|05-25-2011, 09:10 PM||#31 (permalink)|
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|07-11-2011, 03:34 PM||#32 (permalink)|
Join Date: May 2011
I'd like to respond your responses above. They're catchy statements, but taken together contradict themselves. Whilst they may be true for you (and that's great), they're not particularly applicable to the context of discussion.
(1) That life has meaning is a belief and not a reality. My counter argument would be that ... well.. surely one can just as viably believe that it has no such meaning. And to the claim that I would not be quoting others to establish meaning in life, well I can just say that citing a tradition is to me a far more convincing way of trying to express particular viewpoint to another person than simply saying 'I feel this, or that'. There are very few human feelings that haven't already been felt by another, and that repetitiveness is the basis of sharing empathy. So really... that's a non-response.
(2) Universal truths are accessed through perception, beliefs are through interpretation. See comment above. I suspect these are your own accessed personal truths, rather than anything that can generate common understanding. Which isn't wrong, but it's not applicable to the point I was making in the context of a system which attempts to teach a certain set of principles to a large mass of people, claming a status of truth.
(3) Truth with a capital T has nothing to do with morality. That's a strange statement to make if one believes (as in response 2) in universal truths. Unless you're adopting a very unique, individually accessed intepretation of morality (in which case conversation is futile).
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