Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hello, world!

I've had a LiveJournal account for a few years, but my life is so interesting that it probably deserves at least two blogs, so here we are. Seriously though, I've been feeling the need to create a separate blog just for skeptical, scientific, and spiritual stuff. The LiveJournal blog will be for relatively benign stuff like Scrabble, weight loss, financial freedom, and other random thoughts. This blog will be a little more serious, a little more philosophical, and a little more irreverent.

The name of this blog is Saganist, because that's who I am. I greatly admire the work and ideals of the late Carl Sagan. It was through reading his books that I was finally able to admit to myself that I am a skeptic at heart, and I always have been. Until relatively recently though, I was a devout, if somewhat unorthodox, religious believer. I am still a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons). These days, the most concise label I might apply to myself is ignostic, though I would also call myself a secular humanist, a Saganist, a skeptic, or an atheist. I hope this blog will be a good way for me to explore my own relationship with the cosmos on both a large and small scale.

For now, I will leave you with one of my favorite Sagan quotes, from The Demon-Haunted World:

It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

This is what I strive for, honestly and imperfectly. I will probably never reach the destination, but I am excited for the journey.

1 comment:

Kristen said...

I like the idea of having a spiritual journal that is a separate place for these types of thoughts and musings. I've been meaning to do this for myself as well. I think it can be a very powerful exercise to examine and explain your thoughts about the universe, religion, etc. Also it's a great way to record those little experiences in life that would otherwise be forgotten. I look forward to reading your thoughts (even if I hear a lot of them in person first :) )