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  •  Mandela won by removing people's fears (1+ / 0-)
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    Troubadour

    If you read what these people have to say with an empathetic but analytical eye, the apparent explanation is that they're afraid of being in a moral void.

    In their eyes, unless we're the special creation of a lawgiving God, there's no basis for any morality. If we're "just" evolved assemblies of matter, they don't understand why we'd be bound by any more ethical code than a toaster has.

    This explains apparently bizarre statements like blaming school shootings on the teaching of evolution.

    That's the root of it, and if you try to use reason against a gut moral reaction, you might as well try to stop a freight train by barking at it.

    •  But this does remove people's fears. (0+ / 0-)

      It shows them that not only can they still have faith and accept reason, but that they already do it constantly in their daily lives.

      In Roviet Union, money spends YOU.

      by Troubadour on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:52:58 AM PST

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