Rodrigo Ferraz

photographer, Ferraz Fotografia
Guarulhos, Sp, Brazil

About Rodrigo

Languages

English, Portuguese

Areas of Expertise

Writing - Fiction and Non Fiction, Advertising Agencies, Photograhy

An idea worth spreading

Education is the only thing that we should be worrying in spread. It is the most powerful tool against every problem that mankind have to deal with, ranging from the important ones such as diseases and food production to everyday issues as arts and sports.

I'm passionate about

Life, family, friends, love, knowledge

Universities

Universidade Guarulhos

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Rodrigo Ferraz
Posted over 1 year ago
Is it possible to have a sense of justice without governments or religions telling us right from wrong
I don't see it as a paradox, but as the consequence of two separate issues that the proposed question raises. The first one is that, as a society, we have differences amongst individuals, each one with a certain educational level, a different background, a unique cultural environment and so on. It's in that sense that I put that government is still the best way to provide balance to this inequalities. It works as a safety net so to speak, to guarantee at least some justice. The second point is that as individuals we are capable of developing our sense of justice without the influence of that same government, just by the means of education and social improvement. In this level any kind of imposed moral values should be irrelevant. So what that means is that we don't get our moral values from the government, on the contrary, society provides the acceptable behaviour and the government makes laws to provide that common ground to everybody. Of course that in such a rich and diverse social structure as we had throughout time, find this common ground has been a constant and difficult struggle, specially to minorities of all kind. Maybe my first answer should have been more elaborate from the beginning and go something like this: • It's possible as an individual to have a sense of justice without government; • It's not possible, for now, as a society to have a sense of justice without government; • In both cases, religion is unnecessary.
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Rodrigo Ferraz
Posted over 1 year ago
Is it possible to have a sense of justice without governments or religions telling us right from wrong
Apparently, I've come a little late to this debate, but felt like pitching in. Yes, it is possible to have a sense of justice without government and certainly without religion. We have to learn from others how to be a just person, given that the very definition of justice is absolute bounded by our culture and environment. If we did all have born with moral values there would be no difference between all of us on that matter. We would all agree what's right or wrong: just as we all have two lungs we would all think alike. That said, government is still the best way to assure an acceptable level of justice. As pointed out in some comments, what is considered just today was not in the past and probably won't be in the future. So, to have a society that live by the same values, it's necessary to have someone providing balance. Now, what really amazes me is how some people are still trying to make justice and moral behavior an exclusively religious feature. That is highly offensive, as pointed out by some fellows below and a proof that religious indoctrination is a powerful tool to control narrow-minded people.
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Rodrigo Ferraz
Posted over 1 year ago
What is the Primary root of Human conflict?
The leaders you mention that used people to support their causes surely had their interests, which indeed was the 'wanting the stuff of those folks' in many cases. But the ordinary people followed those men for believing in a cause, not for wanting anything. Maybe that cause wasn't always religious, but the mindset was one of acceptance and submission, so present in religious belief. History remembers leaders but forget that followers are those who actually do the awful things that are said by those same leaders. And the root cause, as proposed in the question, is that people are to narrow-minded and uneducated and so they can't live with differences. Coming to think about it right now, perhaps we do all born evil and spend the rest of our lives trying to educate ourselves out of it.
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Rodrigo Ferraz
Posted over 2 years ago
TED is EVIL. Here's the proof.
Well, it's pretty clear that you can't make sense out of a text that states in itself to use Lucifer and God as analogies for reason (Lucifer) and belief (God). The quote is absolutely out of context, as I suppose you intended it to be. If there's someone else reading this debate and have an interest in the whole text, which is a brilliant eulogy to science, the link to it is: http://www.libertarian.co.uk/lapubs/athen/athen003.pdf As for the speakers you mentioned, I had already watched some, don't remember anything awfully wrong with any of them. Specifically, I can't see how a person could have a problem with Sherry Turkle's talk about the misuse of technology, for instance. That been said, I could not care less if there is a TED Agenda, because I set my own agenda, my own thoughts and I don't rely on TED as my only and exclusive source of information/opinion, as I expect any intelligent person would do. Only narrow-minded people stay trapped inside one specific view of the world for their entire life. As for the use of a Luciferian agenda, it's just a confirmation on my opinion of how hilarious you are! --------------------IN REPLAY TO THE ANSWER BELOW------------------- Since no replies allowed below, let me just say the all you are doing is call a hidden agenda to justify your world view and give some sense to your conspiracy theory. Why can't you accept the not everybody measures the world by your ruler? And you are the one who can't interpret a simple text. Perhaps you've got too lazy by reading only one.
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Rodrigo Ferraz
Posted over 2 years ago
Is prayer a form of placebo or is there evidence of divine intervention in the answering of prayers?
I think that the question is scientifically unanswerable, given that there's no way, to date, to measure divine intervention, if it should exist. The best thing I suppose that can be done is to compare different beliefs and see which one has the better results compared to others or if are they all the same. Maybe if they are all the same, one can come to the conclusion that it is placebo indeed, giving that the 'wrong god' wouldn't be able to answer prayers. But in the end, it can always be thought as placebo variations amongst beliefs. Sorry to arrive so late in the debate...