Re: Another question for athiests.
Cultures the world over have the same basic set of rules ("Don't kill people," for example) because it's common sense. Human societies have been around since long before there was a bible and they have developed many common-sense structures in order to help avoid the pitfalls of all-out animal behavior. Constant mayhem doesn’t usually help the majority of people the majority of the time. Take your pick: don't sleep with your neighbor's wife, don't steal your neighbor's stuff, don't murder your neighbor, don’t eat the yellow snow, to name just a few.
Just because many cultures have some sort of deity they defer to doesn't mean there really is one. Maybe it means they didn't have the ability to explain things any other way because their scientific understanding of natural phenomena was limited. The human race is quickly loosing that excuse. We now know with reasonable certainty that although Thor might indeed have been pissed off, he is not the reason for thunder.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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