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  1. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    I should mention that this is metaphysics, not physics. Other concepts aren't reliant on things existing too; for example, mathematics. Justice is another one. I recommend that you start with Kant, (a priori), for us to actually have a fruitful discussion.
  2. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    I think we need to step back and go into Greek philosophy a bit. Aristotle was famous for invoking the categories, and sought to categorize everything by their essential nature rather than by their accidents. By accidents, I mean the characteristics that are superfluous to the object or thing...
  3. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    "And if you leave no words at all, you lose the ability to claim the being of God." He is who He is. God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ " God would also exist without language, too. I'll retort: everything in creation...
  4. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    Yup, that's the million dollar question, applied to humans. God on the other hand, theologically speaking, his essence is his existence. Kinda hard to wrap your head around, but that's basically one of the most fundamental notions in Thomist philosophy.
  5. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    I think the issue here is that you think if God exists, it must be an entity that is subsiding within our natural (i.e. naturalism) world. Basically, existence precedes the essence of God. But that's not how "God" works. For God, his essence is his existence. There's a good way of saying this...
  6. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    Hegel? Hegel bagel.
  7. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    The lay usage of the word hedonism comes from a caricature version of hedonism as a philosophy. It's not the "2000 year old" version, hedonism is the school of thought in ancient Greece that has been around before Socrates, and even after. This is not a matter of semantics, but your lack of...
  8. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    I'm not being pedantic here. If you go on wiki and search up hedonism, and look up how the Greeks had saw it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedonism#Classical_Greek_philosophy it was basically what you proport, that life should be about "seeking joy" or something like, what it says in the wiki...
  9. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    We have no idea what the substance of what God is, but to say that is emptiness is conjecture, not reasoned theology. Also, the philosophy you seem to be talking about is Schopenhauerian. In his "The World as Will and Representation" Schopenhauer goes on about some Hindu-eastern related...
  10. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    :) Not quite. If you reread the philosophical definition, it says satisfaction of desires. Desires are not always simply sensual, it can be a desire for a state of mind, or a state of emotion, like joy. The 'joy of life' to me seems more like a state of mind, something you seem to aim for...
  11. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    What you're doing is just engaging in semantics. "Meaningful existence" and "the joy of life" is simply a subjective reflection (or perspective) of hedonism. Hedonism doesn't always mean worldly pleasures like food, sex or wealth, it means what exactly you are referring to, a 'satisfaction', or...
  12. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    First off, you're a hedonist. Secondly, Christian values and hedonism are incompatible. "Finding joy in life" is just flowery language to say that the point of life is to experience pleasure. There is a difference between living for God and living for your own. Lastly, you do not seem to...
  13. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    Well if you want to be called an animal (a subspecies of an primate), you can believe in the evolutionary propagation of the best genes or memes or whatever, but humans, (i.e. person imbued with a sense of the transcendence), our meaning extends beyond just species propagation. Humans strive for...
  14. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    Freud was an idiot who had a fetish and Jung was just a mystic monk of the West. Those two aren't particularly bright. Freud might have gotten the psychological, psychiatry ball rolling, but he was an idiot for the most part.
  15. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    This whole gender problem and the transgender issues is more of a problem that stems from the commericalization and extreme liberation of sexuality when society at large is not ready for it. The more we normalize sexuality as a commodity, the more disorder society will face regarding gender or...
  16. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    Am I a sophist or an ignoramous? Make up your damn mind.. lol
  17. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    Honestly speaking I didn't even read the OP because tldr. Also I did not deny gender roles.. read a bit more carefully. Shouting out "ignorance!" isn't a very good way to forward your ideas ~.~ My point is that there isn't an erosion like you seemingly emphasize. For the most part, females...
  18. onesteptwostep

    Gender Identity

    Imo, there's really no erosion of traditional gender identities, because people have no idea what "traditional gender identities" is in the first place. There can't be an erosion of something if you haven't an idea of what the thing is in the first place, or if we can't agree with what that...
  19. onesteptwostep

    Existential questions

    I recently bought "The Art of Loving" by Erich Fromm, a German migrant who lived in the US from 1934. In his book he claims "love" is the answer for our existential questions, and I agree with him to some degree. It's fulfillment of that love, through whatever various means, that gives life our...
  20. onesteptwostep

    Forum Members - Audial Impressions

    I found Rook:
  21. onesteptwostep

    What songs are you listening to? /III/

  22. onesteptwostep

    What songs are you listening to? /III/

  23. onesteptwostep

    What songs are you listening to? /III/

  24. onesteptwostep

    Sexualization of minors in movies and tv shows

    Transhumanism is basically experience communism though. How are people going to learn what hardship is without the limits of our biological bodies? There's that and then the slippery slope of trying to create a sentient being from scratch. (Though we probably arent going to be able to make...
  25. onesteptwostep

