But what isn’t said, maybe anywhere, is that “The What” to model isn’t in the visible. The timeless…

When you live the opposite of Zula and Sokolov, when what is important to you is the right now, and how you look to yourself and the other, I want to give up on you. I want to go HOME… leave this miserable, ugly place behind.

Hold up a mirror to a blind person and hope that they will see.

It is very seductive to think that your behavior is, in any way, related to what I do, or the value I provide.

But reality is, your efforts are, most of the time, pissing in the wind. You end up with wet pants…

Principle #1: Keep your eyes on the timeless.

Principle #2: It’s not personal

Spiritual teachers over thousands of years are trying to teach you to look at a rose and have nothing between you and a rose… not even the word. Or a sunset.

Accurate means: it is not personal. It means the same, across the board, regardless of education, gender, political affiliation, or nationality.

FOOTNOTES

  • Sam Harris Quotes
  • World, Way, Facts
  • The only thing that permits human beings to collaborate with one another in a truly open-ended way is their willingness to have their beliefs modified by new facts. Only openness to evidence and argument will secure a common world for us.
  • World, Way, Facts
  • The habit of spending nearly every waking moment lost in thought leaves us at the mercy of whatever our thoughts happen to be. Meditation is a way of breaking this spell.
  • Meditation, Mindfulness, Way
  • Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?
  • Loss, Suffering, Family And Friends
  • The problem with religion, because it’s been sheltered from criticism, is that it allows people to believe en masse what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.
  • Believe, People, Religion
  • Everything we do is for the purpose of altering consciousness. We form friendships so that we can feel certain emotions, like love, and avoid others, like loneliness. We eat specific foods to enjoy their fleeting presence on our tongues. We read for the pleasure of thinking another person’s thoughts.
  • Loneliness, Thinking, Like Love
  • Indeed, religion allows people to imagine that their concerns are moral when they are highly immoral — that is, when pressing these concerns inflicts unnecessary and appalling suffering on innocent human beings. This explains why Christians like yourself expend more “moral” energy opposing abortion than fighting genocide. It explains why you are more concerned about human embryos than about the lifesaving promise of stem-cell research. And it explains why you can preach against condom use in sub-Saharan Africa while millions die from AIDS there each year. (25)
  1. <! — (2006). “Letter to a Christian Nation”, Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
    Christian, Fighting, Cells
  • Norway, Iceland, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Japan, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the United Kingdom are among the least religious societies on earth. According to the United Nations’ Human Development Report (2005), they are also the healthiest, as indicated by life expectancy, adult literacy, per capita income, educational attainment, gender equality, homicide rate, and infant mortality. . . . Conversely, the fifty nations now ranked lowest in terms of the United Nations’ human development index are unwaveringly religious.
  1. <! — (2006). “Letter to a Christian Nation”, Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
    Religious, Educational, Australia
  • While believing strongly, without evidence, is considered a mark of madness or stupidity in any other area of our lives, faith in God still holds immense prestige in our society. Religion is the one area of our discourse where it is considered noble to pretend to be certain about things no human being could possibly be certain about. It is telling that this aura of nobility extends only to those faiths that still have many subscribers. Anyone caught worshipping Poseidon, even at sea, will be thought insane.
  1. <! — (2006). “Letter to a Christian Nation”, Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
    Atheist, Believe, Sea
  • Imagine a world in which generations of human beings come to believe that certain films were made by God or that specific software was coded by him. Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars or Windows 98. Could anything — anything — be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous than the world we are living in.
  • Atheist, Stars, War
  • If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide that proves they should value evidence. If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument would you invoke to prove they should value logic?
  • Logical Arguments, Should, Evidence
  • You don’t get anything worth getting, by pretending to know things you don’t know.
  • Pretending, Knows
  • Either God can do nothing to stop catastrophes like this, or he doesn’t care to, or he doesn’t exist. God is either impotent, evil, or imaginary. Take your pick, and choose wisely.
  • Evil, Care, Choose Wisely
  • In fact, “atheism” is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a “non-astrologer” or a “non-alchemist.” We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.
  • Religious, Atheist, People
  • You can do what you decide to do — but you cannot decide what you will decide to do.
  1. <! — (2012). “Free Will”, p.38, Simon and Schuster
    Free Will, Can Do
  • The position of the Muslim community in the face of all provocations seems to be: Islam is a religion of peace, and if you say that it isn’t, we will kill you.
  • Community, Islam, Faces
  • A puppet is free as long as he loves his strings.
  • Long, Puppets, Strings
  • The problem is not that religious people are stupid. It’s not that religious fundamentalists are stupid. I happen to think that you can be so well educated that you can build a nuclear bomb, and still get — and still believe that you will get the 72 virgins in paradise — that is the problem. The problem is that — religion — because it has been sheltered from criticism as it has been — allows people — perfectly sane, perfectly intelligent people — to believe en masse, what only idiots or lunatics could believe in isolation.
  • Religious, Stupid, Believe
  • The conflict between religion and science is inherent and (very nearly) zero-sum. The success of science often comes at the expense of religious dogma; the maintenance of religious dogma always comes at the expense of science.
  • Religious, Zero, Maintenance
  • How we pay attention to the present moment…determin es the character of our experience and…the quality of our lives.
  • Character, Quality, Pay
  • It is time we recognized that belief is not a private matter; it has never been merely private. In fact, beliefs are scarcely more private than actions are, for every belief is a fount of action in potential.
  • Matter, Facts, Belief
  • Jesus Christ — who, as it turns out, was born of a virgin, cheated death, and rose bodily into the heavens — can now be eaten in the form of a cracker
  • Jesus, Rose, Heaven
  • Rather than bring the full force of our creativity and rationality to bear on the problems of ethics, social cohesion, and even spiritual experience, moderates merely ask that we relax our standard of adherence to ancient superstitions and taboos, while otherwise maintaining a belief system that was passed down to us from men and women whose lives were simply ravaged by their basic ignorance about the world.
  • Spiritual, Creativity, Ignorance
  • We do not know what awaits each of us after death, but we know that we will die. Clearly, it must be possible to live ethically-with a genuine concern for the happiness of other sentient beings-without presuming to know things about which we are patently ignorant. Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person you will pass in the street today, is going to die. Living long enough, each will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime?
  • Death, Loss, Genuine Concern
  • Values reduce to facts about the well-being of conscious creatures.
  • Facts, Conscious, Well Being
  • We are now in the 21st century: all books, including the Koran, should be fair game for flushing down the toilet without fear of violent reprisal.

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