I am Anachro1, and have been a dreamer most of my life. I have theories I would like to share with people about LIFE, and thought this might be the place. Non-religious since the age of seven (when I turned to my mom and said, “this is bullshit! I won’t play along!”), and have lived my life completely free from any religious infestations. A sense of humor has been a more essential tool for me than any silly book written by starving peasants who believed in Magic.
@harmonika-savingsbonds, I think most people have a sense of compassion, logic and justice, they don’t need religion to be able to tune into that, it is there naturally, but things like beliefs or faith are supposed to work by helping a person master their impulses over fear and desire, and if the religion doesn’t do that and only that then it is superfluous, indulgent.
@harmonika-savingsbonds, But then we shouldn’t confuse religion with advice, what is a belief really? It is something not proven, well even in the Bible there are examples of behaviour that are both proven harmful and helpful, so as they say; a smart person learns from their own mistakes but a wise person learns from the mistakes of others.
Being a Catholic Survivor, exploring other perspectives & Seeing their influences as functional/not functional, I came to much the same conclusion…Religion is simply a means to certain ends…none of which jived quite right with me.
Sooo, instead, I went after Wisdom rather than religion. In exploring I take what rings my Soul Sounds as true, and simply left the rest. In doing so, I discovered a few lovely quotes & concepts that I put into action & found them functional in creating my vision of Good Life here & now…
…”Magic is essentially the higher Understanding of Nature.” We seem to live by the concept of 5 senses, when there are sooo many more.
…All stuff, Everything Everywhere, is relative. All relate, All are relations. God, Goddess, puppy, leaf, waters, human, Jupiter…All are part of the Life Force entirety. Each form is an expression of Life…All constantly in process of Change.
…As far as human beingness? I found 2 types living here on this place Earth…Those with brains, and those with brains that use them. Bi-passes all need of bigotry, yes?
…Adversity is a growth tool, nothing more, no thing less. Back to numero uno of Understanding.
And I sooo agree…Laughter is truly wonderful medicine, indeed! :)