Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Christopher Hitchens: Why we don't need a god to be moral


  1. Morality has zilch to do with organized religion.

    If we have a good heart, can feel empathy and compassion for the less fortunate, and act accordingly, we are moral.

    If not, we are amoral.

    Simple concept.

  2. Organized (or unorganized for that matter) religion builds communities, which is what makes moral behavior successful; and provides the cultural myth that gives legitimacy and purpose to said communities, which is what allows moral people to defend themselves and prosper.

    If God didn't exist, it would be necessary to invent him. Humans evolved religiosity for a reason.

  3. *sigh*

    Every culture has religion, so religion is necessary!

    And prejudice towards other races, genders, beliefs, ages, and income levels is great, because every culture has it, ergo it is necessary...

  4. Oh yeah, forgot to add:

    If we didn't already hate people who were different from us, it would be necessary invent reasons to hate other people. Human evolved deep-seated fear of slight variation for a reason!


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