The Church of Jay

OK, debate from Monday (on Facebook) provoked a question about what I personally believe in. Here goes:

I believe in mankind’s potential for doing good things; I believe in trying to be the best person I can be; I believe in freewill and choices being based on a simple precept of what is good for me while AT THE SAME TIME not being detrimental to anyone else; I believe in hoping for the best while being prepared for the worst; I believe in life, love and family; I believe in hope; I believe in treating others as I would want to be treated and doing so until the prove unworthy of such treatment; I believe in doing whatever it takes to defend myself, my family and my friends from harm; I believe that we should ALL try to be good to one another, be tolerant , and be respectful; I believe that this is the only life that we get and we should try to live it to the full each and every day.

I DON’T believe in God, or Gods; I don’t believe in religion trying to claim that it has all the answers when, at the end of the day, it is just asserting beliefs from its own perspective (not facts); I don’t believe that the worship of a higher power should come before individual freedom, love, or choices; I don’t believe in the need for an external influence/force to inform my ethics or morality; I don’t believe that there is ‘One’ religion (or any) that is right to the detriment of all others; I don’t believe in any man made edifice, be it a book or a religion) being infallible; I don’t believe in life after death as a reward in Heaven, or a punishment in Hell.

However I wouldn’t class myself as an atheist at all. An atheist ‘knows’ there is no God and tries to uses science and facts to prove this; however the lack of hard evidence for something does NOT disprove it being possible. Just as a book, written by man over centuries and generations, translated, changed and edited, does NOT prove the existence of a supreme power any more than Lord of the Rings proves the existence of Elves.

 

I would say that I am an agnostic with humanist tendencies. I don’t KNOW if there is a God, or Gods, but I also don’t care. I don’t NEED a deity, higher power, divine being, sky father, God, saviour, or anything else in order to live my life. I don’t need the promise of Heaven, or the threat of Hell, in order to try to be a good person. I don’t NEED a book to give me contradicting viewpoints on how to live my life – especially not when it is fallible, and claims that insects have four legs, or that prawns are evil.

However I also don’t need the Humanist movement to tell me that I should state there is no God, that religious people are idiots for believing in fairy tales, or that they are 100% right. They are as bad as religions by trying to PUSH their own belief … the ONE TRUTH so to speak … on everyone else.

Ultimately I believe that no-one KNOWS what is true and what isn’t. It is the ultimate in pride and hubris to state that you are right and everyone else is wrong, after all. Geography and culture have as much to play in what religion you will follow as any real choice; if you’re born in Iran you probably won’t be Buddhist, for example, or Christian, just as if you are born in Northern Ireland, from generations of Catholic/Protestant family, you probably won’t be Muslim, or Shamanistic.

The Book of Me, if I were a religion, would be really small, and really simple (with no caveats or punishments for not following it – and you could end prawns if you wanted to):

Be good for goodness sake, be kind to one another, and party on dudes.

Following The Nerd Podcast #18

Here’s the latest Following The Nerd radio show, now as an easily downloaded podcast if you missed it live: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe…’

This week Marc and me are honoured to have IDW Comics’ Editor-in-chief Chris Ryall on the show. He talks about why we can’t get The Real Ghostbusters title in the UK, what the plansare for their take on Judge Dredd, Doctor Who crossing over with Star Trek and loads of hits about what’s coming up.

We then get to chat with RB, one of the chaps who run the incredibly successful Stage32.com, the social media page for movie, TV and theatre preofessionals.

Throw in our usual piece from gaming guru Crowbar and all the usual Nerd-tastic news and reviews.

We love doing it, welove you guys and we love that you Nerd it here first…

Following The Nerd – www.followingthenerd.com – all the latest nerd news, reviews, articles & information across all mediums from games to action figures.

Short story acceptance

Just to let you know that I’ve had a new short story accepted for publication in an exciting and interesting anthology … and that’s all I can say for now (until contracts are sorted and I have permission for disclosure).

However as I realise that your disappointment in knowing no-more may leave in your tangible pain I am going to treat you, my dear readers and whet your appetite with a snippet from said, newly accepted, short story coming soon to an anthology near you:

“He counted at the loose change piled up in front of him, frowning as it stuck to the old, stale beer on the once proud wood, and tried to make it total the price of just one, more drink; any drink, he wasn’t fussy.”

Exclusive interview with artist Len Peralta

Len Peralta is not only an amazing artist, the talent behind Geek-A-Week, Monster by Mail, 50 vs. 50, and the wonderful children’s illustrated book, ‘There’s a zombie in my treehouse’, but also a very nice and funny man too as I found out when I spoke to him for Following The Nerd.

Now, how do FTN go about getting on the Geek-A-Week cards?

Len can we found at his own website, on Facebook and Twitter

Following The Nerd – www.followingthenerd.com – all the latest nerd news, reviews, articles & information across all mediums from games to action figures.

Following The Nerd Podcast #17

Here’s the latest Following The Nerd radio show, now as an easily downloaded podcast if you missed it live: “The children of the night, what sweet music they make.”

This week Marc, Bash and me talk about, among the things, Simon Pegg’s meanness and fixation with Lego, the upcoming sequel to Twins, Triplets (no, really – Bash has an unhealthy fascination with this), we discover it’s quite ok to have a man crush on Timothy Dalton and that his Bond is a ‘grower’.

We chat to Stuart from The Monday Movie Show podcast about movies and why we’re all so hopeflessly addicted.

Marc has a rant about Keith Lemon: The Film and why it has destroyed his confidence in Nerds, Uncle George’s Red Tails gets a UK release and we convince you why you have to see it. Staying in history, we chat about the iceberg that sank the Titanic – it was built in Belfast, y’know – and we get into remakes and classic movies Highlander, The Mummy and we even try to decipher the ending of Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. And we talk about the best trailer of 2012 so far: Seth McFarlane’s Ted.

And that’s all just in the first hour.

So join in and Nerd out!

Following The Nerd – www.followingthenerd.com – all the latest nerd news, reviews, articles & information across all mediums from games to action figures.

Following The Nerd Podcast #16

Here’s the latest Following The Nerd radio show, now as an easily downloaded podcast if you missed it live: “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

So join Marc, with Big Phil and me as we wade through all the latest news from around the Nerdsphere. Heavy concentration on comics this week and all the usual banter and madness. We are also joined by Crowbar, ost of our sister podcast Following Freeman, who is talking games news. You know it’s Thursday when things start to get seriously nerdy. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

Following The Nerd – www.followingthenerd.com – all the latest nerd news, reviews, articles & information across all mediums from games to action figures.