Hello, I just arrived. I was hoping to find here some interesting debate on how can we achieve an interobjective morality not based on religions.
I went to all the forums. I am not particularly interested in any of them. But I am sure this topic should be covered somwhere. It is somehow akin to the "if not god than what" topic in the beyond belief discussion . I have read the end of faith, I am a practicing taoist, and my spiritual life is not based on belief. I am very interested in how both spirituality and morality does not have to be grounded on an irrealistic belief system, but on rationality and experience.
I know Sam is interested in this, as he often speaks about how meditation experiences from Buddhism could be used as first guideline to develop a new spirituality. Now Buddhism is not the only religion who uses meditation. In fact I have a hard time in thinking of any religion who does not have at his core a set of practices that helps a person have direct personal experiences of something trascendental. Now some of those experiences might require that the person joins a set of beliefs. But not all do! Well, can we have a section to discuss those that does not do.
"if not god than what"
subtitle: specific, belief free, methods used around the world to achieve and develop a spiritual and moral life.
I know it is somehow strange for someone to make a request as his very first post, but I was very surprised not to find this section, especially considering that Sam seems to be so interested in the topic himself.