Sexism in Taoism

The Tao sees the world as male (yang) and female (yin) which is very sexist. Some think the yin and yang are just good and bad. Never heard of it as sexist. But the white is male and the black is female. Chinese literature beginning with the classic cannon Yijing (book of Changes) we see sexism as we find the male (yang) symbolized as day or the sun embodying everything good and positive, and this status is identified with heaven. Whereas the female (yin) is symbolized as night or the moon embodying everything negative, evil and lowly. Ref The idea of balancing male and female energies is fundamental to Taoism, and applies to women as well as to men.  One early practice was ritual sexual intercourse between men and women who were not married to one another.  These rituals followed strict guidelines, and the goal was the union of yin and yang energies. In the Taode jing offers a females role is made clear in passages like this one from Chapter 61: “The Feminine always conquers the Masculine by her quietness, by lowering herself through her quietness. The general stance on gender is there are attitudes expected of women, such as keeping a cheerful attitude or speaking in quiet tones. Divine marriages with deities were one very ancient version of this practice. Ref On particular holidays, street parades take place. These are lively affairs which invariably involve firecrackers and flower-covered floats broadcasting traditional music. They also variously include lion dances and dragon dances; human-occupied puppets (often of the “Seventh Lord” and “Eighth Lord“); tongji (童乩 “spirit-medium; shaman”) who cut their skin with knives; Bajiajiang, which are Kungfu-practicing honor guards in demonic makeup; and palanquins carrying god-images. The various participants are not considered performers, but rather possessed...

Religion’s slave no more?

Religion’s slave no more? Plage infested mind the religion virus, is strongly in control of all but a few truly free minds humanities last hope made true. But the religion master is relentless traping every mind it can, forcing its will on humanity. Yet, here I am, a religion slave no more, just as so many before me, the ones that cut out this religious cancer. Now I too ripped myself from this eternal death of truth as religions conspiracies-of-reality force ‘TRUTH” to walk the deadman’s plank of the faith damned. I for one am a religion slave no more! Am I a survivor? I fell as you tripped me again and from your hate, I remove myself from such mind and being corruption freely walking into the gates of love so longed for. You have not beaten me, you cannot stop me, you don’t want me to live, to thrive, to be all the best I can be but you hate and yet I am still here, a survivor, a full life liver, a thriver, as well as a warrior for kindness and compassion, reaching the care I was rarely offered, as a gift to the ones so desperately oppressed under your harsh gaze. May we all be free and the positive best we can be, I know I am as best I can. I am here growing stronger every day. Who am I, you ask, I respond loud and proud, I am a survivor and even in these chains from my past, you will not stop me. I am a survivor! What it is to BE WISE “Reason...

Energy = god, spirits, and/or afterlife? NO, and such thinking is misplaced animism magical thinking nonsense.

Energy = god, spirits, and/or afterlife? “NO, and such thinking is misplaced animism magical thinking nonsense.” So are Ghosts Possible, Because Energy Does not Die? Well, NO! No ghosts are not possible, as at no time did magic get added to our natural evolution. However, ghost believers say but it’s not magic, its reality, it’s a scientific fact that once energy is created, it can never cease to exist, it just changes form. Nevertheless, they are in error, they seem to be confusing two things, as energy is mindless, not aware of what it was in a previous form. Science is against ghosts and souls and stating that energy can go on is a non-sequitur to infer that proves ghosts is like saying that because we were once star stuff we turn back into stars. Ghost believers will most likely keep believing and close in on the belief while also closing out the reason and evidence debunking the belief in ghosts. They can believe as they wish and no amount of that belief makes a thing such as ghosts true. Let’s address the thinking that if energy cannot be created or destroyed but only change form, what happens to our body’s energy when we die, why not ghosts? According to Benjamin Radford, a Live Science Contributor, it may seem like a reasonable assumption — unless you understand basic physics. The answer is very simple, and not at all mysterious. After a person dies, the energy in his or her body goes where all organisms’ energy goes after death: into the environment. The energy is released in the form of heat, and transferred into the...

Am I a survivor?

Am I a survivor?   I fell as you tripped me again and from your hate, I remove myself from such mind and being corruption freely walking into the gates of love so longed for. You have not beaten me, you cannot stop me, you don’t want me to live, to thrive, to be all the best I can be but you hate and yet I am still here, a survivor, a full life liver, a thriver, as well as a warrior for kindness and compassion, reaching the care I was rarely offered, as a gift to the ones so desperately oppressed under your harsh gaze. May we all be free and the positive best we can be, I know I am as best I can. I am here growing stronger every day. Who am I, you ask, I respond loud and proud, I am a survivor and even in these chains from my past, you will not stop me.   I am a survivor!   Reasons for or Types of Atheism My Blog, My Memes & Short-writing or Quotes Here is my external pages or content: Facebook Witter Page, My YouTube, My Linkedin, Twitter: @AthopeMarie, Instagram: damienathope, Personal Facebook Page, Secondary Personal Facebook Page, Main Atheist Facebook Page, Secondary Atheist Facebook Page, Facebook Leftist Political Page, Facebook Group: Atheist for Non-monogamy, Facebook Group: (HARP) Humanism, Atheism, Rationalism, & Philosophy and My...

Is bible god ethical? & Would It Be Bad or Good if God Exists? (axiological “value theory” questions)

So, Is bible god Ethical?   How could you prove god is not just ethically arbitrary thus neither ethical nor fallows ethics?   I bet believers would recoil in horror at the question!   But how can we even NOT ask such a thing?   If we are to fallow any ethical theory it’s only ethical to do so.   The problem is, however, that many christians apparently do NOT think of god as ethical. No doubt they THINK that they do, but I must respectfully disagree to not test an ethical claim or ethically challenge an ethical reasoning is to not fallow reasoning about ethical justification thus proofless and ethically questionable.   To be ethical is to act (in thought, word, and deed) according to, consistently with, an ethical standard, ultimately a “the highest good” is what would have to be for god to be found ethical. But does God in thought, word, and deed act ethically?   Christians claim that “Whatever god does is good just because he does it.” That is, in effect, to deny that god is ethical nor in any way challenge an ethical reasoning. What they mean, I take it, is that god is above ethics, that there is no ethical standard, norm, by which god thinks, speaks or acts but this still means god is not ethical nor fallows ethics.   The only ethic we can derive from god is “divine command ethics.” But the question naturally arises “Why does god command things?” From this perspective (viz., that god is above ethics), the only answer can be that he does because he...