“"Unhappiness" is definitely part of the zombie popularity. But perhaps we could go even deeper to find out why zombies resonate in our culture now. Shakespeare and Dante each had a "zombie" in their work, and there has been some unhappiness since then, but the walking dead didn't catch on until now. I suggest that the zombie does in contemporary culture what all other narrative monsters have done in the cultures that told those monster stories. They are different because we are. I have posted a summary of my research at: http://www.squidoo.com/the-meaning-of-zombies2. The more academic stuff is at http://trentdejong.com/?p=592.”
“So what is the solution? I will propose a true pluralism. Not the sort where we add a "for me" to every truth claim. This demeans all truth claims except this degraded form of pluralism. True pluralism is were people of different faiths are allowed to take their beliefs very seriously, and learn to talk together--I envision this to be a dialogue which would involve listening as well as speaking. This form of pluralism is far more respectful of the beliefs of others.”
“It seems to me that you are offering a way of understanding or interpreting all other religions. As soon as you put your view in this superior position, you are doing the same thing that all religious people do. You are not doing anything different that the Moslem or Christian or Hindu, etc. when they suggest their beliefs are the way we should understand all othter religions. That's fine, but you ought not deny that you are doing it.
A solution to religious difference cannot be that everyone stops taking their beliefs so seriously--except the belief that we not take out beliefs so seriously.”
Tesarra on Nov 14, 2012 at 21:19:46
“The recognition that your faith is just as valid to you as mine is to me does not in any way place my faith or yours in a superior position. Instead it frees us both from conflict based solely on holding different reference frameworks. You can still take your beliefs seriously and apply them to your life just as rigorously as before. What you would not do after having that realization is attempt to apply your beliefs to MY life or to expect MY behavior to match with the particular tenets of YOUR belief.”
“I completely understand your aversion to condescension. I am particularly averse to it myself. But Christianity is not really about the restriction of liberties. Unfortunately, many have reduced Christianity to moralism, but that's too simplistic. It really is about loving God, loving the world, and loving your neigbour. This is a lot harder than simply not getting an abortion or not smoking cigarettes, for example. The Creator of the universe made you, and as a fish is at its best in water, you are most free when you are in a relationship with him. God made it possible by becoming human, and dying so that you might be in that relationship. It be wrong for me to say that you don't lose your freedom when you become a Christian--you lose more than that; you lose your life, but paradoxically, that's the only way to have freedom.”
“I don't think you understand why they are doing it. It's similar to them jumping into the water to help when you are drowning, or pulling you back onto the curb to save you from the bus. You might not beleive you are in any danger, but they do and love you enough to do something about it. And now you also know why athiets don't try to impose their beliefs on me.”
Alex Prior on Nov 5, 2012 at 05:26:42
“I understand that this is the analogy that they choose to use. I also understand that you can re-work the analogy in several ways.
"I am your parent, I know what's best for you."
"I am your parent, I know what's best for you, and I will prevent you from doing that."
"I am your parent, I know what's best for you, and I will prevent you from doing that, and if you do it, I will beat you in order to teach you not to do it, but it's for your own good."
This is oversimplifying, but I am simply spinning off from your analogy, with my point being that this is not love, it is condescension. If it is love, it is love of a very dangerous sort, because the corollaries give the lover the right to restrict the liberties of the beloved.”
ivsciguy on Nov 5, 2012 at 01:28:25
“Most people aren't really harmed by their religion. Atheists just think it is silly that people believe in such things and follow old rituals for no real reason. Usually trying break through the delusions is not worth the trouble. Now if someone I knew were letting their religion ruin their life (giving away too much money, not vaccinating their kids, refusing medical treatment, ....etc) I will definitely try to get them to understand how crazy the things they are doing really are. Just because I don't believe in god, and I don't go around shouting about it, it does not mean that I don't love my friends, family, and neighbors.”