The Spiritual Atheist..
If the purpose of speech is to convey a message. And an atheist calls himself spiritual. Isn't that person misrepresenting himself by using a word that is most largely viewed to be synonymous with "soul"? Even if he himself has his own unique meaning for it (which takes a 5 minute video to understand)
Let's be honest most people hear the word spirit and think soul.. don't they?
It seems like a way of justifying for no reason. If there is a lack of a better word... make a new one. To me I find that people are kind of ridiculed or perceived in a derogatory way if they admit or "come out" with believing they do not have a soul. Like you are somehow less of a person, lacking mystery, etc.. So when someone tries to find a convoluted means of explaining why they call themselves "spiritual". I feel that they are pandering to this unfortunate misperception.
Did you refresh the page, yet?
Are you saying, Mike, that you posted it to my comment that began,"Bingo"? If not, which one? I want to see where your comment landed.
Sometimes - let's say your comment is the last one on a page, and I reply to your comment - if the page is full, my comment may appear below yours, but when the page is refreshed, or you leave the page and return (which automatically refreshes it), my comment will be found, not beneath yours, because that page was full, but at the top of the next page.
What browser are you using? Try changing browsers and see if it still happens.
If you KNOW you're doing everything right, and it still continues, go to the "Contact Us" link on the bottom of every page, and get a message off to Morgan Matthew.
Sorry I took so long to get back to you, but 7 hours ago, I was kinda sleeping --
Well, Mike, your post is directly beneath mine, as you anticipated. Could I make one other suggestion before you go further? Could I suggest you download FireFox and try it for a bit - I have no experience with Chrome, but I use FireFox, and have had no trouble. Try is, as an experiment --
You probably have some good things to say, but as it is, you're using up all your time and energy fighting this posting problem, which seems such a waste. I hope you get it resolved. If there's anything else I can do (not that I've really DONE anything), let me know.
I am not against the word soul, just to me as an atheist is has a different meaning. My soul is my character, that existential core that defines who and what I am, the depth of my being and what separates me from you.
I can't take it with my when I die.
Something like that
The system of thought contains the trappings of this, but 'God' will never be at the head of the UN, or point 'his' finger at Obama and say 'zott!' with the revolutionary result. Humans can use the claim of 'speeking for god' as a marketing ploy to obtain or hold power. This 'tool' of state craft has been used several times in history, many times by invading generals, sadly my historical references(from memory) excape me at this moment.
"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers, as useful."
-- Seneca --
I totally understand what the young man is saying in the video. My "spirituality" if you can call it that has nothing to do with believing in a 'soul" or "spirit". It has to do with the beauty and awe in the universe and just how amazing our brains are to even notice. There is beauty in the simple and the complex. Love has a wonderful meaning to me, but love is not god, A god or gods that do not exist cannot love anyone. Only people can do that