Imagine No Religion asked me whether I would describe myself as spiritual, religious, or something else.

OK. I am going to keep this brief. I am an animal. I was born, I am existing, extending and evolving my gene pool via procreation, and when I die, I will disintegrate through a process of bodily decay and feed nourishment back into my planet's ecosystem.

Done. That's it.

Oh, and because I'm a member of a species which understands the concept of its own mortality, I am sometimes asked for definitions of myself to enable others to confirm whether I am a member of their social tribe. Belonging to a tribe is a hangover to my species' history, where life-expectancy was much shorter than at the moment, and the probability of survival increased by reciprocal behavior.

Unfortunately, some of my species have not realized that the labeling of others as "in" or "out" is largely no longer necessary and, ultimately, sustains possibilities of reduced life expectancy. Yet they choose to spend their energy, time and care on seeking labels over understanding, beliefs over love, and dogma over tolerance.

I choose not to do that.

So, having answered the question fully in my first paragraph, I'll borrow a little coda:

"You may say I'm a dreamer

But I'm not the only one

I hope some day you'll join us

And the world will live as one"



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