I read posts here that call different things, "harmful to humanity." Others call something, "good" or "bad" or "evil."
A very simple question, who gets to decide the definition of "harmful to humanity" and what is there critieria? The same for "good," "bad," and "evil?" These are not material terms. If everything is material isn't there just "is" and not these moral declarations if one is being thoroughly atheist?
Help me understand your position so I am fair and honest about the views. Thanks.
"Good," "bad," and "evil" are not absolute terms. They mean different things in different contexts. For the theist, there is no such ambiguity, though. For theists, "Good" is believing in God; "bad" is not believing in God; and "evil" is REALLY not believing in God. There is no shortage of Christians who would consider me "bad", perhaps even evil because I don't believe in their Magic Man in the Sky; but in the context of how I try to treat other people with compassion, you might be hard pressed to find anyone who would overtly accuse me of being "evil." What they think, though, is hard to know.
If I had been one of the Canaanites trampled under foot by General God and his Israelite army as described in the Pentateuch, and my wife and children were among those countless innocents slaughtered when "Joshua fit the battle of Jericho," I might have a hard time understanding how that would be "good" as asserted by Christians and Jews, and not "evil" as asserted by atheists.
If my child had been among the 42 children ripped to shreds by two God-sent bears just for laughing at a bald man, as described in II Kings, Chapter 2, Verses 23 & 24, I might find it difficult to call God "good." Theists, though, have no such difficulty. For them, anything God does is, by definition, "good." It was put to me this way by a Jehovah's Witness: "It was good and righteous for God to kill the children, because the man they mocked was a holy man." I pointed out that they did not know that. They said that didn't matter. I'm glad these good Christians had a moral compass to guide them. It's what allows Christians to be such enthusiastic supporters of war, I guess.
For Christians and Jews, a "good" Christian would be Abraham, who willingly - almost eagerly - agreed to slash and burn his son, Isaac to appease God.
When I'm asked from where I get my moral compass, I assure them it's not from II Kings, 2:23&24.
This truly resonated with me on several levels.. One, the unholy alliance btw the xtian, jewish, and god thingee. Two, I wonder how Black xtains can sit in church praising how the Cannanites, who where Black too, were wiped out by the Israelis army...
Most religious Black people I know are not just mildly religious, they're deeply committed to the Christian religion, and it has always been a source of wonder to me how they could have so thoroughly accepted the religion of their slave-owners and passed it down through the generations.
I suspect some extreme form of Stockholm Syndrome.
Arch, it is a continued source of wonderment for me and just how ignorant and socially confused it has made them. As an example, and this is true. There's this christian church on central avenue in Bowie, Maryland where the entire congregation is Black and the pastor and his wife are white. It's a MEGA church too, brand new. When putting on their christmas play they dress a black woman up, put a long blonde wig on her, have her ride a donkey as Mary.. check it out!!!
Wierd. Mary is hardly ever blonde in iconography. What would possess them to do it... A textbook on multicultural issues that I am going through mentions that some black people have been socially influenced to believe the misguided notion that white people are better. It has been a problem for quite a few decades, though things have gotten a lot better in terms of black Americans knowing they have equal worth. In like of this, something of this nature seems like a regress.
John when I talk about white supremacy that's what I mean..it's a system that has been in place since Alexander of Macadonia put the final sword into the black world. America is only the latest and greatest manifestation of white cultural supremacy. Due to this historical "achievement", Blacks feel inferior by virture of their ancestry. Why do you think Obama invited a police sargent to the white house for a beer when he arrested a black man in his own home? Would W do such a thing? like hell he would.
And white supremacy is a two way street. It makes whites feel inherently superior. It's interesting to watch how it works in this society but you must take an objective position to see clearly. Well as much a humanly possible.
@Shabaka, I haven't responded to a lot of your posts because I can't tell if you're joking, angry, or something else.
For example, on this post... I'm not going to hate myself because of what my ancestors did.
I don't mean to offend you. I'm just curious, and can't figure out yet what I'm missing with respect to not understanding where you're coming from a lot of the time.
if you did hate yourself I'd say you have a serious problem...however my position is focused around what your ancestors did and for you not to exacerbate the problem by adhering to and denying that white cultural supremacy exist, with all its nuances.
BTW white guilt is useless for both of us especially you because it prevents you from examining present conditions in an objective light.
So, we are supposed to feel guilty that "white culture" is supreme?
I'm not particularly sorry to be a representative the strongest culture in the world, and it did for sure not come unchallenged. Why apologize for strength?
strength in this case=killing, you don't need to aplogize for being the best killers in the world if that's something you are proud of..
grow up dude...
There are all kinds of cultural and racial supremist whackos and cults out there. The whities are just as evil as the rest of them.
Paul I think you have more sense than most..you are right but white cultural supremacy is systematic, it's no joke or no loose rag tag organization. It runs from Obama down to Bubba and very few step out of line..Look at the reception and rationale I get from the best and brightest..