Players come and go, but I will always be a Miami Dolphins Fan first and foremost.
That being said, I absolutely believe religions can help as they provide a social atmosphere where a kid may not have one otherwise, I just don't believe our country needs to limit to a specific one.
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I think a lot of the perception that people are worse nowadays as opposed to the good old days is due to how effective the media has become in bombarding us with tragedies.
That being said, I do think we are special, just no more special than a tree or a snail. Just the mere fact that we exist and can experience this universe is special. I take great solace in that fact. I know that I exist, and that this moment is stuck in time as if preserved in amber. Nothing can take that away. The passing of time is an illusion. This moment will continue to exist for all eternity.
I wouldn't consider myself to be an atheist per se, although I do not believe in the authoritarian, father-figure concept of God. In fact, I feel like I would have more issues if I did have that belief. The last thing I need is another absentee father...
As far as the suicide rates, I was referring to Teen and young adult suicide rates. They have gone up significantly since 1950.
And there have been much more death associated to atheistic worldviews then orthodox religion. Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong to name just a few.