In The Beginning…
Posted by spritzophrenia on December 22, 2009
“Write whatcha know”, they always say. For some time I’ve wanted to write what’s important and interesting to me. I offer my thoughts, learning and experiences to help you find your way through this strange world we call “life”. I’m writing a blog and maybe a book about spirituality, agnosticism and my search for g0d. Not to mention music, personal development and humour. So here it is.
|Hi, I’m Jonathan. Nice to meet you.
Perhaps it’s appropriate that I write this at the summer solstice – I live in New Zealand, an upside-down world for you northern hemisphere folk.
I’m still trying to work out exactly what the theme will become, but I think it might be something like “The Meaning of Life” or “Spiritual Schizophrenia” (1). Do you have any ideas? I’d welcome that.
My writing is fairly informal, yet intellectual in places, and includes a small amount of stuff other than pure (ir)religious discussion to keep it light. Humour for the win!
A comparison blog and book project would be www.happiness-project.com I highly recommended this site for good practical advice on something close to all our hearts – our own happiness. Some other time I’d like to blog about happiness as a spiritual goal. I have a feeling Buddhism for example, does not rate our own personal happiness particularly highly. Any buddhists able to clarify this for me?
I’ll be honest about my background, and my intentions. There is no such thing as a neutral position in this subject, so it’s best just to be honest about my biases, as my sociology training suggests.
Regarding the first, I’m a former committed evangelical christian, now agnostic who still has a soft spot for g0d-stuff. Not to mention a strong revulsion for most conservative christian expressions of spirituality. Socially, I’m mostly what the USAsians call ‘liberal’; I support gay marriage, I vote Green and believe what Frankie says when it comes to war. I do feel uncomfortable over the abortion question, and I think working hard and being honest is a good thing.
Regarding my intentions, I want to explore faith and non-faith with an open-mindedness to finding a belief I can commit to, but a probability that I won’t. As for the faiths, I’d like to explore them all – from wicca to womens’ spirituality, from atheism to aruveydic yoga, from Satanism to sex gurus (can’t wait to explore that last one). However, I’ll probably major on the great world religions. Plus a spicing of all the topics within our complex lives; evil, love, ethnicity, war, sexuality, ethics, pluralism. I’d like to interview people as part of it.
I’m thinking fairly soon we’ll need some posts on
* groundrules (play nice!)
* about me
Long term, I’d like to create a radio show/podcast and give video blogging a go.
But that’s for the future. For now, welcome. It’s nice to have you on board. Let’s explore together 🙂
(1) My apologies to my schizophrenic friends, I’m well aware I’m using the word in the common parlance. Which, like so much “common sense” – is wrong! I shall blog about mental illness another day. Love you!
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