Welcome to the web page of possibly the world's only practicing
Desideratist. My apologies if this page seems quite serious; I'm usually
quite a silly person but this is, for me, the nearest I get to religion so I'm
going to try and put it all into words for you good people.
I have been inspired by the Desiderata for some years; ever since my
mother introduced me to it as a child. I have sewn it as a sampler which
now hangs on my wall, I always have a copy of it with me and have learned it off
Most religions, faiths and movements have a list of rules; things that one
should or shouldn't do in order to get the "prize", the carrot on the
stick if you like. They always seemed to me to be tools for keeping
societies in line, and while they have very admirable qualities, most of
them don't really allow people to come to their own conclusions.
However, the Desiderata by its very name merely states what is desirable
in a person, not essential. It is short, to the point, humanism without
evangelism that does not exclude anyone. I have always found it very
quotable, and can give meaningful and comforting guidance through life's ups,
downs and other directions...
I started calling myself Desideratist mainly to have a unique
"handle" on the Internet, but I came to the realisation that I was
becoming more and more a Desideratist by inclination as well. I have
therefore taken the step of declaring myself a practicing Desideratist... on
forms, Religion/Faith: Other (please specify). It could be interesting
having to explain it, but I suppose as long as I call it "a sort of kind of
Humanism kinda thing" people will just let me be a Desideratist.
don't want to convert you into being a Desideratist as well, and I'm definitely
not after your money or anything like that!
As I have said above, I think
people should fit into the belief they find most applicable to them, whether it
includes a deity or organised religion or whatever... if you're a Buddhist or a Christian
or a Humanist or a Jew or a Moslem or a Sikh or an Atheist or an Agnostic or a
Hindu or a Wiccan or an Other(please specify) like me, then you are very
I hope that you will read the Desiderata, think as I did that
it's a very nice way of living your life. If you see it just as a nice
poem, that's fine as well.
It's just that I find it the closest thing to
my own thoughts, and I am happy to be the Desideratist.