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Atheist’s Invocation, Florida Legislature

January 12, 2018

We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by investing time this coming weekend to make a positive difference for our communities through volunteer service (Join us!!). However, we must also honor his vision of a world where people are judged on the content of their character.

There are many Humanists, Atheists, and other secular citizens concealing their non-religious identity.  Living in the glare of hate that is ignited by ignorance isn’t easy. We might fear damage to professional relationships and even impact to job security.  We might fear loss of friends and family.  Many feel alone, isolated, or unrepresented in our community.

Dr. King said, “An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”.  As compassionate people concerned with the well-being of others, uplifting and serving our community must include valuing and creating a world that is safe for everyone.

Picture4It is extremely important that non-religious people– and all underrepresented identities – have a voice. We are grateful to Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith, a champion for his constituents, for inviting a secular invocation for the House of Representatives.  As far as we know, this is the first Atheist to deliver an invocation, and the first intentionally secular invocation, for the Florida Legislature.

The invocation focused on diversity and inclusion, reminding us all that there are many identities around us whose voices are seldom heard.   As Humanists,  we are “concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views.” (Humanism and Its Aspirations).

All leaders of our state need to be aware that nearly a quarter of the people they represent identify as unaffiliated with a religion, and more than 1.4 million Floridians identify as Atheist or Agnostic*.  This invocation was an amazing opportunity for our voice to be heard, for our existence to be noticed, and to work toward normalization of inclusion for people of all perspectives.

A special shout of gratitude to the Central Florida Freethought Community for their support and coordination.  And thank you to House Chaplain Tim Perrier for his kindness and hospitality.

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Below is the transcript of the invocation.  You can watch it here: https://thefloridachannel.org/videos/1-11-18-house-session/

It is an honor to represent your Humanist, Atheist, and other non-religious constituents and colleagues with a secular invocation.

 Those you serve and those around us today include people of different cultures and races, gender identities, levels of financial stability, and backgrounds. They vary in physical and cognitive abilities. They speak many languages. They include people of many faiths and non-faith perspectives. But while we are diverse, we are united by our common humanity.

 The deliberations in this chamber are of the highest consequence to the people of Florida. As you work together toward solutions that address challenges facing our state, may you have the fortitude to make difficult choices while holding the needs of the diverse public at the forefront of your decisions.

 As we seek to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. this month, I am reminded of his words: “The time is always right to do what its right.”

 May your leadership be guided by integrity and compassion to uplift all people today and every day of this legislative session.

 Thank you for your service and your work today to make a positive, meaningful difference for all.

 

*Based on US Census Bureau v2107 Florida Population (20,984,400) and Pew Research Center data identifying 7% of Floridians as Atheist or Agnostic.


 

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Happy World Humanist Day!

World Humanist Day is celebrated every year on June 21 by declaration of the American Humanist Association and the International Humanist Ethical Union.

It is an opportunity for humanists and humanist organizations to celebrate and inform communities about the positive values of Humanism and to share the local and global concerns of the Humanist movement.

The 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002 unanimously passed a resolution known as “The Amsterdam Declaration 2002″. Following the Congress, this updated declaration was adopted unanimously by the IHEU General Assembly, and thus became the official defining statement of World Humanism.   Read the Amsterdam Declaration: http://iheu.org/humanism/the-amsterdam-declaration/

The Humanist Manifesto, first written as a version of religious Humanism in 1933, was subsequently revised as a secular-specific perspective in 1973.  The third version, “Humanism and its Aspirations,” was adopted by the American Humanist Association in 2003:

Humanist Manifesto III, a Successor to the Humanist Manifesto of 1933

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

The lifestance of Humanism—guided by reason, inspired by compassion, and informed by experience—encourages us to live life well and fully. It evolved through the ages and continues to develop through the efforts of thoughtful people who recognize that values and ideals, however carefully wrought, are subject to change as our knowledge and understandings advance.

This document is part of an ongoing effort to manifest in clear and positive terms the conceptual boundaries of Humanism, not what we must believe but a consensus of what we do believe. It is in this sense that we affirm the following:

Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. Humanists find that science is the best method for determining this knowledge as well as for solving problems and developing beneficial technologies. We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and inner experience—each subject to analysis by critical intelligence.

Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change. Humanists recognize nature as self-existing. We accept our life as all and enough, distinguishing things as they are from things as we might wish or imagine them to be. We welcome the challenges of the future, and are drawn to and undaunted by the yet to be known.

Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience. Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond. We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.

Life’s fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals. We aim for our fullest possible development and animate our lives with a deep sense of purpose, finding wonder and awe in the joys and beauties of human existence, its challenges and tragedies, and even in the inevitability and finality of death. Humanists rely on the rich heritage of human culture and the lifestance of Humanism to provide comfort in times of want and encouragement in times of plenty.

Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships. Humanists long for and strive toward a world of mutual care and concern, free of cruelty and its consequences, where differences are resolved cooperatively without resorting to violence. The joining of individuality with interdependence enriches our lives, encourages us to enrich the lives of others, and inspires hope of attaining peace, justice, and opportunity for all.

Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness. Progressive cultures have worked to free humanity from the brutalities of mere survival and to reduce suffering, improve society, and develop global community. We seek to minimize the inequities of circumstance and ability, and we support a just distribution of nature’s resources and the fruits of human effort so that as many as possible can enjoy a good life.

Humanists are concerned for the well being of all, are committed to diversity, and respect those of differing yet humane views. We work to uphold the equal enjoyment of human rights and civil liberties in an open, secular society and maintain it is a civic duty to participate in the democratic process and a planetary duty to protect nature’s integrity, diversity, and beauty in a secure, sustainable manner.

Thus engaged in the flow of life, we aspire to this vision with the informed conviction that humanity has the ability to progress toward its highest ideals. The responsibility for our lives and the kind of world in which we live is ours and ours alone.

Humanist Manifesto is a trademark of the American Humanist Association
© 2003 American Humanist Association

Additional resources:

• Humanist Manifesto I

• Humanist Manifesto II

• Humanist Manifesto III in Spanish

• Humanist Manifesto III in Portuguese

• “Life without God (An American Sign Language translation of the Humanist Manifesto III)” translated by Justin Dean Vollmar

• Notable Manifesto Signers

• Print Version

 

 

BE. Orlando Remembers Pulse

We are still heartbroken for the victims, families, and communities devastated by this act of violence.  Yet we are uplifted by the resilience and courage around us, and we’re proud to stand with our community, empowered to make a positive difference together.

The FIRST pulse remembrance blood drive of 2017 will be hosted tomorrow by BE. Orlando and the Central Florida Freethought Community. The #OrlandoUnited blood donor shirts will make their official debut tomorrow at Target in Oviedo, 10 am – 3 pm.

Rain or shine, the bloodmobile will be parked at the Target entrance; our tents will be there as well as long as weather allows. If you don’t find us outside, look for us inside at the snack area or at Customer Service.

Come donate blood with us tomorrow in honor of those impacted by the Pulse tragedy last year.

We will also be collecting new, STEM-themed books to support summer literacy initiatives in our community.  Help us support programs dedicated to the educational wellness of at-risk youth.

I hope to see you tomorrow.

Thank you for your commitment to our community.

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New resource at UCF includes Humanism

May 26, 2017

voicePlease join BE. Orlando in thanking the University of Central Florida for their commitment to an inclusive community. Take a moment to sign the thank-you letter to UCF for enhancing inclusion for secular and religious minority individuals: https://srmaucf.wordpress.com/thank-you-ucf

Signing the letter will show UCF – and other institutions that might consider similar initiatives – that inclusion MATTERS.

martin-luther-king-jr-quote-anextraordinaryday-net_Faith-related discrimination is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time, and much effort needs to be focused on supporting people of non-faith,  one of the most hated and misunderstood marginalized populations in America.  We can work to change this through education to overcome misinformation; building bridges across our differences; and working together to make the world a better place for everyone.

There are shining examples in our own community of individuals, organizations, and institutions making inspiring efforts to ensure inclusion and equitable resources for people of all faith and non-faith perspectives.

In June 2016, the University of Central Florida revised its official non-discrimination statement; the changes included explicit recognition of non-religious identities as a protected class.  This month (May 2017), they have published a website providing both religious and non-religious resources for inner-life support of students, faculty, and staff.  You can view the site here: http://rnr.sdes.ucf.edu.

