Study of Buddhism

“Everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention.”

I found a great book from my library catalog called Buddhism 101. It’s got simple, straightforward language and provides a complete survey of Buddhism. While it’s not a deep study, it would be a great starting point for those that interested in studying or practicing Buddhism. You can read this fairly quickly, then take your study to deeper levels once you find something that interests you. I took thorough notes on the section about Buddhist doctrine below. I wanted to internalize it for myself since I am thinking about practicing Buddhism. I need to have a basic knowledge to start with, and I plan on spending a lot more time learning about it. Continue reading “Study of Buddhism”

Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand”

Here’s another transcript. Started cleaning it up a little bit about half way through.  Great conversation between Joe Rogan and Russell Brand.  Continue reading “Transcript of “Joe Rogan Experience #1283 – Russell Brand””

Animal Rights

“The strong will do what they can and the weak will yield what they must.”

Just taking some notes on a Quillette article about animal rights. “Only two lifetimes ago educated people endorsed chattel slavery. The raises the sobering question: how might present arrangements appear to inhabitants of a more enlightened future civilization?” Continue reading “Animal Rights”

The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm

“The donkey brayed, the dog barked, the cat mewed, and the cock screamed.”

This is a continuation of my “Secular Lessons“.

This is a funny little story about teamwork and farm animals–from the Brothers Grimm, “The Traveling Musicians”. Continue reading “The Traveling Musicians | The Brothers Grimm”

Against Consumerism

Life isn’t about the things that you buy, it’s about the experiences that you have, the character you build for yourself, what you can learn about our world, and the mark you can leave behind.

This is a stream of consciousness exercise. Let’s see what comes out. Don’t expect anything earth-shattering, here. Continue reading “Against Consumerism”

Misconceptions About Atheism

We only cook and eat babies on special occasions.

Nearly every atheist blogger probably has a list like this, so if you’re looking for original content on the subject, move along. I created my own list in order to help me to internalize some of the potential concerns or responses people have to atheism, along with my own replies to each. As I’ve done in past articles like “The Perks of Atheism“, I polled my Facebook group for some potential replies. Continue reading “Misconceptions About Atheism”

The Perks of Atheism

Religion is full of guilt, shame, brokenness, and darkness. These people have left all of that behind.

A discussion group put together a list of their favorite things about being an atheist. I really liked some of their answers, and wanted to share. Responses range from funny and inappropriate to thoughtful and poignant. Continue reading “The Perks of Atheism”

The Spectrum of Human Sexuality

Human sexuality is not binary (male and female), it’s a spectrum of every possible combination between the extremes of “straight man” and “straight female”.

My brother and I used to meet every Wednesday for church and then head to the pub afterwards for some drinks, appetizers and movie trivia. It was great getting to know my brother better as an adult. My brother is an extremely intelligent person, and interesting. We’d talk about all kinds of subjects, nothing was off-limits. Our lives have since gone our separate ways, we’ve both gotten married, moved away, and had kids in the meantime. He remains a Christian, I’ve become an atheist (he does not know this yet, for reasons I will not get into here). We met up for a reprisal of “old times” a few weeks ago. We picked up right where we left off. Continue reading “The Spectrum of Human Sexuality”

Where does my morality come from?

Somewhat recently I’ve decided I’m an atheist. A friend asks me, “What have you decided will be your moral compass?”

Somewhat recently I’ve decided I’m an atheist. A friend asks me, “What have you decided will be your moral compass?”

She thinks morality can only be handed down from a higher power.

I think that morality comes from valuing human life and wishing it to flourish. With that in mind, here are my simple guidelines. Continue reading “Where does my morality come from?”