Monday, March 19, 2007

My Beliefs

So a new blog already for Darek? This means that it's crunch time at school and he's slacking - well more I'm semi-sleep deprived and just finished writing 5 chapters of my thesis in 3 days!
I recently took a quiz to determine what faith I most align myself with and according to this quiz I, with a rating of 100%, am a Secular Humanist.
Let's see what are some of the fundamentals of Secular Humanism and if that really portrays my belief structure:

Belief in Deity: Not considered important. Most Humanists are atheists or agnostics
- Darek believes in God. Darek believes worshipping God is not what God wants because God doesn't want anything
Incarnations: Same as above.
-I guess you can say Darek believes in reincarnation but more on that issue later
Origin of Universe and Life:The scientific method is most respected as the means for revealing the mysteries of the origins of the universe and life.
-Of the physical universe and life, yes. I still believe in a spiritual aspect.

After Death: An afterlife or spiritual existence after death is not recognized.
-Not in terms of heaven and hell - just existing after we die and either coming back or just staying where we came from.

•Why Evil? No concept of “evil.” Reasons for wrongdoing are explored through scientific methods, e.g. through study of sociology, psychology, criminology.
-Evil is subjective so no true definition of it exists <- that's all Darek belief ya'll

Salvation: No concept of afterlife or spiritual liberation or salvation. Realizing ones personal potential and working for the betterment of humanity through ethical consciousness and social works are considered paramount, but from a naturalistic rather than supernatural standpoint.
-Salvation doesn't exist - there's nothing to be saved from.
•Undeserved Suffering: No spiritual reasons but rather a matter of human vulnerability to misfortune, illness, and victimization.
-Again because evil is subjective, suffering under a subjective evil is subjective as well.
•Contemporary Issues: The American Humanist Association endorses elective abortion. Other contemporary views include working for equality for homosexuals, gender equality, a secular approach to divorce and remarriage, working to end poverty, promoting peace and nonviolence, and environmental protection.
-Yep, yep, yep on all counts.
So not too much in common with secular humanism except for that last tidbit. I guess my belief structure comes down to the notion that God cannot be personified. Using words like God, Goddess, He, Her, Him, Jesus, Vishu - names in general just make it that much harder to trying to understand what God is.
For me, God is the very essence of existence. We are all from this before we are born, we choose a path in life we wish to follow (being part of God requires that you know all outcomes of life and all knowledge of everything - logically the only thing you cannot know is the existence of not knowing everything) follow that life (whether it's to become a single mother, a scientist, a flea, a president, a war criminal, a murderer, a pedophile, a teacher, an engineer, a paraplegic, a cow, a mad cow, a trekkie, or a model) until it is over and then we reunite to what it was that we left.
I have no clue why I am writing this or who for but it's the best way I can think of real answers to the real questions I've asked myself. I've never been one to take a side 100% (I may be stubborn as hell, but I'm usually proven wrong, learn something and move on). Yes I was a strict Roman Catholic at one point in my life, but I never completely agreed with the Church. Many times I just wanted to be like Douglas Adams and make a defiant statement that "NO, God does not exist" - but saying that just never felt right to me. I don't think I'm suppose to be an atheist with the life I'm living now.
Here's the link for the test: take it and tell me where you belief structure most aligns with. I'm curious to see whose what.


travis said...

no one comments unless Travis does, so here we go.

I am not even going to take the test cause i can say with pretty much certainty that I am all things the test said you were.

Damn it is lonely.

Travis said...

A month passes and it is time for Travis to start nagging about the lack of new blog postings. I know I am the only one who reads it, but c'mon, this is like waiting for a new episode of Heroes.

Speaking of which, that happens tomorrow, maybe this blog will follow suit.

Or maybe you're studying like a sucker, NERDLINGER!