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If (For Some Reason) You Find Atheists “Delusional”…

If you’re willing to dismiss someone as “delusional” based on one simple (and harmless) belief of theirs (like being an atheist) … that’s a little weird.

But what I really think is you’re looking for some “snap back” … someone to call you delusional or some other name etc.  Maybe some “back and forth” about whether God exists.

Nope. Because get this…

If you believe in God, that’s your way of sorting out the World we live in. That is something every person on this planet is trying to do.

I think it would be wrong to use your religion as an excuse to harm people (in any way), or to try and impose it on others.  Other than that … enjoy your short time on our planet.

We only have 75 or so trips around the Sun … what else are you doing with yours?

NOTE:  This version is slightly edited, given as an answer to this Quora question.

Welcome to the “Digital Society”

We live in The Digital Society.

We are using digital data to pursue some illusion of “perfection.”  In some cases, we are using it against each other.

In more nefarious cases, we are using this data to profit at the expense of our fellow human.  Some institutions are using your own data to extract your own life from you (see “We Almost Had a World-Changing Idea With the Internet“).

Nicholas Carr has most of this correct:

But, as Carr notes, if your insurance company can adjust your premium according to who’s in your car, it can also adjust it according to how many slices of pizza you eat. This is the nightmare world of Big Data, he says, where “puritanism and fascism meet and exchange fist bumps.”

And finally … I wrote about this back in 2009, in an article I titled simply…

The Digital Society. (PDF)

You have no choice but to welcome your digital overlords.  Enjoy the real-life embodiment of George Orwell’s novel “1984” everyone.