V.N.K.Kumar's Blog (17)

Happiness & Meaning in life for the Faithful

What makes life worth living? Is it a life filled with happiness or a life filled with purpose and meaning? Is there even a difference between the two?

We can roughly say that Happiness comes from ‘Taking from others’ (e.g., Getting the love, trust or respect from significant others) and Meaning in life comes from ‘Giving to others’ ( e.g., Bringing up children, donating to charities or doing Voluntary work).

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on April 8, 2014 at 1:55am — 1 Comment

On being a free bird



"Prof. Kumar", my walking friend Sreeni asked " what were the initial emotions in you when you felt you have lost faith in gods, soul, afterlife & the works?"



I said, " Well, I soon realized that I was a free bird! I was accountable to myself, not to some divine voyeur constantly looking over my shoulder and marking down my every transgression, no matter how insignificant, to use against me later. A picture came in front of my eyes. I am writing an…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on January 14, 2014 at 12:23am — 5 Comments

My Pagan Winter solstice Musings



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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on December 25, 2013 at 1:25pm — 4 Comments

The Quest for truth is a magnificent obsession

A. What benefits do people get from their faith in God ?

First, the social support and sense of identity provided by belonging to a close-knit group belonging to a temple, church or mosque could be the operative mechanisms. After all, religion is usually not practiced in isolation but within a “fellowship of kindred spirits,” who share one another’s burdens, reach out to those in need, and offer friendship and companionship. Indeed, people who attend…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on July 30, 2013 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Opportunity costs of Deconversion

Makes me sad to think that most people waste so much of their time, energies & monetary resources on religion related activities like attending churches, doing mass prayers or listening to the inane sermons etc. But sametime I wonder what they might do with the time released from these preoccupations if they opt to be secular. Females might indulge in more gosssip, suffer depression and males might drink excessively, gamble and seek other unhealthy ephemeral pleasures. So there are…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on July 27, 2013 at 10:25pm — 2 Comments

Why is Gold worth more than Iron ?

Because it is more pleasing to the eye ?



No.



I discovered this secret of life a while ago. It is worth more because there is less of it. This is a universal principle that applies to anything that can be quantified, the less there is of something, the more it is worth. It applies to goods and currency, to materials, to human skills and qualifications. Anything of which we have an infinite supply is worthless.…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on July 4, 2013 at 8:45am — 2 Comments

Fine-tuning the concept of God



To create the entire multiverse comprising several universes and our visible universe with 200 billion galaxies, each galaxy with 200 to 400 billion stars, each star with its planets and to create life on some planets, is a stupendous task for any creator. Such a creator cannot be a simple entity. It has to be a very complex entity.



Yet.



We have seen that simple molecules combine to make powerful chemicals.…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 21, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

Except Suicide bombers, no one truly believes in Religion



Of all the comforting promises religion offers its believers, the most desperately cherished one, everlasting life after death, is the toughest to truly believe. If the faithful truly believe in a Utopian afterlife, then they should be anxious to get to it and death should be the most anticipated event of their earthly lives.



The sheer intensity with which believers work and pray to prolong their time here on earth,…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 13, 2013 at 6:16am — 5 Comments

How I & my children benefited from my skepticism



In the year 1948 CE, I was 10 years old and was a boarder in St. John's High school at Ranchi (India) and at a distance from the dormitory was this big peepal tree. From the window of this dorm one could easily see this tree. One night, a fellow boarder told me in a hush-hush voice that the white thing fluttering in…
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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 8, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Building a Snowman in Shimla



I am often asked "Why bother? If life is transient and a meaningless accident, with no ultimate goal or purpose, why not just kill yourself now? Why not even go on a killing spree and end the worthless lives of everybody else? What stops you ending it all?"…



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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 5, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

The invisible & the non-existent look very much alike





But then we have the scriptures which are very visible and purportedly written or dictated by the invisible God(s). Agreed. The Judeo-Christian and Islamic scriptures contain many passages that teach noble ideals, which the human race has done well to adopt as norms of behavior and, where appropriate, to codify into law. Agreed.…



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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on June 4, 2013 at 9:26pm — 1 Comment

An atheist's tribute to all mothers on Mother's Day

Isn't it great to be a female ? To be able to manufacture a life within themselves and deliver it to the outside world ? Motherhood is so fulfilling for women. They say : Since God cannot be in every place at the same time, He made mothers. As a secular humanist I might not believe in God(s), but I do consider motherhood as a divine, godlike & sacred…
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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 15, 2013 at 7:40am — 1 Comment

The Generation Gap : A skit

The year is 2032 CE and I have perhaps kicked the bucket much earlier. Ananya, my eight year old grand-daughter currently, has since become a Rocket scientist and she likes to discuss philosophical issues with her grandmother, my wife, whom she calls as Granny.

Ananya : Granny, Scriptures in Hinduism say that there was a Krita or Satya Yug, then a Tretha Yug when Shri Ram was…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 13, 2013 at 9:57pm — No Comments

The Yoga Delusion

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 12, 2013 at 3:12am — 2 Comments

Living a meaningful life

There is a branch of psychotherapy called “Logotherapy” , which deals with meaning of life. I wish to condense several volumes of its literature into this post, for the benefit of those who are unaware of this. I have adapted the model to suit the requirements of Secular Humanists for a meaningful life, who happen to be people without the…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 9, 2013 at 6:23am — No Comments

Faith and its repercussions on our health

In a nutshell : In this article, a dual attempt is being made : one, to correlate faith in the supernatural with the sub-optimization of health and two, to discover possible strategies to preclude this sub-optimization.

Why do people have…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 8, 2013 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Why do people like me become atheists ?

This is a very good question. Unfortunately, it isn’t very easy to answer. There are perhaps as many reasons for being an atheist as there are atheists. What I mean by this is that the road to atheism tends to be very personal and individual, based upon the specific circumstances of a person’s life, experiences, and attitudes.…

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Added by V.N.K.Kumar on May 8, 2013 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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