006 - 03:58 AM
Posted 20 April 2006 - 06:57 AM
What kept me going through all these things? Don't laugh and I'll tell you. It was my love of classical music. I had to make long drives on the Los Angeles freeway system but listened to beautiful music from my tape deck. I was able to arrive calmly and return home the same way.
I'm not a television watcher and after my fill of news in the morning, I will turn on my XM radio on the classical music station and stay there until the 5 PM news. So much of my life has been given a sound track of my own choosing that I tend to miss it when my music is not available.
It is painful for me to shop in the super market because the sound track is full of violence and screaming women who have yet to find a singable key. The television commercials are designed for shock and it is no surprise to me that our kids are nervous and unable to focus on much. I search out CDs to keep in my car that will get me through the horrible traffic of Phoenix and the wayward drivers in my own Sun City. There must be a magnet wave problem here that has turned off all the direction singnals of the cars. As long as I have Brahms in my car, I can cope.
Posted 27 April 2006 - 09:06 PM
No ones going to laugh at you for liking a certain type of music. If it brings you any pleasure in this world these days, more power to you. I love my XM radios. Great variety, comedy, baseball.
I see you are from Phoenix. Just got back from your area a couple weeks ago. Spring training in Peoria and a Pow Wow with the Hopis up towards Flagstaff.
Posted 29 July 2006 - 02:24 PM
What kept me going through all these things? Don't laugh and I'll tell you. It was my love of classical music.
Sandy - my mind is calmed and stimulated by classical music as well, although not the wishy-washy kind. Music, the stimulater of your subconscious to bring out the intended emotions that the composer had in mind. That very fact is why mall music drains so much, there is no value in it, mostly nihilistic minds create that drivel, therefore it becomes so offensive.
I never thought about "replacing" religion, I never had any. So there was never a void to fill. I actually pitied the poor slaves of religion, trying to buy a place in heaven with their perfect attendance scores in church. To me it all seemed like a carnival, costumes and odd behavior.
The amazing thing to me seems, looking back at my childhood, how fanatically I argued with believing children. The parents of those children actually crossed themselves and mumbled something when they met me in the street. I always just laughed. What a ride!
But all in all, looking back on my life now, I am so happy I chose to be an a-mystic early on. Since I knew way back then that there was only this one life, I have packed it full with life. To the rim with acquired values and living accordingly. Every moment is precious and I treat every day as if it were my last.
Posted 19 August 2006 - 02:01 PM
I've since given up pretty much all of that (except for the Gaia idea). I realize now that it won't do me a bit of good one way or the other, since I'll just die and never know how it all turns out. So now I just do whatever I can to keep boredom at bay, keeping myself occupied with those things that interest me. I guess some might say I'm just waiting to die, but I don't feel that way. I'm just living my life, and not worrying about those possible futures that I can never hope to participate in.
And I do so enjoy bashing religious notions! Even the Gaia stuff I don't consider to be religious, since I don't ascribe any mind-like qualities to the Earth, any more than an amoeba has intelligence, but it still strives to reproduce. I do think that the human specie might become very much like a planetary mind for the Earth, if we'd just get our shit together.
Posted 19 August 2006 - 02:21 PM
if we'd just get our shit together.
I see no sign that this is even remotely possible, let alone likely. I think the human race is deeply flawed, and craves nothing more than death and destruction.
Religion certainly forms the means by which our collective death wish is expressed, but religions are so deeply entrenched in human life that I think a cure is extremely unlikely.
Earth will abide, with or without us. More easily without us it would seem. Maybe at some future time intelligent life will evolve on this planet.
Posted 03 October 2006 - 03:28 PM
I hope to add "wild, passionate SEX" to that, but i've got 4 decades of Catholic brainwashing to purge. As you know, in the Catholic Church, only priests and politicians are allowed to have sex, or even to know what sex is. (OK, so they grudgingly permit it within sacramental (sorry, Steve) marriage, but it's still a sin if you do it without reflecting upon the child you're conceiving.) And like a damn idiot, i believed them. Now i just need to figure out how to start purging.
Posted 03 October 2006 - 03:35 PM
It's bad enough, I'm sure, for those with a majority sexual orientation. For folks like myself, well, I was well into my 30s before I even began to face up to my identity.
It sure would be nice if our species outgrew religious elusions. I guess education is our best hope.
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