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Old 06-08-2011, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Chango View Post
Being a hairless bipedal ape, I have the annoying psychological tendency to catagorize and put neat little labels on everything, so sorry ahead of time.

In another thread I suggested "spirituality" could be ever so neatly divided into four catagories of progressing reality awareness:

1. True barbarism: living day to day virtually as an animal for selfish gain.

2. Religious: following/buying into an institution.

3. Agnosticsim/atheism: the realization that institutions are wrong and subsequently rejecting them in a honest search for truth.

4. True enlightenment: a theoretical higher perspective with a true understanding of the universe, it's interconnectedness and our place in it.

Please dissect this and tell my why it would/wouldn't be true.

Is there anything beyond the realizations of atheism/agnosticism? Is that the end of the progression, or just a step along the way to something bigger and more complete?
I don't feel like your list is very accurate or pertanent.
I feel like the list would be better posed this way:

1. Barbarous: those who don't even think or talk about the nature of our reality

2. Religious: those who chose to have faith in a certain proclaimed version of the nature of reality

3. Spiritual: those who chose to have faith in their personal revelation as to the nature of reality

4. Skeptical: those who question even their own believes.

5. Scientific: those who test and re-test their own believes and questions.

6. Realistic: those who have come to understand their own limitations.

i suppose there is a fine line between realistic and barbarous.

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Old 06-08-2011, 08:59 PM
Location: Las Vegas
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Originally Posted by catman View Post
It may be irrevelant to you on the face of it, but when it mixes with politics and government it isn't.
Well yes, I agree. But a generic belief in a deity doesn't really matter.
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Old 06-09-2011, 12:54 AM
Location: Metromess
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Exactly. I have no problem with Deism. As long as there is no dogma or mythology attached to a God-belief, I don't care.
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