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7 Things I Learned by Being an Atheist

Hello ally and enemy. Welcome to the 7 Things I learned by being an Atheist. Just a quick background to explain certain attitudes or bias I could possess, for those who might care. I’m a second-generation atheist. Unlike most of my friends, I didn’t start my younger years by going to church and then put my illiterate ancestors’ myths behind me. I grew up with the profound lack of respect for dogmas and honestly, I couldn’t believe in any of the major religions, even if I wanted to. I just don’t have this kind neurological wiring.

I’m a post dogma dude.

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  1. I understand how the majority of a group can think something is correct and be completely wrong.

Whether it is a country or a classroom, knowing the majority of the people are wrong in one of their important beliefs becomes an interesting situation for a child during his formative years. People should be more careful throwing complete nonsense out there and then claiming they believe these random bronze aged peasants’ magical beliefs should guide their morality. If the majority of people can be so completely wrong in this case, what else are they telling which is full of what bull’s leave behind. Well what do you know, they were wrong about weed being bad too. The majority used to think owning slaves was normal, we evolved past such ideas in most of the world, too bad we can’t evolve past these imaginary paradigms of outdated mythology as well.

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  1. Religions are created to force people to act in a certain manner. Observe the manner and know how they wish you to behave.

Religions were created for a reason and it isn’t all a pre-scientific method for explaining the mysteries of the cosmos. This aspect could be a small part of the overall picture, but in the current major belief systems it gets less than 10% of the stage time. These desert herders were more concerned with molding the ethos of a population which was beginning to move into cities. Laws weren’t enough. They only worked if you thought you’d be caught. They needed something else to guard the wealth of the richer people. They had the stick, but they needed to control the souls. They had to create a morality which would support their positions of power and protect their property.

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Two of the major religions are clear evidence of trying to subdue the general population. Christianity asks its followers to respect other’s property and don’t overturn the apple cart. Some of these ethos might be sound, but telling the downtrodden not to worry because they’ll be rewarded after death sounds like grifting to me. Islam took a different bent. Quite to opposite and declared there should be no peace as long as lands are still controlled by infidels. Created by a warlord, it seeks violence and death for any who disagree. Sometimes it’s a sad world we live in.

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  1. People will argue about anything.

This one is simple. Once you learn people will go to great length to argue and passionately defend something so obviously fake, you can then imagine how headstrong they could be about something real or even half reasonable. This gives one a certain freedom, because you learn some folks are too far gone to waste your time on and not everyone can be saved from ignorance. This can streamline your life, give you less people to concern yourself with, and less things to do, how nice.

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  1. People have no problem lying.

People will lie to their children. Leaders lie to their people. Religious leaders lie to thousands and in some cases live well by doing it. Similar to 1 above, if they’re lying about this imagined nonsense, what else might they be lying to us about? It seems to me, if you can pretend to care about some stone aged prophets and their magical worlds, lying about anything else would come with much greater ease.

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  1. People do not enjoy opposition to their cultural world view.

When you present an opposing view to any concept, you put another into a crisis for you create the possibility they could be wrong by just suggesting there is another choice. One can fell secure if everyone around them is the same. Since everyone I meet agrees with me, we’re obviously right. Just being an atheist (or gay, of a different culture, sometimes of a different race, age…) means a person can survive and enjoy their life without some dark ages mythology to guide and control them. If I can, it means I could be right and then you’re wrong. Just my existence calls out your aged system and a big part of you feels it might not be a fight you can win. Don’t worry, violence has often worked for your religion in the past. I’m sure Jesus would be cool with it. Hell, you know Mohammad is.

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  1. Being an atheist is a quick method of determining if a person has an open mind, is intelligent, and most likely cool.

And to opposite is true. I’m not trying to be narrow, but if I know someone actually believes silly ideas, I know I probably can’t be too tight with them. Friendly banter at work, but I’m thinking camping and poker games are out. Sorry, but if someone can swallow two thousand years of nonsense, we aren’t going to be able to get too close, which is sad because I’d love to argue with them.

Conversely, I don’t like every atheist I’ve meet. Still since all my friends, I mean all of them, are atheists, being one can’t hurt your chances of being invited to my next BBQ.

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  1. People will do anything to figure out a way to control you and make you do what they want.

I believe the same nonsense as you, so vote for me. The meek will inherit the earth, so don’t fight back no matter what we try to do. We are the best, right, so obviously anyone who disagrees with us should be put to the sword and doesn’t have rights. Things may have gotten better over the centuries. Not as many religious wars happen these days or at least they are disguised better. Slavery has been outlawed in most religions, although Islam still is down with it in many places. Outside of Islam, woman are gaining more rights and respect. Yeah, things are getting better, probably because…

We have more atheists than ever before.

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You can grab some of my fiction here, and I can promise you these people are on the Hero’s path.

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One Response to “7 Things I Learned by Being an Atheist”

  1. Really nice piece, I found point one a real eye opener. Between this article and your Backward Paradigm Warning Signs you’re producing some really nice philosophical pieces. Keep up the good work.


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