The University of Central Florida is an innovative, progressive national leader in diversity and inclusion. It is the second largest university in the nation, serving more than 65,000 students and employing more than 10,000 faculty and staff.  We should be proud of UCF for many things – and one is its clear commitment to ensuring an inclusive campus for everyone.

We hope you will join us in signing the thank you letter to UCF.

For more information, contact nonreligion@ucf.edu.


 

Remembering Pulse: Blood Drive, Book Drive, & More!

You’re invited to join us on June 3rd, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Target in Oviedo for our Pulse Anniversary Blood Drive event.

There are many unable to donate blood in support of their identity community; will you give a pint on their behalf? Blood donors of all types are needed to ensure adequate blood supply in our community for daily needs and to be prepared for unexpected emergencies.  One of the Pulse victims used 200 units of blood; help us make sure blood is available when it is needed.

Look for the Big Red Bus and our tents in the target parking lot, and if you can, please make an appointment to donate blood with us.

We will also be collecting new, STEM-themed books for middle and high-school students to support the Heart of Florida United Way’s summer literacy initiatives. Visit our book drive site for great book lists and other resources: http://stem4youth.wordpress.com/stem-book-drive.  Youth books in Spanish are needed as well to support the Latino/a Community in Central Florida.

And for our animal lover friends, we will be collecting cat food and cat litter to support an elderly man in our community who cares for two feral cat colonies (care includes TNR services, medical care, food, water, shelter, and copious love).

We hope you will support these efforts, but you don’t have to donate anything to stop by and say hello at our tents and meet members and leaders from the local secular community. Learn about what we do, take the opportunity to ask questions and have a great conversation, or find out how you can become more involved in the local secular and Humanist efforts.  See you there?


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Make An Appointment to Donate  |  Secular Community Blood Drives

FaceBook Event  | Flyer to Share  | RSVP with us on Meetup:  BE. Orlando or CFFC


We’re grateful to our partners, the Central Florida Freethought Community, the Humanist Community of the Space Coast (who think they can collect more book donations than we can – HA!), Target in Oviedo, and of course the dedicated, life-saving staff of OneBlood.

Remembering Pulse: Honoring victims and survivors

As Humanists, we seek the means to make a positive difference for others.  We respond to tragedy in our community by providing support, giving back, volunteering,  sharing a message of  – and demonstrating – inclusion, and working to provide fellow Humanists opportunities to be empowered to make a difference with us.

A week after the Pulse tragedy on 6/13/16, local secular and Humanist leaders joined in an effort to host a blood drive that honored our LGBTQ+, Latina/o, and Muslim members and friends.  Our efforts not only raised units to impact 80 lives in our community, but also provided healing empowerment for those who wanted to do something positive that would help others.

We have not forgotten our members or our community.  We’re looking forward to another heartwarming day spent working together to make a difference.  Will we see you there?

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National Day of Reason This Thursday

BE. Orlando believes in the right of every American to have and practice their faith or non-faith.  We promote respect for diversity and inclusion, and recognize the importance of efforts like the National Day of Reason (NDoR) that are working to ensure true religious liberty and end divisive religious practices.  We appreciate local organizations like the Central Florida Freethought Community for their vigilance and active engagement promoting the separation of church and state in Florida.  And we actively support the Secular and Religious Minority Awareness initiative at the University of Central Florida, promoting respect for individuals of all faiths and non-faith and educating about the challenges faced by minority faith identities in our culture.

The first Thursday of every May is designated the National Day of Reason. It exists to inspire the secular community to be visible and vocal – on this day and throughout the year – so that we can overcome exclusionary practices, bigotry, hatred, and discrimination normalized by the National Day of Prayer (which falls on the same day). It brings an inclusive secular worldview into the national conversation on a day when there is so much effort to force Christianity into our schools, workplaces, and  government.

In our diverse society, including everyone of all faith and non-faith perspectives is imperative.  NDoR celebrates freedom of all from governmental intrusion into private faith practices and works to reduce stigmatization of those of non-faith and minority faiths. NDoR seeks to include ALL people, regardless of faith or non-faith, in a day to celebrate reason and religious liberty.

We are grateful for the efforts of the American Humanist Association and other secular leaders and organizations that spearhead NDoR efforts, and for local leaders who are working toward an inclusive Central Florida.

