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by Greta
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Struggle for the Soul of America
Replies: 29
Views: 587

Re: The Struggle for the Soul of America

The seeds of discontent lie in the USA's name. A nation that is truly united does not need "united" in its name; unity is a given. The "united" in this case was a reminder to warring factions that their rifts must be glossed over for the betterment of all. That worked for a long time but the old riv...
by Greta
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 164
Views: 3246

Re: Secular Spirituality

I'd love to know what's spiritual about Sagan or Tyson especially the latter. What have they said or done which makes them spiritual? Tyson keeps proclaiming that humans are made of star stuff but left out the Ebola virus, cancer cells and suchlike. Everything existing in the universe, animate or i...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How do you compassionately tell a supernatural believing person that they are borderline stupid?
Replies: 16
Views: 125

Re: How do you compassionately tell a supernatural believing person that they are borderline stupid?

It would be more compassionate to aim to understand why the believer believes rather than telling them that they are stupid. What is it that they are most trying to communicate? I believe that everyone has some good points to make because only they can report on life seen through their eyes. Meanwh...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:52 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: The Mystical Perfection of My Seven Divinely Inspired Visions
Replies: 13
Views: 174

Re: The Mystical Perfection of My Seven Divinely Inspired Visions

When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I was in bed with a sore throat. I had my knees raised up under the covers, pretending it was a church, and suddenly the image of a man's face appeared at the back. It may be that you had an erection under the blankets and in the dark your knob looked like a face....
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 164
Views: 3246

Re: Secular Spirituality

Greta wrote regarding the spiritual trait: It is the deep love and passion they have for nature, that drives them deeper into learning. I agree and would go further into what "deep" means . It applies to selfless passion for nature. Okay Greta? Good question, Belinda. That's why I didn't expand on ...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums
Replies: 380
Views: 7555

Re: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums

Arising_uk wrote:
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:07 pm
Nick_A wrote:... I plead guilty to being the wretched man as descried by St. Paul in Romans 7
I thought you said you were a pre-christian?
You must have noticed that Nick is a huge fan of Paul. I always liked Ringo personally.
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: How do you compassionately tell a supernatural believing person that they are borderline stupid?
Replies: 16
Views: 125

Re: How do you compassionately tell a supernatural believing person that they are borderline stupid?

It would be more compassionate to aim to understand why the believer believes rather than telling them that they are stupid. What is it that they are most trying to communicate? I believe that everyone has some good points to make because only they can report on life seen through their eyes. Meanwhi...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums
Replies: 380
Views: 7555

Re: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums

One way of preventing the forces of tyranny from prevailing is to not vote for the biggest autocrat and environmental vandal! The claim about freedom and avoiding regulation is ironic. I look forward to women's freedom over their own bodies. Or everyone's freedom to die with dignity rather than suf...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:42 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums
Replies: 380
Views: 7555

Re: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums

I'm British and as such don't give two tosses about any of your right-wing American citizens whether on the Democrat or Republican wings as to me they are both right-wing parties and your 'secular-progressives' is just a far right-wing nutjob playing sectarian games. I relate to this! The major par...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:34 pm
Forum: The Lounge
Topic: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums
Replies: 380
Views: 7555

Re: Verbal abuse and cyber-bullying on Philosophy Now forums

I agree with some and disgree with others. For example: I look forward to women's freedom over their own bodies. Why just women? Why shouldn't people of all ages be free to contaminate their bodies with all sorts of drugs rather than making them illegal? This isn't so simple. Yes, they should be al...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 164
Views: 3246

Re: Secular Spirituality

I'd love to know what's spiritual about Sagan or Tyson especially the latter. What have they said or done which makes them spiritual? Tyson keeps proclaiming that humans are made of star stuff but left out the Ebola virus, cancer cells and suchlike. Everything existing in the universe, animate or i...
by Greta
Mon Jan 22, 2018 12:51 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 164
Views: 3246

Re: Secular Spirituality

Dubious, that some indigenous societies were better or worse environmental custodians than others is to be expected.; it would be strange if they were all equally environmentally knowledgeable. The fact is that indigenous people cannot possible live on a land for thousands of years without knowing f...
by Greta
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 164
Views: 3246

Re: Secular Spirituality

... Carl Sagan, Neil DeGrasse ... You are correct that people like Sagan and Tyson do embrace the weirdness of existence. I would consider each to be "spiritual", much more so than many who claim to be, and they are/were too open-minded to lock themselves into materialism. They never held ideologie...
by Greta
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 164
Views: 3246

Re: Secular Spirituality

The real story is far more complex and less friendly to the environment. Even the Mayans disappeared, not in being conquered by Europeans or anyone else, but by their own excessive degradation of the environment. The real story in Australia is very much as I said above; they knew the land and under...
by Greta
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Secular Spirituality
Replies: 164
Views: 3246

Re: Secular Spirituality

Conde Lucanor wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 6:09 am
Why not just secularism? Why not just humanism?
Because they are as boring at batshit, pardon my French, monsieur. I am interested in the weirdness of existence that materialists tend to ignore, deny or gloss over and theists tend to overstate or embellish.