Just last week, my new book, Within, arrived–fully published and ready to go.
When I was holding it in my hands, gently turning the pages in great appreciation, it crossed my mind once again why I wrote it.
I realized that the reason I had penned this particular volume was that I wanted to make the distinction between belief and attitude.
In my journey, I have grown weary of those who have beliefs, yet offer no consolation to either the world around them nor their own sense of well-being.
What difference does it make if you believe in a God who makes you obnoxious?
What possible justification can we have as Americans to preach our gospel of democracy while inequality and racism are still nipping at our heels?
I’m tired of belief. I would rather follow a devil with a smile than a cranky angel.
I’m sorry–that may not be politically correct or spiritually proper. But as I get older, I realize that our time is limited and we should use it wisely.
So when I wrote my book, Within, my goal was to address the attributes, values and the sheer joy that goes into living as a human being–realizing that as I did, I was thrusting to the forefront the beliefs that really matter.
I just don’t think I become a good citizen of Earth by insisting that the world’s about to end.
I don’t think I help folks by criticizing their lifestyle before I benefit their hearts.
I’m tired of belief that offers no relief.
Give me someone who realizes the value of an attitude that is both accepting and challenging, and I will show you a true believer.
If creeds, doctrines, holy books and constitutions are what cause you to find your righteousness, then I must say … perhaps you’re already damned.
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