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11:41 am: 30 Days of Truth: Day 19 → What do you think of religion? Or what do you think of politics?
I wasn't raised in any particular church or faith. I've never belonged to a church. When I attend church services, I inevitably cry, because I'm deeply moved by the sense of community. I love most church music. I think many religious texts contain deep, profound, and important truths.

And I believe more evil has been perpetrated in the name of religion than anything else, so I have Very Mixed Feelings on the subject.

I don't believe in G-d, but would call myself more of an agnostic than an atheist, as I'm certainly willing to believe... if someone can prove it. Which they can't, so I don't.

I do believe in karma, not so much as some sort of cosmic force, but as a direct, causal relationship between how you behave and what happens to you. If you're an asshole, eventually you'll be an asshole to the wrong person (assholes, by definition, have some component of extreme stupidity) and you will get what you deserve. You may not know that you got it, you may not understand the implications of what you got, but you will Get It. You may think your life is hunky-dory, but it won't be. Doesn't mean you'll get all enlightened 'n' shit, but you will be Lesser Than, which is pathetic.

I have my own, very strong convictions, and I work pretty hard to live by them. I'm a work in progress.

I am a social liberal and a financial moderate.

In other words, I worry about how to pay for policies and programs that I believe we owe our citizenship to provide. I believe in a hand up, not a hand out, but I also believe that most people who say that are very stingy with hands up. I see a lot of people use anecdotal evidence of people overcoming terrible odds to succeed as "proof" that anyone can... ignoring that "overcoming terrible odds," by definition, means that most people can't. Not won't. Can't.

I am a registered independent who votes Democrat the majority of the time, but not always. I vote for candidates, not parties.

I believe there are some politicians who enter politics to help the world - either globally, nationally, or locally, and some who have more selfish agendas. Even the altruistic ones can easily get caught up in the ugliness of politics and can forget why they started. And the very best politicians - the ones who accomplish the most and who fairly represent their constituencies - have to make trade-offs they don't like, because that's how it works (not just in politics, but in life, as anyone who's ever been on any kind of committee will agree).

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Date:April 16th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)

You should read...

Parenting Beyond Belief by Dale McGowan. My thoughts are very similar to yours in both politics and religion. I don't even remember how I found out about this book, but I thought it was really insightful. It is an anthology of essays from people who don't have a specific religion (most are agnostic, atheist, free thinkers, or something else that I can't remember the name) - and the authors range from comedians to philosophers to religious scholars - and how they approach it with their children. Tracy and I discussed it quite a bit when we read it. I'd be interested in what you think too. Some of my favorite parts were talking to your kids about the difference between scientific evidence and "because the bible says so," and that everyone should have some religious literacy - meaning that everyone should have some knowledge of different religions. It starts out kinda funny and "light" and ends with the more extreme views of atheism and/or agnosticism (is that a word?). There was plenty more that I found interesting, but this book has already gone back to the library. It was good enough that I'll probably buy it at some point though.

I wish that I lived closer. I think that you and I could have some very interesting discussions :-).
Lori - OC's sister
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Date:April 16th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)

oooh... sounds likea good one!

Thanks for the recommendation. I've put it in my Amazon shopping cart. If I hadn't already ordered things every day this week (f'realz... and all of it came today), I'd go ahead and order it.

I wish you lived closer, too. I'm quite sure we'd have interesting discussions. And major laughs as well, I suspect.
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