Greetings from Chicago. This is my first post, but I’ve been lurking for a while, and so far I like what I see.
I have been agnostic for many years and have no conflicts about my opinions. I was raised Catholic and turned skeptical in college (actually started in high school, but didn’t really kick in til college). Now almost 60, I am so accustomed to this way of thinking and living that I can hardly remember what it was like to “believe”.
I have some very strong feelings about where humanity is, and needs to be, heading. I tend to be direct and to the point, and I know that I can be quite opinionated. But I will always strive to be cordial and courteous in my postings.
I come here after considerable deliberation and reflection, not simply to engage in dialogue, but to work toward the common goal of moving humanity into the next age of reason. Hence my tag phase3.
For me, phase1 was when humans became conscious of self and began to formulate rules for behavior; when we looked up to the sky and into the earth for beings greater than ourselves.
Phase2 was when we discovered the joy of counterintuitive behavior that is at the heart of all the major religions. Like, to give is better than to recieve; the meek shall inherit; treat others as you would be treated; forgiveness is stronger than revenge; etc.
I see phase3 being now. And here. This is where we will throw off the shackles of rigid dogma and take the essence of all moral teachings in their purest, energetic sense. Without need for myth, gods, heaven, hell or divine micromanaging, we can evolve into the transcendent beings we are, inevitably, becoming.
I have SO much to say, but I also have much listening to do.
For now, let this be my introduction to you. Thank you for being here before me. Thank you for creating this community where evolved thinking can flourish. Thank you for reading this.
And so we go…