Tuesday, May 26, 2015

So, you're an atheist...

In a recent post on Lifehacker [warning, now owned by Fairfax, so likely to be uncritically pop-left in orientation] a list of 'virtues' to conduce happiness was given.

Heck, I want to be happy, I want to be virtuous, I want to live the good life (in Tolstoy's terms, not modern hedonist terms), so I went to the source website.

Lo and behold, a snap from Alain de Botton's Religion for Atheists. The list is highly derivative, of course, and mainly derivative of Christian faith, given that western atheism is a heretical branch of Christianity (or 'fork' as computer folks like to say), relying on its moral epistemology without either explicating the link or bothering to develop their own in a futile attempt to overturn its inevitable courting of the naturalistic fallacy.

Clearly the list says that some things are important, but cannot explain why in basic terms without reference to something outside the naturalist/hedonist world view...

I will provide some commentary on the virtues over the coming few weeks with the label: "10Virtues"

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