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Zeitgeist: Moving Forward

Posted in Anarchy, Atheism, AWESOME, Capitalism, Christianity, Communism, conspiracy, crime, Defiance, economics, Environmentalism, Evolution, Experiment, Free-speech, Free-thought, futurism, God, happy, Health, Internet, Islam, Leftism, Libertarianism, LOGIC, medicine, Mind-control, Morality, Philosophy, police, Politics, Protesting, Psychology, Purpose, Quotes, Religion, resources, Science, Skepticism, Slavery, Socialism, theory, youtube, Zeitgeist on January 30, 2011 by FЯEEDO

This movie was by far my favorite of the three. There wasn’t actually anything I disagreed with this time. None of the religious conspiracy theories. I’m very impressed, I recommend you watch it.


Moral Nihilism

Posted in Anarchy, Atheism, Faith, Free-thought, happy, LOGIC, Morality, Nihilism, Philosophy, Purpose, Religion, Skepticism on October 23, 2010 by FЯEEDO

It has been my humble observation that many of the non-religious are confused with the topic of morality and ethics in how it would be rationally extended from their particular breed of reasoning. Don’t get me wrong, the religious aren’t the masters of logical consistency, but this is specifically directed towards the unbeknownst  confusion  asserted from those who claim the negation of faith. By confused I refer to internal inconsistency within their perspective. In this blog-post I will discuss how the rational extension of non-religiosity in regard to ethics leads to Nihilism.

Regardless of how unpleasant it may seem to refer to morality as an illusion, the intellectually-honest non-religious individual must do so in-order to hold internal consistency.

First, a definition of terms; morality and ethics is a description of values and behavior that one ought to have. It is not simply describing  behavior that is but rather behavior that ought to be.

To define ethics as simply a type of behavior in no way means that one ought to behave that way. The famous philosopher, David Hume, aptly pointed out that it is logically impossible to derive an ought from an is–or a value from a fact. So while you may define Altruism, compassion, and kindness as ethical behavior, you are really just describing a type of behavior that is, not one that ought to be.

It’s important to properly understand that ethics and morality is based on how things ought to be. To say giving food to the homeless is kind is completely different than saying that one ought to give food to the homeless. The statement that giving food to the homeless is kind, that is a fact. But to derive a value out of that, saying being kind is a value, that does not logically derive from the fact that giving food to the homeless is kind. You could also say the statement that beating up the homeless for fun is unkind is a fact–so would you then say that you ought to value being unkind, simply because it is a fact? No, all you are doing is stating facts and you’ll never get a value out of that. If someone kills another in cold-blood, it is a fact, it is what is whether or not one ought to have done it.

Now, remember, saying one ought to do this or do that is entirely different than the subjective statement of “I prefer to do this or that”. For example, I prefer water to soda but that does not mean I say one ought to drink water. A Nihilist may be reading this now who understands and agrees with everything I’ve written so far. Most likely they are  someone who would say “I prefer people to be kind” or “I strongly dislike killing”, but they acknowledge that as their own subjective preference and they don’t believe in any kind of morality. So subjective preference, of preferring things to be a certain way, is in no way at all what morality and ethics is about. In this sense, Nihilists are Egoists. The Egoist who says self-pleasure is moral has purely a semantical difference with Nihilism, in actuality there’s no difference in how they behave.

To pull morality out of a hat, to derive an ought from an is, requires some convoluted sense of faith. So if you’re an individual who claims to be non-religious and asserts no code of morality then, congratulations, your ethics are consistent with your reasoning which produced your rejection of faith.

I also find it necessary to point out two different attitudes of Nihilism; Passive and Active.

Passive Nihilism is indicative of a decline in a personal sense of control. It is characterized by the inability to create, or in the extreme to react. The Passive Nihilist is one who, when faced with the world’s uncertainty, withdraws and refuses to engage the world. For him, uncertainty is a sufficient condition not to proceed through life, and so paralyzed by fear of the unknown and unknowable he does nothing or even to the extent that it can no longer be bared which results in insanity or suicide. The famous philosopher Frederich  Nietzsche described this condition as “the weary Nihilism that no longer attacks..a passive Nihilism, a sign of weakness”.

