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I Am Good Because...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Deidre Dec 21, 2014. 14 Replies

Are We REALLY ‘Good’, Or Are We Fooling Ourselves?  Tell us why... There is a term in psychology called “illusory superiority”, also known as “the above average effect”.  This is the bias that causes…Continue

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Donald L. Engel commented on JP Carey's blog post What is the religious purpose of life?
"Everyone assigns his own purpose.  Now that My children are grown (and grandchildren), I've decided my purpose is to get religion out of the Republican party."
Jan 16, 2016
Hiram replied to JP Carey's discussion 'Meaning' As An Emergent Property
"I wrote a bit on this in my piece On Why Materialism Matters. The quote is here:"
Jan 25, 2015
Martin A. Moe, Jr left a comment for JP Carey
"Thanks JP, I do the best I can. Martin"
Jan 2, 2015
JP Carey liked Martin A. Moe, Jr's blog post Is Religion the Offspring of Evolution?
Jan 1, 2015
JP Carey liked John Jubinsky's discussion Non-Invasive Method Detects Alzheimer's Early
Dec 23, 2014
Deidre replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"I tend to want to be at peace...not necessarily good or happy. As either are fleeting."
Dec 21, 2014
JP Carey replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"I don't see any way to add a 'like' to your reply -but I liked it a lot. The more I look at the question of "why do people do bad things?", a question that has occupied me for DECADES, the more the answer takes on a real but…"
Dec 16, 2014
Ted Foureagles replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"Yes, good is a concept that infinitely expands and contracts in scope -- good turtles all the way down and back up.  One can be a good survivor in personal terms, a good parent in a family setting, a good tribe member, a good citizen... …"
Dec 16, 2014
tom sarbeck replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"Ice cream is good. All else? ...I'm thinking, I'm thinking. Some altogether unsavory people hold "good" up as a model when they're wanting only what they want."
Dec 15, 2014
JP Carey liked Loren Miller's blog post Is god good?
Dec 15, 2014
JP Carey liked Dyslexic's DOG's blog post Wendy Wright (Creationist) arguably the Dumbest Person I've Ever Seen on Youtube!
Dec 15, 2014
Michael Penn replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"I'm good because I want to be, but not everybody believes that. I find that we actually bestow goodness upon ourselves and not everybody is good. I had a boss one time that thought he was good because he allowed his people to take their…"
Dec 14, 2014
JP Carey replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"I agree with everything you said and it is exactly inline with the original post. Now, let’s say someone else wants to be a “good person” but their views and actions are different (as you said, ‘subjective’).  My…"
Dec 13, 2014
Daniel W replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"That's a good point.  I like that Buddhist point of view.  I also appreciate the Buddhist concept that, in a world where all is temporary, attachment leads to suffering.  I try not to be too attached, but there is a side of me…"
Dec 9, 2014
Daniel W replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"I have worked for an employer that required everyone to be in the top 10%.   I never did figure out how that was possible."
Dec 9, 2014
JP Carey replied to JP Carey's discussion I Am Good Because...
"We could also say this is why a Buddhist may be more trusted than an atheist —even though they are both atheist...   It's that we suspect the motivation for a Buddhist is to seek internal peace and end suffering, where as the atheist…"
Dec 9, 2014

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At 12:50pm on January 2, 2015, Martin A. Moe, Jr said…

Thanks JP, I do the best I can.


At 4:43pm on November 5, 2012, Leonard Francis said…

Thats very good

At 12:41am on October 29, 2012, Glen Rosenberg said…

Hi John, is there a po box or something where I can mail Leonard cash or check? I dont know from pay pal.

At 9:56am on October 27, 2012, Glen Rosenberg said…

Never used pay pal. If it is not self explanatory I will be back in touch.

At 6:26pm on October 24, 2012, Leonard Francis said…

How do I get a pay pal account again?

At 2:12am on October 19, 2012, Wyatt said…
You might tell the sky fairy thralls that America was founded on the enlightenment thinking of Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, and John Locke. Thomas Jefferson's sentiments on religion: "Priests...dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live."
-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Correa de Serra, April 11, 1820
At 2:09pm on October 16, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…
At 2:09pm on October 16, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, ! Glad you could join us. :D If you really need to hide your Atheism I recommend changing your name here to a cryptic one. Everything here is searchable. "Our current primal insanity" LOL.

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At 12:22pm on October 16, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 8:51am on October 16, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi John

You may be sure that we sympathise with you in your predicament in bible land. You are all the more welcome to this world of rationality, truth and peace, where common sense and science lead to freethinking wisdom which is the essence of atheism.

We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3600 members.


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What is the religious purpose of life?

Posted on December 18, 2012 at 3:50pm 44 Comments

I'm writing something and I have to state what religion says about WHY were here.  How does God answer that? Why am I here?

So far I've put down: 1 to worship god. 2 to exert your free will and be judged by it.

It's been so long, I can't remember what the religious purpose of life is.  But I do remember all those stupid "Got Purpose?" signs everywhere.  Can someone enlighten me.

Why is There Even a Question About God?

Posted on November 19, 2012 at 11:51am 3 Comments

This struck me funny this morning as I was contemplating -lost in thought.  Even the question itself, "Does God exist?", is bizarre.

My girls will watch a questionably scary movie and immediately be wary of the dark rooms in our house.  I have several rational arguments to belay, to ease their worries.  Arguments that allow me to run through creepy old houses in the dark no-problem.  Here's 2 examples...

Me stating rationally: There were no…


My Official Statement

Posted on November 4, 2012 at 11:37am 2 Comments

Everyone in the U.S. Military at some point learns this official statement which helps them answer questions of a classified nature: "I can neither confirm or deny blah blah blah...". It's simple and automatic.

You know, it would be very useful to have my own official statement to practice for when someone asks "what religion are you?".  ...and here it is:

I choose to conduct my life NOT following FAIRY-TALES. I feel it is fine for…


Fun Link Than YouTube Gave Me: Jim Jefferies - God is For Idiots

Posted on November 1, 2012 at 8:42pm 2 Comments

Ya know, YouTube does a good job of suggesting videos you might like.
This "God is For Idiots" made me LOL -but is a tad raunchy.



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