posted on Sep, 18 2008 @ 04:50 PM
I have a question for those like me who do not believe in a God, Gods, or religion. I know that this has been talked about before but this is an
attempt at understanding where I belong and what classification I fall into. This is sure to bring many comments and much ridicule. This is nothing
new and really nothing to shy away from, but I would like this to be answered by those with similiar beliefs.
I consider myself to be a "rationalist", but for the sake of brevity have sometimes called myself an "atheist". I do not believe in religion or
god or even any blend of spiritualism. I try not to howl at the moon so to speak, and try not to belittle anyone for what they believe in. I have
failed in both of these. I do know that we are here for a short time and we will die. To me this is a fact of life.
I also know the history of religion and all the things that have happened, both good and bad; so I feel no reason to list them because it will just
get in the way of this discussion. To deny history; however, is a cop out and does not bring anyone to a better understanding of the issue. Because I
feel this, I do have to concede that there was a historical person named Jesus, but I cannot accept that he is the son of God and was ressurected. I
do not get upset when I hear "God" in the Pledge of Allegience and "In God we trust" on our currency does not affect me in any way. I understand
the historical status of both of these. Placing the 10 Commandments in the court-house does not bother me, who knows, it just might help someone.
In other threads and discussions some people have claimed that non beleivers are hypocrites because a belief in nothing is still a belief in something
and in doing so is a religion in itself. I have never understood this arguement. Maybe it is too philisophical for me or I am to stupid to comprehend
it. I don't know.
Immorality has always been a tenant of atheism, at least according to religous people. I have never been arrested, in jail, nor do I knowingly treat
anyone badly as a general rule. I do not look down on people unless they have proven themselves to be worthy of such treatment. I try to be
courteous to other people until the second someone steps over the line of common decency. I am not entirely successful at this but I do try.
Another aspect that religous conviction holds is that atheism is actually false when we (atheists) feel that there are some social benefits when we do
things that uplift and help society. Non belief does not equal anarchy.
Non belief does not equal a lack of compassion. I like to do things because it makes me feel good when I contribute to society.
I do believe in science, but I am not sure about our capacity as a people to use it correctly. I believe in humanity, but considering how we treat
each other also feel that this could be just as far fetched and empty as believing in "God". Is it because of religion or due to lack of proof that
we treat each other the way we do.
So folks, where do you think I stand on the massive religous, philosophical, societal, humanist, secularist ladder of todays world?