Annual Donations as a Percentage of Gross Income
(5 year average)
10% Total $71,000 UNICEF Australia $21,000 Oxfam Australia $16,800 Australia for UNHCR $6,700 Afar Pastoral Development Association $5,000 Cambodian Children's Fund Australia $5,000 Australian Greens $3,000 Solar Aid $2,500 Village Reach $2,500 Pratham $2,500 Médecins Sans Frontières $2,500 Get-up! $1,750 Gifts of Light $1,250 Climate Council $250 Skeptical Science $250
Climate Change Action
Clean Energy Investment $858,626.53 Dirty Energy Divestment - Superannuation Dirty Energy Divestment - Banking 100% Green Electricity
A Secular Catechism
- There is only Ignorance
- There is only Faith
- There is only Dogma
- There is only Ideology
- There is only Cruelty
- There is only Folly
- There is only Darkness
The Meanings of Life
The Seeking of Pleasure
The Avoidance of Pain
The Hunger for Love
The Thirst for Knowledge
The Search for Meaning
The Need to Belong
The Cultivation of Virtue
The Exercise of Wisdom
The Pursuit of Happiness
The End of Suffering
Pleasure and Pain.
Love and Knowledge.
Meaning and Belonging.
Virtue and Wisdom.
Happiness and Suffering.
Denial: there is no problem.
Indifference: there is a problem, but it doesn't bother me.
Resignation: there is a problem, it does bother me, but there's nothing I can do about it.
Acceptance: there is a problem, it bothers me, and there is something I can do about it.
Fear begets Anger
Anger begets Hatred
Hatred begets Cruelty
Cruelty begets Suffering
Anyone but me
Anywhere but here
Anywhen but now
Is what we believe the truth?
Or, is truth what we believe?
Knowledge: belief based on evidence.
Faith: belief in the absence of evidence.
Error: belief contrary to evidence.
The reference point for science is reality.
The reference point for values is consensus.
Science tells us about the world.
Religion tells us about ourselves.
Why we believe
Is as important as what we believe.
If Life is a journey.
Death is it's destination.
Mon Coeur Sauvage
Loudly sing my Savage Heart,
Upon the darkened windswept plain,
Of bitter battles yet to fight,
With weapons worn, and armor stained.
Listen for the Havoc's cry,
Beneath the blackened winter sky,
Sing within, memories fading pale,
Of distant dreams, and hopes assailed.
Loudly sing my Savage Heart,
Be strong, before the coming of the Dark.
(Dedicated to Limor Theedar)
The universe does not care.
It does not hear our prayers.
It is not flattered by our offerings or sacrifices.
It is neither vengeful nor forgiving.
There is no relationship to be had with the universe, no reciprocity, no intentionality.
There is only direction without purpose.
It is a blank canvas on which humanity projects its needs and desires for pattern and meaning.
Human values are the by products of the sociobiological history of the human species.
As is our freedom to choose between them.
Our purposes are our own.
To be pursued with such dignity and courage as we can command.
The universe is a wondrous and a terrifying place.
But it is neither friend nor foe.
For those, we only have each other.