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Earth Day & Ask An Atheist Day 2017

4/23/17

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We had an amazing day at Earth Day meeting great people and engaging in wonderful conversations.  Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the beautiful day with us. We were grateful for the company of our fellow secular friends from the Central Florida Freethought Community and the Humanist Community of the Space Coast. The March for Science brought an uplifting crowd of GREAT t-shirts!

livesimpacted_blooddriveresultsThis was our third Earth Day Blood Drive – we estimate 16 units collected.  That’s a total of 43 donors since 2014, impacting 129 lives!  At the fall festival (Veg Fest), 73 donors have impacted 219 lives in the past three years.  That is 348 lives impacted through these festivals!  Thank you to everyone who donated blood with us!

 

We also thank everyone who dropped in a monetary donation to support our volunteer work.  We raised $41 that will help support our upcoming dinner at the Ronald McDonald House. 🙂

At our booth we had a display about Ask an Atheist Day, which was this past Thursday. Ask an Atheist Day, spearheaded by the national office of the Secular Student Alliance, promotes creating opportunities for open, respectful conversation that can build bridges across differences and help overcome misconceptions about non-religious people.  It falls on the third Thursday of April every year, and last year we shared a blog post about it.  Since then, we’ve gotten some great questions submitted – and some great questions were shared yesterday at Earth Day as well.

Below are personal responses from Tee Rogers, founder of BE. Orlando.

How do you find meaning in your life?

Ask yourself, what is really important to you? Yes, other than chocolate. 🙂 When you look at others who inspire you, what traits and life actions do they have in common? What do you want to be different in this world because you were here? Go through the process of writing your personal mission statement. Need help? Franklin Covey has a great tool.  Mine is “Focus on positive impact.”  When you determine what your purpose is – the difference you are going to make – your sense of meaning and fulfillment is clear. You can align your personal and professional goals and actions with your mission, creating balance and peace in your life.

Your organization is based on service; what does service mean to you as an Atheist?

Service is the act of delivering value. It means making a positive difference for the person, people, agency, or business that is receiving the service. It entails truly understanding what is needed, genuine compassion, and a commitment to follow through.

As a service-minded Humanist organization, we focus on our responsibility and empowerment to make a positive difference in the world, and we provide opportunities for kind, compassionate members of the non-faith community to serve together. Being a contributing member of the greater whole and knowing that our actions have impact beyond ourselves is an important element of the pursuit of happiness, personal integrity, and dignity.  Some people seek out that kind of fulfillment on their own; others seek a shared-values community where service is a coordinated group activity performed in a way that aligns with their worldview.

Another important aspect of service when intersected with the identity of Atheism is communicating the message that all people, regardless of faith or non-faith perspective, have equal potentials for kindness and compassion.  There is a common misconception that one needs a god or the supernatural as part of their worldview in order to be a good human being; however; having a religious perspective isn’t what makes a good person.  Having integrity does. Therefore, we are openly Humanist and part of our mission is to educate others about Humanism and dispel such divisive, harmful myths.

Every person, every living thing, has a story; a history; a journey.  Every living thing experiences pain.  We can help one another along our journeys, and through that we become connected in a perceptible way.  Dr. Martin Luther King said, “Everybody can be great, because anybody can serve.” In what ways do you serve others?

Do you allow religious people in your group?

We are a Humanist organization and provide intentional messaging and support for non-theists, but our focus on service and commitment to our community attracts members of all faith and non-faith perspectives. We are an inclusive, diverse organization.

From our policies: We do not ask about members’ perspectives. We welcome members of the faith community to join us – serving our community together builds bridges across our differences, and together we can achieve more. Members of all faith and non-faith perspectives will be welcomed and respected at our events.  [read more about our group policies]

What is the difference between Atheist and Agnostic?

A theist believes in God/god/gods.  The prefix “a” negates that: an atheist is one who does not believe in G/g/s. Similarly, gnostic means knowledge – we can have certain knowledge of a thing (“Truth with a capital T”).  Negate it with the prefix “a” – agnostic is one that does not believe certain knowledge of a thing is possible.

People use the word Agnostic in different ways.  It can simply be an epistemological statement about human capacity for understanding: can our human minds comprehend the infinite? In that case, the word may not define the person’s theist/atheist identity. It can also mean someone who is not sure there is a god.   Here’s a graph to help, borrowed from the Secular and Religious Minority Experience diversity presentation at the University of Central Florida: a-gnostic-a-theis

What is the difference between Atheism and Humanism?

