I do truth navigation, both inquiry questions as well as

strategic facts in a tag team of debate and motivational teaching.


My eclectic set of tools involves:

*The Hammer of Truth: ontology, epistemology, and axiology

*REMS: reason, evidence, and methodological skepticism

*Utilizing Dignity: strategic dignity attacks or dignity enrichments

*Dialectical Rhetoric = truth persuasion (motivational teaching)

Asking the right questions at the right times with the right info can also change minds it’s just you can’t just use facts all on there own. Denial likes consistency, the pattern of thinking can not vary from a fixed standard of thinking, or the risk of truth could slip in. Helping people alter skewed thinking is indeed a large task but most definitely a worthy endeavour.


The Ethics of Character in arguments or debates 

I wish to not simply think one-sided but strive for truth, even if I may be the one wrong. I also always strive to not let anger or frustration become a potential for unkind or unethical behaviours:

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*Don’t assume ask then strive to understand not just react

*Don’t see them as an enemy they are a fellow learner

*Don’t see it as win-lose it’s about teaching

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*Utilize nice behaviour

*Utilize nice language

*Utilize nice voice


Dignity, in my thinking, involves/encompass a phenomenological/psychological-awareness/cognitive-realization and the emotional sensitivity of our sense of self or the emotional understanding about our sense of self.

What we need to understand as well as acknowledge is how we should honour others who are fellow dignity beings and the realization of the value involved in that. As well as strive to understand how an attack to a person’s “human rights” is an attack to the value and worth of a dignity being.

Our dignity is involved when you feel connected: feelings with people, animals, plants, places, things, and ideas. Our dignity is involved when we feel an emotional dignity bond “my god”, “my religion”, “my faith”, “my family”, “my pet”,  “my sport’s team” etc. This involvement of emotional dignity bond will indeed make the challenging of peoples “god”, “religion”, or “faith” such a difficult task and requires a skilled navigation to get them to see things differently but it can be done.

To attribute something as sacred is to attach an extremely high emotional dignity bond to it and you should or at least would think such seemingly special things must carry some kind of need to involve an actual thing that does actual good, not empty claims of things not evident in reality.
 
But as one’s conception of gods, religion, or faith in supernatural anything often involves this proposed made up “other-than natural-or-real-thing” as being something sacred which they thus attribute a “sacred honor” and the valued high emotional dignity bond that comes with it which is underserved for such made up flights of fantasy, just empty claims of things not evident in reality…
I will openly say faith is foolish lacking credibility and it is stupid to hold on to beliefs that are disproved by science fact. However, I don’t usually call people names even ones saying things I believe are ridiculous nor do I belittle them instead I strive to and support attacking the thinking and not the person.

Dignity arises in our emotional awareness depending on cognition.

May my lips be sweetened with words of encouragement and compassion. May my Heart stay warm in the arms of kindness. May my life be an expression of love to the world.


“I received this message”
Damien,
I was born a little guy with a big attitude and no ass to back it up, for the most part … LOL! … Not much has changed, except I seem to be shrinking at my old age. To cut to the chase, I ran across your page due to the fact that I was very impressed with your photo of the tree of lies and all its reality entails. In short, I was raised in the Church and, at one time, I was a Baptist Preacher.  I did not fair well, because I will always love a cold beer and I tended to teach the Law of Moses over Christianity’s distortion of what they term as Grace and forgiveness, that is, in fact, nothing but a bold face lie. So, my personal journey let me from mainstream Xtianity (the symbol for Christianity being that of the cross) to the Sacred Name Movement, and finally to a moment of clarity as I experienced my first episode of Free Thinking, neurons that had never fired before coming to life as the Gospel scales fell away. At the same time, I do not consider myself what some term to be an Atheist.  I am a Creationist who believes that some thing or some one made all that is and will ever be, but I have come to doubt seriously that such a Creator–what I choose to term as An Ultimate Source Point Of Origin Of All Existence–has ever heard of the Bible, The New Testament, etc., much less ever spoke such a fairy-tale fabrication into existence.  Now, there is a tiny bit of truth in that book, here and there, just enough to season the lie and make it palatable for the Sheeple-Peoples of blind faith discipleship … To find oneself walking the path of Free Thinking is not an easy one.  Like you, I am a writer, or at least claim to be. If one does not write material that falls into the mainstream of what is acceptable, finding readers is more than just difficult. I strive to write to average people, those who are still trapped in the lies of organized religion.  I do not try to destroy all their illusions by proclaiming myself an outright Atheist, because someone has to stand in that gap that allows for the possibility that some damn thing, some damn where, made all that is and will ever be and is busy doing just what it/he/she/whatever does and has given us all that it/he/she/whatever is ever going to give us, and the rest is up to us to make or break, create or destroy, for we are responsible for our own futures and there is no one to blame but man for the misery of men upon this planet … Nice to meet you, and pardon my brazen act of just introducing my old self …

“Here is my response”

Hi, 

It is nice to meet you, I can agree that I also strive to write to average people, those who are still trapped in the lies of religions. Hering your self-explanations of your thinking reminds me of three different belief styles or religious thinking approaches. Animism, Pantheism, Somthingism (letsism).

Here is my blog that addresses

* Animism: http://damienmarieathope.com/2017/10/yes-you-need-to-know-about-animism-to-understand-religion/

*Pantheism: http://damienmarieathope.com/2018/01/similarities-and-differences-in-animism-and-totemism/

*Somthingism: http://damienmarieathope.com/2017/09/damien-whats-worse-christians-or-spiritual-non-religious/

Also Here is my blog on the evolution of religion: http://damienmarieathope.com/2017/01/the-evolution-of-religion-and-removing-the-rationale-of-faith/

Here is my blog on religion dispersal throughout the world: http://damienmarieathope.com/2015/08/religion-dispersal-throughout-the-world/

Here is my blog on archaeological, scientific, & philosophic evidence shows the god myth is man-made nonsense: http://damienmarieathope.com/2017/10/archaeological-scientific-philosophic-evidence-showing-the-god-myth-is-man-made-nonsense/

Let me know what you think of the blogs. 🙂

Kind Regards,

Damien Marie AtHope