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You Don't Have to be Devoted to Reason, Exuberant Living and Liberty to be a Freethinker Who Disdains Religion, But it Helps

Thursday February 16, 2017

Introduction

At a time when Donald Trump and Mike Pence head the Executive Branch of our government with a cabinet of religious fundamentalists, when both houses of Congress are controlled by Republicans and when the Supreme Court will soon have a religious dogma-focused majority, looking on the bright side seems more challenging than ever.

everything happensWhat’s a freethinker who loves reason, exuberant living and liberty to do? Besides, that is, continuing to pursue a healthy and fun lifestyle, support secular causes and maintain activities that enable a positive outlook and a sensible perspective? Irrespective of a hostile government?

I suggest making time each day to consider one particular element in Robert Green Ingersoll’s personal creed addressed to becoming a better person. That would be “to cultivate the mind, to be familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius has expressed, the noble deeds of all the world. 

To get you started, here are a few mind-cultivating remarks taken from a random selection of freethinkers living and dead.

To Cultivate the Mind

Summary

Well, I hope this helps with your quest for the bright side. Throughout history, there have been many men and women who loved reason, exuberant living and liberty, despite a total absence of books, conferences or newsletters about why or how to pursue optimal status given their varied circumstances. All managed as best they could under conditions at least as trying as our own today, and found ample ways to pursue healthy, fun lifestyles, to protect positive outlooks and to maintain sensible perspectives. In short, they found time to cultivate their minds and became familiar with the mighty thoughts that genius expressed, the noble deeds of all the world.  

We will do well to follow their lead, current obstacles not withstanding.

Signed Don Ardell

(Ed. Note: Views expressed in this and other columns are those of the author and not necessarily those of the SeekWellness Editorial Board.)

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