Got almost 6 minutes in, unbearable waffling word salad, then he finally started mentioning religion and heaven. His mannerisms and speech were eerily reminiscent of any snake oil salesman. I will try and preserver as the introduction described this as “his best speech ever”, so if this is as good as it gets, I can happily never listen to another one.
He’s giving a painfully trite and facile explanation of training a two year old now, I believe the correct acronym is KMN. Christ if this is his best speech ever, how painfully tedious are the others? After labouring the point that we learn as grow up he finally arrives at “the spirit of goodness itself” which surprise is traditionally associated with god. Utterly meaningless word salad.
Apparently if you understand that (?) then you also understand what constitutes “genuine human flourishing at the psychological level”, as @Cognostic says, the worst kind of psychobabble.
Western clinicians are at fault apparently, for suggesting mental health is subjective. Since we are not all the same, and can’t all cope in the same fashion, this seems unlikely, but he rounds this off with the pithy but vapid observation that we all know this is untrue as you can’t be happy if your wife is unhappy. How about my ex-wife, I’d be pretty happy to learn she was unhappy if I am being honest?
Ok so now I see where is he was going with this, he’s created a false equivalence fallacy, by asserting that the mental states of others we are close to affecting our own mental health, means our MH is not subjective. I think it more likely that a subjective mental health can’t exist in complete isolation from the mental health of those around us, he’s using a lot of words, to explain very little, and his conclusions are dubious at best, and likely irrational.
He’s now compounding his error with an analogous comparison with music, and if musical is not subjective then I’d be frankly stunned at this news, so a very poor analogy.
Ok 14:29, he finally makes his point albeit in a rambling disjointed fashion, that our lives can only have meaning through theistic religion, though even now he doesn’t say it outright, christ this guy loves the sound of his own voice.
Now he’s getting tearful, this is really painful to watch, he’s reaching the apotheosis of his preaching now, it’s all about god apparently, quelle surprise. So they’re not primitive superstitions (I don’t think he knows what either word means then) but are in fact “the most brilliant intuitions into the fundamental structure of reality, that have ever been offered”.
Is it churlish to point out that since no one can objectively evidence a deity, describing it as reality is pretty meaningless? Now he’s implying western religion has brought wealth and plenty to billions around the world, a very dubious assertion indeed.
“Everything will be fine if we struggle on upwards towards the city of god.” Hmm, again I can only express my extreme doubt at this unevidenced assertion. He’s hammering home that this is the truth, and not some primitive superstition, except the belief is both a primitive and superstitious one, by definition?
Ah another pearl of wisdom, we need to tilt the world towards heaven and away from Hell, I think I can feel it tilting if this wave of nausea is any indicator.
Now I don’t know this, but apparently “any attempt to circumvent the responsibility (of tilting the world towards heaven and away from Hell one assumes?) merely brings about some oscillating tension between absolute tyranny and utter slavery.” Well well, doesn’t his Christian religion endorse slavery though, and tyranny come to that, the deity depicted in the bible is an oppressively cruel tyrant?
Anyway I can now say I have seen his “best speech,”, and this negates the need to ever listen to him ever again, thankfully. As this one wasted a lot of words only to tell us we can’t be happy unless we believe in god. I am now investigating the Aztec deity of gluttony, in case I need a deity to be happy. Does anyone know how to measure happiness by the way, so I can properly test his claim?