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Re: [Critical-thinkers-skeptics] Atheist T-shirts You'll love.

From: Michael
Sent on: Sunday, August 26, 2012 8:50 PM
On 8/26/2012 7:50 PM, Neal Gallagher wrote:
Michael

For a person who professes tolerance, you seem to always be trying to tell others how to think. 

Now before you misunderstand, I have read Confucius and I have studied and admire the simple elegant math of Einstein's special theory of relatively. It is within the grasp of a bright high school student. 

At the risk of sounding pompous -

I have been to a Confucius day celebration in China.
I have studied physics at Princeton where stories about Einstein abound
So you may want to speak about these men with caution. I trust my understanding.

Every time I get on an airplane I am betting my life that not crashing is far more likely than the alternative.

In the same way, I have found not all opinions have equal worth.

So, how do you decide for whom to vote.

It is amazing to me that this has taken this path.......should I give your opinions equal worth?   How does one determine worth and who it the Omnipotent one that determines worthy opinions?  I have asked to seek to understand over dismissing.  I disagree with many opinions but value their right to that opinion and it's worth to them.....not me.

What I started had nothing to do with Einstein or Confucius or the value of their teachings or opinions.  I only used them to show dismissing the thoughts of the religious would be a great loss to critical thinking.  The majority of critical thinkers didn't end as Atheist as I did.

My original thoughts were best said by Einstein......"Then there are the fanatical atheists whose intolerance is of the same kind as the intolerance of the religious fanatics and comes from the same source. They are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who—in their grudge against the traditional "opium of the people"—cannot bear the music of the spheres."

I was just warning of the tendency to become what we, often out of hate, fight against.   It is yours to do as you wish........not me telling you how to think!

I vote for the one closer to the "classic Liberal" way of thinking, to answer that question.

Freedom is a terrible thing to vote away and in the same way as my point above........many vote away freedoms thinking they are ensuring them by empowering government!  The larger the power of government........... the less the power of the people!

Michael

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