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An old friend of mine once told me 'the norm is a condition of a man whose mediocrity in life is self evident', so I spend my life asking myself to address that statement. Whether I live up to his high standards are yet to be judged.
Now being a Welshman abroad, we tell the children all about the myths of Wales, Dragons feature highly and we have lot's of cuddly ones around the house to add some reality to the story telling.
Now you see in Boyd Mythville dragons are friendly and do not hurt humans but help protect them. They are invisible and only children can see them, now my 7 year old is starting to question this faith issue as she sees flaws in our arguments, so we wink at her and get her to play along so our 4yr old still can believe in such myths. In no time too he will realise we are just making nice stories and non of it is true, pity our religious friends and their children do not apply the same honesty - one can only dream
I'm been pondering this post for a while now, The God Delusion and many follow on conversations have prompted it, as well as many discussions within my extended family.
I've always been amazed at people who refuse to think for themselves, but seem to lie down and let others do the thinking for them, without any kind of questioning, reflection or reasoning.
In short to me the whole god debate (which ever flavour you like) does not really add up. Whether you are extremist (God made the World ~5890 years ago) or more liberal (that not all in the bible is true but allegory and moral guidance) it all seems flawed to me in the end.
Evolution explains a lot very simply, it has tons of evidence backing it, and goes back all the way to the big bang plus one femotsecond.
Now why the big bang happened in the first place is an interesting debate but there is no evidence what so ever it was a divine beings way of kicking things off - the old argument of where did god come from in the first place and many more should be casting doubt into the minds of many.
I now call my self a radical atheist (a term coined by the brilliant Douglas Adams - so any commentators would not mix his views and position with that of an agnostic), it just does not add up, big creator making all this mega complexity of a system that we are, (he would have to be infinitely m,ore complex than us just to design us), the fossil records, the ice core data all point back to millions of years of changes slowly triggered focused and logical natural selection.
It really also riles me when the religious people seem to think they have the moral guidance and can solely be the guardians of our moral framework, I am a atheist but I am a good man, I don't blow people up, I do not lie to people and tell children to believe things that do not stand up to any simple analysis (where were the dinosaurs in the bible if we are only ~6000 years old?)
We make morals and apply them by democracy by engaging together to make collective decisions and by the general principle of not wanting to harm, hurt anyone and to love thy neighbour irrespective of whom they are and their point of view.
I agree with Dawkins its about time we all spoke out and organise ourselves, it's deeply worrying what is happening with the evangelists and the so called Intelligent Design ideas, they are not based on one scrap of evidence and as soon as you question them they declare it a matter of faith and refuse to enter into a debate about it. The more of us that expose this farce for the extremely dangerous folly it is the sooner we can stop the slide of evangelists into fundamentalist atrocities.
So I've just volunteerd to help at the International Humanist Society here in NL as if we do not act and counter a very worrying trend, how can we really respect ourselves.
This shows work in progress as I attempt to copy David Savage's Love Chair IV design
I am making them from laminated London Plane, with a muliplex seat frame , sprung and then upholstered in leather.
Work started March 2005, again under the excellent guiding eyes of