Rantings and tirades of a frustrated economist.
Aaron, great post. Quite thought provoking. On the meaning of life, you said to have fun, but not be a complete hedonist and fuck people over. You also spoke of finding quality people to spend time with. Without religion to provide a code(set of rules to live by), how do you judge whether you are fucking people over or are with good, quality people? By what standard do you judge such things? I'm an atheist myself, so I'm curious about your "code". Perhaps you might share your definition of good vs. evil...Thanks.Steve
thanks, aaron.hope thousands of young people listen to this, several times, until it sinks in.i'm old and two decades ago i was given the book 'the tao of pooh'.i wish i'd had that book at the age of 20.what you have said here today reminds me of that book.deb h.
Religion isn't needed provide a moral code in we social animals; nature does it quite well enough. Good Natured: The Origins of Right and Wrong in Humans and Other Animals. (1996) Harvard University PressPrimates and Philosophers: How Morality Evolved. (2006) Princeton University PressWild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals (2010) Chicago University PressMoral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame. (2012) Basic Books
Ultimately there is no MEANING to life, there's simply preferences. End of.
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