What I originally envisioned as a book has instead become a project to occupy me until my death. Instead of a book, I have decided to begin publishing papers and articles. The last few years left me with a lot of time to think about what I wanted to write. I have so much more than a simple book. Eventually, (hopefully), a book will come. But my goal at the moment is to stir the cultural pot. I seek to challenge conventional religious thinking. I am convinced that Christians and Muslims see the world incorrectly. I am convinced that for many, faith has become an obstacle to thinking.
Without rationality, we are socially controlled by a dynamic system of opinions. Without knowledge to compare with our beliefs, we cannot know whether our opinions are actually true. A correct understanding of the world allows to make correct decisions.
My goal is to marry rationality with our collective spiritual practices, by challenging the idea that Christians and Muslims speak for God. I am an atheist who believes in God. My goal is to demonstrate that within Christianity and Islam, a false understanding of God is being taught.
This week my furniture and belongings were moved from my apartment to my new pad. A home I found in a fantastic location. Close to everything I daily frequent, yet on a quiet wooded dead-end street. My home is surrounded by pine, oak, and something I will share after I learn its identity. When I bought the house I had to have a deck built to replace a porch that was never designed to hold a power wheelchair. That project is mostly completed. I am waiting on a county inspection before the deck and ramp can be finished. After moving, my apartment happily suffered a disaster. The night after my furniture was moved, I went back to the apartment to plug in my chair. I can’t keep the thing at the house until the deck is done. The next morning (Wednesday this past week), I went back to the apartment and found between 50 and 100 gallons of water in the living room. It came pouring from the ceiling in the kitchen during the night and migrated into the living room rug. Squishy squishy. I reported this immediately to the landlord. They drug their collective feet in addressing the issue. By that afternoon, the apartment was smelly smelly. That evening I wrote a letter demanding to be let out of my lease. By the Friday evening, my wish was granted. I am grateful I don’t have to pay those last two months on an empty apartment. Although I am an atheist, it is moments like that which leave me feeling that maybe an angel does have my back. I also had to get a new tire put on my van. I had a slow leak that turned out to be a nail in the inner sidewall. The picture above is of one of my two cats, Sylvia. A year ago this is how she felt between our first and second moves. This is how I feel now, after the third move in a little over a year. Maybe I can finally settle down and share what I am up to.