in reply to Religion in the Monastery.


Well, since you asked (although you didn't exactly phrase it as if you were soliciting survey replies), yeah, my faith is a big part of my programming work. I wouldn't be doing programming at all without it, in fact, because it was the subtle workings of Buddhist experience that led me to learn programming in the first place, to perservere in teaching myself.

I think that maybe Larry's overt, unshy Christian faith does help a little to create an atmosphere in the Perl community in which some people can feel less restrained (constrained) about referring to their own religious lives. At least, I know that *I* am not "turned off" by Larry's thoughtful, questing sort of Christian faith even though my own religious belief-system isn't the same as his. Mostly our society in professional realms is so thoroughly secularized and anxious about legalities and sensitivities that many people wouldn't volunteer any information about any affiliation they have (of a religious nature) lest they been seen as doing something "inappropriate".

The fact of the matter is that PerlMonks isn't a workplace (although of course many are using it IN their workplace ;-) ... so "corporate-style" rules about speech and policies pertaining to it don't and shouldn't apply here, except of course hopefully a better-than-normal standard of civility will prevail (we should try to always display goodwill, tolerance and generosity towards fellow Monk(/ettes), naturally.

Anyway, so, yeah, Buddhist here <g> and in an indirect way that does play a big role in both for what and how I write Perl.