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Now that's a damn fine endorsement lol :) I also agree with Glen
No need for a letter of marque and reprisal cuz you have nailed this shit to the wall..make it ET and his CALL...forget Luther and his 95...these scribbles beat em all..
No fooliing ya have the Glen Rosenberg seal of approval...seldom given and never requested...additionally ya far and away surpassed Hitchens in his treatment of this topic..
This is interesting. I often make two main discernment's on ethical or moral issues to determine how I should act. 1) Avoid getting into trouble (my highest priority in most cases) and 2) To promote the well being of myself and others to the best of my ability. I try to never allow my emotions to over turn logic in any decisions (As a result the only time's emotions cause me to make bad decisions is when I'm very upset and emotionally compromised). I also have nothing even remotely resembling established moral norms. For these reasons I always assumed I was likely a sociopath. I don't share the same emotional responses as my peers which often attracts negative reactions from my peers (well whoever's in the room at the time), that's not to say I don't have emotions but I generally understand what my emotions are and why I'm feeling them, I personally don't like strong display's of emotion so I try to control myself. These traits are somewhat born out of necessity as I've often in the past shown strong emotions and been embarrassed later by how those around me responded to my emotions (I care a lot about what people think).
However from what you state in this post it may be quite the opposite. I know that I have a strong sense of empathy which I use to determine how I treat others, and despite everyone telling me I shouldn't care about what other people think I frankly care a lot about what others think. I think its quite foolish to ignore the valuable feedback from others, if they think you're an arrogant ass there's likely a reason and not caring about what they think is simply a way to justify never growing or modifying yourself.
Well I do know for a fact a few things about what/who I am (thanks in large part to the feedback from others around me).
1. I am an Existentialist, this is the top of the list for a reason.
2. I am an Anti Authoritarian. The statement speaks for itself, and the consequences of being this are far reaching in my life.
3. I am an Atheist.... duh lol
4. I am an amoral soulless son of a bitch lol. By that I don't hold ANY moral standard in line with society based on the fact that society has adopted it, anything I find to be moral or ethical I can fully define the justifications for my conclusions, and simply put they never seem to line up with the ethical or moral standards of those around me.
5. For all the reasons above I always assumed I must be a sociopath, or something close to it. This thought never really bothered me, I'd take a sociopath who's honest with their intentions over a lying Christian any day. Hell I'd rather deal with a psychopath than a Christian, at least the Sociopath and Psychopath are easy to understand and predict. Christians on the other hand are truly dangerous, emotionally unstable, unpredictable they lack cognitive development and can tie some absurdly random ideas together with ease, in short they are not safe to be around ever.
Good blog! I'll restate my comment on it here:Faith and gullibility are less "two sides of the same coin" than they are very nearly an identity set, as both represent belief without any substantial corroboration.One quality I've noted that some more extreme religions wish to mute is curiosity. This is because when people look at religious belief systems versus the real world, flaws and inconsistencies in religion are bound to turn up. Investigating such anomalies has the potential to be fatal to one's belief in that system. The question then becomes: which is more important to the investigator: reality or belief? One thing you did not mention in your lessons learned is the need for belief to correlate to reality if consistent success in interacting with reality can be expected. At some point or other, flawed religious belief will come up against this fact as well, and it will have no workable rebuttal to it, other than to blindly assert that it is right and reality is somehow wrong.To be anti-religion is to be pro-reality.
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