Philosophy and science over religion


I love philosophy. The following are just a few precious fish in an endless ocean.

“Don’t worry about being acknowledged by others; worry about failing to acknowledge them.” – Confucius

“Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment.” – Lao Tzu

“We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.” – Buddha

"The unexamined life is not worth living." – Socrates

“The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.” – Epicurus

“The people have a right to the truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – Epictetus

“I think therefore I am.” – René Descartes

“Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness.” -- George Washington

“The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree and are too cowardly to let you know.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -- Edmund Burke

“It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.” – Thomas Huxley

“It is a thousand times better to have common sense without education than to have education without common sense.” -- Robert Green Ingersoll

“I am not young enough to know everything.” – Oscar Wilde

“Education is the progressive realization of our ignorance.” -- Albert Einstein

“Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.” -- Howard Aiken

“The highest result of education is tolerance.” – Helen Keller

“If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.” – Yogi Berra

“I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperity for all people.” – Rosa Parks

“To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -- Mahatma Gandhi

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“My future is righteousness.” – Bob Marley

“Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.” – Lucille Ball

“The less secure a man is, the more likely he is to have extreme prejudice.” – Clint Eastwood

“There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” – Chris Rock

I love science. The following is just a little taste of what we’ve discovered.

We are but one planet in one solar system of one star in one galaxy out of a universe of hundreds of billions of galaxies and billions of trillions of stars.

We are made of star stuff owing the possibility of our existence to exploding stars long ago.

We evolved from other animals and have a connection to all living things.

Electricity, microprocessors, space flight, nuclear power, and countless other technologies were brought to us by science.

Explanations for lightning, rainbows, diseases, earth quakes, seasons, and countless other natural occurrences have been provided by science.

What has religious supernaturalism provided?

Arrogant and baseless claims of divine authority, delusions of divine favoritism, bigotry, roadblocks to scientific progress, superstition and confusion.

To be fair there is secular philosophy that can be found in religion especially Eastern religions such as Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism. Don’t chain your mind to a creed. Keep your horizons open to discover the best of life’s guidance.

Philosophy and science is all that’s needed for a good life and a noble death. No divinity is required.

-James Kirk Wall

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