What is my project about? Although I started focusing on a Navy captain I think my project is about the Collectivism of the Navy and out lack of it in Society. Why do we not commit to a cause like we used to?
Religion for atheists
Allen de Botton
- Taking on another role in role-play enables us to see how we would be happy without
- Religion: “We willingly surrender our attachments to class and titles”.
- “We strive to be powerful chiefly because we are afraid of what will happen to us without high rank: we risk being stripped of dignity, being patronized, lacking friends and having to spend our days in coarse and dispiriting surroundings.”- surrendering to a rank we don’t have to think to strive
- “There is greater wisdom in accepting that we are in most situations rather simple entities in want of much the same kind, firm, basic guidance as is naturally offered to children and domestic animals”.
- “Our deepest wish may be that someone would come and save us from ourselves.”
- “A catholic mass is not, to be sure, the ideal habitat for an atheist… the ceremony is replete with elements which subtly strengthen congregants’ bonds of affection, and which atheists would do well to study and on occasions learn to appropriate for reuse in the secular realm.”
- “Church establishes conditions under which we willingly surrender our attachment to class and title.” P. 33
- “we strive to be powerful chiefly because we are afraid of what will happen to us without higher rank : we risk being stripped of dignity, being patronized, lacking friends and have to spend our days in coarse and dispiriting surroundings”. P. 33
- showman ship
- Mass “speaks to an essential aspect of human nature which benefits from being guided in how to behave with others. To ensure that a profound and dignified personal bonds can be forged, a tightly choreographed agenda of activities may be more effective than leaving a group to mingle aimlessly on it’s own” P. 37
- “Religions therefore present us with an array of rituals, many of them oddly elaborate at first glance, whose function is to safely discharge what is vicious, destructive or nihilistic in nature”. P. 58
- “It demarcates a space in which our egocentric demands can be honored and at the same time tamed, in order that the long term harmony and survival of the group can be negotiated and assured.” P.59 (maybe I am creating a new services like a religion. Centre to the project- surrendering in the age of individuals)
- “We are in most situations rather simple entities in want of much of the same kind, firm, basic guidance as is naturally offered to children and domestic animals”. P. 66
- “our deepest wish may be that someone would come along and save us from ourselves” p. 77
- “sublimely obsessive and calmingly thorough” p. 132
- “sit us down in unfamiliar spaces, adjust our posture, regulate what we eat, give us scripts detailing what we should say to one another and minutely monitor the thoughts that cross our consciousness. They do all this not to deny us freedom but to quell our anxieties and flex our moral capacities.” P. 145
- “most of the time, without having any choice in the matter, we are dominated by our ego… because the ego is inherently vulnerable, its predominant mood is one of anxiety” p. 48- our ego is maintained by the rank, you don’t have to show your dominece is it designed into your role- through outfit and title.
- Secular Americans …“perhaps the most anxious and disappointed people on earth, for their nation infuses them with the most extreme hopes about what they may be able to achieve in their working lives and relationships”. P. 185 filled with hope which can only really lead to dissapointment where as we would be better surrendering to a greater cause. Put our hope into something else and someone else rather than ourselves. Removing the pressure on ourselves to be the best that we can be and commit ourselves to a cause.
- “To be made to ‘feel small’ is, to be sure, a painful daily reality of the human playground. But to be made to feel small by something mighty, noble, accomplishment and intelligent is to have wisdom presented to us along with a measure of delight. There are churches that can induce us to surrender our egoism without in any way humiliating us. In them we can set aside our ordinary concerns and take on board our own nullity and mediocrity. We can survey ourselves as if from a distance, no longer offered by the wounds inflicted on our self esteem, feeling newly indifferent to our eventual fate, generous towards the universe and open- minded about its course.” P. 261
- “Institutions have the added benefit of being able to offer permanent status to individuals simply on the basis of their membership, saving them from having to earn it on their own, over and over again, year by year.” p. 283
- “We need institutions that can remind us that we need them and present them to us in appealing wrappings- thus ensuring the nourishment of the most forgetful and un-self-aware side of our souls.” P. 298
- Comte recognized “that a secular society devoted solely to the accumulation of wealth, scientific discovery, popular entertainment and romantic love- a society lacking in any source of ethical instruction, consolation, transcendent awe or solidarity- would fall pray to untenable social maladies.” P. 300
- Comte “believed that capitalism had aggravated people’s competitive, individualistic impulses and distanced them from their communities, their traditions and their sympathies with nature.” P. 303
- “He blamed the cult of romanticism for putting too much strain on the conventional family and for promoting a falsely egoistic understanding of love.” P. 303