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Originally posted by BlackPoison94
I thought it's quite a good theory.
Religion, you can say, gives us moral laws to live too.
That's why we see that there are many in the world who haven't resulted to injustice - religion is a way (in many, but not in all) that keep the person humane.
I don't think we'll ever find a common ground by ourselves - but maybe someone could bring us together in a way?
However, I hope we can achieve one day without needing someone to look over us.
Well... first, it seems, you are making the assumption that everyone is as morally grounded, well educated, and balanced as yourself... I assume you are from a rich developed nation? You probably have not suffered the fate of most people in the third world... starvation, child labour, child solders, high infant mortality etc...
80% of the people of this world live in poverty
do you really think they give a damn about the moral code of some man in America or Europe when they are about to chop the hand off of some boy who tried to steal a goat???
Religion is often the only way to tame what is still a largely savage population... Sadly, it can also be twisted to make people savages!!
But, if used in the right context, religion can bring out some of the best qualities in people!
I am religious... and for me personally (and millions of others) it offers great comfort and acts as a rock to steady myself...
Before religion i was not a very nice person... I was selfish, a cheat, and violent (often getting into fights for the silliest of reasons)... after discovering my religion it has guided me to become a far more balanced and thoughtful individual. Now, obviously, not everyone believes in my religion and some may even hate it, but it helps me to be a far more productive and useful member of society! Is that so bad?
To try to take away the moral compass and spiritual foundation of billions of people is not only stupid... it’s cruel!
Just my humble opinion...
That would mean that 20% of the people should be in a position to understand this and are able to take that responsibility. I'd like to believe that those are exactly the same 20% who make up the rules for the rest. The ones who are in control, if you know what i mean.
I created this thread because of the discussions i have had here on ATS and the way some people are so convinced about what a book says that any other point of view is directly dismissed. I really doubt the people i have ran into on ATS belong to the 80% you are talking about.
As a matter of fact this thread is ONLY for the 20% of the population who are in the luxurious position of being able to take that responsibility.
Does that automatically alleviate the American or European man of his obligation to society?
But is it not a quality exclusively reserved for religion. Other things can bring out the best in you as well.
I am not promoting against religion, i am merely promoting to not use religion when it come to making discission that can effect anybody else then yourself.
Even if it is replaced with a more functional and fair compass??
An authority looking over us and correcting us when we do wrong because we are not yet able to take the responsibility of using our own common sense. What’s common sense? Common sense is that which people in common agree upon….
Originally posted by operation mindcrimeReligion is fine but only as a private “hobby” and not something that should be allowed to interfere with any aspect of modern day society. Not in politics, not in ethics, not in work, not in trade…and most important…..not in discussions about morals and values!!
Originally posted by pumpkinorange
If the world ever unites to abolish "organized", traditional sets of belief in a Supreme Creator, and replace it with a new, mandated set of beliefs