The news of the loss of Robin Williams is saddening. I however can't help feeling that it is the shared delusion of a better place to go that was likely the cause. This is not a new idea as suicide to speed along the journey to "heaven" that caused the church to announce that it was a sin. Those who say religion isn't harmful if practiced alone I believe are mistaken or have never lost a loved one who was alone with their ideas of a better place. Maybe this idea is ill timed, but I have seen many instances where life was lost due to someone hoping for the promised land because their ideas were allowed to manifest unchallenged.
Just my thoughts
Yes, I've read old philosophical writings on subjects like physics and found them rife with assumptions.
This is the disease that philosophy intends to cure.
Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
"I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be there when it happens." --Woody Allen
Wow, considering this is my first writing of anything online, on an idea that just hit me, I cant say how pleased I am at most responses. Has given me much to think on and I hope more insight will come.
And Religious Jerks will say He's in Hell
Religious jerks will say he's in hell because every religious jerk knows that god is a jealous god. For this reason he created you out of nothing just so you could worship him. You have the choice of worshipping him or not, and if you don't worship him, he will send you to hell. This is because he loves you so much. It makes perfect idiot theist sense.
Any god that can make a woman out of a man's rib...is enough to convince me, he/she/it is a made up fantasy of a looney tunes human with a very creative mind..
Freethinker31, excellent observation! Why didn't I see it earlier?! Well, that is part of the disease.
I had a long drawn-out emotional cataclysm in the late 80's when a lot of buried trauma and pain surfaced from my early childhood. At times I wanted to kill myself. I wanted to go to the desert with a gun and blow the pain out of my head.