This I believe…

I am a secular humanist, one who believes that we can be good and further humanity while we are here and do not need any supernatural sugar daddy waiting to party for eternity with us (thank you Bill Maher)…  Life is what you make of it, if gaining some special salvation at the end is what YOU need to motivate YOU to do good, then go for it, but don’t hang your need for a eternal severance package on me, your children or anyone else.  Humans should do good for the sake of good and the sake of humanity, not for some “deal”.  If there is a reason for existence it is that we exist and strive to continue to exist so that those that come after us can continue to exist…

I hope humanity is moving towards a post-theological existence.  It has caused enough grief.  Our need for the supernatural is inversely proportional to our universal knowledge.  We’ve basically gone from many gods to one.  As we learn to explain life and the universe’s processes better, I believe we will become less reliant on our need to say “it’s God’s will” and therefore “it be done”.  The last vestiges of a primal need to use the supernatural to explain how things work can then fall away, without ramification.  We just have to let them… good bye Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, angels, demons and God…

My faith is in humanity and it’s potential to overcome it’s own animal nature.  We are a product of nature.  Our animal tendencies are exhibited on a daily basis through greed and the battle for power, the devouring of other species, the waste of resources and rampant procreation are visible at every level of life on this planet, including our own.  We should use our ability to rise above those animal tendencies, with NO hope of reward.  We should strive to become the caretakers of this world.  That should be the true goal of humanity… and if you need a purpose for human life, well there ya go…

My Letter to da Pope

I was reading about Pope Benedict’s recent speech to a group of UN delegates sent to Italy for a conference on the impending global food crisis. He stated that technology should find a way to fix the crisis. I think that population, which begets poverty, which begets famine, which begets disease (like that Bible bit?) is a much more important topic, and something that the all powerful church could impact. So I told them they should condone contraception…

I am not an elegant or eloquent man, so writing to the Pope was initially a daunting idea. Of course, the probability that he will ever actually read my letter is somewhere in the infinitesimally small percentage range, so I went ahead and did it for piece of mind.

Letter follows:
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Dear Pope Benedict,

In your recent statement to the UN delegates in Italy you stated “hunger and malnutrition are unacceptable in a world which, in reality, has sufficient production levels, the resources, and the know-how to put an end to these tragedies and their consequences.”

Humanity’s technological prowess should be able to conquer hunger and malnutrition. But hunger and malnutrition will always be predominant in countries with high population and high birth rates. Even Thomas Malthus said that population will outstrip any increase in the food supply. Would it not be prudent for the church to endorse contraceptive techniques in order to slow world population growth? Abstinence from sexual relations would be preferable to the church I am sure, but my own country the United States, has shown that abstinence programs do not work better than contraception and safe sex education.

In this day and age, I am sure Jesus would have understood that the health of humanity is of the greatest importance. The church has been reinterpreting the words of Jesus and the Bible for two-thousand years. I do not think literal policy derived from the Bible is possible here. In times past the command “be fruitful and multiply” had a direct correlation to the survival of a community and society. It does not have that impetus any longer. In fact, I would argue that the opposite has become the norm. The survival of humanity may rest in our ability to curb population growth. As you may know, the Earth is already at more than twice the human capacity it can handle naturally. It is only though our technology that many of us survive in the first place.

The fact that the population grows exponentially will eventually lead to far worse problems than hunger. Poverty is directly linked to overpopulation. Disease and pestilence are also on the heels of the hunger problem. I am not a member of your church, but I implore you to consider my words. The church and it’s massive resources could lead the charge in reversing this crisis on a different front than technology. Abstinence and alternatives to personal childbirth like adoption help, but could never out pace education about human sexuality and contraception. It is of paramount importance to our survival.

Respectfully,
Christopher Moran

Vegetarian +575 days

Well then, I guess I’ve actually become a full fledged vegetarian. More than 500 days have passed since I made this choice, and I have no urge whatsoever to turn back. There is so much logic in it. Today I learned that a very large contributor to pollution is the farm factory industry. Never knew that one. Guess it wouldn’t have been to tough to figure it out though.

Bizarro’s creator Dan Pirera wrote the following (click the pic) and I couldn’t say it better myself. I still have trouble going vegan however. No cheese, no eggs, hrmm…

The Beginning of the End

Weight: 280 BMI: 39.16 Fat: 35-38%

The Beginning of the End of my fat ass!

I am 32 years old and have been gaining and losing weight for about 20 of those years. So, for all intensive purposes I have had a weight problem for my adult life. I have tried many diets including Body for Life, Get with the Program, etc. I found that a mix of these ideals is essential for it all to work. Starting today I joined a gym. I find that I will not work out when I am at home and the outdoors are too random. The gym, although costly, will hopefully coerce me to continue. My goals are to be fit for once and for all. As far as a weight, my first goal is 230 lbs by 10/22 (my birthday). My main goal is to reach a body fat between 10 and 20%. To do this I have to lose about 12% of my fat which, based on a guess of 180lb lean mass, means I have to get to roughly 200 lbs. At 1.5 lbs per week I should hit 200-210 lbs by this time next year.