By Dave Foda | Guest Writer
I know the truth and power of reason and of rational thinking.
I know the truth and power of educating myself; and of expanding my intellectual boundaries.
I know the truth and power of vanquishing ignorance; be it honest ignorance or be it ignorance by choice.
I know the truth and power of morality without supervision; and of true and accurate righteousness.
I know the truth and power of obliterating tyranny, be it intellectual or philosophical.
I know the truth and power of human ingenuity; and of human compassion.
I know the truth and power of equality and fairness for all living things.
I know the truth and power of the importance of our families, our friends, and our fellow men and women.
I know the truth and power of human stewardship of our lands, our waters, and our skies.
I know the truth and power of the sciences of mathematics, of physics, and of chemistry; and of the important role of these disciplines in understanding the governance of this Cosmos.
I know the truth and power of the rejection of all notions or beliefs that reside in the supernatural or the superstitious, and of those notions or beliefs that we are not supposed to be able to explain; and I know that these rejections are necessary for Mankind’s survival.
I am a human being, with a free mind; liberated from irrational influence, and from unreasonable dogma.
Dave Foda is an atheist, a writer, and a researcher, and sometimes-activist. He has a background in risk management, information security, and protective services; has some formal training in law, law enforcement, and linguistics; and is an IT systems engineer by trade. He has interests in physics, chemistry, biology, cosmology, archaeology, anthropology, history, languages, law and legal systems, and politics. His library shelves are stocked mostly with non-fiction.
Having been raised Lutheran; he forayed into evangelical Christianity in his teens, but was soon cognizant of the inconsistencies of faith, generally. He understands the nature of the perceived religious need of many individuals, but also understands that religious belief as a form of governance is damaging to the whole of society.