We so commonly hear our fellow atheists say ‘Ridiculous Beliefs Deserve Ridicule’ but do they?
How is that any different to victim-blaming someone for being robbed, raped, or anything else?
How do we determine what is ridiculous? Who is the authority on what is ridiculous? What if someone perceives your beliefs as ridiculous as theirs, do you deserve ridicule? Isn’t believing that ridiculous beliefs deserve ridicule a ridiculous belief in an of itself? Does that not create a paradox of ridicule?
What’s your intention for ridicule? Are you being a bully and making fun of them or trying to get them to realise their beliefs are ridiculous? Is there a more effective way you could potentially get someone to change their mind?
Remember when Changing A Mind: Respect Matters.
We discuss this and more in tonight’s episode, which we hope you enjoy. Any feedback would be great and we will use it in future videos – however we will ignore folks who have not watched or thought about it and just assert that ‘Yes, they do deserve ridicule’. If you truly believe this, then please provide a clear break down of:
- Why you believe this.
- What you are trying to achieve with this.
- The number of times, and some examples of you achieving this.
- If you have ever tried other methods.
- Any additional info you can give us to make us change our mind.
Tonight’s music is mostly from S4E, playing tracks from a couple of albums he made probably 10 years ago now, if you like that you’ll love his new stuff: https://youtu.be/iF3ApC5PX2w
If you are interested in music as well as the philosophy, I’ve started splitting out the mix’s I do before we go live and putting them in this playlist here:
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