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Top Ten Beliefs

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

I was wondering if I can put my beliefs into easy bullet points. I’ll try. These are subject to change in the future but I like documenting my stages. I’m hoping to indicate the top ten beliefs I have that I act on. There are many other nice values that won’t make the cut.
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A Little Blurb I Sent to Kurtz’s Contact Form

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I’m an atheist and I’m trying to understand why I have a distaste for Humanist movements because mostly I agree with the principles. The principles tend to say broad things such as “advance happiness” and “tolerate same sex modes of expression”. These phrases relate to my distaste of the movement not that my distaste is decidedly fair or reasonable.

As an individual, I want to help advance society and learning and all that. But I also want to explore hedonistic kinds of activities safely and morally. But I feel that when a manifesto is made, maybe it must gloss over the fact that one of the ways to show respect for humanity is to help them minimize risks along potentially unwise paths. Religion is an unwise path but so is personal drug use. And an interest in pursuing the ranges of adult sexuality might be one too.

It probably waters down your point to include specifically that focusing on Humanism and our human qualities would include finding a dignified way to help people down the ideal path while acknowledging what choices belong to the individual. But I wish somebody would find a proper way to express that.

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Women are not Responsible for Lust.

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Check this out. The Friendly Atheist pointed out a real creepy youtube video in “A Pastor Tells Women How To Dress Moderately.” See it for yourself. In my words, the pastor is saying that women are making it hard for him to avoid lustful thoughts.

I totally have lust toward women I don’t know at times. My apologies ladies. I don’t mean it and I don’t mind it. But it is my job to act appropriate and respectfully with women just as I should act appropriately with anybody, gender unspecific. There’s an obvious reason why lust exists. There’s no argument against controlling yourself except the argument that you are not in control.
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Engineering the Engineer

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I’ve been looking into ADD disorders for a little bit. I think I’ve demonstrated a lot of symptoms without really thinking about it. I’m not a doctor. I don’t have a psychology degree. I don’t like to self evaluate. But the key symptoms are random lapses of attention that contribute toward me missing or misremembering information. There’s such a difference between times in which I focus really well and times when I don’t. And I spent a lot of time in the principal’s office up until middle school while not really remembering why.

Who’s broken? I’m not. I’m an engineer trying to get things done and I feel like I’m spinning myself in circles sometimes. This may be normal for everyone but it’s still something worth looking into. Can I fix the feeling? Maybe I am spinning in circles. I don’t have a billion years for therapy nor much of an interest in one. I am functional, smart, and decently successful. I have time to look into tweaking myself and investing in myself seems like a good thing.
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Exes Etiquette

Thursday, January 20th, 2011
Simon Combes cheetah used to illustrate disdain

Click the image to go to the original photographer's, Simon Combes, site.

I’ve gone through a couple intimate or dating type relationships. I haven’t gone through a ton but I’m running out of fingers when I tally them up. Some people weren’t good partners. Some of these people and I just crossed paths and shared space together. Sometimes I messed it up by suggesting it was more than proximity (women can handle honesty). Relationships end for a variety of reasons in the natural course of things and people who were close for moments or years become estranged.

Estranged is such a good word because it has “strange” jammed in there. Nothing is as strange as an ex. The longer the relationship, the stranger the ex is likely to be. The more recent the relationship the more mysterious this strangeness is. I’ve got an ex-wife who would like to stay socially friendly and in some ways she’s rooting for me to succeed at life in general. I reciprocate the general feeling. But like any friendship crossed into a relationship, the lightheartedness back when we were interested but not willing to get involved is gone. We can’t joke about sexual stuff. We can’t halfheartedly commiserate about running away together. Let’s be clear that I’m not intending any of these statements as serious, but I might make them for comic and commiseration purposes when in conversation with the appropriate friends. We can’t accidentally imply lingering affection because of the perception that it can fuck everything up if we stop and think about it.
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A New Position for a New Year

Friday, January 14th, 2011

It’s a new year. We get that ’cause it’s January and our calendars all got swapped out recently. For the new year, I’ve got a new moral position.

In public school, we remember our social studies, our literature, and our history classes. We had some of those in college as well. The goal of such studies was to have a grasp of who we are as a people (relative to where you live a bit), what questions we’ve asked rhetorically via our literary accumulations, and the past that got us to where we are now. I don’t know about you, but I got the impression that English, history, and other majors of those sorts didn’t do so well in the current economy. I’m a software engineer with a Computer Science degree for example. Point being, all this wonderful food for thought was not related to what I needed to earn money or enter my profession of choice. Perhaps you too feel like what you needed for your professional life wasn’t included in these human studies.
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The New Year

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I am so over Christmas. I was practically born bored with Christmas. How many ways has that holiday been destroyed for me? Let me count the ways. Enough already, I say. But I don’t have to fret because we are past all that for a whole year.

I was going to make new resolutions. But you know what I don’t need? I don’t need more to do. I need to do what I’m going to do better. I like learning the guitar and the piano at the same time. I like picking up my practice chanter when I walk past and trying one more time to master a song I need to spend 30 minutes a day on. I’m happy to know there’s a ukulele and keyed harmonicas in the closet and I’ve got a bass guitar. I’m sorry to say there’s no drums. I have several pieces of unfinished software and I’ll make more; I’m a software engineer. I’ve got stacks of unread books. But I’m exercising daily automatically. I’m working to improve my drum scores and to keep Lorie’s high scores off of Just Dance 2. I’m not a dancer, I’m just competitive.
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The Jonah Project: Now It’s Personal

Monday, November 29th, 2010
The Unlikely Disciple

The Unlikely Disciple

So I heard about Kevin Roose’s story via the Friendly Atheist. Kevin Roose transferred to Liberty for a college exchange program and wrote about his experiences. He’s offering a select number of his books for free in pairs. A potential reader needs to sign up with someone of a different belief system or world view to qualify for a pair of free books.

I googled a friend of mine who I remembered was a Lutheran minister and suggested we sign up. I haven’t seen him for years but I thought we were good friends during the time we did know each other and judging by his approval of my idea, I’d say he agrees.
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Evangelize? Never.

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

So I have this quote in the comments section of a post from earlier this week:

As with outspoken Christians, you can’t be around Seth for long, or follow his blog without becoming aware of the fact that he’s an athiest. He wears his (non)religious identity on his sleeve, and evangelizes frequently about the superiority of his belief system. You, too, “lead” with this information, by way of your screen name here.

I take issue with this.   In my view, evangelizing incorporates not only speaking my belief but working to convert people.  That’s really different from people who are close friends hearing me talk of my disbelief.
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Sethics: Nuancing the Conversation

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I think it’s worth it to dredge up some thoughts on atheism. Being an atheist means something. It’s meaning is “without or against belief.” I say that because those are the two ways I often use it. But I want to stress that atheist is what I am and what I think. There’s more that you’re going to want to know.
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