Are we capable of living without religion?
Religion has been an everyday reality for thousands of years. Only in the last couple of hundred, and certainly more outspokenly in the last 50, has the idea of divine "disinspiration" been seriously considered. The question is deceptively simple: are we capable of living without religion? But it's an incredibly loaded question as well. It questions our entire history. It questions billions of people's faith. Most importantly, it questions our humanity. Because while it may seem to undermine people's beliefs in divine, external power, it also uplifts the seldom credited human, internal power. The faithful often point to the charity, kindness, forgiveness, and brotherhood found in the books and history of their religion. But are those universally good things really the product of religion, or are they simply strengths that can be found universally in all men and women? I invite you all into discussion of this fascinating topic. I ask you to speak your mind without flaming others or their beliefs.
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In his final years, Martin Luther King, Jr. become increasingly focused on the problem of poverty in America.
- Despite being widely known for his leadership role in the American civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr. also played a central role in organizing the Poor People's Campaign of 1968.
- The campaign was one of the first to demand a guaranteed income for all poor families in America.
- Today, the idea of a universal basic income is increasingly popular, and King's arguments in support of the policy still make a good case some 50 years later.
A completely unexpected discovery beneath the ice.
- Scientists find remains of a tardigrade and crustaceans in a deep, frozen Antarctic lake.
- The creatures' origin is unknown, and further study is ongoing.
- Biology speaks up about Antarctica's history.
For Damien Echols, tattoos are part of his existential armor.
- In prison Damien Echols was known by his number SK931, not his name, and had his hair sheared off. Stripped of his identity, the only thing he had left was his skin.
- This is why he began tattooing things that are meaningful to him — to carry a "suit of armor" made up the images of the people and objects that have significance to him, from his friends to talismans.
- Echols believes that all places are imbued with divinity: "If you interact with New York City as if there's an intelligence behind... then it will behave towards you the same way."
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