Acceptance starts with the ideas of Spinoza, he gave us reason, science, secularism and The Light upon the Candlestick.

I find no peace in faith; my mind percolates searching for facts; asking why. It is easy for some to submit to a God, but subconsciously reason never sleeps. As Robert Ingersoll determined reason, observation and expiericce triumph over revelation and fear.

Marvel at the universe, study Copernicus and Kepler; understand the resistance, persecution and ridicule they faced from the church.

Have the same critical eye for apparent progressives like Thomas Merton and Gurus like Alan Watt. Doubt all prophets, read Upton Sinclair’s “The Profits of Religion”, reject spiritualism in all its forms.

Accept your short time with your friends and family. As Wendell Berry describes it

…bow to mystery, and take my stand on the earth
like a tree in a field, passing without haste
or regret toward what will be, my life
a patient willing descent into the grass.

As for an afterlife, my hope is their is an exit interview, I would express my thanks for my sweetheart of almost 45 year. Their have been days when I did not know if I would see tomorrow, in those moments, my only concern was how to find her in the next life.

A Deist of little faith

I like the ideals of deism. A deist of little faith. The problem with labels is they are a lazy way of observing and can be a barrier to understanding. Prejudiced notions are at the root of the deepest problems we face.

Richard Dawkins got it right when he stated…“Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence.

One hundred years earlier Bertrand Russell stated….So long as men are not trained to withhold judgment in the absence of evidence, they will be led astray by cocksure prophets, and it is likely that their leaders will be either ignorant fanatics or dishonest charlatans.

So here we are!

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