Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism than do all the arguments of atheists.— Dennis Prager
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The idea that you earn things - that you earn respect, that you earn income, responsibility. the vote, punishment... these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind.
Those who believe in nothing are very, very jealous and angry at those who believe in something.
Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
The vote, punishment... these ideas are anathema to the liberal mind
All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it’s truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.
How a society channels male aggression is one of the greatest questions as to whether that society will survive. That's why I am not against violence in the media, I am against the glorification of immoral violence.
Nothing guarantees more the erosion of character than getting something for nothing
Those who do not confront evil resent those who do.
Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to annihilating the Jewish state.
It runs a theocratic totalitarian state in Gaza, with no individual liberty, and no freedom of speech or press.
Because gratitude is the key to happiness, anything that undermines gratitude must undermine happiness. And nothing undermines gratitude as much as expectations. There is an inverse relationship between expectations and gratitude: The more expectations you have, the less gratitude you will have.
Secularism breeds narcissism. There is nothing higher to live for, so you live for you
Prayer is not asking God to do something, it's asking God to help YOU do something
Although images of perfection in people's personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies - utopian images - can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century.
The biggest obstacle to people becoming better is that you have to really want to be a good person in order to be a better person, and most people would rather be other things.
Utopian movements produce dystopias.
Socialism values equality more than liberty.
If your religion doesn't teach you the difference between good and evil, your religion is worse than useless.
Compassion without wisdom is dangerous.
It's what enables people to support the 'underdog,' even if the underdog is evil
More harm was done in the 20th century by faceless bureaucrats than tyrant dictators.
A bad mood is like bad breath. Both are wrong to inflict onto others
The Libertarian Party is a shameful party
Taking responsibility for your own life is not a Left wing idea
Happiness is a moral obligation
Given the amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world, I am deeply grateful for, sometimes even perplexed by, how much misery I have been spared.
When women criticize men it's called feminism. When men criticize women it's called misogyny
Nothing enables people to do evil as much as does a sense of victimhood
Complaining is never powerful because at the root of a complaint is powerlessness
Repetition is the mother of pedagogy
To understand the Left, one must understand that in its view the greatest evil is material inequality. The Left is more troubled by economic inequality than by evil as humanity has generally understood the term.
There have been huge Muslim demonstrations against cartoons depicting Muhammad and any other perceived insult against Islam. But I am unaware of a single demonstration of Muslims against Muslim terror directed at non-Muslims.
The Left has always sought single, non-values-based explanations for human behavior.
Just about every generation has some horrific evil that it must fight.
For the Democratic Party today that evil is carbon dioxide emissions. For the rest of us, it is an ideology that teaches that its deity is sanctified by the blood of innocents.
When Jews left Judaism, they didn't stop being religious.
They simply swapped God-based Judaism for godless secular humanism and leftism. For left-wing Jews, Judaism is their ethnicity; leftism is their religion.
Complaining not only ruins everybody else's day, it ruins the complainer's day, too. The more we complain, the more unhappy we get.
Having travelled to some 20 African countries, I find myself, like so many other visitors to Africa before me, intoxicated with the continent. And I am not referring to the animals, as much as I have been enthralled by them during safaris in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Rather, I am referring to the African peoples.
Universities are seminaries to produce Leftists
With the demise of the biblical religions that have provided the American people with their core values since their country's inception, we are reverting to the pagan worldview. Trees and animals are venerated, while man is simply one more animal in the ecosystem - and largely a hindrance, not an asset.
Happiness is dependent on self-discipline.
We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.
The feminist movement has far more anger for men than it has love for women.
Conservatives divide the world in terms of good and evil while liberals do it in terms of the rich and poor.
For the Left, tolerance does not mean tolerance.
It means first, acceptance. And second, celebration. That is totalitarianism: You not only have to live with what you may differ with, dear citizen, you have to celebrate it or pay a steep price.
Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.
Without God and religion you don't have moral truth, you have moral opinion
Our only hope for America is that every conservative takes upon him or herself the project of learning what American and conservative values are, coming to understand what leftism stands for, and learning how to make the case for those values to women, young people, blacks and Hispanics.
I do think that the badmouthing and alienating of a child from a parent is one of the few unforgivable sins. I do think those people will have to answer to God who will say, “You allowed your anger to destroy the relationship of your child to the other parent? Isn't that why I gave you a conscience?
There is little correlation between the circumstances of people's lives and how happy they are.
Secularism produces a bored soul
Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?