That was the basic gist of an e-mail from one of my readers.
I have a thing for people. I am what is known as a ‘humanist.’ I value critical thinking skills over your ability to catch a baseball or perhaps kick the winning goal in soccer. Those are all important, but I endeavor to engage the higher self in my novels.
If you read my novels, even the naughtiest of them will have that philosophy in them.
No, my works are not anti-Christian or anti any religion. Humanism is a type of philosophy, which I happen to ascribe to and participate in, as I construct my stories.
I took the time to re-write one of my favorite novels, Diamond Joe. In that novel, we take a perfectly ordinary person and turn her life upside down. As writers, we get to do that.
You see a thinking person can think outside the box. What if you were totally bereft of love, and pick your gender, someone shows you affection and kindness, and they happen to be in a body that matches your assigned gender? A thinking person can look past that.
No, I don’t have a thing for lesbians. I have a thing for people. I encourage people to seek a higher form of self. The stereotypes that we grew up with should be challenged.
We can debate many things, and I am happy to do it. What I think may not be mainstream, or it might.
The key to debate and thinking really is to do so without emotions. Once you interject ‘feeling’ in the discussion or conversation, the playing field is skewed.
One of my close friends believes that every word in the bible is sacrosanct and the absolute word of God. As a thinking person, I can dismantle the bible in its entirety. I asked my friend if he cared to debate the subject with me. This was after he assured me that he was open-minded. His answer was..’ as long as it does not go against what I believe, we can debate it.’
Stated another way …no…
Humanism is about doing away with the mythology and superstitions and looking at who you are. It is not who I am, or your wife or husband is; it is about looking at who you are. Only when you know who you are, can you possibly understand the world.
Do I believe in God? …Yes. Do I think God is as defined in the bible…? Not so much.
Unlike those who blindly go to church every time the door is open and give their tithes and offerings and time, I don’t do that blindly.
We can talk about the world’s divergence from God and how it is falling into a bad place. We can make an argument about why the church and God are essential and why we should have decency laws.
We can, in fact, argue for that spiritual connection between you and your creator, but I have no idea what I would label it. Possibly just Enlightenment.
There are well over 3000 denominations of Christianity today, which is, overwhelming.
The early church had to be controlled by SATAN himself, and man was just as corrupt then as they are now.
Back then, they would sell you indulgences to get your dead relatives into heaven.
Today they want to sell you carbon credits to save the world. I can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt why this climate change thing is a talking point for money for the rich, but we have put emotions in the mess by having coke cola have those cute polar bears drinking coke, and now they are all going to drown. Oh please!
The world is being brainwashed by the ‘elite’ who want to find ways to control you. En masse, they are doing it.
Power corrupts. The more you give someone, the more corrupt they become. I would steer clear of any mega-church or one that has some central authority that you must contribute to.
Small churches without a governing body that reports to some other high priest or what have you, is where I would look.
I say in many of my novels, and I mean this. If they preach hate and bigotry from the pulpit, I will not give them a dime.
No, nothing for lesbians my friends but I do have lesbian friends, and I do love them. I have gay men friends who I also love. Oh, and I have many straight friends who think outside the box, who I spend my time with and love as well.
I tend to stay away from what I affectionately call the knuckle draggers. You know who they are. Pray for them or lead by example but…I caution you most earnestly if they are toxic, keep them out of your life.
Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.
Writers tend to be ‘great minds,’ which is why I call them my tribe. Not everyone that writes falls into this category but…they might be working on it, which I will most certainly encourage.
Much Love -TW