I grew up in a Christian home, and we split our time between Methodist and Baptist churches. I was a Boy Scout and very active in the church, though I always seemed to ask more questions than most. I left the church at 18 after a lot of inflection and critical thinking. My research and insight have led me to believe the penultimate realization one can come to is that "we" are not significant, nor are we special. At first, this epiphany of sorts was painful and sobering, but after a while the withdrawals subsided and I realized I should focus on the here and now, the beauty of science, education, expression, and what's kept our species around for so long, cooperation. As a side note, I enjoy poker, political theory, and the occasional video game :o)
Why are you here?
It's more of a support network I suppose. Growing up in the south-eastern U.S, I haven't had much success encouraging people to think outside of their boxes. Perhaps I'm looking for more and more subtle ways to approach people about their beliefs. In this country, religion influences policy (even though it's not supposed to), and policy affects my life. Therefore, I'm doing everything in my power to increase the rate of change from religious to secular in this society so that perhaps I may be around to see it blossom.
The religion you left
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Hello My name is Toni I'm a Freethinker.
and A Secular Humanist since Sept. 2007.
I try to apply the Affirmations of humanism using their Principles. I want to use compassion and reason with others. I will never call anyone names or put anyone down for their views. Hope we can work together for the good of Humanity. I'm going to add you as a friend in hopes that we might work together for the good of Humanity. I hope to learn a lot with you. Thanks Toni.