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Oct. 12th, 2006 | 06:41 am
posted by: freelark in anarkospiritual

I like what I've seen in this community so far, so I thought I'd introduce myself, sharing a little about my spirituality -- or lack thereof -- and my politics.

I've been an atheist for about nine years, but I'm still not very good at it. I can't help but be intrigued by spiritual matters. Lately I've been reading a lot of neo-Girardian philosophy/theology. I'm also interested in mysticism. For some time now I've been struggling to reconcile my spiritual inclinations with my physicalist view of the world.

I've been an anarchist for about four years. If I had to be more specific, I'd say I'm an anarchist feminist who draws heavily from anarcho-communist and anarcho-syndicalist practice. My interest in religion partly comes from recognizing that most oppressed and working class people have some sort of spirituality, even if they do tend to resist taking capitalist opiates. As my secular philosophy has served as a foundation for my anarchism, the reconciliation of physicalism and spirituality that I seek will involve reassessing anarchism's relation to spirituality as well.

I look forward to learning from others here.

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anfalicious

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from: anfalicious
date: Oct. 12th, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
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At the end of the day, no matter what our rational minds say, some of us are just really interested in spirituality and religion. It's fun. It's even more fun if you can get carried away in your own little fantasy world and believe in it :)

I came up with a personal philosophy a few years ago that stands me well in this: There's two options. 1. We're carbon based life forms with overactive imaginations. We're born, we live, we die, we rot. or 2. There is 'something' else to it all. However, no organisation nor individual has ever worked out what that 'something' is. If I follow just what seems right to me, then I'm likely to be as right as anyone ever has been.

This allows me to appease my rationalist side, and frees me from any worry about being 'wrong' according to any particular doctrine.

There may be nothing to it. It might be option 1. But I get a lot of strength and peace from praying to the sun.

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za

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from: super_weasel
date: Oct. 12th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
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:)

But can't it be both 1 and 2?

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anfalicious

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from: anfalicious
date: Oct. 13th, 2006 11:49 am (UTC)
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Well, they do appear to be mutually exclusive, but appearances can be deceiving :)

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za

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from: super_weasel
date: Oct. 12th, 2006 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I'm a naturalist/physicalist as well, and so the reconciliation that you're talking about is a big concern for me as well. I think it ultimately will come down to the astronomical complexities of the human brain and the connection of 6 billion of them together (more if you count dead people who continue to affect the living).

I hope at some point in the future I have access to this article: "God as an emergent property". (Though to be honest, I think it's fudging to call any phenomenon that "lies wholly within the natural order and [is] open to scientific investigation" by the name "God.")

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anfalicious

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from: anfalicious
date: Oct. 13th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
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Woo! I want that too. Unfortunately out of thousands of journals I have access to, that's not one of them :/

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freelark

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from: freelark
date: Oct. 13th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
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This is something I've given thought to, and like you I suspect that calling such a phenomenon God is "fudging", but perhaps I could be convinced otherwise. I'd also like to read the article.

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Sam Adams

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from: perruche_verte
date: Oct. 13th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
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Part of this contradiction (atheism/agnosticism versus mysticism) is what drew me to Buddhist practice.

The Buddha, when asked whether the gods exist, essentially said that it didn't matter.

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