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I'm saying both are billboards. Both disturbe the beauty of the road.
If our wisdom amounts to no more than choosing one billboard over another, submitting to and adopting someone else's opinion, then it's no wonder we can be sold anything. There's no free thought whatsoever when one lets himself be dictated what to believe. It's the epitome of close-mindedness to assume we must all live under the same billboards and labels.
Religion cannot be about deities if deities don't exist. Religion is about something else. What is this something else? What is it people actually believe in? The language? The dogma? The culture? As godless ones, it is the religiosity and psychology that should be examined, which I find does not differ in the slightest between what I would call religious groups—idealistic, theistic and atheistic. It's irrelevant to discuss deities—there are none there. This is my particular issue with atheism.
The only rational issue that anyone can reasonably have against atheists or atheism is that we do not believe in deitys although I do not know how rational or reasonable it is that you or anyone should care that I don't believe what you do.
I went to subway today to get my favorite sandwich. The man in front of me ordered a different sub. I got really upset because he didn't get the same thing as me, even though it didn't affect me in any way.
This is what it sounds like when people complain about gay marriage [or religion], even though it doesn't affect them.
Originally posted by LesMisanthrope
reply to post by Rocker2013
What's the difference between these two billboards?
Both offer an opinion. Both advertise their respective organizations. Both are placed on the side of a road. Both are concerned with religion. Both deify an idea to sell. Both are implying that their ideal lifestyle is the best lifestyle. Both are shoved right down everyone's throats.
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by NOTurTypical
Oh, you mean like this?
14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun.
Doesn't really change the meaning, in my understanding. No blood, no foul. Maybe you see something that I don't? Oh, well, of course you do. You're a Christian, after all.edit on 3-6-2013 by AfterInfinity because: (no reason given)
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So let's do away with labels and not know how the hell to identify our common ground or explain our differences or isolate similarities or communicate at all. Let's say screw language entirely and start grunting instead. Would that make you happy? Because apparently, you have something against labels even though they clearly serve a purpose.