Re: Why the right is unfair to Cain
On Wed, 30 Nov 2011 07:25:18 -0800, Miss Elaine Eos wrote:
On 2011-11-30 12:43:04 +0000, CigarBaron <garbaron67j@xxxxxxxxx> said:
On Nov 29, 10:28 am, Bart Goddard <goddar...@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Even if you don't think it's true, don't you want it to be true?
I think this is an interesting point. I do feel that if you don't
believe in (a) God you should live your life as if there is one. Not
for an ultimate reward in an afterlife, but confining yourself in
actions to a moral code.
For some people, it's important to have a supervisor -- "live your life
as if someone were watching" kind of thing.
Others do what's right because it makes them happy to know that they've
done what's right, without the need to imagine that anyone is recording
their actions and tallying their score.
On the whole, there are probably more of the 1st kind of person, which
is why I think religion is, overall, A Good Thing. But I'd like to
think that society gradually evolves toward having more of the 2nd kind
of person, which is why I refer to religion as a stepping stone along
one's developmental path.
There's nothing particularly wrong with either sort.
The problems arise when such beliefs become institutionalised.
Faith turns into religion. Suddenly, the believer not only has
an internal supervisor, no, there is a whole organisation with
officials and books and courts and punishments and vastly
intricate models of life, the universe and everything which they
will do everything to enforce and impose on others. Theirs is a
fundamentally totalitarian and absolutist view of the world:
their way, and only their way, is the correct one, sanctified by
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