Monday, September 1, 2014

Albert Camus and the Metaphysical Rebel

According to Albert Camus,
“Metaphysical rebellion is a claim motivated by the concept of a complete unity, against the suffering of life and death and a protest against the suffering of life and death and a protest against the human condition both for its incompleteness, thanks to death, and its wastefulness, thanks to evil.”

And yet modern rebels claim that death, for them the end of everything, is welcome on the one hand, and that evil doesn’t exist on the other.

So why do they fret so about Hell? And how is it that a non-existent deity is evil?

“At the same time that he rejects his mortality, the rebel refuses to recognize the power that compels him to live in this condition. The metaphysical rebel is not definitely an atheist as one might think him, but he is inevitably a blasphemer. Quite simply he blasphemes in the name of order, denouncing God as the father of death and as the supreme outrage."
The rebel can't himself be supreme, if he is subject to a deity for both his life and his death. Since he controls neither the onset of his life nor the termination and annihilation of his essence, he is neither deity nor special nor capable of creating unity of any type; he can only rail at his fate and the circumstances which provide limits on his confounding relative powerlessness.

From "The Rebel", by Albert Camus, 1956.

Thanks to Anshuman Reddy for the tip.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Atheist Hypocrisy

Atheism as a Religion: A Book Excerpt

"A quote on the monument states, "An atheist believes a hospital should be built instead of a Church." Little do they acknowledge it was religious temples in Greece, Egypt and other places that first served as hospitals, the numerous hospitals built by Christian charities in the United States, and that atheists have yet to build a hospital in the USA. In the article, the atheists are very explicit about where their priorities are: building 50 more religious monuments to atheism. Perhaps a better quote for the atheist monument would read, "An atheist is someone who says they want a hospital in place of a Church, but then settles for erecting a religious monument to atheism instead." Not soon after this monument was erected, the Sunday Assembly began its cross-country trip across America raising money for…the atheist Church. Atheists may say they want a hospital instead of a Church, but as atheism in practice demonstrates, their first priorities are monuments and places of atheist worship."
[Emphasis added]

Tea Party in Action, Missouri Style

After Hearing What a Tea Party Group Recently Did in Ferguson, You Likely Won’t Be Surprised That You Haven’t Heard About It

"The story won’t spark controversy or make many front pages, but there is some good happening in Ferguson, Missouri, in the aftermath of the unrest following the police-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Many local businesses in Ferguson were vandalized, looted, and even set on fire as demonstrators took to the streets to protest the shooting. Sadly, innocent business owners have been left to foot the bills. This is where the St. Louis Tea Party realized they could help.

The group spread the word of the “BUYcott” event on Facebook, hoping to get at least 20 people to show up and spend their hard-earned money at local Ferguson businesses on August 21. They apparently ended up with a group of about 40 “(mostly) white people” — and something amazing happened.

They reportedly targeted small businesses who “were hit hard by violence–violence committed (mostly) by out of town agitators, criminals, vandals, and hooligans.”"
Taking some business to the Ferguson shop keepers is part of the old America. In the New America, the Leftist politicians get rich, live in gated communities, and then have Holder demand more integration in other communities.

And like the title of the article says, any actions like this (outside of the government, fer cryin' out loud) will not show up on the Leftist media news. It's hard to make a racist connection, doncha know. Much like the Christian NGOs that worked on the Katrina disaster for years afterward, there's no story there that any Leftist wants to hear.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Unbearable Pain of Being TERF

There comes a time in the inclusionary business when exclusion is necessary in order to preserve the inclusion. This paradox/non--coherence has come about for the TERFs, a group of feminists who exclude transsexuals from the legitimacy of "being female", and thus the appellation, Trans-Excusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs).

Now over at PZs place, TERFs get bashed because they aren't as inclusive as are PZs guys, who are excluding TERFs from legitimacy due to their exclusion. Or something like that. It doesn't have to make sense, other than that "we are the most inclusive EVAH, and we exclude you because you aren't as inclusive as we deem it moral to be".

So the exclusionary TERFs are excluded by the inclusionary but exclusives at PZs place. Which, BTW, is commenting on how assholes are ruining both Atheism and gaming, and figuring out how to exclude the assholes who aren't inclusive enough...

Can't make this up.

Link tip: Stefani; thanks!

"Free The Nipple" and the Ta Ta Top

Of course it had to happen, and it sort of happened in the '60s, but now it's more than just burning their bras and swinging free under a tank top. Feminists now want full upperbody equality with men. Men can take off their shirts in public and bare their nipples. So feminists want that right also. Hence, the Free The Nipple Movement.
"Free The Nipple has become a “real life” equality movement that’s sparked a national dialogue. Famous graffiti artists, groups of dedicated women, and influencers such as Miley Cyrus, Liv Tyler, and Lena Dunham have shown public support which garnered international press and created a viral #FreeTheNipple campaign. The issues we’re addressing are equal rights for men and women, a more balanced system of censorship, and legal rights for all women to breastfeed in public."
Until they gain their actual nipple freedom they have the Ta Ta Top, which is faux nudity in the form of a pink bikini top with painted on nipples.

Well, it's a poor second to freeing the nipples.

Atheism Definitions

I should have started this long ago, and I belatedly do so now. I'm starting a new category of Definitions of Atheism. It seems as if every Atheist wants his own definition, and that dovetails with the general self-ness which Atheism confers upon its adherents. In fact, many will reject any definition but their own. So I'll collect those I find.

Here's one now:
"As far as the exact meaning of atheism goes, in the general sense of the term, it is the rejection of beliefs that embrace the worship of deities."