Jaydeep Banerjee

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Humanism should be the only religion.

In a world already divided into cults, sects, countries, nationalities and culture, we should practice only one religion; Humanism. The only truth should be love of humanity with mutual respect and concern.

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    Dec 18 2011: I still think it’s a good program, as far as it goes, but I'm afraid that you're overestimating how rational human beings are.

    The brain will always try to use the simplest and sketchiest model of the world, that it can get away with. Can you imagine a simpler model than “God”, for how the Earth and the Universe came to be? I can’t, and it’s a model that satisfied the needs of all our early ancestors. Can you imagine a simpler source of ultimate authority than “God”, behind the rules we try to make each other follow? I can’t.

    When I look at God from that angle, it doesn’t seem matter any more whether “he” exists or not. All that matters is whether the concept makes it easier for us to operate at the level of accuracy that’s needed at the moment.

    Finding a better explanation than “God” is easy, when we’re talking about the Creation of the Universe, but difficult – and maybe unwise – when we’re looking at “him” as the ultimate source of moral authority. Rational analysis is slow and cumbersome. It’s narrow in focus. It’s at constant risk for irrational cognitive bias. If the Police and our human Rationality were to be our only bulwarks against moral transgressions, I think we’d be worse off than we are today. It may be irrational to believe in the Wrath of God and Eternal Damnation, but in times of great temptation, rationality is usually playing second fiddle anyway. In fact, research shows that when we have enough stress hormones in our systems, the prefrontal cortex starts to shut down, or get subdued. In a crisis, we’re not meant to be rational. We’re meant to go on autopilot.

    This is not to say that I want to start scaring little children out of their wits again, about how they’ll burn in hell if they don’t do as we say. I’m saying that whatever we bring up to fill the void when God goes out the window, needs to be simple, powerful, and capable of acting directly on an irrational mind.
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    Dec 17 2011: I very deeply agree on the fact that the human kind has been ripped apart by belief systems, man-made rules and lines in dirt (boarders of nation-states). By saying that the "only truth should be love of humanity with mutual respect and concern", you are setting a set of rules yourself, thereby trying to address another dogma we should believe in(: I understand what you mean and agree completely with you, don't get me wrong, but it's always a dangerous road to take to try to say one way is better than another. Basically what I'm saying is you accidentally flip your own idea around and in between lines say, those who believe in the things you are saying to be "the only truth" are somehow better or more loving and respecting than other people. (Which I completely understood you did not mean, just stating the possibility to understand it that way). I believe we were born free, we will live free and we will die free - but only if we're willing to do so.

    Peace out.
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    Dec 16 2011: If we truly want this beautiful planet to be beautiful in the future, we need to be able to let go of the things/feelings/emotions/believes that don't 'serve' us anymore, to be able to move on as one! To let the planet flourish in all his glory, which btw is a powerful context for human beings as well. Now it's time to leave the era of tolerance behind us, and to move forwards to the era of appreciation. To appreciate all that is!
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      Dec 16 2011: Hello Joeban, Imagine.... We share a vision, our actions are affecting this life, already.
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    Dec 22 2011: I love the nickname "Joeban". Makes me seem like a cult figure.
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    Dec 21 2011: Well, I would not like to call it religion. Just the right direction for the humanity. 'Right' because it goes for the well-being of all the people as much as it's possible. (I explained that 'right', because I think, like many people do, everything is relative in a universe, but well, thinking only about the humanity, forgetting the rest, the priority here is global happiness, so humanism is right.)
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      Dec 22 2011: I called it a Religion only because people need a hook. We like to follow a norm. Otherwise Humanism is only a way of life
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        Dec 22 2011: I believe, people need to be conscious enough not to require a hook. And just then they would admit humanism. Without real consciousness humanism is too little, too colourless hook for people, who used to blindly kneel down towards 'somethinggggg'. So, the world without religions seems to be nearly impossible or at a most lucky case, 'counsciousness' would come in a very looooooong process.
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    Dec 19 2011: As long as we do not make Humanism into another religion and expect everyone to adopt our views. Most important is to believe in yourself. If you can finally realize that there is no one to worship or look down to you will never keep your eyes level.
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      Dec 22 2011: Humanism is only a way of life. However to practice something certain rules may have to be laid down. I call it a religion only because of that.
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    Dec 17 2011: ONLY???!!!

