About

I’m an independent blogger, thinker, non-believer striving to make sense of the universe and my relation to it. I’m also an atheist non-partisan who finds political and religious labels counterproductive, often hindering our understanding of one another. I’m attempting to write honestly and clearly, being motivated by philosophy, rationality, logic, reason, skepticism, and an inherent distrust of almost every “ism” that man has ever constructed. And yes, that includes atheism. Welcome to my world.

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Chuck

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8 Responses to About

  1. muso says:

    Good writing, honest and clear.
    I have a very similar inclination in life, though I’m much older than you.
    I write a lot, personal journals, etc. , just for myself.

    • Chuck Wentworth says:

      Thanks for reading. I appreciate the feedback. It’s good to write, no matter what the medium. I find that, even if it’s only for yourself, writing is good therapy.

      Thanks again,

      Chuck

  2. Great blog Chuck. Had only a short time to skim but definitely plan on coming back and leaving some comments at some point.

    Cheers!

  3. Powerful stuff, Chuck. Powerful. I will become an often visitor to your site. Your post today on atheism contained so much of what I wish I could say and could believe, but can’t. Religion has been a part of my life for so many years and is so ingrained that I’m in denial about denial. Everything you say smacks of truth, but what is gained by letting go? What is gained by not believing? If the truth does not set you free, of what benefit is it? Atheism has no comfort. You might say truth is comfort, but I would say truth, in this case, is too isolating to be comfortable. Well, rambling forward. HF

    • Chuck Wentworth says:

      Harper- thanks for reading. I very much appreciate it and the insightful comment you made. I too am enjoying your posts and look forward to reading more.

      As to your questions about truth and comfort, there are no easy answers. You asked what is gained by letting go…I’d say that by letting go of what I feel isn’t true, that gives me the freedom to enjoy, learn, experience, and partake in, what I feel is a purer path to truth. What is that truth? Any number of things, most of which are common pleasures that we all enjoy. But my atheism, much like your belief, allows me to see things from a certain perspective. It’s an entirely subjective perspective, but it’s one that I feel is closer to the nature of things. So you see, the truth does set me free, even if that truth is entirely my own. Concerning God, like I said in my post, the argument is circular and it’s not of my power to comment on whether or not he/she/it exists. As a matter of fact, I proudly align myself with Voltaire on the matter, which is to say that I have no idea about God.

      Atheism is just a word that I feel encapsulates my spiritual ideas the closest. It’s an imperfect description, as most of them are, because I don’t know what it is I’m supposed to deny the existence of. After all…what is God?

      Truth to me isn’t isolating. It’s liberating. My views might place me on the fringe, but that’s where I’d prefer to be, if the alternative is to think a different way just to feel comfortable. Imagine how dull and grim our world would be, if all the great authors and thinkers of history refrained from following their intellect, conscience, and reason, because they were frightened of isolation?

      • Thanks for taking the time to reply, Chuck. Imagine yourself in a marriage for forty years and then you find that everything about that marriage has been a lie–or at least you think it now is. However, you cannot conceive of a divorce. You cannot remember a time before the marriage and you fear a life without it. Lie or not, you need your spouse. Marriage to her is all you know. She provides things that you need. So, you don’t abandon the marriage, but you no longer are totally committed to it. Things you never questioned, you now question. At times, you think yourself the fool for ever believing the marriage was what you needed. However, you still cannot, will not, let go. The leap is too great and the chance of falling fills you with fear. HF

      • Chuck Wentworth says:

        Great analogy. And I’ve never committed to anything for that long, so I can’t relate.

        It seems to me that you’re attempting to work through some things that I’m sure, many people struggle with. I think questions are good. I think reading and listening to perspectives that clash with your own is healthy. It makes you think about alternative viewpoints and it allows you to step outside of yourself, if only for a moment, to get inside the mind of others in order to understand their ideas. And ideas are so powerful and interesting and provocative and…relative. It’s the relativity of an idea that makes it both imperfectly human and trascendent, all at once.

        Ultimately, I wish you luck with whatever you are struggling with. Being fettered to something out of fear can be paralyzing and I don’t wish that on anyone.

        I look forward to reading more of your writing.

  4. Thanks, Chuck. Very perceptive. I look forward to what you have to say, too. Now, get busy and inspire our leadership to bring the troops home for Afghanistan. We should never have gone and now we need to leave. Today! You have your marching orders. HF

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