a reply to: tsingtao
I really do think you're getting off topic with this. I'll respond once more, but afterward I think the topic of my personal "beliefs" (and lack
thereof) might be better suited in a private message, if you honestly wish to know (although I've pretty much shared and will share the majority of
Lots of believers, too, changed their "minds and hearts." Please do not make the assumption that I have never been religious. I was raised with
the freedom of choice, but steered in the direction of religion by my family. Over time, we all kinda lost what little faith we had.
Surely an all-powerful god could break his own laws, I don't disagree with that. See, sound logic is usually the logic that has the fewest
unnecessary assumptions. For example, I look at the sum of human knowledge, the advancement in the sciences, and I see possibility, probability that
natural means could produce the world we live in. So, I assume the simplest scenario, natural laws built our world. Now, a secular religious person
might say, "All right, but a higher power guided those processes." I say, "Why add an extra assumption when there is no evidence for it?"
Likewise, why would a god break his own laws when he could simply avoid doing thinks that would make him break his own laws? Superfluous unnecessary
assumptions are not usually logically sound (I say usually because I don't like dealing in absolutes, not because I see evidence of the opposite of
what I state...).
I disagree that rap and hip-hop are detrimental to society. Some rap and hip-hop has positive messages and music has always been an entertainer of
the masses. I think the loss of musical diversity would surely be a greater travesty than the continued existence of rap and hip-hop, despite my own
dislike of the musical genres. That said, I think the culture of rap and hip-hop is one that breeds (often) anti-educational and anti-societal
sentiments, but this is again only a section (although maybe a large one, I don't know) of the population of artists.
This is where my true feelings on the matter come to play, my opinions based on few facts and a lot of assumptions. I think a lot of violent crime
stems from a lack of educational opportunities and a culture that seemingly rejects and condemns education and fundamental tenets of scientific
theories. Of course, that isn't the topic of the thread either. War is, and war I think is most often caused by greed or fear.
I agree, all nations, even the most secular of nations, have problems. Like I said, all populations have individuals who are dissatisfied with the
societal conditions, psychologically ill, people living in poverty or homeless... You get the idea. There are essentially problems in all
populations, but you cannot judge a population solely by examples of specific problem individuals.
I also agree that anyone can blame something on anything, I've seen it happen.
I hope by logical and civil discussion that such people
understand that perhaps, just perhaps, they are oversimplifying a problem. I oversimplify things a lot too, so I understand that it happens, but
problems should certainly be discussed regardless.