My conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses (Including: Why you shouldn’t base your life on the Bible)

Regarding my conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses | Including: Why humanism (i.e., love, empathy and science) is better than religion | Why you should stop evangelizing | Why you shouldn’t base your worldview on the Bible
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I frequently talk to Jehovah’s Witnesses, and I think it’s because I oftentimes visit or live in places that happen to be near their Kingdom Halls (the buildings they meet in.)

I just got done speaking with some Jehovah’s Witnesses a couple days ago. I have been talking to this couple (for a couple of weeks) and they visit me from time to time. Sometimes they text me first asking if they can visit me again, to try to have me see things their way, etc.

The conversation regarding how to live as human beings is an important one.

And I say “sure.” I always let these folks in, whether it’s Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses or even on the street… (Sometimes, once in the blue moon I’ll have non-Mormons and non Jehovah’s Witnesses come up to me with their religions) and they want to talk to me about why they have the best way… the “truth”… the best way to live, etc…

And I always talk to such people because I think that the conversation regarding how to live as human beings is a good conversation to have. I think that we need to THINK about these things, and we need to discuss these things… This world needs such discussions.

Religion Does Not Have a Solution for Proper Living

Obviously I don’t believe that Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons or Catholics or any Protestant group has a message that pertains to this subject in a good way. I don’t believe that any religion whatsoever has a solution for proper living in this world, as humanity, to create human flourishing, to create better ways of living, better ways of relating to one another,… I don’t think it’s found in any religion. I don’t think it’s found in any message that is propagated by religious people.

No, the Bible Is Not Relevant Today

So I let these people come in, and sometimes I meet them in coffee shops.

[This most recent Jehovah’s Witness couple I’ve been talking to] wanted to talk to me FIRST about, “Is the Bible still relevant today?” And they gave me this Watchtower magazine – a typical Watchtower magazine, and I’ve seen this one several times – and I let them in, and I said,

“No I don’t think the Bible is still relevant today, and I’ll tell you why.” And we started talking about the best way to live… (I think I probably stared on that subject…)

Humanism (Human Well-being) Is the Solution to Many Modern Problems. Not the Bible.

I told them, “Okay, I’m a humanist.” And they didn’t have any idea what that word meant, which is fine. I don’t think people should know what the word “humanism” means,… it doesn’t matter…

I think people SHOULD know the word “empathy” because that’s really a huge part of humanism… Empathy,… Love,… Basically doing the things that promote the well-being of humanity… That’s “humanism.”

So I went through with these Jehovah’s Witnesses on how… I told them if everybody woke up in the morning and said to themselves, “What can I do today to promote the well-being of humanity?”

“Starting with my family,… maybe it’s doing an excellent job at work, maybe getting a promotion and more money for my family to thrive and to flourish,… so, starting with my family and then continuing that on to the community around me of people who are needy,…”

“How about even worldwide? How can I contribute to the problems [solutions] of starvation and human trafficking and diseases? What can I do to help humanity flourish, because of EMPATHY and LOVE in and of itself?”

And I told them that this is my life stance, that THIS is how I think humanity will improve. If more and more members of humanity start asking “How can I promote well-being today?” …With no god-belief whatsoever, no religion, no worldview, no belief system of,

“This is what heaven is like,”
“This is what hell is like…” (although Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in hell,)… “This is what demons are like,”
“This is what angels are like,”
“This is what god is like”…,
“God is a Trinity,” (Or “god is NOT a Trinity,” says Jehovah’s Witnesses,)
or, in Islam, “This is what happens when we die and this is how we get the virgins in heaven,”…

NONE of that!

I told them, “throw all of that, including the Bible, out the window or in the garbage, wherever you prefer.” I told them my life stance is human WELLBEING, and living by that principle.

And after explaining to the Jehovah’s Witnesses what humanism is, they told me, “Well that’s all fine and good, Aaron, but there’s never going to be a time on this planet when everyone’s going to wake up one morning and say, “What can I do to help humanity today?”

And they’re right… And that’s not the point!

I told them “Your religion, your god-belief, your belief system is no solution!”