    Sexualization of minors in movies and tv shows

    Dunno about the pedophila part, but I feel the media/entertainment industry is going too far in their liberal exhibition of sexuality to garner profit. I haven't seen a drama show/tv show in years, but from what I'm hearing and just by watching some of the ads on youtube, it seems sexuality is...
  26. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Technically speaking, on an epistemological level, there is no way to confirm one believes in God or not- it simply hangs on the person's own agency- meaning, that there's actually no empirical way to confirm whether one believes or lacks belief. But this doesn't mean one is free from the...
  27. onesteptwostep

    What songs are you listening to? /III/

  28. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    AK knows a little bit about spirituality, though from a Christian point of view it's hard to say whether they're holy or for the right purposes or not. Spirituality could be explained through many ways, but an analytic inquiry is not really the best method into unearthening it. People are...
  29. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    I would agree with your definition, but I would supplement that by saying that reason itself is actually malleable and corruptible, in the sense that a lot of what we believe about the world right now are things that are negotiated and recognized by our peers and many other people, rather than...
  30. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Theology classes are meant for Christian who already have a worldview of Christianity, not for people who don't. It would be like asking an English engineer to take a class in Mongolian literature. My point is that secondary education usually leaves religious "education" out, during one of the...
  31. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Let's do away with "religion" for a moment and go more basic. Do you believe in spiritualism or spirituality? As in, do you believe there are forces which are not exactly susceptible to scientific scrutiny or susceptibility?
  32. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    No it's not catering, it's the explicit or implicit denial of discussion of religion in the public sphere that caters to atheism by default. Think of it like this: if we stop teaching civics in a free, democratic society, would that society remain free for long? To the ones being indoctrinated...
  33. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    The problem with your disposition is that you believe that a worldview is a belief, not a worldview. A worldview isn't something you choose to fit your own needs, at least in most of the religions. It's the entire cosmology, way of life, and morality that goes with it that constitutes worldview...
  34. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    I'll unpack: if no one was talking about God whatsoever, whether the belief or lack thereof, then how can you claim that its netural? If no one talks about it, it is as good as being atheist, because the agenda atheists want to lead is the eradication of God whatsoever, anything that can lead to...
  35. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Well, there you go. Think about what you said for a moment.
  36. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    I don't think it's out of touch. People in academia set the agenda on how the information is given, but the secular way of education leans more towards a materialistic worldview moreso than other ones. Think of it this way: the notion you have of the world right now, must have come from an...
  37. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    I don't get what your point is. It just seems like you're trying to skirt away from a label unto yourself?
  38. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Well, those guys I mentioned are some of the flavors of philosophies normal people, who aren't religious, have. The world is about willpower, or about power, or about nothing at all (Camus, Sartre). Those are the answers they give to the purpose, or lack there of, of life.
  39. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    lol
  40. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    I don't really have a point, I'm just saying that your usual banter on religion sucks. That's all :) We've butted heads for years, I think we both know what the other is going to say, no? It's not like you're as curious or articulate like higs or Haldo is
  41. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    I was being sarcastic.
  42. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Please, you're welcome to elaborate and explain the foundations of secularism then, use the wiki as reference. :pueh:
  43. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Suppose my premise was true? So before even we begin the discussion, you undercut yourself by implicitly stating that you don't even know where secularism comes from. Secularism in governance hasn't been around for a long time, it was the Americans who pioneered such a type of governance. The...
  44. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    :D
  45. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    Secularism happened because of the pilgrims who wanted to flee to worship in their own way. Learn your own heritage before calling someone a dumbass, you hick. :) The separation of church and state has its spiritual roots the Dutch and English pilgrims who fled to the New World aka America as...
  46. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    The problem with the US is a lack of understanding of the world beyond their hemisphere (heck, they don't even understand each other). The people who have interacted with Europe thoroughly are dead now. I don't like talking about Trump, but him- that's a prime example of an idiot who doesn't...
  47. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    You have issues with how things are done in other countries, not with religion. The law is maybe rooted in religion, but religion isn't the direct cause of it. It's the religion that made the society and culture, which then made the laws. What made Australian law? How did it become secularized...
  48. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    It would depend where that person grew up. In America, especially in the midwest, I assume the communities or suburbs there have a rooted church that has quite a bit of history. For me, I lived a lot of suburban/urban areas where the air of secularism was pretty much a default. Plus, I lived in...
  49. onesteptwostep

    Atheism [thread split Does communism suck ?]

    I would think saying that Christianity is somehow intellectually superior to atheism is a bit.. of a sin. My point is more that Christianity requires a lot more reflection and thinking, as opposed to atheism, because atheism is more of a default belief rather than an accumulated one. Most...
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