Although an Atheist, I have a great admiration for the social decorum, morality (quantified) and family structure that the religious (Judeo/Christian) belief system brought to the western world. I believe that it is questionable that America would have survived without that social influence. I also feel that, as this mindset fades, so, too, will the strength of America give way to a totalitarian society, as that, it would seem is where are are going.
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Lisa--The purpose for your life should be what you decide it should be. There are no mysteries.
What if one has no spiritual beliefs, but rather an understanding of what is?
I'm not qualified to guide someone else to their own path, CJ. I have enough trouble reading the road map on my own! Maybe taking what is, and aspiring to make it better for others?
Lisa--You are unqualified to guide, but qualified to inspire. Is this not a contradiction in terms? If one is to inspire, is he not guiding?
CJ, I make my living as an artist. It's my business to inspire people, and to find inspiration where I can. :)
M.T.--Would you like to explain the Atheism of Joe Stalin and the totalitarianism of Communism. Atheists are no less the pack animal than the theist and will follow the alpha male--the history is there. Secular omnipotence.
Stalin didn't rise to power BECAUSE he was an atheist. And had he gone to the atheist community in search of soldiers, he would have found very little. We are a pack species, but religion shelters extremists under the guise of morality.
Altruism and ambiguity in disguise of truth.
tsmog--Enjoyed your profile-nice to see a positive focus. I do not disagree on the structure. What of the social manifestations that are carry overs from European Christianity, as customs of family, bonds and loyalties,a sense of decorum.
Not enough space here. Popped into head first is technology/diversity/world perspective. Those traditions mentioned are no longer isolated geographically. The local news is trumped by international news & football of course :) Diversity & tec