moralized:


“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them”

 ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island

I like this message; but I also think there’s an interesting twist when comparing this to religion. How many times do you hear how humans have sinned, how we can only be in heaven if we are sinless, like God, that God loves us, but wants us to be more like him, how we are apparently created for this “loving relationship” with God, etc. Twist in the interesting thought that “God” is really just the egos and idealizations of people, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j8ZMMuu7MU, and we’ve got ourselves an interesting connection here…

moralized:

“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them”


― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
I like this message; but I also think there’s an interesting twist when comparing this to religion. How many times do you hear how humans have sinned, how we can only be in heaven if we are sinless, like God, that God loves us, but wants us to be more like him, how we are apparently created for this “loving relationship” with God, etc. Twist in the interesting thought that “God” is really just the egos and idealizations of people, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j8ZMMuu7MU, and we’ve got ourselves an interesting connection here…

(via bad-desires)

If God made us unable to deny his existence, we would be unable to choose to love Him.

godevidence.com (via gods-advocate)

Ah, but if God doesn’t provide any evidence at all of his own existence, there is nothing through which one could possibly reason he exists, and of course cannot love him because one does not think he is there. Again, even if God somehow provides slight or minuscule evidence of his own existence, how could one possibly use that to give a compulsion or desire to love that being?

"I tell you the truth", the one who posts a quote like this knows deep within his mind that God has not provided evidence of any sort of his own existence. Instead of recognizing this though, the mind reasons, though falsely, the above thought. Free will itself likely does not exist in the sense we generally think of it, and it should be even clearer that we cannot choose to love or not love something or someone. We either do or we do not, there is no choice.

ceasesilence:

life-is-a-bitch-and-so-am-i:

boxlunches:

ricksantorum-2012:

What every traditional, real American family should look like :) 

COOL!!! Now let me add in some other examples of what a healthy, happy, traditional, real American family should BE ABLE to look like:


Black families



Mexican and South American families



Middle Eastern families



East Asian families



South Asian families



Native American families



European families



Interracial families of all colors



Jewish families



Muslim families



Buddhist families



Hindu families



Atheist or agnostic families



Single mother families



Single father families



Grandparents raising a family



Foster families



Adopted families



Gay parent families



Lesbian parent families



Transgender parent families



Families with special needs children



Families with disabled children



Families with disabled parents



Families with deaf/hard of hearing parents, deaf/hard of hearing children, or both



Childless couples

~~~
ALL THE FAMILIES ARE FAMILIES!


One more:


Meme families

ceasesilence:

life-is-a-bitch-and-so-am-i:

boxlunches:

ricksantorum-2012:

What every traditional, real American family should look like :) 

COOL!!! Now let me add in some other examples of what a healthy, happy, traditional, real American family should BE ABLE to look like:

Black families

Mexican and South American families

Middle Eastern families

East Asian families

South Asian families

Native American families

European families

Interracial families of all colors

Jewish families

Muslim families

Buddhist families

Hindu families

Atheist or agnostic families

Single mother families

Single father families

Grandparents raising a family

Foster families

Adopted families

Gay parent families

Lesbian parent families

Transgender parent families

Families with special needs children

Families with disabled children

Families with disabled parents

Families with deaf/hard of hearing parents, deaf/hard of hearing children, or both

Childless couples

~~~

ALL THE FAMILIES ARE FAMILIES!

One more:

Meme families

(via crystaltokyojupiter)

Without God: Life from the Stars

A common theme and emotion I run across on this campus is everyone’s need and desire for God. Jesus is the central role model of their life, and they find meaning in the thought of using the life they have now to prepare for an eternity of peace, love, and servitude to God in heaven. I remember feeling the same way; it is no surprise that they frequently front the perspective that the life of an atheist is meaningless and empty.

