Some more writing on the site now:
The frustration of e-shopping: My labeller ran out of tape last night. I will have the car tomorrow so I could go to Staples at Hermiston Gate and get more, but I thought I’d see what I could get online quickly. Ebay only had auctions with 2-3 day delivery. eBuyer.com had good prices but the slowest site in the world and after 5 wasted minutes realised the ‘buy’ button didn’t work in Firefox, so had to go through the whole process again in Internet Explorer, only to find that to get a tape costing about £8 delivered tomorrow I’d have to pay about £25 in postage and charges! Staples site had it but said ‘Next working day’ and I don’t know if Saturday counts as a working day; I’m not going to use it tonight so I’ll just wait till I have the car tomorrow.
A further comment on CBQ’s posting yesterday:
The practices of being a good and mature person are of value. The
question is whether or not the religious belief systems are necessary
for people to carry out such practices.
"The practices come first, the beliefs and the organisations second."
I don’t know if that’s indeed the case but I would hope so – that
way people can be “good and mature” without dragging in all the
Certainly ‘baggage’ sounds unattractive, and people can be ‘good and mature’ without religion; people can also be healthy, but medicine is still useful. People can be honest, but a police force can be helpful. Religious practices and, to a lesser extent, belief systems are not necessary, but they are a valuable resource and have many positive aspects, particularly contrasted with the belief system of consumer capitalism, which so many people do not even accept as a belief system – they call it ‘reality’ or ‘human nature’ or ‘just the way things are’. Bar-room critics of religion often hold up science as their personal ideology – objective, rational, free from superstition and free from self-motivated partiality. As if! There are very, very few people who live in this way, and certainly not the majority of armchair critics of religion. The vast majority of us in this society are believers, to varying degrees of consciousness, who can be placed somewhere on the belief continua of consumer capitalism and liberal democracy. As such they have firmly held, if often unexamined, beliefs and assumptions about the nature of reality, human nature, what is morally right etc. They are not scientists.