29th August 2011

“Religion could not have arisen had it not been for the fact of death.”

Arthur Schopenhauer1788 – 1860

18 Responses to “29th August 2011”

  1. R J Says:

    absolutely on target.

    death is really the basis of ALL of it.

  2. Dan Says:

    If religions weren’t so obsessed with death, would Solomon be shouting about “hell” like a fool so much? No, I don’t think so.

  3. R J Says:


    of course, you’re right’ and you’ve stated it

    perfectly…….religions ARE obsessed with death……

    and have carried this focus on for centuries…

    look at ancient Egypt.

    you reminded me of a quote by Thoreau , actually

    a part of longer quote wherein he states , ” most

    men lead lives of quiet desperation “………….

  4. archaeopteryx Says:

    The idea of a world without death is quite unsettling, somehow. Not that I look forward to death, but what would it be like?

  5. CaptainZero Says:

    Immortality would surely become the most horrible torture.

  6. electrabotanical Says:

    For the elderly, death is a mercy. For the young, death is a tragedy.

  7. Jeff Says:

    Actually, EB, for the atheist, it is neither.

    “It’s the circle of life, Simba”.

    Just an interesting moral question, why is death considered such an appropriate punishment for the most heinous crimes by so many believers? If you are a believer, you are merely sending them to their reward, be it heaven, hell, another life in some other body, existence on another plane, whatever. For the atheist, it is a far greater crime: ending a human existence by the hand of the state.

  8. Solomon Says:

    If religion arise only due to the fact of death, then why are there countless forms of religous doctrines that is widely being performed or practice in this life time. The quote is a very lame statement.

  9. Solomon Says:

    Atheists only rely on evolution to refute god which they hardly can. How do they account on countless other forms of existence?

  10. Dan Says:

    Neither of your comments makes any sense: people of all religions (and atheists too) do in fact die; and no, I don’t rely on evolution at all. I can refute the existence of an all-powerful and benevolent much more easily than that. Two words: Pediatric Oncology.

  11. R J Says:

    so many interesting comments today……….

    of course a couple of useless bloopers

    get tossed in……but i suppose that’s just

    the cosmic balance maintaining itself !!!

    to dan at 18:38……..beautiful……sad, but true.

    talk about “both barrels !!!! “

  12. R J Says:

    capt zero………………………

    what is ” seldon’s plan “

  13. CaptainZero Says:

    Seldon Plan – From Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books. I bet there’s people here geeky enough to get it.

  14. Solomon Says:

    Don’t rant nonsense. You’re just out of argument. You will be burned in ((((HELL)))). I can assure that.

  15. CaptainZero Says:

    There’s as much evidence for the existence of hell as there is for the existence of god. In other words, none at all. Yawn.

  16. Dan Says:

    No, Solomon, you’ve got it all wrong. You’ll be frozen in !!HOTH!! for your foolishness!!!! !!HOTH!! I tell you!


  17. neighbor of the beast 667 Says:

    While I agree with the quote to a point, I have to refute it just a bit. I think it’s the “fear” of death that causes religion, not death itself. If there was a way to determine exactly what happens after you die, then religion would die with it…unless we’re all wrong and there is some sort of afterlife. That would be a real game changer.

  18. Raina Schmidt Says:

    Really like the post