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Date Posted: 08:09:46 06/22/05 Wed
Author: Kathy
Subject: I specifically said I wasn't counting the nutty ones, SM.
In reply to: SM77 's message, "Insane People Do Not Disprove God" on 07:34:44 06/22/05 Wed

Very specifically.

Having clarified that, I wouldn't trust the average person's conscience as far as I could bowl a piano. Average noncrazy people teem with far too many ratinalizations, kneejerk reactions, personal exceptions, wild emotions, infulential physical states, magical thinking, and suchlike to be trusted to use their own personal "consciences" as their moral guides.

The problem with the religious ones is that they wrap their "God told me tos" all over the abovementioned mess.

At least we atheists (by "we" I mean the serious ones, the ones who came by it after much thought and not as an act of rebellion and baby nihilism, the ones who don't run bawling back to the Wizard of Oz after life skins our knees), know that this is our only chance to get it right. And we study philosophy, ethics, morality, hoping to cobble together a moral code relatively removed from the conditions of the first paragraph. Being human, of course, there's no way to really objectively do this. But I really think we try harder.

You're welcome to call that a higher power if it fits your definition. Just keep that rationality to the fore.

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