What makes us human?

We aren’t the only sentient life, but we are the only species that has a conscience, and this along with empathy and compassion separate us from the rest of the animal kingdom. Does that make us better? No, we just understand consequences of actions, and that some decisions can be detrimental and others can be advantageous. This power of our imagination helps define a person’s character.

The human race is governed by its imagination.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

Are humans natural savages despite the knowledge they’ve acquired, and developed through Evolution?

We’ve all seen ‘Lord of the Flies‘ and how if humans are left to their own devices in a small colony, they can revert back to primeval behaviour. Theists say that with a God in their lives they have a guideline for objective morality, but imagine a situation where a collection of theists are stranded in an isolated place where there are no laws.

Would those alleged god-given morals matter?

Would it be survival of the fittest?

Would they work together to ensure survival of the group, or would a hierarchy form where the most important, or confident took control?

At the end of the day it’s instinct to survive and maintain self preservation , but would a Christian group cope better than an atheist group?

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

What makes us different to other sentients is language, bodily communication, and expressions, and add the ability of independent thought, decision making and problem solving through the use of the complexity of reason. Despite this, the main thing that distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom is the ability to form emotions, and how you portray those emotions can be the difference between being beneficial or detrimental to other people.

Are the emotions of love and hate what defines humans and distinguishes the difference between us and other sentient life? Of course some species of animals mate for life, but it’s not love as we know it. It’s instinct and they mate to continue the species to survive. Animals don’t understand the concept of hatred as that also requires understanding what hatred is, and if an animal goes on the offensive it’s either to defend or to capture prey. It’s not through a strong dislike, or hatred of another animal.

When it boils down to it, curiosity and imagination is what took humans out of the trees and led us to explore beyond our comfort zone as a bipedal Hominidae. We emerged from the forests and became a social species that had to co-operate to advance, and some found a purpose in faith as humanity clearly ultimately needs to believe in a higher power to direct them through life, but other people choose to question everything and live a virtuous life based on compassion and a love of humanity, using independent thought and critical thinking.

If you’re in agreement with what I’ve said, or not, we can’t be human without other humans. We are meant to interact; to dream; to have ambitions and goals; to seek happiness and solace when we are in need of comfort; to be human is about choice, individuality and acceptance. You can’t truly love another until you learn to love yourself. We aren’t meant to be alone.

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” – Lao Tzu

In atheism everything is permissible

This is what the theists think is their victory call as they genuinely believe that without moral guidance you can do whatever you like, as much as you like as you’ve no one to answer to. I’ve read some disturbing claims by theists recently that atheism not only doesn’t condemn, but actively encourages and promotes rape, incest and even acts of bestiality. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but that’s an extremely insensitive accusation. Just because someone has taken the decision to walk alone and face what life delivers without faith in a divine being doesn’t for one moment mean that they have no emotional or moral boundaries. Some things are intrinsically wrong and it’s rational to feel that it’s not normal on every level.

“Compassion is the basis of morality.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

I’ve started suspecting that it’s the theist’s way of talking about taboo subjects without the guilt of committing them, as more often than not they involve some form of perverted sexual activity, murder or hedonistic lifestyle. They tend to focus on the most inhumane actions and it’s quite disturbing to think that they’re willing to attack whatever it is you define atheism as. It’s not a philosophy, or an ideology, it’s not a cult or part of the occult , it’s also not a world view or a religion. It’s rejecting belief in gods. It’s no more than that and to generalise in such a despicable way shows that it’s the theists that struggle with urges and they need their faith to retain the walk along the tightrope between SIN/GLORY.

Before you call yourself a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other theology, learn to be human first.” – Shannon L. Alder

What disturbs me the most about this ever-growing mindset is that my only interest in gods is the history of theology. I’m well read of various Eastern philosophies that focus on virtuosity, that’s often being one with nature and embracing all sentient life as we are here just once. Or many times in some philosophies, but somehow they all understand the structure of ethics, and how to determine what’s moral and what isn’t. They mostly do this without any faith in gods. If they have faith in anything it’s that humanity will learn to cohabitate without confrontation for difference of opinions. It’s a person’s own self-interest to question everything, and I mean everything. Just because someone tells you something is good, it may be very bad for someone else. We don’t live in a black and white world where this preset is right and that preset is wrong

“… what you think is right isn’t the same as knowing what is right.” – E.A. Bucchianeri

This notion that theists somehow think that their god who’s existence cannot be ascertained is somehow a universal and objective provider of morality is absolutely nonsensical? Take Yahweh as an example. The levels of brutality he’s responsible for in the Old Testament depicts him as a savage god of its time not someone who you can look up to for guidance. If worshipping a monster gives you a sense of righteousness and purpose then you need to step back and re-evaluate being human.

Religion: terrorism and violent extremism

It’s getting all too frequent hearing about terror attacks and it being fuelled by religious motivation. I was just reading an article about 110 Christian farmers being slaughtered, mostly by slit throats or decapitation in Nigeria by the notorious Islamic terror group Boko Harem. What motivates people of faith to murder and maim innocent people and even declare that god is great after you’ve severed someone’s head off. Just recently there have been several attacks in France where the victims were beheaded, and on the 9th of November 50 people were beheaded by ISIS in Mozambique, and another 50 were executed in April as the gunmen chanted “Allahu Akbar”. The terrorist group are using extreme poverty as justification for their violence as they attempt to put Mozambique under Islamic rule.

“Religion is the most powerful entity on earth. A phenomenon that has conscripted millions to give or sacrifice their lives without so much as a minuscule query about their chosen beliefs or particular ideology. And today thousands of years on despite the huge advent, discovery and the advance of science forensic or otherwise, millions are still prepared and equipped to fall or kill in the name of their God, their Holy Scriptures, their messengers, their prophets and their faith” – Cal Sarwar

The Oxford dictionary defines terrorism as ‘the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims’, but why terrorism? Why not create a political party and do it the correct way. The Islamic state of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) have no desire to enter the political field peacefully as they have one ambition, and that’s to turn the world into a caliphate. A caliph is a claimed successor of Muhammad and has a natural right to lead, and they do this through strict Sharia Law. Islamic State claimed the establishment of a caliphate under the leadership of Iraqi born terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, until he killed himself by suicide vest during the U.S led Operation Kayla Mueller, who’s aim was to capture him.

I guess it’s unfair to just focus on Islam, despite their violence being extremely prevalent throughout the last 40 years, so let’s focus on different sects of Christianity and the bloodshed that they’re responsible for. In the Reformation period that was during the sixteenth century, many people broke away from the Catholic Church due to the direction they were going, and the brutality that occurred during the inquisition. The people that broke away were called Protestants which literally means protestors against Catholicism. They were targeted in vicious terrorist attacks by Catholics as they’d turned their backs on the church.

As technology has developed it’s made terrorism much more dangerous, with people like Osama Bin Laden brainwashing young men to destroy none Muslims, or Aleph (formerly Aum Shinrikyo) who believe that it’s their mission to destroy non-believers in god and have carried out multiple terrorist attacks including a nerve gas being released in the Tokyo subway. Terrorism has become a very serious national security issue to many western countries as sometimes it’s just a lone person like Libyan-born Salman Ramadan Abedi who walked into the Manchester Arena wearing a suicide vest and killed 23 people and injured over 800. Does anyone know that motivation to kill children at Ariana Grande-Butera pop concert? What could that possibly achieve in the political field other than terrorism being a cowardly and barbaric act.