Choosing to not believe

In which I believe that you should be allowed to believe in what you want to believe.

All in all I would consider my self to be a fairly rational person, but I am not entirely clear of superstition (I am having to type this blog on one leg). I know there are no such things as ghosts or things that go bump in the night yet I really don’t like walking around a dark house in case I should stumble across one.

Many of the beliefs we hold as children often vanish as we reach adulthood. For any children or adults in denial (which is 4,132 miles long) you may want to skip this next sentence. Now we are older we know that Santa, the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny don’t exist. I can’t remember whether I believed in these or not, I don’t remember the moment when I stopped.

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Faith in humanity

In which I hope our best hope is ourselves.

Mrs G was feeling a bit scared about the world, last year seemed to have been particularly crazy full of terrible events and even worse people. The beginnings of this year aren’t looking any better.

It would be easy to quit on the human race at this point, we seem to be on a race to the bottom and backing Team Hell-in-a-Handcart. Why should we have any optimism for the future?

I believe we should, because humanity is not as bad as we expect.

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It comes around

I ended up having a conversation with a colleague this week who is thinking about following in Lisa Simpson’s footsteps. Ra-ther than taking up the saxamaphone he quite fancies the idea of becoming a Buddhist. Its a system that I quite like the sound of as well, until you have to give up all your possessions and have to renounce bacon sandwiches. If nirvana is obtained from the suffering you endure from giving up bacon then 90’s grunge bands be damned.

One of the issues I have with most faiths involve the menu restrictions, no pork, no fish, unleavened bread, no bats. I also struggle with the idea that any deeds you do are kept in a celestial ledger for you to be judged on at some later point. As an atheist that leads me to conclude that any actions I take will never see me get my comeuppance, not that it causes me (or others) to lead a nihilistic and bad life.

I ended up having a conversation with a colleague this week who is thinking about following in Lisa Simpson’s footsteps. Ra-ther than taking up the saxamaphone he quite fancies the idea of becoming a Buddhist. Its a system that I quite like the sound of as well, until you have to give up all your possessions and have to renounce bacon sandwiches. If nirvana is obtained from the suffering you endure from giving up bacon then 90’s grunge bands be damned.

One of the issues I have with most faiths involve the menu restrictions, no pork, no fish, unleavened bread, no bats. I also struggle with the idea that any deeds you do are kept in a celestial ledger for you to be judged on at some later point. As an atheist that leads me to conclude that any actions I take will never see me get my comeuppance, not that it causes me (or others) to lead a nihilistic and bad life.

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