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…

Si quieres lograr algo

Si quieres lograr algo, déjate de 'decretos' y de excusas, y ponte a trabajar. El universo no te debe absolutamente nada. — Héctor Pérez-Urbina (@hekanibru) June 9, 2016

Eres ateo o idiota: El síndrome del ateo cagante

Cuando reconoces las contradicciones, farsas, y aberraciones alrededor de la iglesia y la religión, y finalmente aceptas que lo más probable es que Dios no exista, es natural querer compartirlo con el mundo. Conozco bien ese sentimiento. Es como si de pronto te quitaran una venda de los ojos y pudieras admirar al mundo en todo su…

¿Vives tu ateísmo en secreto?

A mi esposa siempre le han interesado los temas de justicia social. Como abogada, podría hacer una fortuna trabajando para una corporación multinacional; sin embargo, ha decidido dedicar su vida profesional a ayudar a inmigrantes con pocos recursos económicos. Es verdaderamente admirable la manera tan genuina en que se preocupa por el bienestar de los demás….

Si no crees, ¿respeta?

No necesariamente. Hay culturas que creen que los cuernos de rinoceronte o los huesos de tigre son medicinales, causando la extinción de varias especies de estos majestuosos animales. Hay gente que cree que vacunar a los niños causa autismo, lo que ha llevado al resurgimiento de varias enfermedades peligrosas previamente erradicadas. Hay organizaciones que piensan…

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…

The Little Miracle

The Accident When I was a year and a half old, I had a very serious accident. My aunt had boiled some water to make coffee and as she was walking towards the dining room, the glass pitcher started to crack in her hands. Not knowing what else to do, she threw the pitcher to…

With time

With time, matter begins understanding itself. How incredibly amazing. — Héctor Pérez-Urbina (@hekanibru) January 9, 2015

Imperfection

I considered imperfection intrinsically negative until I understood we owe our very existence to the imperfect nature of DNA replication. — Héctor Pérez-Urbina (@hekanibru) December 22, 2014

Arrogancia humana

Independientemente de si es cierto o incluso verosímil, creer que el mismísimo creador del universo se hizo hombre es sumamente arrogante. — Héctor Pérez-Urbina (@hekanibru) December 17, 2014