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Dalai Lama leads the way... Beyond Religion: Ethics for the whole world.

Started this discussion. Last reply by gareth Dec 11, 2011. 2 Replies

The famous and well loved English TV presenter, Parkinson, was once asked partake in a word association game where an interviewer would throw out names of some of the famous people he had met and…Continue

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I am an "outlierer". For as long as I can remember, I have questioned most things that people take for granted. I am not a rebel, I query, analyse, gather information and query again, before I concur. Always have. I grew up in the midst of apartheid. I can never remember agreeing with or subscribing to it's principles. As a small child, I knew intrinsically that it was wrong, despite what my parents, teachers and the church said. Amazingly one would use the bible to justify apartheid. At 17 I was offered a choice of two years conscription to the SA army or 5 years in jail. I chose the army... and insisted on being a medic non- combatant. You will be pleased to know however, that god was indeed on our side. This was made abundantly clear. It was these experiences as a wee lad that made me question the "leaders" and "teachers". That taught me to speak out against the "true-isms" delivered with authority to the "sheeple". I have forever held onto the notion that right and wrong, good an evil is inside you. It's your thoughts, it's your deeds. It does not lie within the pages of a book. Thus my stance is that one should connect with the open minded, unspoiled child within, for true guidance in this world. You will be kind. You will be loving. You will be compassionate.
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I guess it can get pretty lonely on one's own head. I have followed the site for a while and I feel at home with the tone, decency and intellect displayed by members of the site. Most impressive... The lack of spite and hate impresses me most. If only believers could understand that one can be both atheist and good. Seems to me this is a paradox to believers and they would do well to learn more about us.
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I never joined. I like the philosophy of Buddhism which should not really be classed a religion as it is not a theist believe. It is a way of live. I think that all humans can learn a lot from it - both believers and us.
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At 9:37am on December 5, 2011, Robert Karp said…

Welcome to the Think Atheist community Gareth!

At 5:56pm on December 4, 2011, Monica McGee (Monicks) said…

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