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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 0 comments
from left: Rao, Henry, Jackie, Me, Eddy, Cheah and Hui ('boss' and 'big boss' repectively ;p)
Didn't go to Toastmasters tonight because i had to attend a family dinner in PJ Old Town which was being thrown for my aunt. Lots of food, as is usual, but no pictures this time with which to torment Boon with (mmmm... nothing like good sharks fin soup). ;p
Speaking of Boon (and glancing at my email account) it seems that yesterday's post struck a chord with quite a few of you out there... Always nice to know that there are other people with current or previously bleak outlooks on life out there - a generalism that accomodates the varied, touching, and personal responses that i received, although i once again must state that i am hardly surprised at. Many prior conversations with Chen Hoe (before he started getting busy with work) left us both wondering at the multitude of various related factors that might reveal that such current mentalities of what can only be, at best, unsatisfactorily classified as 'rampant cynicism' becoming endemic to our current generation(s). A topic which is much too detailed and meandering to be dealt with in any reasonable amount of detail here and now...
Hrmmm... as a coincidental aside, i think that this is (was?) the topic of Boon's sociology thesis (or some part of it at any rate - the details escape me at the moment) and was actually featured in one of his older blog posts...
What was i originally talking about? ;p
Meh, to hell with it. Moving on, its been a fair while since i did a quiz...
The Belief-O-Matic Religion Quiz
Always a 'fun' topic - you can find this quiz here.
Even if YOU don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic knows. Answer 20 questions about your concept of God, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic will tell you what religion (if any) you practice...or ought to consider practicing.
Warning: Belief-O-Matic assumes no legal liability for the ultimate fate of your soul.
Cute. Anyway, here's what i got:
The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.
Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking.
1. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
2. Secular Humanism (98%)
3. Liberal Quakers (84%)
4. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (82%)
5. Nontheist (78%)
6. Theravada Buddhism (66%)
7. Neo-Pagan (62%)
8. Bahá'í Faith (52%)
9. Taoism (48%)
10. New Age (46%)
11. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (45%)
12. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (42%)
13. Reform Judaism (40%)
14. Orthodox Quaker (33%)
15. Mahayana Buddhism (32%)
16. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (31%)
17. New Thought (31%)
18. Sikhism (26%)
19. Scientology (26%)
20. Jehovah's Witness (25%)
21. Jainism (17%)
22. Seventh Day Adventist (13%)
23. Eastern Orthodox (10%)
24. Islam (10%)
25. Orthodox Judaism (10%)
26. Roman Catholic (10%)
27. Hinduism (6%)
Note: If you'd like a more detailed description as to what the views/beliefs of each of the listed religions (or stances in some cases) entails just do the quiz or go to the site.
As for me, well i'm just a little surprised that 'Nontheist' came out 5th given the vast majority of my responses were 'not applicable' or the like (atheist that i am). Which also makes me wonder how the 'Liberal Quakers' label come out 3rd! Oh, that and the irony that i was actually baptized a Roman Catholic when i was a wee little lad... *glances at list* ;p
Still, given the results i do see myself in the main as a secular humanist (Unitarian Universalists are, by the looks of it, a rather confused and overly-generalized bunch)...
Belief in Deity
Not considered important. Most Humanists are atheists or agnostics.
Same as above.
Origin of Universe and Life
The scientific method is most respected as the means for revealing the mysteries of the origins of the universe and life.
An afterlife or spiritual existence after death is not recognized.
No concept of “evil.” Reasons for wrongdoing are explored through scientific methods, e.g. through study of sociology, psychology, criminology.
No concept of afterlife or spiritual liberation or salvation. Realizing ones personal potential and working for the betterment of humanity through ethical consciousness and social works are considered paramount, but from a naturalistic rather than supernatural standpoint.
No spiritual reasons but rather a matter of human vulnerability to misfortune, illness, and victimization.
The American Humanist Association endorses elective abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.
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