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Monday, August 29, 2005

What is your worldview??


What is your worldview? Do you believe that all humans are basically good? Are you Agnostic? Atheist? What causes you to believe what you believe?

What is philosophy? Philosophy is the activity of thinking, questioning, and living. Everyone has a philosophy. There are four different parts that make up a philosophy.

Metaphysics
What is really real, the nature of things.

Epistemology
How you know the nature of things. Epistemology is the root of all philosophy and is concerned with the nature and limits of human knowledge. Basically it is how and what we can know.

Logic
Critical thinking (inductive and deductive reasoning), basically the reasoning behind a belief in something.

Ethics
How do you live out that belief.

Here is a thought provoking Socratic saying:
Sow a Thought, Reap an Act;
Sow an Act, Reap a Habit;
Sow a Habit, Reap a Character;
Sow a Character, Reap a Destiny

I will give you the reasoning of my personal worldview/philosophy in the next post.

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE CAN BE A MORAL LAW, WITHOUT A MORAL LAW GIVER?

5 Other Freaks Said:

At 9:37 AM, Blogger Eddie said...

Thanks for your kind comments on other blogs. Disagreeing writers certainly won't stop me from posting controversial views I have on everything from abortion to social security, in the future. OK, controversial to some, not all.

 
At 11:27 PM, Blogger watbull said...

Hmmmm...

My worldview? Right now, my only view is that I spend too much time at this computer! No, seriously...

Do I believe that all humans are basically good? No. I believe that most human beings are basically good... or, at least that most have some inner good, be it ever-so-small. This does not mean that I believe some human beings to be truly evil, either. I prefer to think of the "bad" human beings as "defective". Rapists, killers, molestors, chronic abusers... not evil incarnate, but defective. This is the very basis for my belief in the death penalty for violent offenders. A defective human being is not, in my opinion, entitled to the same right to live as the rest of the human race.

But, wait! Can God make a defective human being? Well, why not? To me, it makes more sense that God would create a defective human being than a truly evil one. Besides, God makes defective living things all of the time. He also makes things in varying degrees of defectiveness. Just look around... you'll see it, too. This is not to say that God is wrong, or sloppy, or anything of the sort. God has His reasons. I am not prepared, as one of His children, to simply stop believing just because I question His motives and cannot come up with a logical (in the human sense) answer.

... Which brings me to another issue that I must bring up at this point. Generally speaking, anyone that has NOT questioned God, his/her belief in Him, or God's motives is one of three things: A person that just hasn't YET questioned Him, but will; a liar; or brain-dead. To question is human nature. God made us that way. So, it's perfectly normal and healthy to question who we are, why we are, and why God "is".

Am I agnostic? No. I believe that there is an abundance of evidence of the existence of God. Am I an Atheist? Absolutely not. A blatant denial of God's existence is a sign of defectiveness, I think.

What causes me to believe what I believe? That's a bit more difficult to put into words, isn't it? I believe what I do primarily because of a very basic, internal knowledge with which I was born. Education, experience, logic, and self-awareness through contemplation also contribute to my personal system of belief.

Can there be moral law without a moral law giver? Without a universal moral law, moral disagreements would make no sense. If someone cheats me, for example, I couldn't say, "That's not fair" without a universal moral law. My objection would not make sense.

There would be no foundation for believing in a universal law that just arbitrarily existed on its own. Therefore, there MUST be a universal moral law giver. This law giver MUST be concerned with how we live, or He wouldn't have given us guidelines to live by in the first place. God is the only being that fits the criteria of moral law giver.

Have I even answered your basic question here? I can't even remember what the title of your post was at this point.

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger watbull said...

Well, now I was just re-reading my post and it occurred to me that I'd written something that I did not adequately explain.

If I believe that God makes all living things, including defective human beings, how can I say that a defective human being is not entitled to the same right to live as the rest of the human race? If God made it live, it has the right to live, correct?

I've definitely got some explaining to do. But, I'm weary and I am afraid that I'll not do a very good job at this point. So, I'll have to figure out how to explain what I believe, with regard this issue, and come back later. I just wanted you to know that I am thinking about it.

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger Bstermyster said...

I thought you put it well, and this is precisely why I posted these questions. I will post a real reply when I get home tonight, if my hubby will let me :)I blog a little to much, or so he thinks.

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger watbull said...

I blog way too much, as well. I spend a lot of time on the computer, so it's just too easy to keep checking back at some of the blogs that I visit regularly. Then, something will set me off.... and, you know the rest. lol!

Okay... picking up from where I left off last night. How can I believe that, if a defective human being is created by God, a defective human being is not entitled to the same right to live and other human beings?

First of all, I'm not talking about people with minor defects. I am talking specifically about the people that are so defective that they act in the utmost evil ways... the Jeffrey Dahmers of the world, for example.

God creates defective things all of the time. The defective bird is thrown from its mother's nest. The defective bison is stampeded by the rest of the herd. The defective cub is killed by a male from its own pride. The defective bee, even, has its legs chewed off by worker bees in the hive. Why? Well, that's just basic: survival of the fittest... the most basic instinct of all. God created us with that basic instinct. We rid our society of the defective members, so that the rest of our society can live healthy, productive, protected lives.

Maybe God makes defective people every once in a while merely to test our strength... to test our instict. I don't have an answer for why. Only He knows why.

 

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