I honestly think that religious and spiritual people are scared to embrace this idea because they think they will go to hell or simply be disowned by family. i think these 2 facts are the driving force in keeping them this way. I mind as well tell you a story and why i seriously think these 2 facts are what keeping everyone in believing fairy tales. A family member (not in my immediate family) died of a brain aneurysm in her sleep, we weren't really close and we didn't talk to one another much, she was a very good person and a very positive one. i find out I'm going to a funeral in a week. This really tested me, made me almost believe in the BuyBull again. so skip to the funeral. She being catholic her parents bring in a pastor. All i could think of in my head the entire time was i could be looking at a pastor that believes EVERYTHING in the bible and is a good person OR i could be staring at a child-rapist or some other disgusting affiliation. i just stared at him while he talked, studying his body language. After he was done, church music started playing and everyone was crying and i was stoic looking around and trying not to cry. This also battled my best friend's faith who is also in my family, but i would rather not bring up anything he said out of respect. I took it all in and almost for a moment i gave in but fought it. i kept reminding myself "Don't let your emotions get in the way of the truth". it was hard because everyone around me was talking about heaven. i didn't add to the subject. on my way back i was proud of myself for sticking to my guns and not letting the BuyBull back into my mind as "truth"
I've learned a lot over these 8 months. Don't let emotions dictate the truth no matter how cold the truth is.
I'm different than you. I don't find most truths to be cold. I love truth. I find truth interesting, enlightening, and liberating.
i agree with you sorry for being so negative, it was a tough time.for me it can be both. Some truths are cold because of the reality surrounding it can be a lot to swallow and others Eye-opening and can leave a nice feeling after learning it.
I came out as atheist to a non religious friend last night and he looked puzzeled for a minute and then said, "well, there had better be something else after we die or I'm really going to be pissed off."
It's funny you say that because i said something along those lines 2 years ago before i became athiest.
I like the idea but too bad it's self-deluded lies.
well when you put it that way. it does sound horrifying.
...overcrowded insane asylum.
You need to make that into a bumper sticker. I'll buy one and proudly display.