Michael M Chevalier
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Your Religious Status
Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic
About Me:

I consider myself a Secular Humanist.


I was one who 'wrestled' with the validity of religious dogma throughout much of my preadolescence and then into an early period of adult life. Confounded, I had wavered between conflicting notions of agnosticism and deism in those years.


Ultimately, I arrived at a transcending and settled conviction that religion, magical thinking or the supernatural had no place in my being.


I embraced a transforming "life stance". With this newly found clarity, I made a commitment to apply speculative-reasoning with an open-mind in a reasonable and reflective way; now willing to employ thoughtful, self-corrective concepts & principles - in the light of reason and confident understanding.


Sure, I had my experiences with self-inflictednotions of futility, and nihilistic delusions...


The fragmented ordeals revealed an enlightening evidence; a visceral awareness, of an innate impetus toward self-preservation. It revealed a consciousness of something to be derived from the instinctive notion of the "will to thrive".


I found it rational and liberating in that I did not & do not need a reason for existence; through the notion of enlightened self interest - I can actively give rational motive to life through reasoning, ethical intuition and secular dealings with others.


With a diligent "love of wisdom"; and no less a critically applied philosophy - I engage wholly in the human condition in realistic terms with an integrated worldview. This worldview was conceived and flourishes through education, experience, introspection (as a valid method of investigation), and attained empirical knowledge; realized through the continuity of pure reason.


With genuine certainty, and an approach characterized by beliefs which promote reason, ethics, justice, and morality; which is found within the personality, and its basis is the person's motive, intent or will.


I can now live out my life, in agency of critical intelligence - substantiated and strengthened by gained insights into acquired empirical knowledge, justified beliefs through inferred evidence, while actualizing & valuing empathy, compassion and reason which has me convinced that my ability to think critically and rationally about the world affords me great confidence and strength in my convictions - as the best way of actively understanding the world . .



Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible. ~ Eric Hoffer


Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition. ~ E. O. Wilson


Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. - Thomas Jefferson



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47-52
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Single
Why are you here?
I want to socialize and be amongst like minded individuals while reading from different experiences of non-believers. To add and to share with each introspection of their "Life-stance" and "World-view".
The religion you left
Christian
Why you left your religion.
I was a witness to the hypocrisy of the leaders and elders of the church at an impressionable age. I even gave religion an earnest but short term try again. I found my truth in Secular Humanism. I realize to some this may be an embellished name for Atheist, but I know what it means to me.

On a finishing note: After my Mother's husband died a couple of years ago; She and I re-established a close relationship, and I have no angst toward her nor her towards me - I just don't bring up my non-belief; She is 'Old School' with both parents being German immigrants and Lutherans.
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