How can you be sure there is no after life? That is your belief. I agree all divisions of religion and sub divisions of those and so forth all have the same goal and yet in reality cause conflict and hostility between themselves , a paradox.
The question of whether there is or is not an afterlife is moot when one considers life itself. You must at least admit Mothy, that the idea of an "afterlife" is a concept while life is real. It is here and now. Take a deep breath and have a look around. You are here. This is life itself and you are life. You are not separate from life. Life is "doing" you! You could say that you are living life or that life is living you. We have a long history of belief in an afterlife. The Egyptians knew all about it and people did well before them. There is a tradition in the concept of afterlife, but life itself is a living, dynamic presence ..... and that, in itself, is sacred. No ideology can ever grasp that. The idea of an afterlife .... the terrrain, the means of attainment, has morphed considerably since the ancient Egyptians, but it is still and always has been just an idea. Life is not an idea, the afterife is.
You wonder how i can be sure there is no afterlife and you say it is my belief, but it is actually an absence of belief. I have no need of certainty or uncertainty because the question dissolves into thin air. One needs to ask the right question. What i know is life.
The ten commandments I believe if adhered to will create a better society, A society of people with morals, the knowing from right from wrong, boundaries that will prevent one from straying.
Do we really need so called holy books in order to know that my neighbor IS myself and I should therefore treat my neighbor AS myself? If I know this, not intellectually or merely as a good idea, but as an actuality, then it is so and there is no need of of a "higher power" to direct me, for I am, and you are, that higher power. The Ten Commandements have not prevented priests from raping children or from creating other kinds of mischeif in the world. The Commandments are nice guidelines but the ultinmate authority rests in each individual, you and me, inspite of them.
Divorce has been made too easy, you could argue that it has made a better life for people unhappy in their situation but it has also made a large number of people from trying harder. Relationships are a work in progress and continue to be till the end.
Marriage has been made too easy in that it is a prescribed "moral" route and a tradition and a prescribed role for too many people, especially women. Divorce wouldn't be if marriage wasn't. I'm not against marriage, but it is just a tradition. People need to be free from both religious and societal prescriptions of how they should and must conduct their relationships. One must be free to both enter and exit. There's nothing wrong with exiting just as there's nothing wrong with entering. One doesn't need religion to figure out how to live peacefully with one's neighbours, friends, and family. We can do this without religion. We DO this without religion. Inspite of religion.
The one thing I found about religion is its aberration when it comes to women. They have been supressed ordered by faith like you say to breed more. That is what religion wants. To fill the world with its own kind and subdue those with alternative beliefs that leads to the same goal. Salvation of the soul. You could say athiests have accepted their mortality whereas religious people of mainstream and those zealots that will die and cause mahem for the 'infidels' cannot accept their mind will terminate upon death of their body.
Well, religion seems to want to control women for sure. It wants to control both men and women, but especially women. Women are much more vulnerable to control and oppression because of biology. An easier target! it is true that mortality is inevitable and that death does actually terminate the body which of course includes the mind/brain. The brain is just an organ akin to the spleen, liver, kidneys, pancreas, etc. When the body dies, so does the brain and the brain is the storehouse of memories, experiences, .... everything. It all goes upon death. Your entire "story" of who you are, all your memories, epiphanies, beliefs, loves, opinions, ..... everything dies with your body and brain. So the question is, who, in fact, are you? Okay .... so here comes the idea of the soul. But even that idea is just an idea, stored in the brain. Even the idea of soul is a mental construct. And when the body goes so does all of its constructs! For some this may seem terrible, but it is not. If we can just get to this realization, there is the possibility for what is really sacred. And religion present and past, leads AWAY from the sacred; not towards it.
The media in all its grotesque forms have swayed miles away from the ten commandments and as a result society is in meltdown. Kids are being encouraged by magazines to quit childhood and grow into something they are not; adults without the maturity that is needed. In my town there are so many women with kids to so many fathers that interbreeding will be happening on a large scale.
It's not just the media. The media is .... what? .... who? The media is made up of individuals spinning stories that are attractive enough for consumers to purchase so that the individuals working within the "media" can put bread on their tables to feed and educate their own children. We are all caught up in this mess. Children are encouraged to be consumers because we have created and co-created economies based on consumerism .... of fashion, cosmetics, 32 ounce steaks, and "ideas" and "ideals". In a way religion is not too much different. Both are based on 'ideals".
I'm totally against abortion except in cases of rape or severe disability but this foetal genocide makes me despair, 24 weeks a disgrace.
Hmmm. I'm not sure how to respond to this. In some ways i agree with you, yet in political jargon, I am "pro-choice". ( I think it is 12 weeks in North america, but I'm not sure). I must leave this pont there.
Even music and lyrics in gangster rap is deranging and warping the kids minds.
Yeah, pretty weird. But this is where education comes in. What we have now are institutions which prepare children for the work force. This is how schools came into being in the first place. Their inception was with the industrial revolution. Adults were taken from their farms to work in factories. What to do with the children? They were "educated" in factory model institutions so that they might be ready to hit the factory at age 10 or so. This is why alternative models of education have come about. Are you in London? Google Brockwood Park for an example of alternatives. I might visit Brockwood soon. I'm an educator by means of profession. The predominant model of education in North America and Europe (Asia is a different and much worse story), is mostly a preparation for the work force and just a slight evolution from the factory model. The violence and sexism in rap is addressed is these alternative schools, while preparation for the work force takes precedence over a more wholistic view that these altenate models address.
Margaret Thatcher said there was no such thing as society. When you have had a leader who says such a thing what hope is there for the layman.
I don't know what she meant by that but i do know that society is not separate from me and you and us. We ARE society. Society doesn't exist out there somewhere. We are it.
The human psyche is being bombarded on a daily basis with new rules and laws that inhibit freedom of movement and free speech and the ability to defend oneself that it is quite obvious to me we are being controlled by fascist psycopaths. 5 a day don't make me laugh. Fructose is now supposed to be harmful. People are absorbing all these conflicting stories and they are getting quite confused.
Don't let the human mind address itself and it will never be a threat to the few that is in power.
Exactly Mothy. Let the human mind address itself without the constricts or religious tyranny. To do so would indeed be a threat to that authority --- so called. Truth is a danger to society. To stand alone is a threat to the tyranny of a believed afterlife.
We live in a world where the majority of people don't want wars but the minds are being fed with such absolute rubbish that they fall to their knees and thank the governments which are run by money madmen for making their lives safer.
We are all responsible for this mess. We can't blame the governments that we ourselves elect nor can we blame the religions that we ourselves join. Neither politicians nor popes make our lives safer. We must eschew authority, even our own. As Jiddu Krishnamurti said, "doubt everything". We will not accept political tyranny so why do we ( why do you?) acceot religious tyranny?
Maybe you will read this when you come out of hermitage.