Hi, just thought I’d introduce myself before posting. I live in Colorado Springs, mostly, but I also lived and live in Cupertino, CA and Jacksonville, Fl. I acquired my screen name from a lyric in a Snoop Dog song (I hope that doesn’t turn anybody off, I love rap).
Like many, I believe, I came to atheism and free thinking gradually over many years. But looking back I decided I never really believed in religion or any man made systems. I tried very hard in adolescence and young adulthood to shoe horn my thinking into the narrow minded bigoted supernatural religious world (I apologize right now for anybody I may have converted or saved, I was only trying to fit in). During my late twenties and thirties I generally ignored religion, (though I did become addicted to religious shows like the Benny Hinn and the 700 club). Then I moved to Cupertino from Colorado Springs which was the biggest and best thing to happen to me. I was immediately exposed to different cultures, religions, and sexual orientations. My friends were no longer religious white americans but asians, africans, europeans, south americans, gays, everything. My first job in CA was with an animation house. Artists, I came to find out, are from Centauri Five. In my second job, I worked with Scientists, many from Berkley, MIT, Princeton, watching and talking with them everyday set me on a whole different path. I watched how they thought, how they dealt with probems, the deduction needed to come up with acceptable answers. Anyway, in time I became an atheist naturalist, not vocal, but I devoured every popular science book I could read.
Two years ago I moved back to Colorado Springs. OH MY GOD! Are these people idiots? God, Jesus, fortune tellers, HYPOCRACY…all in such a small community. But how do you change this situation? One day at a time, one ear at a time?
I’m glad I’m a member of CFI.