"We teach by poetic inference, by thinking along lines that belong to the
world of dreams and images. There is no hard and fast teaching technique, no
laid down scripture or law, for wisdom comes only to those who deserve it,
and your teacher is yourself seen through a mirror darkly. The answers to
all things are in the Air---Inspiration, and the winds will bring you news
and knowledge, if you ask them properly........There is no secret in the
world that cannot be discovered if the recipient is ready to listen to it,
since the very Air itself carries memory and knowledge."
- Robert Cochrane, 1931-1966.
A Note to Overeducated Missionaries:
Nihil curo de ista tua stulta superstitione. Quo usque tandem abutere
Here's the deal, folks: the rational part of my mind, which controls the
rest of my mind most of the time, prevents me from accepting any religion
whatsoever wholeheartedly. I do not possess that quality known as "faith,"
nor can I overcome logical doubts about the veracity of deity. However, my
artistic, empathic, spiritualistic side desperately wants something to fill
the void left, and the religions I find most compatible with my aesthetic
sensibilities are those religions collectively termed "Neo-Pagan," in
particular wicca and asatru. Not that I can ever give up atheism, but
atheism is by definition not a belief system, rather a simple lack of
belief. I have read that belief is not a prerequisite for the practice
of wicca, so in my mind, they are not incompatible.
I do believe in an energy/matter/substance which is popularly labelled
"soul," but I do not believe it to be immortal. I believe it to be the sum
total of those electrochemical processes which occur within our brain at any
given moment. However, as energy is almost never created or destroyed but
merely changes state, I cannot definitively state that the energy within our
minds does not continue to exist as a coherent unit after the expiration of
our physical bodies, nor that we cannot broadcast or send our mental
energies in a heretofore-unexplained fashion. This may lend some credence
to explanations of paranormal and psychic phenomena, after-death
experiences, and even popular conceptions of "magick." It may even, in
fact, lend some credence to theories of reincarnation.
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, then are dreamt of in
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I Scene 5
This belief does not, however, lead to belief in some transcendent state
such as "heaven" or "hell" to which our souls pass after death. I do
believe that this is our sole platform for extancy ("this" being defined as
the space-time continuum), and as such we should endeavor to make this place
as pleasant as possible for ourselves and for others during this and other
lifetimes. I'm not saying there is some arbitrary "good" or "right" to
being nice to other people, but you never know if part of your future
life-soul energy might be resonating within these others. Admittedly this
is not altruism, and is in fact rather selfish in its totality, in a fashion
similar to the social contract of Thomas Hobbes. Nonetheless, it does give
one a mildly positive attitude. It engenders respect for other humans,
other forms of life, and the planet itself, which I feel to be important.
My religion is an earth religion! It still offers absolutely no
explanation as to how and why we exist, but I have no answers to these
questions, only conjecture.
The explanations I tend to accept most easily are those scientific
explanations dealing with natural phenomena, such as the so-called "big bang"
theory and evolution of mankind from earlier primates. This metaphysic
offers no indication of how one should behave, just that one should behave.
For guidance I turn to my earlier suppositions. These premises are not at
all rigid, so they have a shifting and adaptable nature. Thus my ethics are
entirely situational. I do base them to a large degree on the Wiccan Rede:
Do what you will as long as no harm comes of it, harm against others and
harm against yourself. I also look to the Threefold Law: What you send
out, you receive threefold in return. It's the pagan version of the Golden
Rule, and it really is a bit more emotionally imperative than the original
Golden Rule. These are the foundations of my ethical thought. Needless to
say, I'm also a Libertarian.
Easter season has come and gone, but the humor just keeps on going. If
you're a devout Christian you might not want to click this
link. It might tick you off.
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Atheism and Agnosticism on miningco.com
American Atheist Magazine
The Covenant of the Goddess
The Universal Life Church
The American Humanist Association
Moira Scott's Witchcraft Pages
Wicca: what it is; what it isn't
Witches' League for Public Awareness
The Witches' Web
Wicca and Asatru
The Troth Official Web Site: Asatru and Heathen events, Goddesses and Gods, philosophy, cosmology
Race and Asatru
Personhood, the Bible, and the Abortion Debate
The Temple of Thelema
The Church of the Subgenius
The Council for Secular Humanism
Freedom From Religion Foundation
The God Simulator
If you've ever felt tempted to pick up a gun and go defend the One True Faith(TM) at
some compound in the middle of nowhere, then
The Gospel Plow is for you!
The Myth of the Historical Veracity of Jesus
The Secular Web
Unitarian Universalist Association
What is Humanism?
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