Active Nihilism on the other hand, is indicative of a relative increase in a sense of personal control. The Active Nihilist sees freedom where the Passive Nihilist sees loss or meaninglessness. He chooses action and creation instead of passivity and withdrawal. For him, the lack of objective standards of moral truth motivates self-created standards and criteria. The Active Nihilist  is not active despite  the unknown but because of it. He possesses a store of creative energy and power which allows him to impose personal meaning on the world while never forgetting that he is the source of it all and progenitor of that meaning. He is heroic in this sense, facing the world with courage and purpose.

This short inquiry is not exhaustive in the least and would be chancy to change any minds but I felt it necessary of my own desire to give my two cents on the matter. Nihilism can be a very confusing thing for some people, especially those who see Nihilists like me who would easily confuse me with come kind of Gandhi character espousing robust Altruism. But so I don’t disappoint their mis-guided view of Nihilism as a meaningless, heartless and void of all things good I’ll close off by saying that I wish all my Nihilist friends well while they go brutally anal rape some crippled people and blow-up a church.

Pacifism

Posted in Anarchy, Free-thought, Morality on September 10, 2010 by FЯEEDO

So why choose Pacifism over retaliation-but-not-initiationism?

Because violence begets violence begets violence.

Violent retaliation will not achieve the ends you seek. It only stirs-up more hatred and will act to justify the initiators violence in their own minds.

To choose not to stoop down to their level and strike back does something amazing. It changes your attacker. It will give birth to emotions of mercy and compassion within them.

“So what then”, you say, “just take it?”. No. Pacifism is not weak, but a mightier force than any army, by onethousand-fold. Violence is not required in-order to resist. In-fact, it has proven to be one of the least effective forms of resistance imaginable by increasing the problem. Pacifism does not mean non-resistance. There are many tools to use in replace of violence which are more effective. You may appeal to their emotion by not striking back or even further by returning the blow with kindness. You may appeal to their reason by negotiation. And you may simply refuse to cooperate with oppression, through courage and through perseverance, like the way of Gandhi.

Everything I see in the current perverse established doctrine of so called solution making by violent exchange I can sum up in this one phrase that shows itself to ring-true everyday:
Violence is suicide.

The Spanish Revolution in a Few Words

Posted in Anarchy, Capitalism, Communism, Defiance, Justice, Leftism, Libertarianism, Morality, Politics, Socialism on September 6, 2010 by FЯEEDO

Some words from the French Anarchist historian Gaston Leval who was an active participant in the Spanish Anarchist Revolution:

In Spain during almost three years, despite a civil war that took a million lives, despite the opposition of the political parties (republicans, left and right Catalan separatists, socialists, Communists, Basque and Valencian regionalists, petty bourgeoisie, etc.), this idea of libertarian communism was put into effect. Very quickly more than 60% of the land was collectively cultivated by the peasants themselves, without landlords, without bosses, and without instituting capitalist competition to spur production. In almost all the industries, factories, mills, workshops, transportation services, public services, and utilities, the rank and file workers, their revolutionary committees, and their syndicates reorganized and administered production, distribution, and public services without capitalists, high salaried managers, or the authority of the state.

Even more: the various agrarian and industrial collectives immediately instituted economic equality in accordance with the essential principle of communism, ‘From each according to his ability and to each according to his needs.’ They coordinated their efforts through free association in whole regions, created new wealth, increased production (especially in agriculture), built more schools, and bettered public services. They instituted not bourgeois formal democracy but genuine grass roots functional libertarian democracy, where each individual participated directly in the revolutionary reorganization of social life. They replaced the war between men, ‘survival of the fittest,’ by the universal practice of mutual aid, and replaced rivalry by the principle of solidarity…

This experience, in which about eight million people directly or indirectly participated, opened a new way of life to those who sought an alternative to anti-social capitalism on the one hand, and totalitarian state bogus socialism on the other.

Brilliant quote on the LORD’s mysterious ways.

