marți, 29 septembrie 2009

Fear of Punishment & Hope for Reward No Basis for Morality

"If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge..."
by Albert Einstein
(care, by the way, nu a fost un ateu, ci a considerat că religia fără ştiinţă nu e întreagă).

2 comentarii:

  1. no fear, no blindness, just lucid consciousness...

  2. "nu a fost ateu" suna ca si cum ai zice ca ar fi fost religios. pe un deist, desi abandoneaza tocmai ratiunea pe care o admira cand face pasul de la agnosticism in certitudine, nu-l putem baga in aceeasi oala cu toti religiosii. imi permit sa completez citatul cu alte cuvinte ale individului: "I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the kind that we experience in ourselves. Neither can I nor would I want to conceive of an individual that survives his physical death; let feeble souls, from fear or absurd egoism, cherish such thoughts. I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life and with the awareness and a glimpse of the marvelous structure of the existing world, together with the devoted striving to comprehend a portion, be it ever so tiny, of the Reason that manifests itself in nature."