Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Condemned to be free

OK, so I'm a faithless person. I'm not even sure what that means. I guess I'm an atheist since I don't believe in the existence of (a) god(s). Even writing this makes me embarrassed to the core, like saying I don't believe hobbits exist.

I don't often discuss this though. I respect other people's beliefs to the extent that they believe it. I don't think it's in my place to tell other adults what they should or shouldn't believe in. This is plain rude, and I hope my manners, while I can definitely be direct, are slightly better than that.

Plus, I really have no energy for such a discussion with its inevitable conclusion. I don't feel the need to justify myself, nor persuade anyone.

Some may already feel that saying the above was rude enough, but hopefully most will take it in stride, just like I do when listening to their explanations about their faith, whatever it may be.

I can totally understand therefore much of what Charlotte Allen at the LA Times says when she thinks that "What primarily seems to motivate atheists isn't rationalism but anger." I can relate to her sentiment regarding Dawkins and others. As an -- fine I'll agree to be called by that name for the sake of being clear -- atheist, I don't understand why they have to talk so much about god. Really, many of them talk about god more than religious people.

Still, I also think Allen's position is defensive in a way, and it shouldn't. Granted, most faithless sorts sound condescending, myself included probably. But really, if people have such strong faith, they really shouldn't give people like me a second thought.

But most, I don't even understand why get into such arguments. In a way, I guess treat religious beliefs like I do sex. It's personal and no one's business.


Roihu said...

Why should be ashamed of that?
It's not really anything to be ashamed of.
When you say, "I don't understand why they have to talk so much about god." Are you talking about atheists?
If you are, then that's only the minority (though, in the internet, it seems more abundant in the internet) that make themselves known and protest against religion.
That's what people tend to stereotype atheists as, sadly.
By the way, I'm really enjoying your blog and plan to keep track of it. :)

Melly said...

Thanks Roihu!
That's very kind -- you're doing great with your quest to be nicer :)

Guess I didn't explain myself very well -- I'm not really ashamed. And you're right, the internet seems to really get people talking, probably more often than they otherwise would...

rdl said...

hmmmm... too deep, can we all just agree to be good people?

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