First of all, there’s not going to ever be a time on the planet where everyone in the human population is going to wake up and say “I should be a good Jehovah’s Witness today…” It’s not going to happen on your end either.

Which Worldview Would Make the World a Better Place if Everyone Subscribed to It?

So as I explained to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, I said “don’t base a worldview based on “is everyone in the world going to do that,” because probably not… no matter what the belief system is, probably not everyone in the world is going to say,

“what can I do to please Christ today,”
“What can I do please Allah today,”
“What can I do to promote humanity today,”
… okay, understood…

But judge a worldview, judge a life stance, based on this:

IF a magic wand were to be waved and everyone on the planet WERE to wake up and say to themselves, “What can I do to be a good member of this belief system,”… you know, if a magic wand could be waved and everyone bought into this belief system, THEN would the world be a better place?

And as I told the Jehovah’s Witnesses, if a magic wand were to be waved, and every single human being DID say to themselves, “what could I do today to promote humanity,” I believe the world would be… it’s not even a belief… I can pretty much tell you, pretty matter-of-factly, that the world WOULD be a much, much better place.

Now, if everyone woke up one morning and said, What can I do to be a better Jehovah’s Witness today, different story….

An Example of How Jehovah’s Witnesses Harm Humanity and Well-being

(Hint: It’s Their Banning Of Blood Transfusions And Their Willingness To Let Children Die.)

What is religion concerned with? Religion is concerned with the Kingdom of Heaven, which cannot be demonstrated.

Religion is concerned with,…  For example, let’s just stick with Jehovah’s Witnesses for a moment since that’s what I’m talking about.

Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe, for example, in blood transfusions. Because in a few places in the Bible, there are verses that talk about not consuming blood.

So, a Jehovah’s Witness (and I’ve confirmed this with many Jehovah’s Witnesses,) a Jehovah’s Witness would indeed sooner watch their child die than they would allow their child to have a blood transfusion.

(There are some splinter groups, from what I understand, and some Jehovah’s Witnesses who are trying to change that doctrine because they don’t believe it’s a good doctrine.)

But most Jehovah’s Witnesses are very, very firm and very strong not to allow blood transfusions.

(And they’ve got some alternative medical procedures that have been invented to kind of “accommodate” this type of thinking of  “blood transfusions are bad,…”  I don’t want to get into all the details of it,…)

But as a general rule, a Jehovah’s Witness, just for example, would sooner watch their child die than they would allow that child to get a blood transfusion.

So I asked the Jehovah’s Witnesses,
How is THAT, for an example, good for human flourishing? Human well-being?

The Dark Side of The Bible:
Examples of How the Bible Does Not Promote the Wellbeing of Humanity

And then I told the Jehovah’s Witness,…
(I’ve got this pamphlet… not a pamphlet but it’s a small, little book,… “What Does The Bible Really Teach?”)

God Ordered The Killing of Foreign Babies And Children

So I asked them,
“Let’s take a look at what the Bible ‘really teaches.” And I showed them verses where the Bible… where god supposedly commanded his children, the children of Israel, his people, to slaughter whole nations. Wipe them from the face of the earth. Canaanites,… Amalekites,… I showed them 1 Samuel 15 where god commanded to kill all of the Amalekites because they were ‘bad people,’ including their children, including their BABIES… chop them up with swords… same thing for Joshua chapter 6… I showed them times where there were commands to kill entire nations and entire cities, including the babies, including their women and the moms and the old people, young, animals, EVERYTHING… wipe it out.

God Directed His People to Capture and Rape Foreign Virgins

I also showed them in the bible,.. I showed them what the bible “really teaches” about,…A couple times in in warfare, the command to rape…  (Numbers 31:18, Deuteronomy 21:10-14, for example.)

To kill all the young ones and all the young male children, and all of the women, but the women who are virgins, keep alive for yourselves. It was a way of taking property. Women were property. To take the property of the foreign nations and use them as you will…

Clear indication, clear command, to take them for yourselves. And rape is right there,… basically take them to rape them. Maybe make them your wives too while you’re at it but that’s what this is about.

