Morality is a human construct, by and for humans. If not, we'd have to get it from a natural source . . . or a supernatural one. I'm an atheist, so a supernatural source isn't a serious alternative to me. That leaves one alternative: Nature. But I can't detect the slightest whiff of morality in nature. Mother nature is red in tooth and claw. She is indifferent to violence,…Continue
Tis the season to be thankful.
As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States I'd like to talk a bit about what I see as the two acts of thankfulness: being thankful concerning ones self, and being thankful towards another. I will attempt to make the case that both forms of thanks when properly expressed are essential habits in a humanist.
Somewhat as a preamble there is the topic of how the word 'thankful' has in a way been co-opted by Christians. I became…Continue
I have asked this of several different non-theist sources and have yet to get a satisfactory answer. So I thought I would pose it here for your thoughts. This article is how I've argued against biblical morality. This is Matt Dillahunty discussing this point. …Continue
The naturalist understanding of morality asserts that we have evolved empathy as an impetus to cooperation. Combined with personal experience, empathy leads most of us to a "Golden Rule" sense of morality. From experience, I know what hurts me: with empathy, I know the same things likely hurt you too. Experience and empathy is all we need to decide most moral matters. "Do unto…Continue
"I feel your pain." --BILL CLINTON at a campaign rally in 1992 "We need to...pass along the value of empathy to our children. Not sympathy, but empathy – the ability to stand in somebody else’s shoes; to look at the world through their eyes."In the Preface of… Continue
--BARACK OBAMA in a speech on Father's Day 2008
Added by Dale McGowan on September 12, 2008 at 9:45am — No Comments