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Jan. 2nd, 2003 | 10:48 am


After my encounter with the jehovah witnesses, I started thinking about atheism and humanism a bit more.

I'm wondering if being atheist makes one more likely to support socialist-style social welfare and disaster relief programs.

For me at least, since I don't believe that there is a "god who will provide", support for dealing with disasters both personal and societal needs to come from other around me. Therefore creating institutions that provide support to those in need is in my self interest, since I may be one of those in need.

(I wonder if discussing why reciprocation is necessary to make disaster relief programs trustworthy would support this argument.)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jan. 4th, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)

That makes sense... Here we are, poor humans trying to abstract the world into comprehensibility only to time and time again be reminded that generalizations are only partially true.

I read what you wrote as people are motivated for a variety of reasons to help one an other, though they tend to do it through institutions they are most familiar and comfortable with.

Ah yes, and the original reason I was thinking in the terms of athiest tending toward socialism was I was trying to understand why there seems to be a link between fiscal conservatives and conservative religious types in the US.

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