Well howdy folks. Been a spell.
So, obviously I’ve lost my passion for maintaining this blog, and therefore I should apologize to those few among you who call yourself fans. While a part of me wants to keep the conversation that we started going, my enthusiasm for writing seems to have drifted away.
I’ve also let my Twitter account go fallow, and have strayed from the public discussion of topics like skepticism, secularism, and rationality. While I still care about these issues, I’ve felt less of a need to defend or argue them recently. I’m still not sure why.
There’s also other news. Posterous, the blogging service that this site dwells on, is shutting down. I have until April 30th to back up and re-host this website – a task beyond my current internet skills – or it will be gone forever.
I hope to employ the assistance of a few web savvy friends, and at least do what’s needed to keep the site alive, if only to preserve the back-catalogue of popular content; but I’m not sure where to go from there. Perhaps I’m done as a blogger, or perhaps, I’m just waiting for some new inspiration.
Maybe new subject matter is over the horizon; subject matter which will stimulate all sorts of joyous blog-blabbery from yours truly. If anything occurs to me that brings both a smile to my face, and my fingers to the keyboard, you’ll all be the first to know.
That being said, today I want to share something that pissed me off.
g away from this blog has meant being less outspoken on issues such as religion. Some newer friends on social media may be unaware of my feelings on such matters. To them, if they’re so inclined, I invite a look back through
catalogue. (while it lasts, anyway)
But just to be clear: I do not believe in anything supernatural, least of all an omnipotent author of the universe. I have felt this way since I was quite young, and I arrived at that conclusion via a simple logical concept. I couldn’t have named it at the time, but it has always ruled my thinking.
That concept is called Occam’s razor
, and it means is that the simplest answer is almost always the right one.
There just isn’t any good reason to think there should be gods in this universe. It’s an unnecessarily complicated proposition; and maintaining faith in it requires the endless pulling of strings. I lean instead to the simplest proposition, and away from preposterous ones.
But the faith of others doesn’t bother me, and it wasn’t what ticked me off today. The ridiculous meme presented in the image above is offensive for an entirely different reason, because it reminds me of one of the ugliest concepts ever put forth by organized religion: that being the idea of sin.
Before I strayed from the church I was a catholic, and as a boy I was haunted by the concept of sin. Not only was I told that I was a sinner from birth, but that if I just so happened to die without being forgiven, I would perish in hell.
I fully believed this stuff was real, and yet as a young boy I just couldn’t help but continue sinning. I was forever promising God that one day I’d right the ship, and start living a flawless life, and yet I feared I might not be up to the task.
But what a strange concept: “Good people don’t go to heaven. Forgiven people do.”
What a bizarre idea. Here it is suggested that being a considerate citizen of this planet, doing good things for yourself and others, refraining from harm and helping where you can; none of this is as important as being forgiven for your transgressions.
It’s a perfect example of the surrender of intellect required by religion: your activities on this world are nowhere near as important as God’s recognition of them. Your own innate sense of right and wrong is insufficient; surrender appraisal of your life to an intellectual better in the sky; one that you have to take on faith is even listening.
It just make me angry, the concept that we should surrender any portion of our thinking self; that any intellectual concept is unavailable to be explored. That any institution should dare to tell me, or anyone, what and how to think.
Rant over. Let’s hope this blog isn’t.