For lack of a better way to start, I'll just do a quick take on my various "philosophies" I've gone through since childhood. I was raised without any philosophy or religion hammered into me. That doesn't mean I was raised without values, however. Being nice to people was always encouraged, as well as skepticism. I believed devoutly in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy as a child. Even though our holidays weren't religious, they were quite traditional on the outside--my favorite toy at christmas was even a manger scene. However, from everything I had heard about Jesus, I always assumed that he was someone like Martin Luther King or Gandhi--and was quite confused the first time one of my classmates asked me "Do you believe in Jesus?" This, to me, was something like saying "Do you believe in George Washington?" It wasn't until I was in high school that I learned that some people thought this guy was god. As you can probably guess, I'm not a religious person. I consider myself a humanist nowadays, which also includes being an atheist or agnostic--depending on your definition of those terms and my mood that day.
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