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Every Intelligent Person Encounters This In Some Form Perhaps...

Like I know male nerds who are Christians and wonder why the aren't popular at church. Probably asking too many questions on thinking too much about your religion :-D

And I see the same problem with the animists. I'd love to believe in animism, and to some degree do...

But I ask fun questions like "How do legos work?"

If you make something out of legos, does that thing have a soul? and what if I take that something apart and make something else, how does that work?

Or "If I add a second monitor to my computer, is that now one being or two?"

And of course no animist wants to hear my take on taking out the trash :-D
lesshissMORECAT lesshissMORECAT 31-35 3 Responses Aug 19, 2010

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This was fun to read... I enjoy your train of thought. It reminds me a little of Egg Theory. Have you heard of that?

Actually, the solution to the animism quandry was the thing I said at 18 years old: That a soul is simply a river that flows through everything that's alive, and that's why you should be nice to everyone; because at somepoint you are also them... A brain is why you think you are who you are (that part doesn't move)... And when the part of the soul that's in your is now in later someone else, that brain convinces it to believe they are them :-D<br />
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But this still doesn't address the morality of an animist throwing away an old pair of sneakers :-D

And the solution isn't for people who would join an EP group like this to stop thinking... The answer is for people in general to get familiar with the phrase "we just don't know yet"