Since Aug 9, 1998
The best a man can do is remain silent, because anytime he prates on about God, he is committing the sin of lying. The true master knows that if he had a God he could understand, He would never hold Him to be God. - Andrew Davidson
"You have to be saved from the very idea that you have to be saved. You must be saved from the saviors, redeemed from the redeemers..........Only if you reject all the other paths can you discover your own path." -U.G. Krishnamurti
I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow creatures happy. I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my own church. -Thomas Paine
The following is an excerpt regarding Thomas Paine from the new Disinformation title 50 Things You're Not Supposed To Know: Religion, authored by Daniele Bolelli:
(Paine was anything but an atheist. It was precisely because he believed in God that he despised organized religions sincein his viewthese turned the divine mystery into bad mythology, and projected onto God their own psychotic hopes and fears. In Paines brand of freedom-loving spirituality, God was something greater than any religion...[however]Over a hundred years after Paines death, Theodore Roosevelt still referred to him as a filthy little atheist.)
No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about himself. - Henry Adams
But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. -Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, 1782
Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because if there be one he must approve of the homage of reason more than that of blindfolded fear. -Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 10, 1787
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. -Buddha
I do not play the "I am more Conservative than you" game.
I believe that we must all accept responsibility for our lives and our actions because no decent civil society can exist if we do not.
I also believe that free markets have provided the greatest good to the greatest number of people and the role of government should be very limited.
I have no affiliations when it comes to matters of Spirituality. I do have great interest in antiquity, early Christianity and Eastern religions. I believe that humanity's highest calling is to acquire knowledge, especially about the great mysteries of human origin, with an open mind and to go fearlessly where that knowledge leads us. As such, I am very much in favor of, for example, space exploration. I do not subscribe to any "belief system" as I do not believe there is any system or belief which can even begin to embrace what we refer to as "God".
My favorite work of poetry:
By Matthew Arnold
The sea is calm tonight,
The tide is full, the moon lies fair
Upon the straits; on the French coast the light
Gleams and is gone; the cliffs of England stand,
Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay.
Come to the window, sweet is the night air!
Only, from the long line of spray
Where the sea meets the moon-blanched land,
Listen! you hear the grating roar
Of pebbles which the waves draw back, and fling,
At their return, up the high strand,
Begin, and cease, and then again begin,
With tremulous cadence slow, and bring
The eternal note of sadness in.
Sophocles long ago
Heard it on the Agean, and it brought
Into his mind the turbid ebb and flow
Of human misery; we
Find also in the sound a thought,
Hearing it by this distant northern sea.
The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world.
Ah, love, let us be true
To one another! for the world, which seems
To lie before us like a land of dreams,
So various, so beautiful, so new,
Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
And we are here as on a darkling plain
Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
Where ignorant armies clash by night.
Accept no authority..............be a light unto yourself.