posted on Nov, 17 2010 @ 06:44 PM
Before I begin my rant, let me first state that the majority of people I am referring to are my clients. I have a home based business, working out of
a converted garage. The walls of my shop are lined with pictures, one section is specifically devoted to the wonders of the natural world, the golden
ratio in nature, deep space shots from Hubble, and extreme close-ups of various local plants and insects, and fossilized shells. I find it relaxing
to take a break from the hustle of work and reflect on...everything.
I treat every single person the same, which is to say, that I treat them better than I would my own siblings. Maybe I have something I'm not using
that they need - I give it away, or I charge them less than I normally would. We talk, about kids, wives, computers, you name it. Everyone is
treated as if they are a dear old friend.
This past week, a food drive was being held at the school our children attend. We made a special trip to the market and purchased roughly $30 of
items for my wife to drop off the very next day. The next morning after she made the drop off, I started thinking that it probably would have been a
better idea if we had given more than what she did. I sent her back to the market, you know, to hook the less fortunate up with some good stuff. She
complied, and spent probably double what she did the first time. She spent the rest of the day at the school, helping to pack the boxes that were to
be donated to needy families. When she returned, a customer was present, and overheard my wife recounting to me the joy & surprise the officials in
charge of the food drive had when so much extra was delivered to them.
After the dear wife had went back up front, the customer turned to me and asked if we were "Christians", to which of course, I lied - I refuse to
mix business with anything else but business. I told him what he wanted to hear.
Here comes the rant now.
Just because someone is capable of showing emotion, compassion, understanding, and love doesn't mean God is involved in any way. If anything, I
would declare me to be a godless person and our family as non-believing.
To many people, to deny belief in god - they act as if at any moment you would slit their throat and drink their blood. If you say you don't love
god, they automatically assume that you love the devil (both fictitious creatures - like if you didn't believe in one you would the other) and that
you embrace everything that they believe the devil stands for.
They see my photos and marvel that I must love the creator, in a sense - yes - I do. They see my family photos and remark that I must love them
dearly - yes I do. No god, of any sort, has anything at all to do with it.
Everything that I do, I do because I'm acting upon the way I feel and think. I have no fear of an eternal damnation, nor do I believe I have any
"mansion in heaven". I find it the equivalent of promising a child a "super big ice cream cone" and/or "no more trips to the park - ever" when
trying to entice the child to finish his/her vegetables.
I also feel that the promise of "mansions in heaven" and "streets of gold" smacks of a plot to entice people in with greed, perhaps the ones who
won't or don't swallow the whole "cast into a lake of fire" gambit.
I am who I am because it is what I am. It's not Christianity. Not Buddhism. No Catholicism, no Judaism.
My lack of Christian faith has nothing to do with any benevolent acts I might bestow. It has nothing to do with raising my children, or caring for my
My lack of god causes me to see the world as it really is. No matter how much the fact is argued, we ARE animals. We ARE primates. We eat, bleed,
sleep, blink, drink, urinate, copulate, grow, live, die - we have hearts that beat, ears that hear, eyes that see, lungs that breathe - just like
animals. Mammals particularly, but I'm not splitting hairs. I see the connections that all life forms have with each other, I see the web - and
it's AMAZINGLY beautiful and intricate, and it ALL formed NATURALLY. God has no place here.
When you assume that I am a Christian based upon my behavior, it IS insulting to a degree. However, I realize that for many the notion that a strong
faith in god and having good morals is so deeply entrenched into the way they perceive the world and themselves that it is impossible for them to
believe that one can exist without the other. I've considered it to be a bad business move to let on that my faith in god is absolutely zilch. I
can guarantee you, that in the south, one of the quickest ways to find yourself isolated (aside from ripping a noxious odor from your hindparts) is to
declare yourself to be an atheist.
God has nothing to do with me not littering. Nothing to do with my refusal to drink or smoke. Nothing to do with me being drug free. Nothing to do
with not cheating people when I could, and they'd never know. Nothing to do with the way I treat my wife and kids. Nothing to do with how I treat
other people. Nothing to do with ANYTHING at all in my life, except causing me to rant right now. The funny part about this is, the christians.
They cannot tell the difference.