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Old 04-12-2014, 02:22 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Okay, good one. But as I pointed out in the OP, think about it and its ramifications. If there was no disease then you'd have a lot of people living longer and the population would explode, so are diseases (philosophically speaking, I don't of course mean this to be taken literally) a kind of safety valve to ensure the planet doesn't end up supporting more lives than it can?

Are you talking about a specific one -- AIDS, cancer, Miley Cyrus --- or all diseases?
I don't have an answer to it, it's just the first thing I would get rid of/change.

I wouldn't get rid of religion, who am I to demand it to be taken away, people are free to believe what they want as long as it doesn't show/involve intolerance to other beliefs, but I would probably reform the Qur'an.
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Old 04-12-2014, 03:57 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I don't have an answer to it, it's just the first thing I would get rid of/change.

I wouldn't get rid of religion, who am I to demand it to be taken away, people are free to believe what they want as long as it doesn't show/involve intolerance to other beliefs, but I would probably reform the Qur'an.
Perhaps religious intolerance might be a better one? Everyone can believe, or not believe, what they want, but nobody gets hassled or burned or shot or stoned or crucified for their beliefs, if they have them? Your god is as good as mine/Who am I to say my god is better than yours? etc...
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Old 04-12-2014, 04:42 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Perhaps religious intolerance might be a better one? Everyone can believe, or not believe, what they want, but nobody gets hassled or burned or shot or stoned or crucified for their beliefs, if they have them? Your god is as good as mine/Who am I to say my god is better than yours? etc...
But what if thats a safety valve tho
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But what if thats a safety valve tho
God is a plumber, or at least an engineer, I think is the conclusion we can take from this then...
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:29 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I don't have an answer to it, it's just the first thing I would get rid of/change.

I wouldn't get rid of religion, who am I to demand it to be taken away, people are free to believe what they want as long as it doesn't show/involve intolerance to other beliefs, but I would probably reform the Qur'an.
Ppl don't seem to realise that others should be free to take solace in religion

And that militant atheists are just as gross as religious extremists. Just like with vegetarianism, I feel embarrassed to admit to being an atheist because it's so common for atheists to be self righteous assbags who think they have a monopoly on morality
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:36 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I think it's a fine line.

I was Catholic until I was 14. Technically I still am, but I was actively Catholic until I was 14. I know plenty of people to whom their faith is a comfort. They do no harm with it, they don't attempt to force others to follow them, and so it's a personal choice. And if someone believes that their religion helps them to be a better person then I think that's quite admirable. I'm almost a little envious of that in some ways.

But then there are people who will try to force their religion in my face, and should they do that then chances are I will no longer be a mostly silent atheist.
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oh it totally is a fine line, I was also raised in a religious household lol
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:53 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I was an altar boy.

Nobody was a cooler kid than me.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:48 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Nothing. This **** just has to play itself out.
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I would make it so there was more kinds of alcohols. There isn't enough, man. There just ain't.
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