Aaron Baldassare

Denver, CO, United States

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Aaron Baldassare
Posted about 4 years ago
What 3 things did you learn while you were in a near-death experience?
Dawn, I know exactly what you mean by "nothing matters." I experienced the same thing when I nearly died, and to me also it was a wonderful, joyful and liberating experience. What it meant to me was that life is infinite, there are infinite do-overs, and that liberation from obligation, ironically, helped me to find life for the first time, really. This first-hand experience of "nothing matters," far from leading me toward despondence, inspired me to live a full life of love. I also understand that we are significant in that we are the world, that is, we are OUR worlds, and there is no absolute reason to care about what is beyond it. Yet it is pleasurable to do so. There seem to be two kinds of selflessness: 1. out of duty and obligation, which just seems to increase misery despite good intentions and 2) out of true generosity that gives for the joy of giving, which fills your spirit and leaves you with yet more to give. Thank you for sharing your story.
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Aaron Baldassare
Posted about 6 years ago
Richard Dawkins: Militant atheism
Nate, your sentiments are on target. Dawkins is spot on with his critiques, but his solution is misguided. Others have pointed out that Dawkins is a bit silly because he has his own "god" and doesn't admit it. He is a militant believer because he thinks his god is threatened by other gods. This idea is silly because every human is limited by human conception and "god" is merely a conception given to the mystery of the ultimate source of life. One can bemoan willful ignorance, but it is also ignorant to claim unadulterated access to the truth. There is always a filter. I absolutely love the discipline and knowledge-seeking of science, but to claim that it is the only source of truth is fundamentalist and to push that idea militantly is dogmatic and doomed to failure because of the greater need for a pluralist society. It makes little sense to fight religion, but rather the fundamentalism that hinders science, which is an awkward position for a fundamentalist.