In the interest of honesty and openness, I am a deist. Deist’s believe in God through reason, experience, and observation of the universe. That said, you do not have to believe in God to be part of our community. In fact, you can be a theist, deist, atheist, humanist, or whatever. The only requirement is that you seek greater enlightenment in a respectful, collaborative environment.
To be completely frank, I am so tired of the vitriol, bashing, and fundamentalism permeating religious-related discourse these days. Perhaps its cathartic in its own way, but it won’t be accepted here. Religion is part of the human experience and it has something to offer us.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. – Aristotle
Over time, we will examine all of humanity’s religious traditions, breaking down and examining their core precepts. The goal is to find those key golden nuggets that will enrich our lives.
Longtime friends and family know that I am a lifelong Bruce Lee fan. He was more than a martial artist and actor. He was a philosopher. One of his lifelong ambitions was to break down adherence to dogma and specific martial arts styles in favor of what works, tailored to each individual’s capabilities. One of my favorite Bruce Lee quotes is applicable to our efforts.
Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, add what is specifically your own. – Bruce Lee
As the Buddha said, the masters only point the way. Those masters have existed in every culture throughout time. It is up to us to distill the lessons they have provided and apply them in our lives.
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