Sunday, April 24, 2011

On Religion...

Recently, I received an email from a reader about my religious beliefs, more specifically on how I reconciled them with my sexual orientation. Since this is a freely published blog readable by anyone, I seldom go into very personal matters. It may be the WASP reserve which I inherited from my parents, but I find religious proselytizing of any kind distasteful. Religion, to me, is a deeply personal matter, moreso even than sex. Too often, it has been used to persecute others - I blame no specific faith, but the monotheistic sects have been particularly egregious violators of free-thinking.

But my philosophy is neatly summed up by the philosopher-king:

"Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones."
— Marcus Aurelius

Regardless of my readers' religious beliefs, or lack thereof, I wish you a happy day. If you're celebrating Easter today, I hope the celebration is a joyous one.

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