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Jordan Peterson In My Home City? Thoughts On God
I saw Jordan Peterson live in Antwerp this month. Yes, it was cool asf, the first 15 minutes I couldn't do anything except smile.
It was an hour and a half long Q&A and three questions got asked; that's Peterson xD.
The last question had something to do with religion, and what Peterson said was very interesting.
It led me to start thinking more about this subject.
I always held the belief that there isn't a logical argument for God's existence, but that doesn't say anything about our need for God.
I have 4 main thoughts on God at this moment:
The Nietzsche - Freud - Jung Argument
Society Needs Morals Not Laws
Only Logical Argument For The Existence Of God
God Doesn't Exist
Also, I have a Personal Update on my web3 job finding at the end :)
The Nietzsche - Freud - Jung argument
And he said that everyone now, after the death of God, should come up with their own values.
Freud responded along the lines of no, the id, ego and super-ego control us. Not only wouldn't we be able to create our own values since we're animalistic, but they're also already built into us. You don't create them you rediscover them.
Jung not only agreed with Freud, he went yes AND ...
Religion gives us values which are given to us through ancestral knowledge.
This brings us to the next point.
Society Needs Morals not Laws
Just by comparing violent crime rates between atheist countries and religious countries, you could argue that God is important.
Religious people follow morals, not laws, to a certain extent. And it keeps society intact.
You don't need massive police institutions with the best equipment possible to fight crime if people are already afraid of God's punishment.
Society functions best when it's religious.
Only Logical Argument for the existence of God
In this argument, God is a force and not equal to the God described in the holy books.
Ideas are strong, people go to war because of them. Ideas are powerful.
So if a group of people believe in the idea of God, and bring good to the world because of that idea.
The idea of God becomes a force, which makes it real to a certain extent.
No one can deny the force of God, whatever that means.
God Doesn't Exist
That statement is utter bullshit.
Whatever is at the top of your value hierarchy acts as God for you.
And everyone has a value hierarchy since otherwise you wouldn't be able to do anything since you can do everything.
You have to choose what to do every second.
You're reading this and not doing something else, which makes this more valuable right now than that something else.
I still have trouble with God the Father, God as described in the holy books.
But the function of God and the psychological/societal need for God is indisputable.
Last month I mentioned I was going to be looking for a blockchain developer job.
Contacted a lot of companies, and had talks with a couple of them, even one here in Antwerp!
Sadly an internship wasn't something they could afford at this moment in time.
I'll have to try harder this month :)
The current plan is to keep expanding my knowledge of web3 development and fine-tune my coding skills, and also, of course, contact even more companies than last month.
Wish me luck!
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See you next month!