Ethics: The Food of Reason and The Shit of Religion

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I am currently reading Ethics by the Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.  Reading it has lead me to one conclusion: Judaic, Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Zen and Hindu religious texts are so bogged down in metaphorical interpretation they defeat the purpose for which they are created.

Aristotle’s writing is clear, unambiguous and the terminology is well defined.  He clearly states that mature adults benefit more from the study of ethics than those in their adolescence or post adolescence simply because life experience is necessary to provide the foundation for its appreciation.

Aristotle is lucid.  I read his work in a few hours.  I did not need to read any of the commentary provided by the translators or editors.  In fact, I found the commentary a useless distraction.  If a translation requires commentary, the translation has not acheived it’s goal, the translators have been dogmatic.

Aristotle’s greatest achievement is declaring that no one is chosen by anyone.  Existence chooses us and from that point we choose to be who and what we are.

We choose our rights and responsibilities in our social and environmental context.  And in that choice lies goodness and happiness.

“Do to others as you would have others do to you” is not a call for love or hate, but a call for moderation in all things.

Moderation is not a call for mediocrity, but excellence and perfection.  To achieve the state where nothing need be added and nothing need be taken away.

This is one thing: Reciprocitism.

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The origin of the word “recipe”.

A balance between self-acceptance and self-rejection.  Induction and Deduction.

I highly recommend reading Ethics over any religious text.  The food of Reason prevails over the shit of Religion.

Religion: Reciprocitism: A New Command I Give You

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Reciprocitism.

Reciprocity is the foundation of every religion.

Reciprocity states: “Do to others as you would have others do to you.”

Reciprocity does not work if you are a masochist.

If you hate yourself, you will hate others in the same way.

And so reciprocity in its current form is a curse to all of humanity.

Rights are permissions to love yourself.

Responsibilities are requirements to love others as you would have others love you.

So a new reciprocitic command must be coined:

“Love yourself and love others as you would have others love you.”

Atheism: More Vision, Less Derision

I am currently reading The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins and I am finding it a very fatiguing book to read. The reason for this is Richard cannot seem to make an eloquent rejection of religious superstition without ranting about the stupidity of everyone and everything involved. It’s cover to cover contempt. I would rather be inspired by an atheist vision than witnessing intellectual derision. If it is wrong, prove it is wrong without adding insult to injury.

The problem is atheists, myself included, are hard pressed to come up with an atheist vision. However, Milan Kundera, a seasoned victim of communist oppression, came out with what I believe to be the best vision I can think of. That is the rejection of supernatural consciousness and the rationale of Descartes and the acceptance of the value of all natural consciousness. The real joy of life for every living thing is to be conscious of life at whatever level that may be. And every living thing fights with everything it has to preserve its consciousness.

The frauds of religion are two:

  1. to claim that there is a supernatural consciousness in the universe. For that there is no evidence.
  2. to claim that our consciousness somehow exists before or after life. For that there is no evidence.

Love your consciousness, love other’s consciousness as your own.