Category Archives: Philosophy
What can we learn from the DJ Ten Walls’ homophobic rants? Well, first of all, Ten Walls seems to have reached a bigger audience than ever, because before this I had never heard of him. But, more importantly, the overwhelming response from the music scene is proving that we are finally becoming civilized enough to let the free market handle these situations, rather than having to create laws to tell us what we can and cannot say, while most of us are perfectly capable of telling right from wrong. Freedom works.
One year ago today, Dutch astronaut Wubbo Ockels passed away. He left behind an uplifting and empowering message warning us of the direction humanity has taken, and offering possibilities for a better future. I am reposting his message because I share his concerns, but also his optimism that we can make the necessary changes happen.
Sorry for the long break. My new blog on Secular Spiritualism deals with the Basic Income Guarantee, which is rapidly gaining in popularity these days. But it should not merely be celebrated by lovers of equality, it should be celebrated by lovers of freedom as well. Freedom is not just about money and taxes. It is about choice. When working and producing goods are a matter of choice, paying taxes becomes voluntary as well. One problem with the current system is that it only motivates people to work, but a basic income would motivate people to make the most of themselves.
Think big, start out small. Make yourself independent from outside rule. Accept responsibility for your deeds and enourage others to do the same. If there is nothing to hide behind, apathy is not an option. If you fall down, you don’t write an angry letter to your city council or go to church to pray. You dust off and get up again. Don’t concede control over your life to any institution, and keep as much power for yourself as you can. And remember that you are no more entitled to your freedoms than anyone else: claim liberty, practice tolerance.
My new blog is called: Apathy will be our undoing
Inevitably, my two cents about Stephen Fry’s The Meaning Of Life interview. However, it’s not the tirade against god which struck me the most, but rather the second half of his answer, in which he makes it clear that his response to god would differ greatly depending on which god(s) would stand before him. That statement is more interesting, because it emphasizes that god is not the relevant factor in the debate on faith and religion, it is our interpretation of god.
Violence and coercion are signs of weakness, needed only by those who know that their arguments are not good enough to speak for themselves. Whether it applies to a government running the lives of its people, one nation interfering in the business of another or individuals trying to gain control over others, the use of force is never a good idea. However, it is also impossible to avoid using force when trying to run people’s lives. The answer is not, as we are conditioned to think, that we try to run people’s lives better, it is to not try to run people’s lives at all.
Religion cannot keep up with the times. There is a good reason why all theist religions struggle to keep up with technological, scientific and social progress (or why most of them don’t even try), and that is because it is in their very nature. A religion keeping up with the times implicitly surrenders its supernatural status, and consequently its own raison d’être. Knowing this it should come as no surprise that religions have been ignoring and attempting to sabotage progress for centuries. For religions, modernizing equals spiritual suicide.
Recently I’ve repeatedly come across the “argument” that atheists have no objective morality, which I dealt with in my previous blog, “Are people getting nicer because they are getting smarter?”. From that statement it usually follows that objective morality can only come from believing in a god, and that begged another response, which has turned into my new blog, “God vs. objective truth and meaning”.