Another Season for Reason

Beauty is beginning to “spring up” all around.  Winter and Spring seem to be in some competition over which can surprise us the most.

A clear, sunny, windy day. . .turns to a freezing morning of swirling snowflakes.

A drive up the Blue Ridge through dry open forests. . .and around a turn we find IceFalls!

An ancient story of one teacher’s death and the legend of his defeating death. . .and Nature reminds us there is no need to “defeat” the cycles and circles of our natural, earthy lives.

Each Season has good reasons to be “the best.”

Why I Don’t Worship Nature

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I understand the deep human desire to worship something or someone.  Something or Someone MUST be “greater” and deserves our adoration, devotion, prayer and praise, right?

Since leaving faith on a fallen log by the trail long ago, I no longer have the need to worship something.  Respect for life and the natural world is enough.

Why don’t I worship Nature?  Why would I?

Forest Beyond Faith

There’s something about Religion that likes to cut down whole forests to show faith (think of holy books, crosses, icons, churches, theological libraries and other distractive attractions).  I suppose for some it’s ok to destroy the natural world because they believe the Super-natural world is better.

Those of us who leave faith discover much more “abundant life”  in the beauty of living woods.

Warming Up

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Big Creek. Smoky Mountains

In the cold of Winter. . .images like this may help.

And it looks like people are “warming” to both Non-Believers and Muslims according to a new survey by Pew Research.

“Muslims and atheists — who have long been targets of prejudice in the United States — received substantially warmer ratings on the scale than they did in a survey in 2014: Muslims rose to 48 percent from 40, and atheists to 50 percent from 41.”

And this may be the main take-a-way:

“But in every case, people felt more warmly toward religious groups when they personally knew someone in that group. Compared with 2014, the percentage of Americans who said they personally knew a Muslim had increased to 45 from 38, the highest increase in personal contact for any religious group.”