- May 11, 2009
Flying donkeys, a man waking up from the dead, gods with multiple dicks... no thanks but I'd rather stick to science and proof.
I agree.I think christianity, post-reformation, was very beneficial for civilisation partly because, compared to other religions, it provided a better balance between individual and communal responsibility and well-being. You could be your own person, pursue your own goals materially and spiritually as long as you remained within a moral framework provided by the church. I'm proposing that there was nothing wrong with that, just the the myths the christianity was based upon became antiquated, unbelievable and irrelevant. So that what we need to look at is a framework that respects personal individuality but which also provides community cohesion, and some fundamental standards for moral behaviour as well as secular tools for achieving higher purpose and actualisation, e.g. meditation, visualisation, merit through right living, etc etc. Basically, take the god out of christianity and add back a more secular and scientific approach to mental and social well being.
To my mind, individualism is a requirement for a healthy society. If you cannot self-actualise and be fulfilled, you cannot hope to help anyone else or contribute to your community in a meaningful way. Basically, it's the principle of "first heal thyself"I agree.
I also wonder if individualism has somehow lost its meaning somewhere. Because, though the word seems to imply self-interest, I have a different spin on it.