Atheism is simply an answer to the question of whether or not you believe in God/god/s.  When was the last time you asked someone their religion and they answered “Theist.”  People often want to communicate more about what their religious perspective means in their lives, so they will use words like Christian, Buddhist, or Humanist.

Humanism describes how a non-religious person relates to the world and how we answer inner-life questions about meaning, connection, and fulfillment.  Which leads us to the next question…

What is Humanism?

Humanism is a non-religious worldview that focuses on our empowerment and responsibility to make a positive difference in the world; on our common ground as human beings – our human needs and potentials; and on the value and goodness in all humans.  It seeks rational, solution-oriented approaches to addressing human, animal, environmental, sustainability, and other issues.

I heard you say you feel connected to something greater than yourself.  How can that be true if you don’t believe in God?

Great question, and one i’ve heard many times – so it’s something folks wonder about.  When we’re connected to our family, we’re connected to something beyond ourselves.  Family, friend group, significant other, neighborhood, volunteer group, sports team, professional colleagues and the company we work for, churches/perspective communities, animals, nature, the environment and the Earth, and for some people, God.  Each of those things shakes us out of our solipsistic funk & connects us to something beyond ourselves. We have evolved to be interdependent and to understand that our potential, meaning, and purpose will be defined by our actions that impact the world outside of our selves.

Just as there are those who feel removing God detracts from the connection to the world around us, there are those who feel adding God detracts from that connection.  But all people have the potential to feel that connection; for some, their faith or non-faith strengthens or gives greater meaning to that connection.

As an Atheist, i do not believe God is real.  Something that is not real has no impact on the meaning, connections, purpose, or actions in my life.

Do Atheists have feelings?

I’ve actually been asked this more than once. Some people do believe that because Atheists don’t have God in their hearts that they are incapable of experiencing human joy, love, awe, gratitude, sorrow, and other emotions.  A religious person might call an emotion “deeper” because it is connected to God; a non-religious person may see that connection to god as making the emotion more shallow, and that deeper experience comes from the emotion in relation what they perceive reality.   So… We’re all experiencing the emotions in our own way.

Yes, humans of all faith and non-faith perspectives have feelings.

How does an Atheist find comfort when you face pain alone?

When we are alone, especially in a challenging time, knowing that we are actually not alone is a great comfort. But you don’t need to believe there is someone in the sky watching you to achieve that; we have the knowledge that there are others in the world who have experienced or who are experiencing what we are.  We are part of the human family.  (even beyond – grab a tissue & look at this photo story of a bird losing his mate). Loss and pain are universally understood, and we never experience these alone.

For me solitude is not equivalent to loneliness, and i don’t feel worse when no one is around.  In fact i’d prefer to recover in private and then rejoin the world.  “Crawling under my rock” for a bit, i say – be back out soon.  🙂

When i wake up in the morning, i listen to the birds.  Have you ever listened to the day awaken?  One rogue bird instigates the whole darn mess (and it’s not the same bird each day, these rebels take turns poking the bear – or they race).  Another bird answers.  There’s a grand and lazy caesura as morning takes a calming breath. The crepusculars are barely milling about and the sky’s dark begins its fade to a deeply bright blue (named Royce Blue after a friend of mine), starting with a thin azure line on the distant horizon.  A hesitant chirping conversation starts – probably curmudgeonly grumbles about the damn rebels.  This takes a long time: As morning bats clean insects from the air in a wild finale dance and cricketsong gradually ebbs, bird conversations join more conversations, slowly building into a mellifluous, cacophonous symphony.  If you listen closely, you can isolate their voices and imagine their discussions, which gently disperse into the chatter of the day. My favorite place to watch the show is offshore on a kayak, but i’ll enjoy it from my front door any day.

Everyone has their own way of coping with pain.  The best way to cope, for me, is to remember that i am not alone in suffering; to find connection to nature, pets, and friends; give myself the space to recover; focus on the positive and on gratitude; and as soon as possible to crawl out from under that rock and rise up to begin working to alleviate the suffering of others.

What motivates you to volunteer?

