Human beings are a queer lot! Every human society appears to be dividing itself like an amoeba! Religions, nations, political parties, any kind of human association seems to be running towarsd a split. Athists are increasing numbers, so we say and think. They are spread all over the world. Sanskrit language has a very apt description of human mind. It says " Pinde pinde matirbhinnah, kunde kunde navam payah!" Every pond ahs diffferent water and every man has a different mind. Atheists are a particularly difficult lot. No atheist will accept anything because someone tells him to. Domination by numbers will simply be rejected.
How are we going to maintain our unity? We must lay some ground rules to maintain our unity. We can not allow ourselves to stand divided. Any ideas how it can be done?
Again, I wish for that "Like" button. Yes, Alice, I agree and like, "that's what we are doing right here right now.... :)"
A common code of conduct is impossible; human behavior varies too much and too rapidly.
We human beings are too creative to allow anyone to write such a code.
You wrote "...a common code of conduct to deal with such differences, ...."
Please describe a couple of the differences that concern you, and describe how the code enforcers would deal with those differences.
Tom, I don't know that a common code is impossible - we have one federal code of laws and various treaties represent a common code of conduct for human behavior across nations. I'm not saying we should or should not have a code for AN, just noting that it is possible to have practical rules of behavior to reduce misunderstandings and strengthen relationships.
Greg, you appear to have read MK's words for their intellectual content, and either ignored or didn't see their emotional content.
The federal code and treaties you mention have enforcers who will fine or imprison violators.
The common code MK wants will have no enforcers and therefore no penalties.
If you dislike metaphor, read my "impossible" as "futile and a waste of time".
Tom, You are absolutely right when you say that I do not visualise enforcers. We cross this bridge when we come to the bridge. My present concern is simply to eveolve a code, not a law, to deal with genuine cultural differences.
I also think that you should widen your vision. A time is going to come, and this is not too far, when half of America will be atheist and the other half not, half of Europe will be atheist and half not, half of India will be atheist and half not. All the atheists, all over the world, will need to deal with their counerparts in their own countries as well as in other cultures.
I agree Tom - I think that tackling the issue at the source is what's needed - what is the need that is not being met - then we can go about finding a solution.
Tom. it is not correct to say that a common code is impossible. The cultural and political differences exist right now, today too, and there codes to deal with them. If we know something is likely to happen, then there no escape from it. People always find ways to deal with a problem.
I too believe that the issue should tackled right now.
Try this for "codes of conducts" for atheists; http://www.iamanatheist.com/rights.html
You can also check out the "16 things Christians need to know about atheists" while you are there. Maybe it'll help you Madhukar (^_^).
Rudy, great! I would add, Take good care of your children until they are grown.
Rudy - LOL
Although I didn't choose of my own free will - because of course free will is god given..... I'm a determinist.... so it probably goes more like - they would be my rights and responsibilities once I've been exposed to them enough to remember what they are............ LOL