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28-08-2014, 04:24 PM
What is your view of humanity and life?
Hello there.

As freethinkers, whether or not you've arrived at atheism from religion, how do you view humanity? I've found the term "humanity" to be very broad and general, which in this case I see as a good thing. You define "humanity" as it suits you. How do you view it according to your definition of the word?

How do you view empathy? As a former Christian, I would've said that I empathized with humans because that is how I was designed by God because through Jesus Christ, he was able to empathize with us. But now my understanding has changed. What do you think about it?

How do you view life as an atheist? Again, you define it how you choose.

Thanks for the responses in advance!

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30-08-2014, 03:46 AM
RE: What is your view of humanity and life?
I view humanity as a multi-perspective reality.

Humans aren't some sort of entity separate from the cosmos, exploring the cosmos.

We are the cosmos waking up to itself and getting to know itself.

It's possible to take many separate but truthful perspectives on what I, in essence "am".

Taking a journey into increasing levels of abstraction:

* I am this specific human body
* beyond that, I am human
* beyond that, I am life itself
* beyond that, I am biological evolution (the creator and context for life itself)
* beyond that, I am emergent complexity (that identity of mine goes right back into the big bang singularity)

These are all just different perspectives on what it is that I am.

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30-08-2014, 04:02 AM
RE: What is your view of humanity and life?
Humanity:
K Wrote:A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals, and you know it.

Empathy:
A very useful tool for survival and understanding.

Life:
Only life forms can give their lives meaning. Nothing and nobody else can do it for them. Also, see my sig.

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30-08-2014, 04:41 AM
RE: What is your view of humanity and life?
(28-08-2014 04:24 PM)acharvey Wrote:  Hello there.

As freethinkers, whether or not you've arrived at atheism from religion, how do you view humanity? I've found the term "humanity" to be very broad and general, which in this case I see as a good thing. You define "humanity" as it suits you. How do you view it according to your definition of the word?

How do you view empathy? As a former Christian, I would've said that I empathized with humans because that is how I was designed by God because through Jesus Christ, he was able to empathize with us. But now my understanding has changed. What do you think about it?

How do you view life as an atheist? Again, you define it how you choose.

Thanks for the responses in advance!

Pax Vobiscum,
Allen.

Humanity? That's just the collective term for the human species or the state of being a member of said species. I don't see it as anything but a descriptive; just a way to describe something, in this case, humans.

Empathy is a useful mechanism for group cohesion.

I feel I can categorically state that life is kinda dull; it has no meaning outside of that which the given individual ascribes to it. Makes it boring; having to decide everything like that.

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30-08-2014, 06:51 PM
RE: What is your view of humanity and life?
Humanity: Ignorant sinful disgusting animals.
Life: I don't fucking care.

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30-08-2014, 07:05 PM
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(30-08-2014 06:51 PM)diddo97 Wrote:  Humanity: Ignorant sinful disgusting animals.

Projection?

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30-08-2014, 07:17 PM
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(30-08-2014 07:05 PM)One Above All Wrote:  
(30-08-2014 06:51 PM)diddo97 Wrote:  Humanity: Ignorant sinful disgusting animals.

Projection?

And attention begging; don't even bother with it, that's what he's been doing here since he arrived.

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30-08-2014, 07:22 PM
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(30-08-2014 07:17 PM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(30-08-2014 07:05 PM)One Above All Wrote:  Projection?

And attention begging; don't even bother with it, that's what he's been doing here since he arrived.

Are you perhaps experiencing denial? Are you afraid of the truth?

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30-08-2014, 07:27 PM
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(30-08-2014 07:17 PM)Free Thought Wrote:  
(30-08-2014 07:05 PM)One Above All Wrote:  Projection?

And attention begging; don't even bother with it, that's what he's been doing here since he arrived.

You know, the username was familiar, as well as the avatar, but I couldn't recall his posts. Now that I recall my idea of them, I'm glad I didn't act on my curiosity and actually re-read his posts. Praise DA LAWD, I have been saved (from having my brain cells destroyed)!

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30-08-2014, 07:29 PM
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(30-08-2014 07:27 PM)One Above All Wrote:  
(30-08-2014 07:17 PM)Free Thought Wrote:  And attention begging; don't even bother with it, that's what he's been doing here since he arrived.

You know, the username was familiar, as well as the avatar, but I couldn't recall his posts. Now that I recall my idea of them, I'm glad I didn't act on my curiosity and actually re-read his posts. Praise DA LAWD, I have been saved (from having my brain cells destroyed)!

I've never talked about "praising the lord"...

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