100% this: “I have some dumb idealistic conviction that every awkward, heterodox, contradictory truth adds up to create a larger, truer picture of the world.”


I am not from NY, so maybe locals see it differently, but I am pleased to see a community push back against subsidies to a massive company that does not need them. I just hope that Amazon finds the same opposition everywhere else, and learns how to be a good citizen of the communities where it operates.


It’s raining here, and wind is rattling the windows of my office. Inside, I am listening again to an excellent Spotify playlist titled “Queer Composers.” If you appreciate classical music, or you are just interested in a great variety of sonic beauty, check it out: open.spotify.com/user/spotify/

If you are interested in better understanding the problem of waste and recycling, and how to live sustainably, I highly recommend this episode of the podcast 99% Invisible that came out yesterday: 99percentinvisible.org/episode

About 20 years ago I left the fundamentalist faith of my upbringing, slipped briefly through liberal Christianity, nearly went to seminary, and then spent about 15 years on a transit of atheist to humanist to “just human person.” I am dissatisfied by every perspective I have ever tried on. But life happens on the ground. So a few years ago, with my wife (who is on a different path), I joined a progressive UCC congregation. Are there others here with a similar kind of story?

Has anybody here read Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s recent book Pantheologies? I would count it among the books that have significantly altered my perception of the world. But I was ultimately dissatisfied—the book is more an excavation of the history of an idea and its critics (which is fine) than it is an attempt to apply that idea rigorously. I am wondering whether anybody who has read it might recommend another book that takes seriously the idea of pantheism for application in life.

I’m trying to figure out what “worship” is. I think it certainly is not a cognitivized process of propositional reinforcement, as often caricatured by skeptics. It resonates with me more in an aesthetic register, and the formative parts are less about the notional content of whatever words are used—although it also seems that it cannot just be any words, or any notions. I trust someone else has been down this path, and I curious what you have found.

After listening to the transitions episode, I thought I would give this a try. I miss the days of Web 1.0, and blogging, before everything got juiced into perpetual crises by intrusive algorithms. Looking forward to something better here, and people being better people. Going to try and start blogging again, too. Maybe the interwebs can be fun again?

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