Here are a few: Inevitably, volunteering challenges us, teaches us, and improves us. Volunteering has health benefits and is a great way to meet new people who share my values.  In gratitude for the good in my life, i want to give back.  I care about others and want to make a difference. I want to set an example of giving and service for others.  I want to make the world a better place. I want to demonstrate that all people have the potential for compassion and kindness (we can be good without God).   And i want to create opportunities for others.

What motivates YOU to volunteer?

How do you know that you are loved?

A person’s actions tell you what their feelings are.  What beings care about, they prioritize and make time for.

Do you think everyone should be an Atheist?

No.  Here’s a great video:

When did you realize you were an Atheist?

Everyone’s journey to their faith and non-faith identity is unique.

For me, it wasn’t a realization.  When i was a kid, i guess i just gradually stopped believing but wasn’t cognizant of the process. In retrospect the reasons are clear. Nuns in school didn’t have good answers to practical questions (and in fact punished you for asking).  Yet they demonstrate that if you don’t have answers to questions, you fail the test. The rituals seemed hokey to me, and the concept of a god didn’t fit the world i saw. I guess when i reached the age of reason i journeyed past religion into just living life in a positive way.

I never thought of it as atheism, just as i never thought of not believing in Santa as a realization of being an Asantaist. Someone who doesn’t play sports doesn’t tie their personal  identity to a term like non-sporter or asportist; we identify as what we do, not what we don’t do.

In college i learned they had words for people with a non-theistic worldview, so at that point i understood my identity and began a life and journey as an actual Atheist. I also started to glimpse the related discrimination, marginalization, and other challenges.  I’ve identified across a range of non-faith labels, including Antitheist and Evangelical Atheist during a phase of thinking that the whole world would be better if everyone shared a non-theistic worldview.

I now use the term Humanist to describe my positive, life-affirming worldview and Atheist to describe my stance on religion. Over the past decade i’ve come to fully see the discrimination against  people of non-faith and have also witnessed and learned of so many faith-related injustices.  Everyone’s faith or non-faith is based on their own experience, culture, evaluation of evidence, interpretation of teachings, and so much more.  People of all faiths and non-faith identities suffer injustices. We must find a way to respect one another so that we can stand shoulder-to-shoulder and work together to make this world a better place.

I’ve grown into a quieter place of compassion and seeking common ground, and while i cannot understand why people believe in the supernatural, i can respect their right to believe.  I now do volunteer work to defend everyone’s right to express their faith or non-faith perspective (equally) and reduce faith-related conflict and stress in workplace, academic, and social environments.

What has been your greatest challenge as an Atheist? As a person?

As an Atheist the biggest challenge is balancing an understanding of religion as detrimental and harmful with belief that we need to connect people and promote a respectful world where everyone is able to express their faith or non-faith perspective.  Where my balance falters, i try to fall on the side of compassion. There are so many people pretending to be religious out of fear or because they don’t know there are alternative communities out there.  To make the world a safer place for non-theists, we need to make it a safer place for everyone.  People can then truly be free to express their genuine faith or non-faith perspective.

As a person, my biggest challenge is enduring any moment in life that doesn’t have a dog in it.

What inspires you?

The word “inspiration” is often mistaken as connected to religion.  The word is not; some people’s inspiration may be connected to religion, but the word is not a religious concept. All people can experience inspiration.

I’m inspired by people of integrity and courage, those who make great differences in the lives of others, and a great deal by times of quiet solitude in nature.

Visit Tiny Buddha’s 50 Ways to Find Inspiration for some paths to find inspiration.

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Are you afraid of dying?

I have no feelings about death.  I’m not a fan of experiencing pain, but we face pain throughout life often more so than at the time of our death.  Death to me does not look mysterious, unnatural, or unknown.  It is natural.  The flame goes out.  I imagine it will be just like we all remember about our lives from before our conception.  Remember that?  Me, either.

The only real fear i do have is not accomplishing enough before my time is up. You know? There’s so much to do. Every moment of our lives is precious and should be wisely invested; we don’t get a second chance at that moment.  And the real value of our lives is what we have done that makes a difference beyond us.  When i hear people talk about boredom, to me it means they don’t get that.  It’s sad.

What is YOUR question?

You may find you have more in common with fellow human beings than you knew – even those who hold equally strong commitments to worldviews different from your own.

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