I am a member of a minority. I do not believe in a god. I find that persons who do not believe in a god in Texas and in the Southern United States are considered dangerous. We are considered not only a danger to ourselves (or our eternal souls) but to others who might be inclined to want to understand why someone such as myself would not believe in a higher being.
As a member of that dangerous minority, and as a member of a very religious extended family, I do not feel comfortable in identifying myself publicly. This is more of a protection for my family, rather than for me. One day, I might “come out of the closet” and publicly tell the world that I am an atheist, but now is not the time.
I am also a world traveler. Those of us who travel have the opportunity to meet people from all around the world. I have learned from my world travels that people love their country and they love their families. They are proud to show you what they love about their country, their culture and their religion. In return, I research the customs of each country before I enter so that I will not be the “Ugly American,” assuming that all people think just like we in the U.S. think. I feel that it is most important to know what gestures might upset people in the country I will visit. I want to know what customs I can perform to put those I visit at ease. These are simple gestures, but they make a huge difference to those who host you in their country.
In many evangelical and fundamentalist Christian homes and churches, tolerance is a dirty word. You do not tolerate those who would disagree with your specific dogma and tenets, taught to you by your local preacher. But for me, tolerance is acceptance. Accept me for who I am and I will accept you for who you are; do not try to change my understanding of the universe. I have crafted my philosophy over decades and it is the way that I move through life, the way I navigate my life. You have also crafted your life and philosophy. You do not have to agree with mine, but if you are here reading my blog, I ask that you keep an open, tolerant mind.
I write my blog to clarify my thoughts and ideas. You are welcome to explore my ideas, as I explore other like-minded people whom I follow on WordPress.