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Sean LeBlanc # Posted on August 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

I consider myself a Buddhist. That’s my answer when people ask, but I go my own way whenever I feel helps further me along in my pursuit for whatever the hell it is I’m searching for. I know a lot of atheists that say they’re atheist because they’re “too smart” for religion or because they had one religion stuffed down their throat all during their childhood and decided all were wrong. If you went through an agnostic phase, searching for one and looking around, that’s better, in my opinion. You were smart enough to give them a chance. And you chose atheism. More power to you. I looked around, read The Bible, Qur’an, Bhavagad Gita, I Ching, and Tao Te Ching. I found that the Tao was what I was looking for for the most part. Ever since I “broke free” of the Catholic Church, my mindset has been that I cannot possibly begin to understand a higher being if there is one without first understanding myself. It could be argued that I am an atheist, seeing as I dont believe in a guy with a beard on a cloud or a guy with 40 arms, or someone throwing thunderbolts. I think of my path as a philosophy more than a religion. But that’s another discussion entirely.