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Religion has so many connections to political and economic beliefs, there needs to be a place to identify linkages, problems, goals, options, action plans and evaluation criteria.  

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What is the purpose of life?

An eternal question, what is the purpose of life?, occupied philosophers’ thoughts throughout history. Stone pictographs reveal even primitive peoples reflected on this query. Each one has the capacity to define his or her personal thinking about politics, economics and religion.

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Greta Christina: Why Being Liberal Really Is Better Than Being Conservative

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Saturday. 10 Replies

Worth a read! Greta Christina explains philosopher Rebecca Goldstein's observation on a fundamental difference between "liberal" and "conservative" core values, and why things aren't as simple as "agreeing to disagree" between two "equally valid"…Continue

Tags: purity, democracy, loyalty, authority, avoidance of harm

You Can't Educate People Into Believing in Evolution

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 1. 4 Replies

"Hill found that religious belief was the strongest determinant of people's views on evolution—much more so than education, socioeconomic status, age, political views, or region of the country. More importantly, "Creationists are substantially more…Continue

Tags: confront, evolution, creationism, beliefs

Karen Armstrong is dangerous

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Sheeva Nov 25. 17 Replies

"Karen Armstrong is dangerous. She’s dangerous because her blanket of tedious verbiage hides the truth that she wants us to completely ignore the dangers of religious dogma.  It appears that for her, there is no harmful dogma that can be pinned on…Continue

Tags: oppression, nihilism, politics, religious dogma, Karen Armstrong

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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 4, 2014 at 6:13pm

Disrupt Denial: After Leaving ALEC, Google Still Funding Evil

While the withdrawal of Google, Yahoo, Facebook and others from ALEC’s vast pool of corporate funders was widely celebrated by climate campaigners, a recent report released by Forecast the Facts and SumOfUS shows how Google – and many others who claim to do good by climate – are still funding climate denial in politics. 

The report, called Disrupt Denial: How big business is funding climate change denial i..., reveals how companies like Google, Ford, Microsoft, UPS, and eBay continue to support Senators and Representatives in the House who deny the very science of climate change. [emphasis mine]

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 1, 2014 at 3:26pm

Funny, Loren.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 19, 2014 at 12:07pm

Found on Daily Kos.com:

Politics is like driving.

  • If you want to go backward, put it in R.
  • If you want to go forward, put it in D.
Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 14, 2014 at 12:38am

Were the monks in de Sade's Justine atypical?

Comment by James M. Martin on August 13, 2014 at 6:02pm

Well, Tom, we are not all cut out to be monks.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 12, 2014 at 7:06pm

CC (newly devised texting talk for chuckle, chuckle. It's not yet in the Urban Dictionary).

When I dumped Catholicism I imagined myself facing a huge void and checked out several non-xian religions. As I recall one of Buddhism's requirements was that I have no attachments.

It was too much like Catholicism's self-denial. I was in my 20s and had a few things I wanted to do. They included doing what C'cism wanted me to quit doing: jerking off. Bye bye, Buddhism.

Comment by James M. Martin on August 12, 2014 at 6:54pm

You did, Joan Denoo, and the Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali once inspired me. The kleshas make sense even if you do not believe in a deity (though of course a Hindu would find this unpardonable). Ignorant is what I call most politicians; egotists come in all colors and stripes; attachment plagues those in a capitalist society: we are attached to our food, our TV, &c. Aversion and clinging I always called the twin kleshas. Simply put, if you are attached to unhealthy foods, you better not count on clinging.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 6:20pm

Kleshas? OK I'll go on a hunt: 

"Within these key principles we find the five kleshas, or obstacles to the means to liberation:

"ignorance, egoism, attachment, aversion and clinging to life."

~ Patanjali Revisited: A Run Down on the 5 Kleshas- by Bibi Lorenzetti 

@ James, did I fine the correct definition? 

Comment by James M. Martin on August 12, 2014 at 5:34pm

@Tom. I think so. I went through a phase in my occult years of devotion to the principles of the Hindu and Buddhist tantrics, although my version of sadhana was a lot more complicated. I loved the sayings of tantric sages. For example, and I have substituted my own substances for western simplicity: "There is no difference between a palm's worth of chocolate and a palm's worth of shit." (Maybe William S. Burroughs had this in mind when, in one of his routines, he had the wealthiest family in America -- say, the Waltons -- taking their new son into the family board room. Or maybe it's that hobby store. And the president, probably his grandfather, takes into the board room shitter and says, sit there until you dump, money's not worth the shit from your body.) I cannot imagine why any human needs a billion dollars unless it is to feed his kleshas.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on August 11, 2014 at 10:33pm

James,

I like existentialism. Therefore, the people you identify and the drunks or mentally ill sleeping under bridges have equally meaningful life purposes.

 
 
 

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