Recent graduate of Butler University with a degree in anthropology (and
a religion minor) as well as your resident self-aggrandizing internet
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I believe that religion is a cultural system like any other, and that
the first and most vital question is always whether Religion X is a
cultural system in which I want to participate. Dogma and cosmology are
a distant second.
I believe in forgiving those who have hurt me but cannot again.
I believe that anyone who wants me to forgive and forget their offenses is up to something.
believe that every person is responsible for her failures, which means
that it's ultimately my fault if I hurt someone no matter what they did
to provoke me. But it's also someone else's fault if they hurt me no
matter what I did.
I believe that gender is a toy that
some people like to play with and some people don't. How we play and
when is nobody's business but our own.
I believe that nobody's
perfect. I also believe that--for the most part--people who invoke
"nobody's perfect" are afraid of trying to be, or too lazy to care.
I believe that no one should listen to the Broadway recording of Les Miserables if the London cast recording is available.
I believe that if you can't prove something to me, you probably haven't proven it to yourself either.
I believe that if someone doesn't know what they want or what they need, I am not obligated to provide them with either.
I believe that boring people who read books with boring characters probably don't know what they're missing.
I believe that anyone who plays a musical instrument can sing if they try (though this is iffy with percussionists).
I believe that the end result of a decision is more important than the principle behind it, though both do matter.
believe that relationships are like books: just because I start one
doesn't mean I have to finish it no matter how miserable it makes me.
believe that love marries people in the eyes of the gods, and that lack
of love separates them. Everything else is a legal or cultural hoop to
jump through so that other mortals can understand what the gods already
I believe that the narratives of a religion do not have to be historically truthful in order to teach something.
believe that different branches of the US military tend to attract
different kinds of people, ranging from brilliant engineers to
thick-necked thugs. I believe all are necessary, but that some are
easier to respect than others.
I believe that Americans dress in too much pastel or drab grey. More color, my countrymen, more color!
I believe that if you do not trust me with a choice, you cannot trust me with a child.
believe that hospitality is important. If you have guests, take care of
them as best you can with the means on hand. A good guest will not
demand too much anyway.
I believe that we should offer to
consenting humans every mercy we offer to housepets. We often adopt
animals from shelters instead of breeding new ones to reduce the number
of homeless pets, and consider putting down terminally ill pets to be
an act of mercy. Do humans deserve less, if they want it?
believe that the day you enter adulthood is the day you shout at
someone to close the damned door because we're not heating the outside.
I believe lots of things. Some are more important than others,
and some change. But these are fairly consistent. I was thinking about
this earlier today, and thought I'd try and get down as many as I
could. Maybe in a few years I'll make another such list and see what's