Thursday, 28 March 2013

Why We Are And How To Be

Animal species exist because of natural selection.
Humanity exists because of "The Part Played By Labour In The Transition From Ape To Man" (Engels).
Individuals exist because of a genetic lottery.
Collectively and individually, we were active organisms long before we were reflective subjects.

We must live with consequences of previous actions (karma).
We can try to understand the world and to respect its other inhabitants.
We can try to become the kind of beings that a deity might have designed.
Anthropomorphic myths inspire literature, art and public rituals.

Politics: building a society where every person is an end, not a means.
Religion: meditation and ceremonial without literal theism.
Speculative fiction: myths retold; dystopias; utopias.
Practice: meditate and organise.

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