Name: Dave Robinson
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC
What type of work have you done?
I trained as a geologist at university (UBC); however, my working life has been in the Canadian military. I lived in a number of locations across Canada and had a number of different jobs before retiring to Kelowna in 2016 after 30 years in the Air Force.
How would you identify yourself in terms of religion/spirituality?
Recovered Anglican (mother’s doing), atheist (absolutely), humanist (maybe), nihilist (depending on my mood), existentialist (is that even a thing?). I recognize that people have a spiritual component to their lives although I don’t know it provides any real understanding of the world. I respect people’s religious beliefs as long as they are not used to control the behaviour of those with differing beliefs.
What are some of your reasons for joining KASHA?
I was interested in associating with people with similar ideas for purely social reasons. I was also interested in advocating for a secular public square. I want KASHA to strive for a society without special privilege for specific belief systems.
Are there any books or movies that have had a big impact on you?
A Sense of Honor by James Webb and Once an Eagle by Anton Myer. Both are novels which have had significant impact on my ethical and moral philosophy (such as it is).
What were some of the defining moments that led you to the point where you are now, in a religious/spiritual sense?
Nothing specific, just an ongoing evolution of thought. I have no idea what I might believe in 20 years!