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Why am I even taking the time and trouble to create this site?  I find I think and write better if there’s even a small chance someone else might read it.  These are mostly political and religious observations that I hope you find of value, but I have no illusions about my observations being particularly insightful or convincing.  Thanks for stopping by.

Religious Bias

I am best described as a secularist, secularism defined as:

  • Religious skepticism or indifference.
  •   The view that religious considerations should be excluded from civil affairs or public education.

I am relentlessly rational, which makes finding the comfort most religions can offer elusive.  I find myself vacillating between atheism and agnosticism and have become comfortable with having no “planes of existence” beyond those I am already familiar with.  I believe that while religion certainly has beneficial aspects, it isn’t clear that these benefits have outweighed the negatives.

I have no problem with believers, especially those who fully understand that what they have is faith, with all the uncertainly contained in the words “believer” and “faith”.  Where we part company is when they use their religious tenets to create political policies that are then forced upon others at the point of the government’s gun.

Political Bias

Am I a liberal or conservative?  That’s hard to answer.  While the terms are widely used to describe ideologies and the people who are locked into them, I defy anyone to present a coherent description of either.  Certainly the Democrats and Republicans aren’t consistent.  The one thing they are consistent about is that they both increasingly support their wealthy and powerful friends at the expense of the rest of us.  If I have a political viewpoint, it is simply that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

So I thank you for reading this far, and I hope you find something of interest in my thoughts.  I am allowing comments (moderated, due to spam) so feel free to point out where I’ve gone astray.

Contact

You can send me an email at info@theonlooker.org if you are interested in contributing to this site or for any other inquiries.