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Comment by Pope Beanie on June 13, 2016 at 12:21am

(I often write expecting theists will read it.)

Belief in God
doesn't absolve you
from learning science,
helping to shape its future,
and practicing critical thinking.

Science requires an open mind and courage,
because it's about adjusting texts to newest evidence,
and is NOT about eternally defending supposedly infallible dogma.

Comment by Pope Beanie on June 12, 2016 at 6:44pm

(Whoops, wrt the relevance of Transparency, I meant to add "speak your mind" in spite of beliefs forced upon you, albeit speak humbly.)

Comment by Pope Beanie on June 12, 2016 at 6:40pm

Today I woke up focused on Tolerance and Transparency, as if the lack of them might explain world problems.

Too many ideas already buzzing in my head at once, I recalled another meme I push, which is that "no belief system requiring itself to be forced onto others deserves credibility or respect". Trying to shorten this, I got:

  • Forced Beliefs Destroy Truth

I googled that phrase, and apparently, this post should become the first time that phrase has hit the internet. Strange, or... my one-ness with the universe (and/or Truth) isn't as profound right now as it feels. Anyway, coming back to the two Ts of Tolerance and Transparency, I add Truth.

My emphasis on Transparency is related to how best people can react to forceful beliefs systems... not by avoiding the debate or pure tolerance, but by being transparent about one's own beliefs. In fact, one should not only remain transparent, but occasionally skeptical of one's own beliefs.

To conservatives, the above must sound weak in character. After all, the goal is it "stay the course", as a matter of tradition, perhaps since the good ole' days always seem better than today. It's easier to expect populations to follow rules than it is to tolerate any dissent, or (at times) hints of dissent. Order/Security above Freedom/Tolerance.

I might be overestimating myself, but someday I think I'll write a good piece about Tolerance, Transparency, and "Truth", keeping those quotes in the title.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 15, 2016 at 5:48pm

Someone more famous than I has probably expressed a thought I like, but I don't know her or his name.

I don't have the time to think my way to all of the conclusions life requires, so I sometimes accept unsupported beliefs. But, dammit, there are beliefs that are too ridiculous to accept, and religions have most of them.

Comment by Takudzwa Mazwienduna on August 18, 2015 at 9:21am

Christians want me to accept god as my dad, i ask them for a paternity test and they blow stuff way out of proportion....... I don't have daddy issues but i think their god has kid issues; i just don't want nothing to do with that.

Comment by John Jennings on February 15, 2015 at 11:17am
Comment by John Jennings on January 29, 2015 at 10:17am

19 February 2013 - CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS - Guest Author

“Many religions now come before us with ingratiating smirks and outspread hands, like an unctuous merchant in a bazaar. They offer consolation and solidarity and uplift, competing as they do in a marketplace. But we have a right to remember how barbarically they behaved when they were strong and were making an offer that people could not refuse.”      Christopher Hitchens

Comment by Simon Martin on January 15, 2015 at 6:23pm
"Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god." Jean Rostand

And of course, this one.

"Now, now my good man. Now is no time to be making enemies!" Voltaire
Comment by A. T. Heist on September 18, 2013 at 10:29am

“Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.” 
― Kurt Vonnegut

Comment by A. T. Heist on September 18, 2013 at 10:29am

“Religion has convinced people that there's an invisible man ... living in the sky. Who watches everything you do every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten specific things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of these things, he will send you to a special place, of burning and fire and smoke and torture and anguish for you to live forever, and suffer, and suffer, and burn, and scream, until the end of time. But he loves you. He loves you. He loves you and he needs money.” 
― George Carlin

 

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