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  •  I'm sorry if that sounded very cynical (0+ / 0-)

    of course that fact that we haven't yet succeeded doesn't mean we shouldn't keep trying.

    However, as an atheist I must point out that empathy ("feeling a connection with all things") requires no spiritual tradition or belief whatsoever. All it requires is a recognition of the best parts of human nature.

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

    by sidnora on Wed May 19, 2010 at 07:36:29 AM PDT

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    •  which begs the question of what is "best" (0+ / 0-)

      In the end our ethics has to be based on something. Western atheists are weak on metaphysics. What is the source of ethical behavior? Is it simply survival of the species? Is there a "higher" calling to human beings, for example, art, poetry, music, love etc.?

      Actually there are a couple of spiritual traditions that are or have strains of atheism. The most obvious is Buddhism which possesses an excellent metaphysics. The idea behind esoteric Buddhism is to experience human consciousness that is not conditioned by culture.

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