5. It's a fact, a main characteristic of our atheist subculture is that we love to argue with each other. And these arguments are typically intelligent as well as passionate. However, a side effect of this love of rhetoric is that feelings get hurt (after all, human egos are delicate flowers), and that can lead to some rather immature exchanges between individuals and their crew of friends. We've all seen it. I had a long time reader of Purgatory email me stating. "I can't take the atheist drama anymore. I'm taking a vacation from the online godless community, and I may not be coming back."
We need to remember that we only hear/remember the crappiest things people do. The old news maxim If it bleeds it leads is true online. Bad behavior is commonly noticed, while the civility is oftentimes ignored.
Cheer up, fellow atheists, most of us are decent people.
4. As I write this, Minnesota just legalized gay marriage. It's the 12th state to do so. Religious conservatives are frothing at their collective mouths because their Iron Age definition of marriage is slowly getting rolled back.
That, my friends is something to celebrate.
3. As many of you know the rise of the nones, Americans who do not ascribe to any religion, is rising. The current percentage of the nonreligious in America is approximately 20% While it is correct that a majority (68%) believe in God, it needs to be pointed out that, "With few exceptions, though,the unaffiliated say they are not looking for a religion that would be right for them. Overwhelmingly, they think that religious organizations are too concerned with money and power, too focused on rules and too involved in politics."
2. Those of us who were raised in religious homes have a degree of faith-based post traumatic stress disorder. The reality of hell was drilled into our mushy cerebral cortexes from an early age, and the ways to avoid eternal damnation were not always clear and concise.
This verse gave me a lot to think about when I was a kid.
but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” Mark 3:29What did that mean? Did it mean that if I thought the (remember, thinking about a bad action is the same as doing it in the eyes of the Lord) wrong way that I'd be damned forever, without any way to erase the sin? If I thought God the Father could go screw Himself I could eventually be forgiven, but if I thought The Holy Spirit should go sodomize Himself until the 2nd Coming, does that mean I'm damned?
Damnit! I did think about it, now was I really going to hell?
Those were just some of my anxiety fueled reflections on the afterlife when I was a believer.
1. I think Louis CK sums it up nicely...
“I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.”Go make something. Discover something new. Enjoy.