Quickly Grasping Naturalistic Morality

To better grasp a naturalistic morality one should see the perspective of how there is a self-regulatory effect on the self-evaluative moral emotions, such as shame and guilt. Broadly conceived, self-regulation distinguishes between two types of motivation: approach/activation and avoidance/inhibition. one should conceptually understand the socialization dimensions (parental restrictiveness versus nurturance), associated emotions (anxiety versus empathy), and forms of morality (proscriptive versus prescriptive) that serve as precursors to each self-evaluative moral...

Life is just too damn short to not be kind.

Life is just too damn short to not be kind.   I am about sick with mean people, every time adding toxicity to humanity, furthering realisation to remember the real need that there is in the world to be kind. We are social beings so positively socializing is required to flourish as a positive humanity.   Feeling the strength of such an ethical call, I am moved by compassionate prosocial vertue to think, about how much I hope I always want or feel a need to give others kindness May I always choose kindness over meanness when I interact with people.   Would it make any difference how you treated others was really dependent to how empathizing you can be with them as well as how much emotional intelligence can you muster or demonstrate?   What if you knew that a person was going to die in an hour would you feel more compelled to be kinder almost no matter what? I would like to think I always would. I know for some this is to extreme, but think about it like I do and you may just start to see the reason life’s just too damn sort to not be kind.   A main goal of mine in this life is to first not forget to enjoy it, but secondly is strive to make the world a little bit better because I was alive. We can make a big difference with little...

Becoming an atheist as an adult?

“Damien, I would like your thoughts on reincarnation and do some atheist believe in it or would they not be considered atheist if so??? Also thank you for the all you have shared the last few years. I have gotten answers to many of my questions by following you. Embarrassingly I come to realize I am atheist at age 35 so I am still going through some pretty tough things. Including much depression at times.” – Questener   My response, “First thanks for your acknowledgment. You should be proud because I didn’t become an atheist until 36 in college. I to was embarrassed that I had believed without ever even doubting. Now I realize how great that I finally woke up and can help others. Second one is an atheist if they don’t believe in gods. That’s it but how they reached that conclusion or sustain that understanding that there is no justification for belief in gods is likely a belief in the natural world as it presents itself which is only natural completely devoid of any thing supporting a supernatural anything. And analytical and critical thinking applied to such understanding should motivate any and all rationally honest thinkers to realize the only support the god claims have is faith an emotional driven desire to believe. And sense emotion and feelings are not a valid method to know or confirm anything in knowledge acquisition it’s assertions are meaningless and invalid thus one must reflect the baseless god talk. Third reincarnation is a bogus assumption that requires at the least a human soul or the like to continue on after...

Credibility, Accuracy, & Reasonableness

Credibility, Accuracy, & Reasonableness I challenge the credibility (“worthy of belief”) as well as the accuracy of ideas just as I do with uncredible (“unworthy of respect”) behaviors. Ideas do not have a dignity. They do not have a right to exist. People have a dignity. People have a right to exist. Thus, I don’t respect beliefs unless they are respectable as in they are warranted and justified by valid and reliable reason and evidence. People deserve respect unless they behave unrespectable. I always strive to attack thinking not people. In this theme of respect is the integrity of responsibility and reasonableness of being a good human. Thus, I challenge uncredible behaviors as well. Furthermore, I don’t force people to believe things, I only try to inspire in myself and others to see the need for using accurately rational and reasonably ethical held standards in beliefs and...

Reincarnation is a false belief.

Reincarnation is a false belief.   There is no evidence to support it and there is also logistical problems with reincarnation as well as past lives.   According to a very thoughtful post from January 16, 2012 called “Logistical Problems with Reincarnation and Past Lives”   An anonymous author exposed six logical problems:   1. Why do some have past life memories, but most don’t? Do only some reincarnate but not others?   2. What if a fetus is born, but no “souls” want to enter it? Then what?   3. Wouldn’t all souls want to be born into beautiful rich families with a good life? Who would choose to be born in a war-torn country in poverty? Do souls even get a choice? If not, then who chooses? Some intelligent forces or random ones?   4. Since the world population 30 years ago was half of what it is today, where do all the “extra souls” come from? Are they new souls? Are they souls from other planets or dimensions? Or from animals and insects? If from animals and insects, then where are the souls replenishing the evolving ones coming from? Is there a first life? Or does our past have no beginning?   5. A lot of reincarnation believers use the “souls coming from other planets/dimensions” explanation, but that sounds like a convenient copout since anyone can just say that. But even if we take that explanation, then where are the souls replacing the migrating souls coming from? Wouldn’t there have to be new souls entering in at some point, unless the population of souls always remained...