spirituality

Stories of Old, Stories of New

Dave Snowden's post on the need to defend science following on from Doc's post on religion made me realise that to me science and religion are both collections of stories that work to varying degrees at any particular time.

Claiming either of them is ultimate and unchanging truth seems naive and dangerous. They ought to change over time in order to stay relevant. The fact that science works hard at changing its stories and religion has failed to come up with any new ones for nearly 2000 years give science the edge in my book!

Such a small word

Doc has a long post today about being religious which includes the following quote from Chris Hedges:

The name of God is laden, thanks to our religious institutions and the numerous tyrants, charlatans and demagogues these institutions produced, with so much baggage and imagery that it is hard for us to see the intent behind the concept.

Hedges also says in the referenced article:

Sam Harris has conflated faith with tribalism.

No he bloody hasn't he is writing about the fact that millions of his fellow humans have and have knocked lumps off each other as a result.

Hedges also says:

God is a human concept. God is the name we give to our belief that life has meaning, one that transcends the world's chaos, randomness and cruelty. To argue about whether God exists or does not exist is futile. The question is not whether God exists. The question is whether we concern ourselves with, or are utterly indifferent to, the sanctity and ultimate transcendence of human existence.

So you have two cavemen staring into the night sky both of them wondering about their place in the universe and the meaning of life. Then one starts prattling on about God. Guess which one started it!

The idea that atheists don't concern themselves with the meaning of life drives me nuts. Lose the name. Call it Life instead of God. Get over the idea that you need dogma and institutions to be a good guy and do the right thing and we'd all get along much better.

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I saw the following on a forum today and taking it slightly out of context thought that there was some real truth in it.

[People] should spend less time reading the Bible and more time reading HTML For Dummies

Geek religion?

I saw the following on a forum today and taking it slightly out of context thought that there was some real truth in it.

[People] should spend less time reading the Bible and more time reading HTML For Dummies

Geek religion?

I saw the following on a forum today and taking it slightly out of context thought that there was some real truth in it.

[People] should spend less time reading the Bible and more time reading HTML For Dummies

Staggering pertinence

What kills souls is quite simple: choice. They choose to die because they despair of themselves. They die of lack of love. Our lives must be rich with compassion both for ourselves and others. This is what enables us to thrive and live in the body of consciousness that is this universe. The body is a brief passage, a place of decision. It is here, in this engine of forgetting, that we can only decide from our essential truth whether we are going to go on or not.

A Remarkable Passage

Staggering pertinence

What kills souls is quite simple: choice. They choose to die because they despair of themselves. They die of lack of love. Our lives must be rich with compassion both for ourselves and others. This is what enables us to thrive and live in the body of consciousness that is this universe. The body is a brief passage, a place of decision. It is here, in this engine of forgetting, that we can only decide from our essential truth whether we are going to go on or not.

A Remarkable Passage

Staggering pertinence

What kills souls is quite simple: choice. They choose to die because they despair of themselves. They die of lack of love. Our lives must be rich with compassion both for ourselves and others. This is what enables us to thrive and live in the body of consciousness that is this universe. The body is a brief passage, a place of decision. It is here, in this engine of forgetting, that we can only decide from our essential truth whether we are going to go on or not.

A Remarkable Passage