Thom Stark on Philosophy and Politics   1 comment

Last week, Thom and I explored a bit about my take on civil liberties and how they interact with my faith. I got a little chatty, so the second part of the conversation … Thom’s part is running today.

Thom said …

I approve of open minds.

Just to be clear about my own philosophy, first of all, I’m essentially non-religious. When hard-pressed by those who insist on labels, I’m apt to describe myself as a gnostic pantheist. More specifically, I view the entirety of Existence as we know it – you, me, this planet, our solar system, the local galactic superfamily, the Ebola virus, my dogs, every single atom and molecule, every particle, and every electromagnetic vibration everywhere as part of a single entity. We are, I believe, all of it, as it is all of us, and the illusion of separateness we experience is just that: an illusion. I don’t usually preach about my beliefs in this regard, because (and this is the gnostic part), they’re based on a single, intensely-revelatory and intensely-personal experience I had one evening while walking my dog, back when we lived in Mariposa County. There’s no dogma or scripture attached to them. They’re purely intuitive and utterly idiosyncratic – and I’m quite happy to keep them that way.

Thom StarkAnd, I’m okay with that. I know in my deepest places that God and Jesus are real and that the only way to God is through Jesus, but I also accept the right of others to reject what I believe. That’s the civil libertarian in me. Maybe at some point we’ll circle back to it, but let’s talk about politics right now.

Politically, on the other hand, I call myself a radical centrist – by which I mean someone who believes that the best good for the greatest number is always found in the center of the debate, rather than on its fringes, and that it is the sacred duty of the elected to actively work for the common betterment of the greatest number of their fellow citizens, while preserving the rights and liberties of the minority.

If you want to think of me as a secular humanist who believes that compromise is a good and necessary basis for wisely governing a republic … well, I can live with that. After all, my notion of the divine is about as close to atheism as a theism can get, and my view of politics is that extreme partisanship is a needless distraction, at best, and tantamount to treason at its worst.

I figured the genuine differences we do have promised, at the very least, an interesting conversation. And here we are.

I look forward to exploring how a centrist who believes in the “common betterment of the greatest number of fellow citizens” can reconcile a civil libertarian stance. We’ll come back to it next week.

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