I make an effort to avoid direct religion bashing posts because that’s what my my instagram account is for. This blog is intended to view atheism from a different perspective. An emotional window into our “sinful” lives. That is until today when I thought of an original analogy. Religion is nature’s feces. It totally is. Excrement is the disgusting leftovers after our body has sucked out most of the nutrients from the food we digest. Religion is what is left after you remove all the meaningful things from life. Take away our families, hobbies, pleasures, friends, science, thoughts, freedom, individualism and so on. You’re left with a big ol’pile of lies, hate, slavery, scandal, murder and much much more. Let’s flush it down shall we!
Its the fine line we walk after running away naked, feeling filthy and full of anger. Anger towards those that have lied to us, scared us and made us feel insignificant. Anger towards the years of believing a myth, engaging in pathetic rituals and wasting most of our life in pursuit of a giant illusion. This hate is deep and it causes me to lose what I honor most. Logic, reason and rationale.
When discussing religion I find atheists becoming what they despise most. Including myself. We become an unapproachable force or sarcasm, ridicule and in some case fiery hate. We won’t budge on our views and we will not listen to the opposition. We forget that we were there once. Once it was you lost in a brainwash of fearful mind slavery.
I am writing this to remind us all that these people are still our friends, neighbors and in most cases our family. We have so many resources on our side. You can’t lose a debate if you follow 3 simple rules.
•Always state your opinion
•If you don’t know the answer don’t pretend to
•Be a gentleman/gentlewoman
Remember you have science, common sense, logic, reason, education and so much more in your corner!
It is important to look at and discover where you are at in this scale. You may find yourself learning from the experience. I rank myself a 6. I used to think of myself as a 7 but after thinking about it I realized it is almost as bad as being ranked a 1. If you aren’t open to discovery you might miss something great.
1. Strong theist. 100 per cent probability of God. In the words of C.G. Jung: “I do not believe, I know.”
2. De facto theist. Very high probability but short of 100 per cent. “I don’t know for certain, but I strongly believe in God and live my life on the assumption that he is there.”
3. Leaning towards theism. Higher than 50 per cent but not very high. “I am very uncertain, but I am inclined to believe in God.”
4. Completely impartial. Exactly 50 per cent. “God’s existence and non-existence are exactly equiprobable.”
5. Leaning towards atheism. Lower than 50 per cent but not very low. “I do not know whether God exists but I’m inclined to be skeptical.”
6. De facto atheist. Very low probability, but short of zero. “I don’t know for certain but I think God is very improbable, and I live my life on the assumption that he is not there.”
7. Strong atheist. “I know there is no God, with the same conviction as Jung knows there is one.”
The scale is from Richard Dawkins
My kids drive me nuts. Just like every parent out there. The constant correcting and educating can be draining. On top of that you have to clean up after them, support them, care for them, and discipline them. But they learn. Everyday we get so excited seeing them grow. There is nothing more awesome than hearing your 2 year old say a new word or your 5 year old read a simple story. Its rewarding, heavily rewarding and there is nothing better in my opinion.
Now on that same thought picture this. No talking back for a moment just hush up and read. Put yourself in my shoes. Logically atheists are right and beyond that we are often attacked by Christians. Then we try to talk with them, educate them, understand them, support them and what do we get? Belligerence. Most of the time the people we are debating is family or people we greatly care about. We discipline over and over with no change. This is frustrating.
I understand the flip side to this. It is the same for you as well. Well almost the same. Except you think that no matter what in the end God will forgive me and we’ll all be happy forever and I’m stuck watching you waste your only life.
3 kids, a lovely wife, 2 cars, a home and a dog. Living the american dream… or so I thought. Until I accidentally found America’s hidden form of slavery. Religion. More specifically Christianity.
The CHRISTians are like “oh my god here we go again” and “he can’t be serious”. Read on please. I minded my business for years. I hid my preferences. I wasn’t living in fear just acceptance. I accepted that it didn’t really matter what I believed. I even kicked around the idea of going to church for social gain. I bent my head in prayer every Thanksgiving and politely declined church offers from coworkers and friends.
It doesn’t seem so bad… until…
Until one day while browsing Facebook I liked a picture regarding atheism and unknowingly it was there for all my family and friends to see. The comments of belligerent hate and instant horrific ridicule that followed truly hurt. I was regarded as a fool for my opinion. Poor me. Poor little Adam.
That moment has since been reproduced many times and is my exhibit A in America’s hidden slavery. 95% of Americans are still slaves of an ancient myth meant to keep people in check. America keeps voting out logical amendments and plans because they are slaves to Christianity, they are nasty to the people they love most because of Christianity and worst of all they keep the cycle going.