Well, well, well, I have just read a very interesting article entitled "Disbelief Is Not a Choice": (http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/our-humanity-naturally/201109/d...). It offers a rather innovative approach to atheism I think. At least, it helps me figure out some things I couldn't put words on.
I'd love to hear what you guys think about it, if you agree with the author or not.
BALDERDASH! I do not believe that JUNK for a moment. Every single person is absolutely 100% responsible for every goddamned moment they spend here on earth; I will hold each and every rotten one of them fully accountable...In fact, I AM GOD; I just realized...By the way, don't take Anything or Anyone too seriously. Life is Fleeting. Bask in the Absurd as often as possible. But, at the same time, only YOU are accountable for your ACTIONS, and, conversely, your INACTIONS, here on earth. NEVER look away from HUMAN SUFFERING. We are all held, absolutely and without any exceptions, every single person on earth, we are ALL accountable for every single thing that we do. I do NOT believe in FORGIVENESS. One MAY NOT commit one horrible, atrocious act after another, over and over again, and expect to be FORGIVEN (in the end or at any other time). I do NOT believe that for a second; Further, I do NOT BELIEVE FOR ONE SECOND that there is a god; however, I do want to be certain that I am on the side of Right...ALWAYS for ALL INVOLVED. That's where this world has become so mean and so treacherous; there is no regard for other people. It's all promoting one's own self-interest and myopic short-term (usually monetary) gains, without taking into account a broader perspective on others, and just how our actions or inactions will affect those around us...Cheers,
Right! I forgot about the Stockholm Syndrome. Good one.
I *mostly* agree with the author, in that I think that our environments play a very large role in determining what paths our thoughts follow and what seems true to us and therefore what it seems reasonable to believe. But I disagree in that I do think it is possible to *choose* to believe or to disbelieve. I've noted elsewhere that to say that people should be allowed to believe whatever they want to seems like an odd phrasing, since we generally believe whatever we are *convinced is true* rather than what we merely *want to believe*. Yet, I've met a pastor who told me that she believed in God because she wanted to--that that was her reason for belief. (I was appalled.) And I can *imagine* myself choosing to believe otherwise than I do simply because I wanted to. I lack a sufficiently strong desire to believe otherwise than I do, but I can *imagine* it. (And, of course, what I *want* is influenced by my environment--but not necessarily in predictable ways.)
So, mostly, I agree, but I don't *entirely* agree.
Great article. Thanks for sharing. It must not have been a choice for me because even when a small child, I had doubts. It never made sense to me. I never saw a god, never heard from a god, and never saw any real evidence there was a god. Possibly a god could have made our universe and left for far places but I now don't have any reason to believe this. I do believe that LGBT's have no choice but I can't see how with our ever increasing knowledge of evolution, physics, astronomy, etc., people can have a choice to believe in gods today.
And I came from a fundie family: tried to believe to fit in and to make that god show himself. Same as you, I couldn't do it.