Posted in Atheism, AWESOME, Christianity, Faith, God, HUMOR, Morality, Quotes, Religion on August 18, 2010 by FЯEEDO

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike. Then I realised that The Lord doesn’t work that way, so I stole one and asked him to forgive me.
— Emo Philips

The Real Founding Fathers

Posted in Atheism, Bible, Christianity, Faith, Free-thought, God, Jesus, Justice, Morality, Quotes, Religion, Uncategorized on May 24, 2010 by FЯEEDO

I am so sick and tired of hearing these religious nut-cases proclaim America’s founding fathers as their heroes who set up this country on Judeo-Christian values. The immense perversion of such blasphemy to history wreaks of pure vulgarity.

Allow me to introduce you to the real founding fathers:

“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“The way to see by faith is to close the eye of reason”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.”
~ Thomas Paine

“The Christian system of religion is an outrage on common sense.”
~ Thomas Paine

“I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?”
~ John Adams

“In every country and every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason than that of blindfolded fear.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“What influence, in fact, have ecclesiastical establishments had on society? In some instances they have been seen to erect a spiritual tyranny on the ruins of the civil authority; on many instances they have been seen upholding the thrones of political tyranny; in no instance have they been the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wish to subvert the public liberty may have found an established clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate it, needs them not.”
~ James Madison

“The story of the redemption will not stand examination. That man should redeem himself from the sin of eating an apple by committing a murder on Jesus Christ, is the strangest system of religion ever set up.”
~ Thomas Paine

“Thirteen governments [of the original states] thus founded on the natural authority of the people alone, without a pretence of miracle or mystery, and which are destined to spread over the northern part of that whole quarter of the globe, are a great point gained in favor of the rights of mankind.”
~ John Adams

“This would be the best of possible worlds, if there were no religion in it”
~John Adams

“Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effects of coercion? To make one half of the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the Earth.
~ Thomas Jefferson

“It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet that the one is not three, and the three are not one.  But this constitutes the craft, the power and the profit of the priests.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“The most detestable wickedness, the most horrid cruelties, and the greatest miseries that have afflicted the human race have had their origin in this thing called revelation, or revealed religion.”
~ Thomas Paine

“Yet this is trash that the Church imposes upon the world as the Word of God; this is the collection of lies and contradictions called the Holy Bible! This is the rubbish called Revealed Religion!”
~Thomas Paine

“History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government.  This marks the lowest grade of ignorance, of which their political as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purpose.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.”
~ Thomas Jefferson

“Lighthouses are more helpful than churches.
~ Benjamin Franklin

“All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”
~ Thomas Paine

“In the affairs of the world, men are saved, not by faith, but by the lack of it.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition (Christianity) one redeeming feature.  They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

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I’d also like to add that though George Washington didn’t have any bold anti-religious quotes besides the separation of church and state, he himself was only a Christian in name. He refused to ever take communion, to pray on his death bed and also never mentioned the name Jesus Christ even once out of all his many letters.

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And lastly I leave you with a quote from the new testament:

Romans 13:1:  “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore whoever resist authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”

A New Way To Do Business

Posted in Anarchy, Capitalism, Free-thought, Leftism, Libertarianism, LOGIC, Mind-control, Morality, Politics, Socialism on March 21, 2010 by FЯEEDO

The business model we have now is highly flawed and exploitative.

How it works now is this:

A certain person has acquired money somehow. They may have earned it through work, they may have not.

They buy property to start a business. They privately own this property; only they can decide what to do with it.

If there is high consumer demand for the products this business offers than it grows larger.

The larger it grows, the harder it is to operate with less people operating it.

The owner must hire workers.

The owner hires these workers by offering them a certain amount of money from that raked in by the business.

The implication of this is that the workers are required to work harder for less money that the owner would have to if he was operating their job because he is now keeping the difference.

The owner makes more simply because he already has more. In other words; the richer you are, the easier it is to get richer. While those on the bottom remain stuck with less no matter how hard they work.

Though it operates upon voluntary consent of the workers, the workers don’t realize what is being done to them.

I will now propose a new way of doing things:

When the owner hires workers, instead of having dominion over them, the workers are given an equal share in the business.

Instead of the owner pocketing the difference, the profit would be split evenly between everyone involved.

When this happens, it not only gives the workers just as much a chance in climbing up the ladder as those that are richer but also gives the workers incentive to invest in their business which they now cooperatively own.

It’s just as good for the business as it was before except now it’s better for a much larger amount people who operate the business than it was before.

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