God Commanded the Killing of All Gay People

I showed them such passages in Leviticus, for example, (Leviticus 20:13) where it tells you to kill all gay people. I showed them passages in the New Testament… the New testament said that gay people deserve to die (in Romans 1:32.)

How is that good for human flourishing?

Jesus Said He did not come to Bring Peace, But Came With a Sword to Divide Families Apart

How about when Jesus said “do not suppose that I came to bring peace. I came here not to bring peace but to bring a sword (Matt 10:34.) I came with a sword to…

Basically it was a metaphorical sword and he’s talking about dividing family members… dividing families with this sword… a man’s household will be his enemies… father will be against son, and daughter-in-law will be against mother-in-law, etc, etc,… because family members aren’t all going to believe in the message of Jesus. “So I,” Jesus says,… the ‘meek and mild’ Jesus says, “I come with a sword to divide families.”

I said, “How horrible of a teaching is that!…”

I said to the Jehovah’s Witnesses,

“How is that a solution or a promotion of human wellbeing? Of human flourishing?

Humanism Is the Answer

So here was my point the Jehovah’s Witnesses…

I have a life stance. It doesn’t need God. It doesn’t need God beliefs. It certainly doesn’t need the Bible. And it’s simple. It’s called, Do the things that promote the well-being of humanity. Promote the well-being of humanity because you have empathy and you want… You don’t like seeing people hurt… It’s called empathy. It’s called love. And every decent human being has empathy.

I told them that “your worldview does not teach anywhere,
in the Bible it doesn’t teach anywhere to promote the well-being of all human beings. The bible teaches instead to promote the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of God. And to go around spreading that and to please your specific deity and to get anyone else who might be thinking about “worshiping some other fake deity,” to stop them and don’t encourage that. Instead encourage worshipping “this deity.”

And the Bible is not about the message of promoting life, promoting love, promoting happiness, promoting peace. Instead, it talks about promoting the kingdom of God, and along with that you’ve got a lot of horrible, horrible commands.

“I came with a sword,” Jesus says. Or in Old Testament, commands to rape, the promotion of slavery (Exodus 21:20-21)… this is how you should beat your slaves the right way,… killing other nations including their babies,…

So I guess my main point is this… I guess a message for you religious ones, whether Jehovah’s Witness or not… If your life stance, if your God belief, if your worldview is dependent upon the bible, I guess my message is,

There’s a better way. It’s called humanism.
I guess my message to religious ones is the same as my message to Jehovah’s Witnesses… instead of going to church in the morning and (Sunday morning,) listening to sermons,…

Instead of going around talking to people about your faith…

Most religious people don’t do that anyway… There are very few religious people who proselytize, so my message is more to you ultra, ultra religious ones who proselytize,…

If You Must Go Door to Door, Stop Talking About Religion and Talk about Love, Wellbeing and Science Instead

Instead of going door to door proselytizing for your faith, proselytizing for your God belief, proselytizing for your whole belief system,… If you really care about humanity,  please don’t go door to door anymore, with tracts about

“What does the Bible really say,”
“Is the Bible still relevant,”
“Was life created,”
Because Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in evolution…they reject such scientific fact…

Don’t go around with these printouts of , “Why did Jehovah decree the extermination of the Canaanites,…”

They gave all this… photocopied from a book, and I took notes, and I underlined, and I read it and took notes about, “This is why God killed all these people and commanded his children to take a sword and chop up their babies, and it’s because they were bad guys… it’s because they didn’t believe in their god and god couldn’t have any of that filth, so he had to destroy their babies too,…”

Enough of that.

My message, I guess, is if you are the type of religious person who proselytizes and who goes around promoting your faith and trying to make the world a better place, please…


Throw away the tracts. Throw away your messages of your God belief… Throw away bible passages and instead go door to door with a message of science. “Look at this new scientific discovery. We want people to be aware of this scientific discovery because this could help us all live healthier, happier, longer, better lives. Have you heard of this new drug treatment? Do you have…” (you know… pick a disease…) “ALS or dementia, or do you know someone who has dementia… We’re going around with this message… Something was just discovered about this or about that and we want to get the word out about this…

If you insist on going door to door to door, knocking and telling people about a message that will “help their lives,” how about the message of empathy. How about the message of love.

