What the hell is pragmatic carpe diemism?
Well, to be honest, it doesn’t really mean anything to people other than myself. But it came in a moment of minor Zen meaning as a very accurate term to describe the way I look at the world.
Rather than write a lengthy and boring exposition on it, I thought it might be curious if I posted instead a quick stream of thought which led to it.
Just follow the page down and you’ll see exactly (or almost exactly) what has gone through my head during my journey to my current political and social leanings!
Secular British Education
Hm! Biology is interesting.
So that’s how that works! I wonder how other things work too.
What do you mean what religion do I belong to?
History is fascinating.
History of the Islamic Empire. Wow, bloodthirsty.
Spanish Inquisition in History class. They did what with the Jews?
Physics. Getting mystical with quarks and cosmology.
Ah, so I’m an Orthodox Christian you say? OK then. I might as well find out what that means. Pick up Bible.
Hang on a second, that’s not how the Earth was created…
God is a pretty sick character.
Bad day. Is there a God?
The Socialists want to do what with the economy?
The Conservatives want to do what with my civil liberties?
Libertarianism on Wikipedia. Go civil liberties! Go free market!
Reading about Buddhism. If there is a God, surely he is a form of enlightenment different to each person.
Read Gnostic Gospels. Huh?
Mo’ Science and Maths. These things can explain the world pretty nicely!
Read the God Delusion. Zen moment.
Openly declared a scientific atheist with an Eastern Orthodox heritage (and proud of it).
The brevity of life gives me a reason to wake up each day at 7 in the morning, eager to take advantage of the opportunities 15-16 hours (or more) can give me.
Damn, I’m going to get a ticket for parking there. I’ll handle that problem when it comes, if it comes.
Vietnam. Mind is blown.
I’m pragmatic, yet very idealistic. I’m a libertarian with many economically conservative and socially liberal ideas. I’m an atheist but I still go to the Christian Orthodox Church on special occasions with my family.
Pragmatic Carpe Diemism.
Live each day to the fullest without losing sight of where you’re going or where you’ve come from.
Just a few thoughts to keep all (13 apparently) of my readers warm for a while.