Congratulations – Senator and President Elect, Barack Obama. USA. Hope for our children’s future (at long last) and thank you!
China. Mo Ti in the 4th Century BC.
First, faith made otherwise decent people commit acts of unspeakable horror, showing how ordinary and everyday feelings of human kindness and revulsion at cruelty, can be, and have been, overruled by religious belief. Secondly, it exposes as utterly hollow the claim that religion sets an absolute and unchanging foundation for morality.
Some maintain that their man-God had something new to say. Consider therefore this extract from the writings of China-man Mo Ti who lived in the Fourth Century B.C.
"The mutual attacks of state on state, the mutual usurpation’s of family on family, the mutual robberies of man on man, the want of kindness on the part of the sovereign and of loyalty on the part of the minister, the want of tenderness and filial duty between father and son, these and such as these are the things injurious to the Empire. All has arisen from want of mutual love. If but that one virtue could be made universal, the Prince loving one another would have no battlefield, the Chiefs of Families would attempt no usurpation’s, men would commit no robberies, rulers and ministers would be gracious and loyal, fathers and sons would be kind and filial, brothers would be harmonious and easily reconciled. Men in general loving one another, the strong would not make pray of the weak, the many would not plunder the few, the rich would not insult the poor, the noble would not be insolent to the mean and the deceitful would not impose on the simple".
I find this message more inspiring than the unproved promises of immortality and Hell fire.
Warning: "I see no radiant tomorrows" Vaclav Havel.
"The total lack of proportion in the whole exercise gives it a weird atmosphere of unreality, as though one had strayed into a science fiction narrative and landed on a planet, in which only fear and greed were institutionalised at a global level. A planet inhabited and ruled by anthropoids with only fossilized and vestigial intelligence and a hideous preoccupation with death". ‘The Home of Man’ Barbara Ward.
"Without any element of religion, as usually understood, homes for the aged, hospitals, and even clinics for animals, were set up in the Asoken Empire – India 269-232 BC". BBC Asoken Empire Report in 2001.