Raghunath Joshi writes:
Isaac Asimov said ‘I am an emotional atheist. As to the claim that God exists, my suspicion is so strong that I don’t want to waste my limited time believing/acting on it’. Even though I am an atheist, I can appreciate religion when ever it results in kindness honesty and courage, like the writer Kurt Vonnegut when he says ‘Believe in all harmless untruths if it makes you kind, happier and more truthful’.
In all of the arguments that we, atheists make against religion, the underlying thread is ‘logic’. The problem with using logic is that we HAVE to stop it at one point in the line of argument. It is so because logic can’t create a meaning of one’s life. It can only help us derive a moral structure from a fundamental premise such as ‘compassion towards’ / ‘happiness of’ / ‘freedom of’ all living creatures. Logic is therefore a tool to screen out arguments that defend those beliefs which are at clash with the above said premises of compassion and freedom.
For example, banning and/or ostracising homosexuality because of one’s religious beliefs cannot be moral because, there is a contradiction between those “beliefs” and the basic values of “compassion towards differently born human beings” and their “freedom of life” as long as no one else’s freedom are sacrificed (like forced sodomy).On the other hand, think of how daunting, a task of creating a “one-size-fit-all theory of life universe and everything” actually is. If you haven’t noticed yet, there is NOT a single philosophical view point of life that is immune from logical fallibility.
The notion of ‘Lets create some meaning of our tiny insignificant lives by devoting time to cultivating deep passions and decreasing the suffering of those around us’ is a pretty good ‘subjective’ basis to live life. But at the end, it still is subjective.
Actually there is one view point that is immune from fallibility – Nihilism1. It is true! There is no logical argument that can be thrown at a nihilist (Eg. ‘Joker’ from the ‘The Dark Knight’) that will convince him that there is an ‘inherent’ value in human life and that it is relevant in scale of the universe.
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