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What is the "Atheist" basis of morality?


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In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013, 04:46:58 BST
light says:
Hi Green,

There is no need to apologize about the length of your past few posts, I enjoy reading them and they make me think deeper into what we are discussing.

Most of the things I have only mean something to me, my daughter told me that the only things she wants after I die is my collection of crystals, and that is because she knows that I enjoyed them and they are a great hobby and interest of mine. They are dear to me and so she wants them. I do have a couple of nice rings which she would also like to have but other than that the rest is donatable space savers ;o) I can't think of anything that my son would like to have of mine except for maybe some photographs.

I would like to have my mom's push button accordian and my dad's harmonica since they played them and had a good time with them, these things I look at with fondness. These things may not represent them but they are a part of them.

I like your quote, "A footprint does not look like a boot."

But seeing as I always take things a little further, I would add that there is a footprint inside the boot ;o)

take good care of yourself, you belong to your family, light

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013, 04:54:14 BST
Last edited by the author on 26 May 2013, 05:12:26 BST
light says:
Heretic,

"I see no relationship between habits and values or between values and destiny certainly no relationship like cause and effect that you seem to be trying to imply."

Yes I see what you mean but I didn't want to post only part of the quote. But when I think about it further I can see how values are represented by ones habits because our habits are what we give our time to. We give priority to the things we value, which becomes our habits, at least this is true with me and the person who wrote the saying.

And then eventually the things we value will lead us down a path/destiny according to our habits, it seems to be all related, which then is related to cause and effect.

Which is what Bellatori wrote: "I would guess that anything you habituate becomes something that you propagate which in turn goes from passive to active..."

I remember reading somewhere that it takes a certain amount of time before something becomes a habit, so I googled to see if I could find something similar:

"And in a way, habits are just that -- part of us. Habits are essentially patterns of behavior that become "worn in" to our brains. Someone who wakes up every morning, pours a cup of coffee and lights a cigarette, in that order, every morning, has that pattern built in to his or her brain, in the form of well-used synaptic pathways.

Everything we do (and think, for that matter) is governed by impulses firing across synapses, or spaces between certain cells that guide communication in the brain. When any behavior or pattern is repeated enough, ( I read that is from 21-66 times or days), the synaptic pathways associated with that pattern get used to being accessed. As a result, it becomes easier for impulses to travel along those pathways, and the behavior seems "natural." In other words, to the brain, wake-coffee-cigarette, in that order, is practically instinctive. One action triggers the next."

Our habits take presidance in our lives, people give priority to their habits and the things they value. If someone values good health they may start a habit of exercising and eating right which would lead them to a destiny that is hopefully free of very many hospital visits. Anyhow that's how I see it it related to the quote.

take care light
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