Thursday, August 03, 2006

If you do not believe in God, what do you believe?

Do you believe in moral values?

Right and Wrong?

Do you believe in truth?

If so, where, on what, or in whom do you measure this things?

Do you only subscribe to what you can comprehensively understand?

In what you believe, where are the historical documents?

What is your empirical solution for life?




5 comments:

Dar said...

Hi there. I'd like to start by commenting on how very articulate and thoughtful you seem to be. It's refreshing to see young adults writing about important issues and philosophizing with enthusiasm and passion.

To answer your questions:
1. I believe in the power of humanitarianism
2. I believe what is right is what a person does and says that leaves others feeling peaceful and joyous on the inside, and that what is wrong hurts the physical and inner selves.
3. I beleive in truth. One doesn't have to beleive in a god/gods to live honestly and ethically.
4. I measure my beliefs on answers 1, 2 and 3 above.
5. No, I do not always subscribe solely to what I comprehensively understand. I don't always understand love, patience, tolerance...yet I strive to master these qualities.
6. Historical documents on what I believe are everywhere. Anything human-related is my "bible". Mankind's history is so very important to learn from, as one can usually spot mistakes and unethical choices in hindsight. We cannot right the wrongs that have been done, so looking forward and making plans for bettering ourselves is even more important.
7. See all of the above.

tichius said...

Dar,

Thank you for taking the time to comment!!

I'm glad you have brought up Humanitarianism... I wrestled with this notion greatly,(though in much more unsophisticated terms), and only now am I able to put words to the struggle.

I have posted my response to your statements under the newest posting.

I really appreciate your comments!

John said...

Do you believe in:

Moral values? Right and Wrong?
The Golden Rule and a fundamental respect for life (esp. human). I value compassion and integrity.

Do you believe in truth?
I believe in an objective reality, but our ability to comprehend it is limited.

If so, where, on what, or in whom do you measure this things?
I have some trust in the scientific endeavor. It's not infallible, but it has great strengths: the importance of skepticism and evidence, the building on the successes of the past, and the massive community effort that transcends nationality, race and language.

Do you only subscribe to what you can comprehensively understand?
No. I tend to assign (vague) probabilities to things. Some claims are likely to be true, others highly unlikely, etc.

In what you believe, where are the historical documents?
I guess you could say the body of scientific evidence and discourse?

What is your empirical solution for life?
I'm not sure I understand this question.

I still live by faith: I have an irrational, perhaps undeserved faith in humanity. I don't have a rational basis for my respect for life--it's more of a foundational moral postulate for me.

tichius said...

John,

Thank you for your responses. One more question: do you believe the Golden Rule always applies?

If not, when does it apply?

Thanks!

tichius said...

also, what I meant by empirical solution was simply how your worldview answers the three questions of life: how we are here? why are we here? where are we going?