I’d like to reverse the question and pose it as an answer. How can you find meaning in this? If you live forever, then any action you take is arbitrary - you can easily decide to delay an action for a day, a year, or a century. Living forever is actually what is meaningless. The inherent nature of religion though clouds this reasoning. Usually from childhood, the religious have been told, repeated out loud, and convinced their minds (and mine used to be convinced to) that life is not worth living without God. Just like even in a moment of sadness, the sheer repetition of verbally saying “I am happy, I am happy, I am happy” etc. can convince the mind that it is actually happy and not sad, the repetition of the message behind religion can convince the mind that life is empty without the God they serve.

From this then, my life must seem empty indeed; this mind that has been unfortunate enough to be indoctrinated so deeply and so powerfully that God and an eternity of eternal bliss is the meaning of life, my lack of belief must seem like a dark and void life.

Not true. Never before have I felt a freer mind and a love for everyone around me. Meaning has life, not life has a meaning. As a religious believer, I did not feel the awe and the excitement and joy of uncovering the fabric of the cosmos. I did not appreciate fully the understanding of the power and deep philosophical meaning behind science, and the peace and contentment in understanding that I will die one day, yet life will continue beyond me was absent.

I have taken control of my life though, and I find a deep and unchanging peace behind studying the cosmos, the universe learning about itself, and enjoying and loving the people who are alive around me as I live right now. My mind truly feels awakened and unafraid of what lies in the future. I desire more than anything else to act in a way and spread my experience in such a way that it contributes to breaking the bonds that religion places firmly among the minds of children today.

You are NOT a broken, fallen human being. You are NOT immoral and hopeless without God. You do NOT need to fear the unknown or death. 

You ARE a beautiful, unique, and intelligent mind born in the stars. That we all have in common. We are a united humanity in our origins - we do not come from Abraham, or Ishmael, or entitled to land given to us as an inheritance from God. This land, the earth, IS our inheritance, and it is our gift from the stars. We are not dust returning to dust. We are stardust that is currently alive, breathing and experiencing itself before we are reunited to the cosmos in its basic forms of matter.

Atheism describes who I am not; scientist, mathematician, philosopher and Tumblr user with a message describes who I am.

From author to reader, one human being to another,

~Andy

A human being is part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty… The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which they have obtained liberation from the self. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if humanity is to survive. — Albert Einstein (Taken from thinkexist.com)

I’d like to wish a heartfelt happy valentine’s day to Matthew Brown and his pixelated boyfriend. You two look like a fantastic, loving couple. :)

This is so very wise…

This is so very wise…

(via dreaming-gardens)

So today…

Been really busy at college, that’s why I haven’t been posting very much. Studies and work must come first… 

Today at lunch I talked with a guy who is a pretty convicted Christian. (Surprise surprise. :P) We had a really good talk actually; he’s a nice guy, and he actually came to me looking for advice for asking a girl out. I would never have expected being asked that… especially by him. lol

Anyway, he was curious to know more about what I “believe” (he knew I’m an atheist before we discussed). So, I simply said it was simply what I didn’t believe. I said atheism is a philosophical perspective and worldview relative to this culture, but it doesn’t actually believe anything. 

He then asked me if there were other types of atheism. (I think he was going for something with denominations? Like in Christianity? I don’t know…) So I told him about agnostic and gnostic atheism as well as pantheism. He looked me in the eyes and said “Well, if everything’s god, then nothing is. If everything’s the same thing, nothing’s special.” I thought about it for a second and just said “Yeah.” He repeated it several times in various pitches and thinking poses, each time I just said “More or less, yeah.” And gave a little shrug of the shoulders. He just didn’t get it.

Not worrying about a meaning in life is perhaps the most liberating thing you can experience. When you stop looking for meaning in life, and instead find that life in a sense is meaning. That’s when the fun, the searching of the universe’s depths (and maybe even beyond) unafraid of what might lie ahead begins. Curiosity and passion driving you onwards. The love and emotions that you feel in the journey through life, the highs and the lows… All cast into a perfect eternal perspective of sorts, of which it is the joy of the finite mind to fathom the depths of the unknown.