    Good idea to regulate our human-human relationships, however, you will be denying the right of your creator, won't you?
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      Dec 18 2011: I hope you've a justification for the "creator". Isn't that a myth? A lie, that has become the truth only because it is mentioned a million times.
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      Dec 22 2011: The only creator I know are my parents. Creation is a biological act. An act of evolution.
  • Dec 17 2011: Right on, Jaydeep! Power to the positive! Let's all be the essential wonderful people we really are.
  • Dec 17 2011: True Christianity advocates loving everyone with mutual respect and concern. Hate the sin, not the sinner. Therefore I disagree, it is people's fault that they do not practice their religion in the way it is meant to be practiced. I would say that, with my limited knowledge of other religions, even other religions practiced in the way they were intended would cause people to have mutual respect and concern as you say. No person can follow everything perfectly, so even having one religion not everyone (in fact very few) would truly follow the ideas.
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      Dec 17 2011: HInduism is a way of life. Islam and Christianity are dogmatic. However all are prescriptive. They demand compliance and rituals. Prescriptions prelude sickness or disease. But human beings were born free. Free of sickness or disease, therefore do not need a prescription of a religion.

      About 40000 years ago, man discovered God. Around the same time he discovered greed and insecurity. The maths is clear thereafter.

      In years that followed, people manipulated vulnerability. The final outcome is a religion and a whole lot of insecure people.
      • Dec 17 2011: The path to following Christianity is not a strict dogma. The basic tenets of Christianity are simple. A) Jesus Christ dies for your sins and came back to life. B) He is the Lord. C) Love God, and love your neighbors as yourself. All other "rituals" fall by the wayside, and are often the same kinds of rules that Jesus denounced as hypocritical and proud. You cannot say man was born free of sickness and disease because infants are often extremely sick, and according to what I've heard (so correct me if I'm wrong) the earliest stages of life are supposed to mimic the "evolutionary" process.

        Furthermore, where is it documented that greed and insecurity came at the same time as religion? How do you know that the Neanderthals or earlier supposed human precursors did not steal from others out of greed, or act tougher because of insecurities?

        Hinduism is a religion, as there are gods that must be obeyed, or consequences will result. The purest form of christianity says solely to love the creator and love others. Tell me which is truly more dogmatic?

        Fair warning: I am still in high school and therefore may be wrong in a couple of facts. Forgive me if I am mistaken.
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          Dec 18 2011: The last christian died on the cross like the last Hindu in Krishna. Like Christainity, Hinduism has become a forced religion due to the misrepresentations across the ages. No hindu tenet forces rituals.
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    Dec 17 2011: Mr. Banerjee,
    Do you advocate the categorical replacement of all religions with Secular Humanism which rejects the idea of, and the need for, dogma? Or would you permit doctrinal variety within the framework of a Humanist Manifesto?
    Is the goal to eliminate polarization just in matters of religion, or also in social and political matters?
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      Dec 17 2011: I believe, religions should be categorical replaced with freedom. Free to think and act on will. Mankind cannot be led by narrow political ideologies under the garb of religion.
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        Dec 17 2011: You say "freedom". Is that a synonym for what your original question refers to as "Humanism"?
        So, to repeat, you do advocate the worldwide obsolescence of dogma and religious doctrine?
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    Dec 16 2011: As much as humanism is beautiful...the issue what what you said is "mutual respect". We can't say we respect people if we're forcing them to believe something, or stop believing in something. In fact...we cant force people to believe anything.
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      Dec 17 2011: We all live in belief of something. Denial or non-belief is also a belief. The idea is to believe something that unites in all aspects of life.
  • Dec 16 2011: I don't really have a problem with people believing in whatever they want. There can be as many religions as is necessary for all I care. I would request one rule though, and that is to “Keep it to yourself!!!” I don’t want to hear about your religion and I don’t want you coming at me with missionary vigour.
    I do hope that, someday, not believing in ridiculous things becomes an evolutionary imperative and humankind (perhaps Homo Novus) will evolve away from religion to the humanist view that you propose. Right now, the current version of humankind is too afraid and too prone to wishful thinking to allow them (us) to see clearly.
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    Dec 16 2011: greetings Jaydeep, I agree with you, wholeheartedly. There is only one race I recognise and that is the human race. It is nice to meet you this day and share good words.
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      Dec 17 2011: I hope our numbers multiply. We can leave behind a truly evolved world for our children. Our contribution will be bigger than technological and scientific discoveries. We would have contributed unity amongst mankind
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    Dec 16 2011: What about love for animals?
    Extra Terrestrials?
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      Dec 17 2011: I think that should include all creatures.