Oviedo, FLUSA 32765
July 5, 2013
I wasn't brought up in religion. But once upon a time, in my search for answers to the kind of existential adolescent crisis that hits most of us, I took a detour from the road of life down the side street of religion. I shopped in the market of Christianity until I fell in with a sort of offshoot of Seventh Day Adventism. But alas! My mind was my intellectual receipt, and it wasn’t long before what I had bought made me want my money back. Now, the guilt and fear inculcated in me by the “Religion of Love” stayed with me for years as I tried (often desperately) to right the fuzzy-rimmed circle of faith with the sharp-cornered square of reason. Nowadays, without religion, I am free. I’m free from guilt, free from self-loathing, free from fear. I’m free to live in the happiness of this, the only life I know with certainty I’ll ever have. I am free to love for love’s sake. I am free to live for the people I love. I am free to live for myself.
I found a link to this group's site on Atheists of Florida.
My name is Rob. I am happily married with two great kids. Career-wise, I'm a bit of a rare bird: I'm a Latin teacher---have been for almost twenty years. My interests are many: languages, math, science, writing, wood-working, and more.
I attended my very first meet-up tonight. I had a grand time meeting new, like-minded people. Fun, fascinating people and topics of discussion make for a desire to do this again. Thanks to everyone for welcoming me. Am only sorry I didn't make it around the table to talk to everyone in the rather large group. Next time...