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Subject:Semi-Humanist?
Time:09:46 pm
"Your ideals mostly resemble that of a Humanist. Although you do not have a lot of faith, you are devoted to making this world better, in the short time that you have to live. Humanists do not generally believe in an afterlife, and therefore, are committed to making the world a better place for themselves and future generations." __Religion meme (http://www.quizgalaxy.com/quiz.php?id=47)

I believe in some form of afterlife. I also believe in some supernatural events/beings. Thus I am not fully a Humanist.

I do believe however that we are all connected, some more than others. Our actions always have a effect. We can allmake the world better, not just for ourselves at this moment, but for the future aswell.

We all interact with each other, the other inhabitants of The Universe, and our environment. There is also a reason behind everything we do.

I am also a semi-Shintoist.

I would claim to be a Shintoist, but I feel I would be offending some people if I; a 18 year-old Canadian chick, began proclaiming it as a fact.

Also I have no idea how to actually become one, besides from the mindset...nor do I have any plans of giving-up the freedom I have with my un-assigned religion and life-path/course.

So thus I believe that we are all connected and we make our own futures (as long as we work together with the other individuals). I also believe in auras, and souls, & spirits. I do believe in reasoning too. Thus I am semi-Humanist & Semi-Shintoist.

When it all boils down however I am completely "Sarah" and that is how I like it. I love being me, and having my outlook on life, and my personality. Over the past year I have come to be comfortable with myself, and like who I am as a person in whole.

So yeah that is what I mean ^^; with the title...
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Time:2007-06-05 05:30 am (UTC)
Gene Roddenberry was a staunch humanist.

I've considered myself an atheist for a while now (though if definitive proof were offered that there was a god or gods, I would accept it; to do otherwise would be illogical), but in recent years, I've drawn closer to biological and naturalistic views. To be honest, Gon's mindset had played a large part in this and helped develop my mostly amoral view. I've always loved watching nature documentaries and one of the things that really struck me about Gon was how he doesn't distinguish between humans and other non-human animals; humans are animals and are just as much a part of nature.

In everyday life, I think it's easy to forget or dismiss that. A large number of humans today are removed from nature, living in bustling cities and surrounded by asphalt and electricity, and it's easy to feel a disconnect from the rest of the animal kingdom. From my experience, humans as a whole tend to be very egocentric. On one hand, concerning ourselves with our own species first may be a useful survival instinct. But on the other, it leads to a very narrow and deceptive view of the world. Why humans view themselves as separate from other animals and apply certain ideas, such as morality and religion, exclusively to ourselves, strikes me as very strange and rather arrogant, particularly considering our genetic structure is only 2% removed from chimpanzees.

I do not believe in an afterlife and think that, eventually, science will advance enough that what was once considered supernatural can now be explained and understood as natural. In the sense that we are all living on this planet and we are moved by causes and produce effects, I agree that we are all connected. However, there is also a limit to what we can do, both as individuals and as a species.

I also partially reject the idea that we can make our own futures. We are tied to this particular point in time and both our experiences and our biology limit our possibilities. Who I am now has been determined by my genetics and by my past experiences. The point is not to change what we are or to try to be different from what we are, it is to understand who we are and why we are what we are.

Over the past year I have come to be comfortable with myself, and like who I am as a person in whole.

And that, I think, is one of the most important accomplishments one can achieve.
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