Who We Are and What We Do
The Fresh Perspective Podcast - Episode 1
How’s it going everyone? I’m Nick and you are listening to the Fresh Perspective Podcast!
In this, our first episode, I want to take a moment to explain who we are, what we do, and why you should subscribe to future episodes!
This program is brought to you by the Free Thought Initiative
We help those in need of an inclusive, supportive, and free-thinking community
By hosting public discussions on moral philosophy, healthy living, and science
To improve the cohesion, health, and scientific literacy of our society
Everyone is welcome, (regardless of Religious belief, political leanings, age, or sex) to participate in weekly open and civil discussions!
To find a free thought forum meeting near you, start your own local group, or become a supporting member through monthly contributions – please visit free thought forum .org
This podcast has been created to spread the word about the free thought initiative, a not-for-profit program. I’m a member of the executive board of the free thought initiative and it will be my pleasure to bring you daily episodes, each filled with a thought-provoking message.
These messages are meant to stimulate healthy conversations about important topics such as moral philosophy, religion, free-thinking, logic, reason, scientific literacy, current events, healthy habits, and practical life skills.
This kind of conversation is central to our local in-person groups, each called a “free thought forum.” It is the kind of conversation that I think is desperately needed in our society. Being able to talk about important things allows you to deeply think about important things. Likewise, if we find that we can’t talk about something, this diminishes our ability to think deeply about it.
With the advent of college safe-spaces and social media echo-chambers – our modern culture has evolved into one in which we can all get by without EVER being seriously challenged on anything we believe.
And that is a problem.
Challenge, criticism, critique, these are important tools everyone should use to test the mettle of their ideas, opinions, and beliefs.
An intellectually honest and truth-seeking person welcomes this revelation. If they can be shown to be wrong about something, then they strive to course correct. Isn’t that the kind of person we should all strive to be?
It seems to me that human nature pulls us in the opposite direction. When our ideas are challenged, we tend to react defensively, childishly, dig in our heals, and wave our ideological team’s flag ever more vigorously. It has become all too common that the conversation is silenced as we each try to erase the uncomfortable confrontation from our memory.
I believe we can be better.
Rather than fighting to defend our teams, our religions, political parties, or racial groups – we would do much better to be dedicated to what is true.
This organization is not necessarily conservative or liberal. It isn’t necessarily religious or atheistic. Rather, our organization looks for the objective reality of each individual issue as much as possible.
If you have stumbled onto this podcast hoping that all of your beliefs will be justified, then you may be disappointed. If you have stumbled onto this podcast in search for intellectual stimulation – then I hope you will be satisfied.
Our organization has the ambitious vision to heal many of our society’s problems while also improving the character and lives of our individual members. We believe that this is best done by providing inclusive, supportive, and free-thinking local groups that promote a universal secular moral philosophy. At the core of this philosophy is devotion to what is real and what is right.
In these videos, we will not shy away from discussing controversial issues. This isn’t because we are a podcast that enjoys provocation or controversy. Rather, it is because we believe that understanding the truth of each topic is important. What is true is what matters most.
Therefore, I hope it goes without saying that if anything said in these videos is done so in error, we ask that you please let us know in each video’s comments or by using the contact page on our website. Doing so will allow us to reexamine our content and make improvements and corrections where necessary.
A dedication to what is true should be one without presupposition. That is why literally everyone is welcome to analyze, discuss, criticize, test, and improve our philosophy. Believers from all faiths can engage in this undertaking side-by-side with atheists and agnostics. Left-wing and right-wing political activists can likewise both bring their passion to the discussion. We need all schools of thought and as many perspectives as possible.
If you are listening to this, then I hope you have caught a glimpse of that vision. Please subscribe and share this video so that even more of us can enjoy a FRESH PERSPECTIVE…
The conversation continues across social media and in the comment sections below. Do you agree with today’s message? Are we in need of correction? How could we better elaborate on this topic in the future? Thank you for sharing your perspective, and letting us know!
Written By Nicholas Burk, Executive Board Member © 2019 Free Thought Initiative