What I Believe (Steve, writer and publisher)

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Steve is a writer and publisher in his forties. He lives in New England with his two (male) partners in a polyamorous triad and is an ordained pagan priest.

1. What are your spiritual beliefs?

My spiritual belief is summed up in the phrase “Nothing is true, everything is permitted.” Technically, I’m a polytheistic panentheist, meaning I believe in many divinities and that divinity is both immanent in creation as well as outside/apart from it.

I suppose you could say that I’m a “pagan agnostic” as well since, essentially, I believe that spiritual Mysteries are, by their very nature, unprovable. Therefore theories about them are all equally untrue. That does not mean the same thing as false, however. It just means that we cannot know, in a certain, objective sense, that one spiritual belief is correct and others are incorrect. I say: wonderful! That means they all get to be right—for someone, somewhere, at least.

My belief is that belief itself is something we choose—or choose not—to have. We ultimately determine its shape and feel, even if we’re just “tailoring” something “off the rack” to fit (or embarking on a process of self-change in order to fit into it).
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What I Believe (Jack, writer)

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Jack lives in Christchurch, New Zealand and is a writer.

1. What are your spiritual beliefs?

Is this where I put myself in a box, where others will leave me when they read certain words, terms pre-loaded with all sorts of associations? I’ll keep it wide for a while, like I don’t want to dam the river before it leaves its source. My beliefs concern eternity and immortality, certainly.

I experience temporal life daily and at the age of 65, I am more and more aware of my mortality, the brevity of my tenure in this body. Yet I know that time is never fully understood, even as we experience its nature. I am working at being present to myself and to the world; at being in the moment and exploring silence in meditation, and I am not the best student.
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What I believe (Dylan, cartoonist)

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Dylan is a cartoonist, writer and illustrator in his mid-forties. He lives in New Zealand with his wife and two teenage sons, a dog and a cat. He is the initiator of this blog.

1. What are your spiritual beliefs?

In short, I don’t have any. I’m an atheist. I believe there is no such thing as spirit or soul, no God or supernatural beings. Magic and religion are myths – stories people have (collectively) made up. The universe is not conscious or self-aware; it does not care what happens to us or even itself, because there’s no “it” to care about anything. The universe is simply a vast, complex system of matter and energy that’s driven by the laws of physics. All human values (good, evil, love, fate, beauty, etc) are our own subjective constructions (shaped by biology and culture); they have no objective worth or meaning. Consciousness is an illusion created by the working of our brains and nervous systems. The illusion ends when our bodies die. Eventually, all cultures, species and – ultimately – all of life, the planet and the universe itself will cease to exist. We will not care, because we will no longer exist either. This is neither sad nor meaningful. It simply is.
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