21 February 2018

Random observations for February 2018

Sometimes, kindness is the only way to fight back against the way things are.

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The same world could be Heaven or Hell to you -- depending on who you are.

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Personal freedom -- control over one’s own body and immediate possessions, and the right of self-defense -- is more important than freedom in more abstract senses.

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Non-wasted time is when I'm doing what I want to do.  Wasted time is when I'm doing what somebody else wants me to do.

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Why does the word "atheist" even exist, anyway? Why should there be a special word for people who don't believe in God? There's not a special word for people who don't believe in Santa Claus. There's not a special word for people who don't believe in flying saucers. There's not a special word for people who don't believe the Earth is flat.

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The only way to know and understand the world is to look dispassionately at the evidence. A factual claim about the world can be judged to be true or false only on the basis of the available evidence. Religious objections, political correctness, fears of offending people, fears of bad consequences if the idea were to be accepted, etc. are irrelevant to truth.

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Vehemence won't persuade anybody.  Writing words in all-caps won't persuade anybody.  Being outraged won't persuade anybody.

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Man is fundamentally an animal -- specifically, a species of great ape -- and only secondarily a "rational being", a "spiritual being", an "economic actor", or anything else. Any attempt to understand human psychology or behavior which does not take our animal nature into account is a waste of time.

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I don't hold anything to be holy or sacred, because those concepts are religious and therefore meaningless to me.  The only thing I feel any reverence for is human achievement.

[For previous random observations, see here.]

6 Comments:

Blogger Donna said...

YES! Also, love that pic!!

21 February, 2018 15:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks! And that bird is me in spirit.

21 February, 2018 17:11  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Wise observations. All of them.

21 February, 2018 17:58  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thank you!

22 February, 2018 15:21  
Blogger Rational Nation USA said...

Excellence is found in truth, your observations all ring true Infidel.

As a person who cherishes liberty and freedom it has always seemed self evident that to experience maximum liberty and freedom requires one to accept total personal responsibility for their actions. This while respecting the rights of others to enjoy the same liberties and freedoms for themselves.

25 February, 2018 06:48  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Rational: Thanks! Not everyone might agree that I've used my freedom "responsibly", but I can say that I haven't transgressed on the freedom of others.

26 February, 2018 09:23  

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