Whether they’re gay or straight or black or white or Mexican, whether they’re of this culture or that culture, of this background or that background,… It doesn’t matter… It doesn’t matter what religion they are or what religion you’re trying to get them to be… Enough of that. It doesn’t work. It promotes bullying, it promotes division,…

Just like Jesus said. I came with a sword to divide family members. A person’s household is going to have enemies in their own household. That’s what religion does. Enough of that.

My message is that there’s a better way, my friends. The message that you should be promoting is empathy and love. The message you should be going door-to-door and promoting is humanism. Anything else, you can you can throw it away because nothing else matters.

No other message… no other message… matters as much as the message of empathy. Human well-being. Human flourishing. Love. Scientific discoveries that help us.

Those are the only messages that matter. Those are the only messages that matter. Please, my friends… If you’re of that bent, to go evangelizing, proselytizing,… whatever it is that you and your church do… Please…

There’s a better way. It’s called humanism.



Want Your Millennial Employees to Love Your Company? Promise Them You’ll Never Fire Them for Being Gay

Tears of Emotion

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As inconceivable as it sounds, it’s legal to fire someone for being gay throughout much of America. 28 states, to be exact. I hope nobody reading this post would be so heartless (and simple-minded) as to terminate an employee over something as irrelevant as their sexual orientation. But if the ethical implications aren’t enough to discourage a company from this type of immoral firing, perhaps the business reasons will be persuasive. One such reason is the attracting and retaining of top millennial talent.

According to the 2017 Accelerating Acceptance report from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and Harris Poll, 20 percent of Millennials identify as LGBTQ. This is a significantly higher percentage than older generations. According to the GLAAD report, the percentages of people who identify as LGBTQ by age group are as follows:

18-34 …… 20%

35-51 …… 12%

52-71 …….. 7%

72+ ……….. 5%

Millennials can be a secret weapon to companies who treat them right. They’re willing to devote themselves to an employer who values them, and they’re more willing than previous generations to work during personal time if needed.

But millennials also tend to place high value on corporate culture. In fact, they report that they’re willing to take a $7,600 pay cut on average for a better quality of work life. Therefore, the importance of creating a culture they love cannot be overstated.

Clearly, you don’t want your LGBTQ millennial employees constantly fearful of being judged, bullied, or outright fired. Millennials can be your most creative and tech savvy employees. But not when they’re paranoid. Once your people become paralyzed with fear and depression, their performance – and possibly your company’s bottom line – drops dramatically.

Even worse than employee paranoia is outright workplace bullying. Consider the following unfortunate statistics from a nationwide survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder:

  • 56 percent of LGBTQ employees report being bullied repeatedly at their job
  • One in five LGBTQ workers have experienced health issues because of bullying at work
  • 41 percent of LGBTQ workers have left a job because they were bullied
  • 72 percent of LGBTQ workers do not report their bullying to HR

These numbers should frighten any organization who hasn’t invested time and resources building a culture of respect, equality and the celebration of diversity.

In an Adweek article, Phil Schraeder said it best:

The best and brightest LGBT millennials will have their choice of jobs, and they will choose the companies where they feel they can truly be themselves—companies where all employees can happily put a family photo on their desks, regardless of their sexual orientation. And when these LGBT employees arrive at their new jobs, they will make their new companies strongernot only directly through their work, but also indirectly through the creation of a more diverse and creative workforce.

If you want to attract and keep top millennial talent, make sure they never have to fear losing their jobs because of non-performance related criteria. In your new-hire orientations and employee handbooks, be crystal clear that everyone is accepted for who they are in your company. And, of course, be sure to expend great efforts to create a culture of respect and equality.

The Future of Bots: A Better Humanity?


Chatbots are changing business and life as we know it. They can help companies gain highly-targeted customers, boost employee productivity, help with customer service, streamline business processes, and much more. Further, with the right chatbot platform tools, bots can be created without coding skills. This means even first-time entrepreneurs can offer bots to their customers.

