Atheism is for fools

by iGanja 31. December 2012 06:28

I’d love to be an atheist. I could say anything, do anything, my promises would mean nothing, and I’d never be held accountable for anything. Unfortunately, I live in a society of free people, and having no moral compass is a bad thing for such a society. Allowing everyone to choose their own – however idealistic even seemingly benevolent – leads to multiple definitions of right and wrong. A society must have at least the basic precepts of justice and equality, and without a supreme force of guidance, where does that to come from? Are we to rely only on human nature – since most atheists subscribe to the theory of evolution – when human nature is so contrary to the idea of civilized society? Are we to rely only on laws, when laws are simply made by other men, and when those laws at some point violate our rights as free people? Quite the puzzle, isn’t it?

Take for example the concept of fidelity in a relationship – a cornerstone of trust between two people in our society. Human nature finds no need for such silliness; survival of the fittest requires promiscuity. Although laws have been created by religious zealots in the past to dictate fidelity and even prudence, we as a society have since demanded that our individual moral compasses dictate what is right and wrong with regard to fidelity, not our government. So, where do we stand? How are we to know right from wrong when we each have our own compass and each point in its own direction? Well the fact is, as a society of people, we can’t.

When we are all floating around in this huge universe with no god, who the fuck cares? Although I do not belong to any established religion, I choose to believe in god (little g,) or at least that there is some reason for our existence beyond our pathetically meager understanding, or short-sighted belief that we just are. Many physicists theorize that over 83% (some say as high as 99%) of the matter in the universe is unknowable to us – it is simply invisible. If this is true, how could anyone be so arrogant as to say there is no god, when we know so very little? Would it not be better to simply accept that we know no god, but that knowledge does not preclude the existence of one?

All academic arguments aside – and in the end that is all they are - it’s fun to be an atheist, but it’s hardly worthwhile. 

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Arianna
Arianna United States
8/15/2013 11:36:58 PM #

You confuse atheism with a complete lack of a moral compass and accountability. That is ludicrous. Atheism does not imply a lack of morality or accountability, nor does belief in god imply morality or accountability. People fuck it up, regardless of their belief in god or lack thereof.

I would have preferred if your post simply presented your argument about the existence of god, and didn't malign those who don't subscribe to your belief... an all too common occurrence in today's reactionary society.

iGanja
iGanja United States
12/31/2013 7:55:11 AM #

Arianna, you are confusing an editorial piece with a factual one. My point being that with nothing to guide them, people will "make up" what is wrong and right, and these definitions may be wildly different and thus incompatible. I'm not saying Atheists are all bad. I know plenty of them, and the vast majority understand the basics of civility and social norms to survive in society.

If you simply consider my example, I mean for you to see that those with different moral compasses may see the issue of fidelity in a relationship quite differently. That's all.

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Oh, I Ganja

When something becomes clear, when a wrong is righted, when vengeance is yours. It doth not matter when, where or why. It is an epiphany, the clairvoyance to conjure up the stolen data tapes, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to go do, that voodoo, that you do, so well. When we finally see past the layers of muck and grim our society has cloaked itself in, we exclaim "Oh, I Ganja!"

Let us not hide our heads in the proverbial sand. Let us question everything and seek enlightenment in answers. But wait, there's more! If you act now, we may even sprinkle in some truth with those answers...

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