[FoRK] Darn it, who brought up religion again?? Re: Bullish on Facebook
sdw at lig.net
Fri Apr 24 19:32:38 PDT 2009
Yes, I realized this at 12-13 or so. And then I realized that that was
a poor reason to feign belief. Not that I could make much of a big deal
of it then. But I did avoid wasting time and resources from then on,
pretty much. Not that my first wife, who's father had been a kind of
lay minister for a bit, didn't drag me to church for a while until she
realized it was futile.
My best friend's dad was a retired professor of philosophy, especially
philosophy of death, so they were more or less an atheist family. I
just tried to politely ignore everyone else. And I felt, and was, left
out for other reasons already. Luckily, the opportunity to "belong"
felt tainted enough to me that I turned away from the "light".
Now a days, it's easy to find friends of all stripes, so that's not much
of an excuse. At least for us no-strong-family-American-mutt kind of
HK Pang wrote:
> on the other hand, if most of your friends go to church, you feel a
> little left out...
> seems to me that for some people, religion is just another social network.
> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 5:55 PM, Stephen Williams <sdw at lig.net> wrote:
>> Lucas Gonze wrote:
>>> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 11:53 AM, J. Andrew Rogers
>>> <andrew at ceruleansystems.com> wrote:
>>>> Most atheists have beliefs that are every bit as religious in
>>>> as those who believe the supposed musings of a Bronze age philosopher are
>>>> the inerrant word of (a) God.
>>> I'm sure there are some atheists for whom that's true. But as a whole
>>> atheism is too simple and straightforward to leave room for that kind
>>> of speculation.
>>> It's easy: there's no god.
>>> Where's the religion
>> 10% net pay bump. Free time on Sundays (and Saturdays (and every day at
>> prayer time)). No conflicted, confused fear / guilt / inferiority /
>> superiority / anti-science personality contamination. No confusion about
>> basic things like love, sex, food, business...
>> Ah, sweet freedom. Freedom from religion. Freedom to make your self really
>> useful, instead of a fake, Religion Inc. serving "purpose".
>> "Religious in construction"? I don't think so, not for many anyway. But
>> more importantly, it is not religious in practice. The path to reality
>> enlightenment is less important than reaching it.
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