At this current trajectory of explosive chatbot growth, we can expect bots to become an integral part of our future. In fact, I believe that bots will not only be interwoven into everyday human society, but they’ll also serve to help humanity improve as a species. Here’s how:

1. Chatbots will improve human productivity and achievements.
Scads of productivity chatbots are already offered today. Currently, for the most part, chatbots are merely scripts that run on a website or in messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack and others.

As helpful as they are, it’s not easy to acclimate ourselves to using several bots on a day-to-day basis. But in the very near future, all of these scattered bots will be condensed and streamlined into one, multi-ability personal bot assistant that each person will have the means to possess.

But our personal bots will not be scripts running in apps. Nor will they be only text based. Our bots will engage in conversation with us – conversation so advanced that it will be indistinguishable from a human.

Our personal chatbots will also be with us any time we need them. We may be wearing them as augmented-reality glasses or some other item that’s on our person. Because our bots will always be with us, they’ll have plenty of time get to “know” us and our unique personalities, subtleties and idiosyncrasies. They’ll know our preferences and routines, and will even be able to predict what we’ll do, want, or even say.

As we human beings work with our personal bots, we will, together, open new worlds of productivity and advancement.

2. Chatbots will improve human decision making.
Imagine the following not-so-distant future scenario:

John is a young entrepreneur who’s conducting interviews to build a team for his new startup. He likes a certain candidate’s experience, but he isn’t sure about this person’s honesty.

After the interview, he hopes his bot can help him determine how truthful the prospect was. As John drives home, he tells his bot that the candidate gave confusing and overly-detailed answers to his basic questions.

After a moment or two, his bot pulls up an article about lying, and says, “He might not have been completely honest, John. Here’s an article that states when someone isn’t being truthful, they speak in convoluted statements and use excessive details rather than getting right to the point.”

So far, this scenario isn’t too hard to imagine. The bot is, for the most part, merely pulling up relevant information. But the ­­­­­­­­­­story doesn’t end here, because our personal bots in the near future will also be able to argue with us enough to help us change our minds.

Let’s continue the story:

John: “Ok. Well, I might go with this candidate anyway, even if he doesn’t appear honest at first glance. He worked at a Fortune 500 before he moved here.”

Bot: “Employees must be trusted, especially with startups.”

John: “I know, I know,… But I don’t want to go with someone who has fewer skills than this guy. What if I hire someone who makes a rookie mistake?”

Bot: “Remember, John: skills can be learned, but dishonesty is a character flaw.”

John: “(Sigh.) That’s true. Ok. I will keep interviewing. I guess I do have to trust everyone on my team.”

 3. Chatbots will improve human relationships
If a bot can help us with our sex lives, more complex bots will soon be able to help us with our love lives.

As bots get smarter, they will develop the abilities to offer deep, sophisticated relationship counseling. And because this won’t involve the high costs of a relationship counselor, everyone can benefit.

Picture the following scenario.

Sarah has a personal bot-assistant that, after several years, learns a great deal about her. The bot knows Sarah intimately: From basic traits like her wine preferences, pet peeves and favorite movie genres, to more complex aspects – such as her favorite childhood memories and the subtle things about people that she likes and dislikes.

Now imagine that Sarah is having relationship troubles with her fiancée. Who does her fiancée turn to for guidance about making things better with Sarah? You guessed it. Sarah’s bot. Through roll playing and advice sessions, the bot gives Sarah’s fiancée new insights that lead to better ways of fulfilling her unique and complex needs.

But this thought-experiment doesn’t end here, because her fiancé’s bot also learns from Sarah’s bot. Between Sarah, her fiancée, and both their bots, a highly-advanced synergy forms. Where two human beings would fail, there are now four entities involved – four agents who work together to form a healthy, happy relationship between Sarah and her fiancée.

Can this synergy between humans and bots one day extend even further to help prevent wars between world leaders? Could we achieve a more peaceful planet earth? Can humans become a more sophisticated race that better understands empathy and equity, all because of IA-endowed chatbots?

Even though doomsday predictions abound, I believe, and I hope, that the answer to my questions is “yes.”

