Well let's see... I Grew up on a steady diet of incubus, george carlin, exercise, and books about space. I was that kid who always refused to stand up for the pledge of allegiance and whose Sunday school consisted of running a muck in the suburbs. Being skeptical by nature and twenty kinds of rebellious back then made me a constant target for people to convert, but I always had some stubbornly high in the sky utopian dreams which never meshed with waiting 80 years for a skyland. History put the fangs on religion for me, turning it from a strange and hilarious absurdity to a living breathing viral evolution inhibitor. Since then I've dabbled in my own particular brand of zen and combat meditation through college wrestling, very interesting time in my life for sure. I go to school in Boston where I've found the gnarly hopelessly agnostic and ridiculously fun to be around crowd that I never thought existed.
I'm into kung fu movies, hammocks, red wine, shelter dogs, thunder storms..
I'm not really into quotes...but here's a good one..
"For monkeys to speak of truth is hubris of the highest degree. Where is it writ large that talking-monkeys should be able to model the cosmos? If a sea urchin or a racoon were to propose to you that it had a viable truth about the universe, the absurdity of that assertion would be self-evident, but in our case we make an exception." -Terrence McKenna
Why are you here?
Cause the vast majority of people I meet are startlingly cool but many of them have bought into this or that brand of ultimate reality and stopped thinking, a disorder far less common on this site. Plus I'm reminded ad nauseum that I've got a pretty decent sized hunk of stuff still to learn from people.
The religion you left
Was never a part of one
Why you left your religion.
Because spiral galaxies are more breathtaking than parted seas
Because Dostoevsky and Steven King tell better stories, and say a whole bunch more about being human.
Because the bottom billion still have no food and water
Because divinity is something to strive for requiring us to collectively get up off of our knees and stop praying.
Because that god would have been horrible company to say the least.
Because no white collared prophet can dictate my relationship with the universe to me.
Because this world can never be as beautiful as it could if 80 percent of it's inhabitants think of it as a warm up round..