It is precisely because I think for myself, that I do not accept the methodology of science. Science doesn't deal in values. It passes the buck. If everything is valueless, it does not have to hold itself accountable for its own actions. It is unethical to sacrifice life in the pursuit of knowledge, but scientists routinely experiment on caged laboratory animals in the most appalling ways because without values, the end always justifies the means. "Certainly some lives may be lost along the way, but overall mankind will benefit." This is the usual argument, but this is not a search for truth. This is fanaticism. The sacredness of life cannot be sacrificed for life's convenience, or the quality of life itself will suffer. We see the evidence of this sort of fanaticism all around us in the degradation of nature.<quoted text>
Might I suggest that they simply grow up and stop requiring other people to think for them?
That isn't the goal or purpose of science. The goal of science is to understand how the universe works. if you want direction and/or purpose, read some philosophy, literature, look at art, fall in love, and learn to think for yourself.
The idea that there is no purpose except to serve one's individual definition of purpose is egocentric. If an atheist thinks that the purpose of life is to make more money, then, virtue to him consist of the best car, or house or swimming pool, which does absolutely nothing to better the human condition.<quoted text>I *do* have 'direction and purpose': to learn, to love, to teach, to help, to experience. But that direction and purpose are chosen *by me* and not dictated by any deity. I have no requirement that my purpose survive my death. In fact, it seems silly to me to require such a thing.