|rambling thoughts should be studying what's that a toy i'm hungry.
||[Jun. 9th, 2009|09:21 pm]
I realize now that I am an agnostic, not meaning, "I haven't chosen a religion yet" which is the generic definition, but that I have accepted that I cannot prove or disprove the existence of a god or gods. That being said, I also cannot disprove that there is not a bigfoot, or loch ness, or
giant singing purple dinosaur. If that sounds condescending, then so be it.
There is one thing I believe, and it's definitely a belief, because it's a hypothesis. It is that human beings have the mental capacity for thinking abstractly, and we are the only creatures so far who are known to question our own existence, so a god or gods is a natural explanation for complex thoughts that may never have any scientific support.
I dunno. There's no doctrine for atheism, other than, "live by the Golden Rule", but maybe there isn't one because they've been so persecuted against in a country so young and naive that it thinks the only way to prosper is to have everyone believe in exactly the same things. Every other theistic belief started out horribly ridiculed, maybe it will take some time for atheists to find acceptance and form their own "church", so to speak. I've researched this, and believe me, there are plenty of atheists in this country who want to form alliances in order to swap opinions about their moral codes.
Not that this is a pending concern at all, but I wonder how I will raise my kids. I mean, I will of course raise them as free thinkers and encourage them to question and learn everything they want to, but I'm wondering more about traditions like Christmas and Hanukkah, etc. Of course, if my Dad has anything to do with it, my children will be attending all the important Jewish holidays, and that's okay with me, but then it raises the question of why Mommy doesn't believe, and what should we believe? It's tough being a fake mother.
As far as raising children, I can see that religion adds structure that can sometimes be lacking otherwise. Going to church, bible study, events, Hebrew School, whatever, these are (minus the religious education) safe social activities children engage in. As an agnostic, would I make sure my kids participated in community type things in order to fill the void of that kind of structure? There definitely are plenty of other options. Sports, volunteer stuff, music, etc....
This doesn't matter right now anyway. First, I need a boyfriend. Then sperm, then children, then these discussions.
One more thing: I AM SO FUCKING GLAD CREATIONISTS CAN'T SAY WE AREN'T RELATED TO CHIMPS ANYMORE NOW THERE IS PROOF ON OUR #2 CHROMOSOME PPPPPPPPPPPPBBBBBBBBBBBBBBTTTTTT HAHA.