Monday, December 17, 2012
A book called Escape from Camp 14 was published earlier this year. The book tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin's life unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state, North Korea. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin's Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family.
One wonders how atheists are capable of inflicting such incredible cruelty on their fellow men. How can they kill with no guilt?
I suspect that the answer may be, because according to atheists, nothing is really alive in the traditional sense of the word.
Monotheists understand that something is alive because it has a soul. When something dies it "gives up the ghost".
Atheists of course do not believe in a soul and therefore have trouble defining life. Murder simply means changing a bag of chemicals, known as a human being, from one state to another somewhat different state. Nothing fundamental or terrible has happened. It's like unplugging an appliance. The bag of chemicals is still there, it has just stopped moving and eating.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 3:37 PM