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Politics and religion

Facebook is the latest craze at work. It’s another social networking site. This one connects people by tagging faces in photos. I’ve been meaning to scan in some photos for a long time and this was as good an excuse as any. But in filling out my profile, I was forced to choose my politics and religion. It’s not something I’ve put much thought into before.

Facebook is the latest craze at work. It’s another social networking site. This one connects people by tagging faces in photos. I’ve been meaning to scan in some photos for a long time and this was as good an excuse as any. In filling out my profile, I was forced to choose my politics and religion. It’s not something I’ve put much thought into before.

Politics

One thing I am sure of, is that I am not a fan of democracy; either in its true sense or the modern perversion of it known as a polyarchy. Looking through the available options the nearest to my own preference was libertarian.

A libertarian is essentially an anarchist, although there are several varieties of both, and not all are compatible. I think anarchists became synonymous with terrorists at some point in recent history due to some, now forgotten, propaganda smear campaign. But as an alternative name, libertarian is almost unimpeachable; ironically due to the same propaganda campaign. Anyway, it seems close enough for me. I was pleasantly surprised to find a relatively mainstream option close to my own political views but I thought religion would be another story.

Religion

I think religions epitomise everything that is wrong in our world. In my view, government and politics are mere offshoots of organised religion. However, I’ve never been entirely happy with atheism either. To me, atheists seem as bound to their own dogma as the theists. The catch-22 with religion is that in opposing it you create your own. The only way I know out of this trap is not to oppose, but to ignore.

Then I came across what is called ignostic thought. To an ignostic, religion is irrelevant without a definition of God. This is a great way out of the trap, since the only faith required is that you don’t understand what somebody means when they talk about God. And that is something I can truthfully believe in.

So there you have it: ignostic anarchist.

By Paul Sinnett

Video game programmer

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