Poetry as atheist spirituality, maybe any spirituality

October 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm Leave a comment

Trapse through freethoughtblogscom.  The blogs in the right margin of the site will become an ezine of sorts for you.

My previous post touched on a couple of blog posts there.  From the most recent Republican debate, Newt Gingrich’s position, which I too heard him say, is troubling.  (See previous post).

I was nspired by another freethoughtblog on poetry (relax, I wasn’t inspired to write poetry) that refers to poet Stephen Fry’s urging the poet to arise in all of us, Fry is quoted, “I believe poetry is a primal impulse within us all…”

(This touches on one of my pet inspirations, we all share by inheritance, I think, and from a truly organic source, the evolution that made us human, our our urge to be spiritual.  Don’t overlook the fact that this is from a very secular source–200,000 years of evolution AFTER we became anatomically modern humans.  The upshot:  believer or non, our spiritual need/longing/quest comes from the same secular source–our long, tribal past–200,000 years without science or knowledge–only belief.  In the absence of knowledge, humans did what it was that they could control–they believed.)

I think Fry’s primal source of poetry is that urge from within for spiritual achievement.  To obtain… To reach…  Even to become…  We’ve let religions fill in the blank. To become what ______?

Though we must deal with the institutions of religion to take our spirituality back, it is worth it. Why? Our psychological well being is at stake. We could take an example from the New Agers. They found the existing religions to fall short.  To be inadequate or no longer relevant.  And they did something about it.

Well, we are doing something about it, too. The rising chorus of our millions of voices.  Our new activism, our new visibility. Our dialogue with each other and society and those religions.

That all points toward our goals and it can have some hidden “spiritual” goals, too. In this empowerment, this self-actualization our spritual goals are embedded. We achieve some fulfillment as we gather for community like at the AAA/Texas Freethought Convention, like the upcoming Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Conference in New Orleans.

It is so easy to become negative. We negate religious belief. We can fall into the habit of negating society and everything else. After all, a number of believers perpetually negate us. Just as belief had previously done, we jump to conclusions. We fall into the trap of our primate brains, our believing machines as Michael Shirmer terms them.

Don’t forget the positives. Be open to life affirming things as well. Look at all our new liberator–the internet– has done for us. It’s truly revolutionary.  Celebrate! Reach out. Blog.

Entry filed under: freethought.

a row of posts RE: freethoughtblogs.com Dousing the Constant Fire?

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I write for agnostics, freethinkers, atheists and humanists. In my nonfiction, the purpose is the celebration of our noble human spirit. The general pursuit may be Evolutionary Theology, though believers seem to populate that field (so maybe it's evolutionary Humanism). By looking at who we are and where we came from, we can derive much meaning, and perhaps more importantly, understanding, as well as some sense of where we could go.

Religion is God’s Way of Showing Us it’s Earlier in Human Evolution than We Thought

This title is an upcoming book at the publisher's now. I'd like feedback on this title. It's meant to make people think and feel something. And to hint at things for both believers and non- on multiple levels. The book is of a wider scope, though, one which is ultimately a way to grasp more meaning for ourselves. Believers are always telling us our lives don't have meaning without a god. We often counter that it's more meaningful to be looking for our own meaning than to be arbitrarily ascribed it by an imaginary supernatural being. Ultimately, and this is what I think is unique about this book, you'll see how we can be just as spiritual in our own way. Since we've inhertited a capacity for religion (some more than others) as an evolutionary adaptation, believers and non- are both potentially spritual in the same way--but it is an earthly, secular spirituality in which we all can share.

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