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well, howdy there! Is there a commonality between skeptics and female geeks? LOL. Just came across this group and joined too. I'd agree - I'm more of a "strong agnostic" - but if the truth be known, I think it's all a bunch of nonsense. Going to go buy a book my Sam Harris.
Small world... lol. I agree with you about the nonsense.
I think life on Earth is miraculous, but on a universal level, life is like some mold or bacteria that formed because there was an environment that allowed for it. Religious people take this to mean that I think life has no value.
On the one hand, that's true, on a universal scale, we don't matter much. But, the fact that life is rare and miraculous, makes it precious to us. We need to save the planet so we humans can live on. If there were an uncontrollable world wide plague and we all died, Earth itself would go on until some cosmic event destroys it.
On the other hand, when people divide and seperate themselves from others on any level, for whatever reason, it becomes too easy to lose respect and devalue the lives of others and other life forms. Human nature is superior through human eyes. It is a weakness, I believe, that some people can become so driven by faith thay they're convinced of the "specialness" of their particular group. Narcissism and egocentricity are unacceptable when practised by individuals. Why is it acceptable for a group... especially when that group has a "rule" that says to put others first.
I hear someone say that if one day, we somehow discovered, there really isn't a god that there would be total anarchy. If that were true, people like you and I would be criminalistic now. No one has to have religious beliefs to know by common sense how to treat other people. If the only thing that can make a person behave responsibly is the threat of hell (or something comparable), then there's a deeper issue that needs addressing. For that reason, I'm all for religion for others. If they need faith to keep them from falling apart, being jerks and behaving ... fine. Unfortunately, historically, faith and power have been tied together... and though we are advanced technologically, the evolution of our nature, as humans, hasn't moved ahead much more than a half step since we started waliking upright.
I get wordy, don't I? ;0)