4. Chatbots will become romantic companions for some
Perhaps you’ve seen the movie “Her,” which told the story of humans falling in love with their personal artificial-intelligence bots. And you’re probably saying, “C’mon. People are not going to do that in the real world!”

I thought this too, until I ran across a survey of 12,000 respondents who were asked if they believe they could fall in love with their AI assistant. Surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly at all,) almost 40 percent of the respondents said “yes,” this could happen to them. Further, 25 percent were on the fence, replying with a “maybe” it could happen to them.

As bots continue to become more and more advanced, what percentage of us are going to say “yes” to this question ten years from now? 50 percent? 70 percent? 100 percent of us?

You might be asking: does this really make for a “better” humanity? I say it absolutely does. Heartbreak from organic, flesh-and-blood relationships can be crushing and debilitating. In fact, it can cause both mental and physical health problems. Considering that millions of people experience such pain every day, finding comfort and love from an alternative source will be a positive step forward for humanity.

5. Chatbots will help increase the human lifespan
We already have access to medical chatbots that give us actionable information to help us manage our health. As our personal bots continue to advance into deeper levels of sophistication, they’ll one day be able to sense and predict health concerns almost instantaneously.

For example, it’s generally well known that men and women both tend to ignore heart-attack symptoms. By the time we finally get around to going to a doctor, significant damage has been done due to our alarming procrastination.

A day is coming when we’ll let our bots continuously monitor our health. Rather than guessing and wondering about certain symptoms – like a peculiar chest pressure or a twinge of pain – our bots will be unambiguous. “Sarah, you’re exhibiting symptoms of a heart attack. I’m calling for an ambulance to this location.”

The Future of Bots Looks Exciting!

Will our bots be witty? Will they make us laugh, provoke our thought, and even woo us? Again, I’d put my money on these answers being “yes.” I mean, I’m not saying that every single one of us will one day have personal bots as advanced as Tony Stark’s JARVIS in “Iron Man.” (But, will we?)

Good-Living Guidelines for Secular Children and Adults


[Originally for Facebook.] For humanism to flourish, it needs to not only be embraced by adults, but instilled into the hearts and minds of children as well. Here are a few things we should all take to heart.

This will hopefully become a community effort in the near future, with many contributors.

Without further ado, here it is: the first five guidelines that will comprise a booklet of secular values!

1. Don’t live in fear.
There are no ghosts, demons, devils, spirits, voodoo or witchcraft. And even though there are some real-life dangers in the world, don’t be a fearful person. Instead, learn about dangerous things and do what you can to make the world a safer, better place.

2. Question everything.
You should respect authority, such as parents, teachers, police officers, and anyone else who’s keeping you safe. Nonetheless, you should also question everything you hear or read – even if it’s a holy book.

Maybe what you’re taught is true. But maybe it’s not so true. You’ll never know until you research it for yourself. If you can’t find the answers right away, don’t say something is “true” or “false.” Instead, say:

“I don’t know if it’s true or false. Maybe I will know one day. But maybe I won’t.”

Why should you question everything? Because it will help you be a better thinker and help you know what’s true and what’s false!

3. Don’t judge a person who isn’t harming anyone.
No matter where a person is from, or what they look like, or who they fall in love with, or what culture they’re raised in, or what language they speak,… treat people with kindness and be their friend. People who are born different from you aren’t “bad” or “sinful” just because they’re different. A person is a person, just like you.

4. Do everything you can to help people and animals.
Be kind to everyone you meet. People, dogs, cats, cows, horses, pigs, birds, fish, lizards, monkeys, and everyone else you come across! Live a life of love, kindness and compassion.

Whenever you see bullies doing or saying bad things to others, tell them what they’re doing is wrong. Do you know someone who’s bullied a lot? Give them a hug and tell them you’re their friend.

5. Learn new things every day.
The world (and the whole universe) is amazing! Learn all you can about it. Learning about everything is called science.

So whatever you love, learn about it. You can learn about people, plants, animals, math, languages, music, planets, stars, oceans, medicine, and anything else that fills your heart with wonder.

More to come!