Empathy vs Sympathy

Someone recently brought to my attention the subtle but very important distinction between empathy and sympathy with the following video: “Empathy is a choice and it’s a vulnerable choice, because in order to connect with you I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling.” Thank you so much, Alfonso! Hekanibru  

The Smartass Atheist Syndrome

Once the contradictions inherent in religion finally lead you to accept that God almost certainly does not exist, it is natural to want to share your newfound wisdom. I know that feeling well. It’s as if you saw the world as it really is for the very first time. Wake up! Open your eyes! The…

On our greater intelligence

“If our greater intelligence is the hallmark of our species then we should use it, as all other beings use their distinctive advantages, to help ensure that our offspring prosper, and their heredity is passed on, and that the fabric of nature that sustains us is protected. Human intelligence is imperfect, surely, and newly arisen. The ease…

A little of Omar Khayyám’s wisdom

Allah, perchance, the secret word might spell;
If Allah be, He keeps His secret well;
What He hath hidden, who shall hope to find?
Shall God His secret to a maggot tell?

Hitchen’s Challenge

“Name one ethical statement made, or one ethical action performed, by a believer that could not have been uttered or done by a nonbeliever.” Any takers? Hekanibru

10 Questions for Every Atheist

The website Today Christian published a list of 10 questions that “atheists cannot truly and honestly really answer”. Here are my answers :). 1. How did you become an atheist? Having been taught to think critically, I started noticing contradictions and fallacies during my Religion class when I was very young; however, it was not until…

Stephen Fry on God

“How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain? Because the God who created this universe, if it was…

Dewey on God

Dewey [to the Bible teacher Helen]: What kind of God makes children think when they’re not in school? Helen: That is a torment but I’m sure He has His reasons. Dewey: Yeah, like Pastor Roy said, how God is so much bigger and wiser than us, and trying to see what He’s thinking would be…

True nobility

“There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self.” – Ernest Hemingway