Fate your own…

This is a quick post. I’ve been busy recently, and haven’t written anything…hope this poem is enjoyed :)

Fate your own

And he will come

The Lord of all?

Aye in splendours of purity

But will he come for us?

Will he save us from our fate?

I say he will come

Our Lord will come

And he will not harm us?

He will come and do what he must

If harming us is to save us

Be it so to save us

Save us?



Our enemies

Our fate


Our fate must be our fate

No one can change that

Or is this Lord our fate?


He is merely the vehicle for change

Then I will be my own lord

He that will come is not a lord

He is the one, who will bring nothing to the fore

He is just as we are

In need of saving

Lords are what we are

By choice

By Fate

I shall be my own lord

And he that comes?

He will feel that he has no place

And he will go and never come again

Can atheists express gratitude about nature?

Originally posted on russell & pascal:


I’m humbled by your change of mind about how the atheist sees the world. Thank you for talking this through with us.

In your comment to EMil you said:

If all things very big, very small, or intricately related (some of the things that awe me) require no cause or no direction beyond the physical realm then there is no one to thank, and I am a fool to even dream of meeting and talking with the author. That saddens me.

You are not a fool to dream of meeting or talking with the author. I think that desire is within almost all of us. I dream of it. I think we all (almost all) hope for an eternal being who will love us forever and provide the answers for our deepest questions.

There is a desire you speak of in your post and comments. It is to believe…

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“Chant the Beauty of the Good”

Originally posted on Secular Chaplain:


Emerson is over-quoted and often mis-quoted.

Yet, after 150-odd years, the old Sage of Concord continues to offer some wisdom for both seculars and spirituals.

I found this little gem while preparing to teach a college course that begins next week.  I actually needed to read and reflect on this.

“Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson (Journals, July 1841)

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Religion lives in the primitive brain…

A few weeks ago, I took part in a discussion about the soul of a person with a split brain (When through surgery or incident, a persons left and right brain hemispheres are severed from each other). This is one of my responses, built on a discussion I’ve had years ago while romping around on a university campus. In no way, is this a scientific proof, but I thought it’s an interesting way of trying to understand the religious mindset and the almost survivalist response from religious people. I’m really looking forward to anyone’s perspective on this idea.
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