Strange and very au courant that a blog should be the disseminative vehicle for such a weighty realization.
It began with the Facebook caption "That is correct," by my uncle Bob's* brother Andy Rogers, a longtime University of Austin professor, for this picture:
To which cousin Paul replied: What's funny about that?
To which I soul searchingly came up with:
"One cannot covert from agnosticism because it is not a belief... it is simply a sense of following your own intuition. There are no rules, although implied in such a big word is a passing knowledge of Kant's empirical realism and perhaps the core concepts of Descartes, Plato, Socrates, Gandhi, Spinoza, Jesus, Kierkegaard, Lao Tzu, Sartre, Buddha, Hermann Hesse, Bob... mixed in, one would hope, with some nascent form of what I call Fabric or deep, active world sustainability-focused thought/endeavor.
Atheism is more directly tied to a disacceptance of religious beliefs, so I suppose it would be possible to convert from that to whatever belief system one chose.
For me conversion is a nonstarter because I don't see any established platform dedicated to finding ways for a life-sustaining planet to exist (ideally as a cohesive whole) in 500-1,000 years time. To be more specific, one that accepts people as they are, from whatever belief system.
Naturally, there is a fallacy to my viewpoint, in that such a platform (if successful) would itself become a belief system by another name... unless, I suppose, it was tied to a system of political economy, with teeth. At which stage it would inevitably have messy, unintended consequences. So I am a fervent skeptic, at best.
But I did coin my specific meaning of Fabric and even capitalize it––I must have some form of (agnostically rooted?) faith."
*Bob is a well known free thinker who at age seventy-something, closing in on 80, leads taintradio, bastion of the truly unrepentant.