posted on Jan, 4 2013 @ 05:06 AM
Thanks for posting this, OP. It's a refreshing take on why, oh why they cannot comprehend that there's simply nothing there.
I find it frustrating and sad how atheism is attacked on the internet for being "annoying" or "aggressive". Before the internet, we were so extremely
separated that we didn't stand a chance to connect and stand tall amongst the believers. I think that the web has provided so much potential for
those who feel differently than the masses to come together and be heard. It's also a great way for those who really want to learn, to do so.
It's so hard sometimes as I'm literally surrounded by believers. At my work there are many and they have no problem spouting their beliefs and
sometimes, I bite back. I honestly think that preferential treatment is given to those of faith as our management shows this too at times. One of my
co-workers was able to get a supervisor job by obtaining a quick, concentrated "bachelor's degree" from a Christian "college" complete with bible
courses. My family is all Christian and I'm expected to hold hands for some Holiday prayers, which is why I am rarely on time for said meals anymore.
It just seems this cult is everywhere. They are unapproachable, untouchable and I often feel as though I'm surrounded by idiots. I find relief in the
internet, knowing there are others out there that can think for themselves.
On the topic of re-wiring though, there are many of us who were indoctrinated into the cult of belief who HAVE managed to re-wire. But, it seems to be
those of us who question; who doubt; who want to know, that have been able to take the long path to reason. It can be done.
And for those who have mentioned it, it's not a lack of Hope, that Atheism is trying to convey. There's a powerful strength in knowing this is all
there is. To know that THIS life IS really what we make of it. There's great hope in science and what the future holds there. While it can seem
depressing at first to comprehend that there is no afterlife - no great reward, you begin to truly live closer to the NOW and what you can make of it.
I just want to add that I wish my familial teachings had emphasized learning and science more. I can only imagine how much more I would have achieved.
I know that I had to come about my knowledge the long way and maybe if I had NOT been raised Christian, I may not have become as curious and given the
matter as much thought as I have. There's value in that, but life is so short, it would have been nice to have cut that element out and been able to
focus that energy to self-improvement.
edit on 4-1-2013 by gottaknow because: addendum