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About cuchulain

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    Stoic Atheist
  • Birthday 03/24/1978

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    citizen of the world

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    reading, friends, philosophical studies, dungeons and dragons, science fiction, logic. Trying to understand others, and get them to understand me.
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  1. Your legacy...

    I would say the desire, but generally I agree.
  2. Your legacy...

    names are just words to future generations. nobody considers what Caesar was like to his friends, nor Abe Lincoln, nor Stalin. Just as nobody will be likely to remember the person who intervened in someones suicide attemp fifty years from now. but actions have impact without names as easy as with.
  3. Your legacy...

    i tend to think fear of no afterlife is a strong motive to try to believe...often enough its not enough motive. for me, i concur with the stoic idea that death is final. our legacy can live on negative or positive, but whether it does or not is unimportant. what matters to me is if i did my best at what i wanted to, namely being a good person.
  4. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    as i said, i dont believe anyway. the world is full of excuses for things that have no definitive proof, and sometimes things that do have proof. just ask any prison guard.
  5. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    i dont know if god exists any more than you do. i tend to think not because i believe all things are knowable and nobody seems to know god. but maybe hes just really good at hiding.
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  7. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    i get that. but acknowledging its not known to me doesnt make it unknowable in my opinion. theres just way too many times i didnt know and someone else did.
  8. Agnostics, Atheists, Brights, Free Thinkers

    but if they didnt know then how could they honestly claim someone else didnt?
  9. Your legacy...

    the kindness given only lives on in the people who receive it. if they let it die its gone. also i dont think people remember the kindness of notorious people but rather the pain they caused the world, even forgetting they had kind moments. i cant tell the kind moments of hitler for example, but certainly there were some.
  10. i think noboody should be tax exempt that makes use of anything taxes pay for, or in other words...everyone should be equal in tax law with no special treatment for religion. they use the roads, the church i used to live across from in jonesboro il actually took over a section of the street by paving over it. south illinois streer still looks straight on the gps but you have to do a partial square to get around the church now.
  11. i can look at the object and say its a book. someone else might say its wood pulp and glue. someone else would say a nice collection of fairy tales while another would insist the bible i was referencing as a mere book is really the ultimate truth. all different perspectives for the same object, multiple truths at the same time, like most of reality. subjective, but also objective, and rarely is one perspective complete(if ever).
  12. It wouldn't surprise me if that were the case. I know I looked into scouts for my middle kid, and realized it was now a major joke organization compared to what it used to be(at least in my eyes). They gave out merit badges for such things as video games, and didn't go on any camping trips at all. My wife is Christian, or at least religious. She isn't 100% sure, and I don't like to label her. But occasionally we end up going to church events because someone she knows will invite her. I don't mind going so long as she has the understanding that if asked, I will answer honestly(so far nobody has asked at these events, almost amazing). A lot of people there seem to be there primarily to socialize and gossip.
  13. I can fully respect and appreciate that tradition, I just don't know that I have the courage to do such a thing. It is very Socratic, that is, living as a citizen of the world, and treating everyone as your brother(or sister). I applaud.
  14. It's funny, but from working at Walmart I know those decorations arrive at the store as early as august. So early every year...
  15. Read...then discuss

    I read a book by the Dalai Lama recently in which he states that he doesn't seek to convert anyone away from their current religion, because if it works to help them to be better people he wouldn't want to steer anyone off that path. There are many cases where religion(in any form really, not just Christianity) DOES indeed help people to be better people. There are lots of people I have met that seem to have to have some rule book to live by, or they go off. They just can't get it together without someone telling them what's right and wrong. I don't know if they would be able to without religion, but religion is a fact of life in the world at large. But as you said, there are plenty of morals that aren't religiously attained. Plenty of people live moral lives without referencing the bible to solve their issues, or the Q'ran, or any other system of belief. It really is a case by case basis, I think.