The Devout Rationalist

Oh, Hell…

I just need to put this out there, for what it’s worth. Our two-year-old went out for his first real trick-or-treating in our neighborhood this Halloween. He came back with a giant load of candy, a huge, exhausted smile, and an odd little plastic bag that held a couple of pieces of what as kids we called “weak candy” and a tiny book. read more>>>

Yes, I’m voting minor party. No, it isn’t a vote for Trump/Clinton. No, it’s not a wasted vote.

The CandidatesThis has been a hell of an election cycle, hasn’t it? We’ve got an outsider(read: utterly inexperienced and temperamentally unsuited), racist, sexist ‘conservative’ who loves the idea of building giant government programs and eliminating civil liberties, and a corporate-owned machine ‘liberal’ with a war-hawk record who loves the idea of building giant government programs and eliminating civil liberties. read more>>>

One Law For Them, One Law For Us

If you’re a Facebook friend of mine, you saw a post like this yesterday, but I just needed to expand on the insane level of government misconduct as regards the Clinton email scandal. Understand that I’ve always thought the whole thing was a Republican snipe hunt, given that their people have done so much worse in the past, directly outing CIA agents and such, but facts are facts, and equality under the law is supposed to be the gold standard of our legal system. read more>>>

Keep Clear Of “WhatsApp”!

NoWhatsAppToday, in a work-related panic to troubleshoot a technical problem with a colleague stuck overseas with only data-service, I broke my own rule to never install a phone app without researching it exhaustively. He needed help, and only had WhatsApp with which to send/receive text messages, so I just installed the app to get the job done, and put out the fire. read more>>>

Take A Real Step in Resisting Government Overreach

Government Spyinghttp://www.blaisehartley.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/nsa-government-s... 485w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />I think most Americans are finally starting to wake up to the fact that our government is an uncontrollable behemoth when it comes to our privacy. read more>>>

Shoving It Down Your Throat

Well, it finally happened! Someone on Facebook who had somehow found their way into my friends list sent me a message telling me they couldn’t bear to see any more of my ‘viscous’ attacks on their faith, so they were going to unfriend me. It came with all the usual cliches, like how I was “shoving my beliefs down other people’s throats”, “freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion, “why can’t you just keep your opinions to yourself”, etc… read more>>>

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About the Author

Despite a decade of Catholic school, I have never been a believer. I guess I was just born without the gene! Nevertheless, I've always tried to explore others' ideas and practices, on the theory that just because you can't use one part of a product, it doesn't mean you have to throw the whole thing away.
 
I spent over a decade traveling the world, and I've lived in both Europe and the US. I've read the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Koran. I've studied engineering, yoga, martial arts, shooting sports, and ballroom dancing. What I've discovered is that a) spirituality is just a spooky sounding word for any of a number of methods for learning about yourself and your mind, and b) whatever word you use, doing so is the single most important thing in learning to be happy.
 
My blog, The Passionate Rationalist (http://www.societyofreason.com/devoutrationalist) is dedicated to my thoughts both on gaining self-knowledge and using your mind to eliminate misunderstanding and delusion.