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Tue, Nov 03, 2015 - 06:31 AM

how does it feel like being a humanist




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Print Tue, Nov 10, 2015 - 06:22 PM
To me, and maybe only me, I can see all "faiths" as valid as long as they give peace and well-being to those whose eyes are still firmly stuck in the theory of human superiority. To me, ther is a "GOD", but it is a GOD of the physical sciences and of the UNIVERSE, the "GIGANTIC OMNIPRESENT DILATION", or G.smallest and shortest O.D. Older and less observant people still call it "THE BIG BANG", save that the "BANG" is still going on and the "dilation" is still accelerating. Everything is part of that GOD, and a part of GOD is inside me, you, the rocks, trees, dirt, worms, eagles, smallest and shortest-lived particle-waves to the largest galaxies, galactic clusters, and the voids between. No matter the faith, it is there. Some people have turned away from that thought, and see their "God" (note capitalization) as exclusive. They tend toward their fundament-alist religious thought. (Note definitions of "fundament"!)

I know from all those faiths what is good, and not-so-good. I know that it is not my right to tell another who to love, or why the color of a coffee cup means nothing when there are homeless, hungry, lonely, and in need of counseling. I know that I have my social, financial, and ethical limits. So what is it about people proclaiming their faith, yet living it not? I don't have to worry about that because I know what is truly right, and wrong. Yet, it is a truly lonely existence, and I hope to find other who can understand my view of the Infinite. I know that they are out there, and one day, we might meet.


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Print Tue, Nov 03, 2015 - 10:14 AM
To me it's a two-edged sword. It is a relief not to have to worry about a mysterious force hiding behind bushes and under rocks, waiting to "tempt" you to do something to displease an even more powerful force. But if one is sincere in their commitment to humanism, you also have the responsibility to do what you can to help your fellow creatures, and even Mother Earth herself...


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Print Wed, Nov 04, 2015 - 01:37 AM
I tend to equate my freedom from religion with my humanism. It was a moment of liberation.

The idea that I was helping a fellow human being for just being a fellow human being was (and still is) exhilarating. I wasn't pretending to help because there "might be a reward" in the afterlife. No. I was doing it because it needed to be done now.

I remember when I finally shook the chains of religion from my ankles and wrists and helped out someone in need and the response I got was, "Thank the Lord. I was praying for help and you showed up."

The idea that prayer works is, well, beyond me. What does matter is that we get involved in helping each other. Regardless of race, creed, color, orientation, or any other category you might be able to think of that is used to divide us. We are all humans.

I prefer this. It is less "judgie".


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Print Wed, Nov 04, 2015 - 04:37 PM
It sometimes feels isolating, because I"m seldom with people who share my worldview.. And it can be annoying to be surrounded by people who spout beliefs that sound ridiculous to me, but are shared by everyone around me. (I cringe every time But it's more important to me to have my beliefs make sense to me.


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Print Thu, Nov 05, 2015 - 05:52 AM
It feels good. The world makes sense; not that I have all the answers by any means but that the rules aren't made up by some creature in the clouds I need to try to parse, not by an entity I'm supposed to "worship" which, if it really is in charge of the world, is clearly not worthy of even being respected.


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Print Fri, Nov 06, 2015 - 11:10 AM
It feels great. I shed a lot of cognitive dissonance when I stopped being religious, and managed to gain something positive and life affirming that makes me feel connected to other people by becoming a secular humanist. I did not come from a fundamentalist background, so I had a lot less guilt and shame to deal with. My family is largely unconcerned with my humanism and does not care that I don't go to church anymore.


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Print Fri, Nov 06, 2015 - 04:04 PM
Growing up it was assumed that everyone believed in God, which meant the Protestant Christian God. Catholics and Jews were "other." There was virtually no diversity in our little world. There was no thinking outside the box. I rejected this world view. The result was to be rejected in one way or another by most people around me. I don't need a mythical being to tell me what is right or wrong. I don't have to go to a special building once a week to feel good about myself. I am happy to have found a loose collection of fellow travelers who are inclusive and look to humanity to make our world a better place. I feel liberated and empowered.


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"Love well, seek the good in all things, harm no others, think for yourself, take responsibility, respect nature, do your utmost, be informed, be kind, be courageous: at least, sincerely try."
-- A. C. Grayling
Print Sat, Mar 05, 2016 - 02:18 PM
The short answer: It feels right. :)

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Print Mon, Aug 28, 2017 - 10:20 AM
I once read of a child of lesbian parents who was asked what if felt like having two mothers. His response was, "It feels regular." That's what it feels like being a humanist (and an atheist, before you ask.)


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