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Vexen Crabtree 2015


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Sociology, Theology, Anti-Religion and Exploration: Forcing Humanity Forwards

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Vexen Crabtree 2015

Search for Happiness

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Some excerpts:

When the truth is dangerous, is it more worthwhile to hide the truth? If ignorance is bliss, and those of Orwell's 1984 are truly happy, how is it that we think truth should be revealed even when they make people unhappy? Truth isn't inherent in happiness and vica versa: Who is better, they who promote truth over happiness, or happiness over truth? In society, in general, I would say that philosophers, mystics, materialists and freethinkers have pursued truth despite the danger to happiness, and the masses nearly always (sometimes ignorantly) pursued happiness whether or not they are also pursuing truth. The adoption of doubt as a central tenet causes the above questions to become mute, as will be shown.

[...] Colin Wilson's The Outsider concludes that those who are made unhappy through the search for truth are reconciled with happiness through peak experiences, random moments of happiness to which they hold on to and keep in their minds, and therefore that those who are naturally happy, such as me, are those who generate peak experiences. For me, these can include random solitary walks through London, computer games, online debates, creating web pages... these things also are what I consider to be some of the best reasons for my life, simple as they are.[...]

What are your peak experiences and points of life?

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hello, I started reading your page as a result of a google search for "internal happiness" I was agreeing with some of your statements before I realized that it was a Satanism page. I think it is unfortunate that a reasonable philosophy is given such a bad name that obscures what the philosophy is about. To me and most other people, non-Christians included, Satan does not represent doubt. Rather, he represents the obscuring of truth. If we take "God" as the symbol of truth, then Satan diverts people away from it. The connotation follows whether or not we are talking about a Christian God, or some other as-yet-unobtained truth or other representation of perfection. Of course this argument breaks down if you do not concede anything to be ontologically true. But in that case, the image of Satan does not seem to fit anywhere.

Yes, of course this is mainly semantics, but I think that semantics is a powerful tool for spreading the word. I prefer the marker of skepticism.

regards, martin


Satan is viewed as evil. Questioning is viewed as evil. But how can one know the truth if they don't question. It is all circular. The only way to accept religion is to check one's brains at the door.

I am convinced that if there is a god, he is sadistic. Perhaps Satan is not the evil one here.

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