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14 May 2017

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Karl Marx summed up the matter very aptly when he wrote, “Religion is the opiate of the masses" and more recently the noted Australian philosopher Clive Hamilton quipped, “Religion would be more palatable if the bible had some jokes in it.” Em tasol.

G.K. Chesterton said it best: "It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it."

Ross Howard.
hrhoward@optusnet.com.au

Erudition and communicative volition from Michael, a joy to behold. If only the majority of the folk of PNG (and elsewhere) possessed and exercised a like capacity.
Yet of the topic, individuals contributing that which is necessary for humanity at its tenderest, so much depends on folk when young, acquiring both knowledge of and commitment to the sharing of self, so well exemplified in Peter's vignette, toward the wider achieving of 'love your neighbour as yourself'.

And so is 'love' Michael.

We think we are in control of our lives but we are biologically driven.

Even the greed and corruption of politicians is a biological imperative. They are announcing to the world that they are alpha males and will sire similarly 'strong' babies.

We invent gods and romantic love and all the other feel good things to delude ourselves that we are not just mere breeding organisms whose sole function is perpetuating our species.

Thank goodness some of it is fun.

Procreation and the nurturing of young are biological drivers for the continuation of the species.

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