I shouldn’t have to be proud of my atheism. I’m not proud of the fact that I don’t believe in Zeus just as I am not proud of the fact that I don’t believe in the boogie man. It is from necessity, however, that use the title; As long as there are those who would use their own religious views to advance unnecessary or cruel laws, abuse their “god-given” power, or feel as though the world is protected (no matter how badly we rape and destroy it) by some undetectable, unknowable sky patriarch (who speaks to true believers, no less), I will have to be proud to say, “No. I do not believe you and moreover, I do not believe your god has the answers.”
Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
—Aristotle (via philosophy-quotes)
It should be liberating to know that life has seemingly no inherent meaning. This gives us the opportunity to create our own.
The most important question you can ask is: “How do you define [insert concept here] and what is your proof it exists?”
The world would not be as wonderful and awe-inspiring if there was some entity to take credit for all of it.
Mitchell & Webb - Racisms in “The Good Samaritan” Parable
Eventually a man has to grab the proverbial “idea net” with both hands and heave it into his stray thoughts, clumping them together into one manageable catch. You see, I’ve had this bit of cognitive dissonance clinging to my psyche like a tick, slowly leeching what I can call sanity. The caveat, though, is that the dissonance is heaped on me from other (more inane and banal, I might add) people and their internal beliefs (beliefs that are all too perpendicular to reality).
Maybe I’m tilting at windmills here, but even a pretend enemy can make for good target practice. This target takes the form of socially acceptable deceit.
Far too often it happens that one heinous story will crop up in the news and make everyone leap to social media. Hark! We the people must relay idiotic half-truthful misinformation to our “friends” in the form of false headlines that cease to be interesting after a cursory read of the article.
Far too often it happens that we utilize the internet as a mask to avoid scrutiny. Let’s smear reprehensible images of Jesus on the information superhighway, claiming that he’s more valuable than soldiers risking their lives in the name of earnest patriotism. Share if you agree.
Far too often it happens that I sit here, clutching a tumbler (Yes, that word has an ‘e’ in it. You’d know that if you read more books than “news” feeds) of whiskey, awestruck by the retardation of the human species.
"No," I wish deeply and sincerely to no one, "We can’t be this bad with information. We can’t be this bad with technology. We can’t be this bad with the truth."
We’re all so damn well sure we know what’s best for everyone, and I, after hearing both sides of the arguments, am left with the spectrum to examine. I get the vast difficult and dropped points of those who just seem to have a better grasp of morality and justice than I do.
I’m not so sure there’s an absolute truth to be found in life. I could spend my entire existence searching for meaning, eking out values and viewpoints based on my own existence (and I absolutely do), but that wouldn’t necessarily make it applicable to anyone but me. And, for the sake of the journey, I certainly wouldn’t want to hand a duffle bag of concepts to anyone and command them to believe in it.
So, as for what works for me, I’d rather carve out my own ideas from sheer, cumbersome, granite-like philosophies than spout insipid nonsense I heard from a dubious source.
An omnipotent and omnibenevolent god would not need fallible and avaricious men to teach its moral absolutes.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
—Socrates (via philosophy-quotes)