* [...] even if the culprit gets away scot-free, would still [cause the culprit to] incur a heavy cost as would everyone else in the tribe.
From my standpoint, morality gets more and more challenging the more dense of a population we live in. I see it as more challenging in a dense urban populace over a rural village, and more challenging connected to the world across the internet than when we see each other face-to-face.
I think where we find the worst of human nature is mainly as a result of the contrast between the types of environments it adapted against historically vs. the types we have post-civilization. Since we are moving further and further in that direction, I think an emphasis on values and ethics is more important than ever before... yet disappointingly, I'm seeing many moving in a more nihilistic direction the further we progress. I see a significant incompatibility there that could become really ugly unless steps are made to rectify it.
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If you need to believe in a God to stop you from stealing, raping and murdering, you lack empathy. And, frankly, the fact that you think that's needed is why atheists are rightly nervous of the excessively religious.
Goaded when you were born into this world did you know right from wrong or did you have to be taught it? Exactly! At some point it you learn. Some learn quick some don't. This is the other thing i like about atheists. I like how they claim to be so enlightened yet they play dumb. You are playing right?
What has God got to do with learning what's right and what's wrong? You should be able to learn that in kindergarden without any religion.Is owning slaves right or wrong? Is stoning adulterers right or wrong? Is eating shell fish right or wrong?What's it like to live in fear all the time? Why do you think fear of eternal punishment is the only reason people don't do terrible things?
@goaded no, no, no, you couldn't be more misinformed. Yes you should follow god because you love him an know that he only wants the best for you. But not everyone who gets saved feels this right off the bat some Need to grow in their faith. When you are a kid do you fear punishment from your father? Yes when you're bad. But you srill love him you still know he loves you.
My parents, as far as I can recall, never punished me, other than expressing disappointment for what I'd done. Strangely, I've never gone on to kill anyone.Is owning slaves right or wrong? Is stoning adulterers right or wrong? Is eating shell fish right or wrong?
@goaded yeah, and look how screwed up you are. Lol
How screwed up is that, exactly?