A reader posted a comment suggesting that I was fanaticaly irreligious. He said,
“I am not sure why you have such a fanatic view against religion. It is man’s interpretation of it that has caused religion to be a cause of conflict. The concept itself does not have any reason for the conflict.”
and went on to make the customary statement about my maturity and sense of direction. The question is an important one so let me wade through my thoughts to expose my immaturity and lack of direction to a even wider audience. Feel free to counsel me.
The first of the guiding thoughts that I use while fumbling about is the one on hope. This thought, of course, is the crude version of the rich and wonderful humanistic ideas. Whatever is one’s degree of refinement, rational thought is more empowering and hope-giving than blind faith and religion.
The second of the guiding thoughts is intellectual honesty. Personal honesty and societal honesty. Societal honesty because we are all stakeholders in the society and we are responsible for what our society is now and what it will become in future. Honesty is not a virtue. It is the way forward. To live is to keep moving forward in our understanding. I have stated my thoughts on understanding earlier. This thought, once again, is nothing new. It is called Science.
The third guiding thought is to enjoy life. It is glorious to be alive. Spending my life as a hopeless faithful when evidence of the contrary is staring in my face is just plain nuts. This thought, of course, isn’t new. I don’t know what it’s called in learned circles so I can’t give you a pedia link for it.
Anyway, to summarize, all the above is my version of a common man’s philosophy of life. Even if I push it, it still falls a long way short of fanaticism, IMHO. We don’t have to be scientists or philosophers to appreciate the simple truths. We just need to be hopeful, intellectually honest and have a zest for life.