In 1999, as I was building web sites, and helping to create a community on Tripod, I became the moderator of the spirituality Pod at Tripod under the name philosophyguru.
A Pod, as it was known back then was simply an online community where there were moderated forums and chats centered around a theme, and folks built web pages. The name philosophyguru fit the topic. When the Pods were shut down, when Tripod merged with Lycos, I started looking for a way to create a "playground" like the online community I moderated on Tripod.
The goal of the Philosophyguru is not to try to get someone to agree with any specific beliefs, but to help folks to understand ideas and philosophies, so they may look at things in ways they never have before.
It's about love and laughter and being human. It's about sharing ideas and being a little bit crazy in order to stay sane. Studying the wisdom of Confucius and Zen, then back to Bob Seger and Rock again,
I started reading the works of the great philosophers when I was old enough to read. I took my first philosophy class back in high school. As time goes on, I continue to organize my notes on philosophy to share with those who care to learn, and for those who dare to dream.
There is no one "perfect" society, but in a perfect world a person should be able to freely travel between different societies. To understand the world today, we need to appreciate the roots of our ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It's time we all revisit the dreams and visions of Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence, and those who influenced the birth of our nation.
Just as it would be bold for me to say I've discovered the ideal society, it would be just as bold for me to proclaim I've discovered the ideal religion. I've been raised, and exposed to many segments in the Christian faith. I've also studied, and explored many of the world's religions and philosophies. I consider myself very open minded when it comes to religion. I live deeply and passionately, and have a great respect for people of many beliefs, for people without beliefs, don't have much. Once again, the "ideal" is not so much about any one religion as much as it about the freedom to practice our beliefs.
Copyright Tom Peracchio, Guru 42, A guru is a spiritual teacher, 42 is the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.