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Poorly-structured ramble on spirituality (possible conversion)
Posted: Posted December 25th, 2017 by nullfather
On this day, supposedly when a suspiciously white man was born to a Middle Eastern couple and proceeded to make things really uncomfortable for a lot of people, I have been thinking about spirituality and religion a lot.
While I'm an atheist, there are a lot of spiritual ideas that I think have a great purpose. It is not that they are literally correct, but that they can be useful mental tools. But, then again, what difference is there between viscerally believing and employing a belief? Belief does not assume irrationality, so someone who simply believes and someone who employs a belief can appear completely similar in any given interaction.
There are contexts in which I might use the terminology of a deist or a neoplatonist, both very useful theosophical systems to answer the tomfoolery of plebeian theists and antitheists. In my mind, very few debates match the absurd hubris and lack of rational rigor that "God exists and I have knowledge of Him" and "God doesn't exist and I have knowledge of this" possess. These are thoughtforms made viral by their respective movements - cultural, ideological, mental arms and armor. Why should I not enter the fray with my own, instead of sitting aside, allowing others to fight a battle for the wider beliefs of man? Thoughts inform actions, and these various movements influence the thoughts of those around me while protecting them from the thoughts of others. Religion is a psychological and cultural immune system. Why should I live without one?
There's nothing wrong with religion. It simply means to dedicate yourself to something. It doesn't mean blind belief and it doesn't mean becoming a drone. It doesn't mean doing what someone tells you. It doesn't mean you have to work against those of other religions. I've defined myself as "technically religious" for a good while, being dedicated to certain values cloaked in religious forms. But now I think that that area of my life is growing deeper and stronger. This is certainly related to my other relatively recent changes in mentality and fitness. I am moving away from the lax counter-culture and towards serious self-actualization. I am seeking the ontology of my virtue. I may have to describe it myself, but that is not an issue. If anything, that's far more preferable than adopting another.
I've been collecting ideas for a while now. Technically, my entire life, but recently for a specific purpose. As I've briefly mentioned here before, I'm creating a manifesto. Or, if you prefer, a scripture. It may be a more appropriate term for it at this point. I may have the basics finished by the turn of the year, but certainly sometime in January. Either way, 2018 is set to be the year where I become unironically religious.
Fertile is the mind tilled with steel.
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