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I think you are very wrong about your self-analysis! :p And I never have tried to analyse myself in terms of how I try to socialise...I might try to do that sometime... But on a serious note, I do not see what you mean by you being a jerk...
Ohhhh sorry, I am agnostic theist, that was a typo! haha And I don't fully follow what all of my family members say, we may agree on some points as disagree on others (Some don't believe in evolutionary theory whilst I do for example)
Now before I begin to answer your question at the end. I really would like you to push your blog out and advertise it (use twitter, facebook, your own Uni societies) because I would love to see a big readership for something like this! But yes, on to your question. I would probably fall under gnostic theist. The reasons are as follows: 1. My (Islamic) upbringing, which I know may not be satisfactory, is a big factor. Some family members have strongly stressed the difference between faith and knowledge. We have faith in God, but we do not know it. 2. Probability - Looking at the world around me and seeing the design of it (don't worry this is not a design argument) is not enough for me. Rather, it is that all of this came about from a big bang (as far as we know) which is something that seems so chaotic and still does not fully explain why the universe exists. You mentioned that before, "why is there something rather than nothing?". It is amazing that out of probability, there came molecules that self replicate, mutate and adapt to evolve into complex and sentient organisms. It does make me wonder...
Yes, I see. And I think what you are saying is very important for the Humanist movement especially, since many religious/theistic people grow uncomfortable at the idea of an ethics without a God to implement them or point us in the right direction. This entry is some really good food for thought that will be a pleasure to digest. Looking forward to more from you :) is now following Heartfout
Mar 3, 2011
Interesting you mention this view. I was reading a book about pluralism, and it talked briefly about a Buddhist parable; A number of people are blind folded and brought to an elephant, they each touch the elephant and describe it in their own ways using their own metaphors. Although every one has a slightly different description no one is necessarily wrong. In other words, different paths but same goal. Subjectivity of morality is a good thing, because it allows every moral code to think "outside the box" and adapt. And most of the time, we do give it value from ourselves in our own minds (in the anti-real) sense and that could be as much value as it needs. Regards, Ziyad. is now following The Typepad Team
Mar 3, 2011