We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Liberal solution is always more government. Hubris and power-seeking are their problems. Their shame is their distrust in the peoples' ability to run their own lives: maybe some cannot or will not, but I do not like to be governed as if I were the lowest common denominator.
Semi-related: This is a good time to be the market for an airplane. I wish. But I am an oppressed wage slave (wage + bonus slave) of the Capitalist System and thus will not get my own personal G4 until Obama gives me one. Still waiting.
...you’re right to be wary of the strength of religion. Religion is the most powerful force in human affairs, bar none. Ideology alone doesn’t come close. Religion is the prime mover because religion forms the basis of a shared worldview. From this basic worldview grows culture and from culture societal structures are formed and the final fruits of this process are political systems. Our culture, social affairs and politics are ultimately anchored in morality and morality is anchored in the basic world view derived from religion.
Religion answers the primal question, what is the nature of reality? Do we inhabit a benevolent universe, a malevolent universe, or an indifferent universe? This is not trivial question and its answer determines the basis of all human interaction.
NJSoldier ... You're wearing a coat in mid-June, because you sent all your normal hot weather down to us in coastal Texas, where it's been 98 degrees for five or six days now, with no relief in sight. As Kay Bailey Hutchison said to one constituent a few summers ago, "It's Texas. It's summer. It's hot. Live with it." Smart lady, and amazingly honest for a politician,
What it isn't, is manmade global warming. So I don't blame you personally.
Pardon me for being dull, but: "Do we inhabit a benevolent universe, a malevolent universe, or an indifferent universe? "
None of the above. Ascribing human characteristics to the universe puts us and it on the same plane. One thing easy to say about the universe is that it is an indiscriminate killer of humans. Oh, and it was here first.
That primal question - What is the nature of reality? How is it that only religion can answer that when religion rocks on faith and reality is not subject to human decisions or conventions but is dependent upon fact?
I agree totally here. The problem here is the quote misuses a bit of language.
"Religion answers the primal question, what is the nature of reality?" should actually read "Philosophy (metaphysics in particular) answers the primal question, what is the nature of reality?"
Now, she's partly right. Religion IS a philosophy. IMO, it just isn't a good one, but it is a philosophy. Religion's answer to "what is the nature of reality" is a pretty nebulous answer that includes some stuff that ... well, isn't part of reality.
We both forgot to ask that most primal question: Which religion?
That is, were we so inclined to believe religion can provide the answer to what is the nature of reality. That brings up another primal question: Who gets to say which religion is the one true religion and how do they prove it?