I'm new to this, not to atheism, but to this site. I've honestly never believed that there is was or ever will be an all powerful being controlling humanity. I grew up in an intellectual household, where my brother and I had the benefit of free thinking and free opinions. My father is a Paleontology professor, and evolution and the science behind the way the world works has always been fact for me. I learned at a young age that I should not speak about the way my family is, being in Texas especially, for fear of being ridiculed or worse. So I learned to fit in, to be one of them, I just didn't speak about it, didn't voice my opinion, slowly suffering a little inside with every ignorant remark made by my friends. Now I've moved on, I still keep in touch with old friends but every time I go back home, the differences between them and I grow more evident. I am not like them, and I never will be. I like to think, and I can't be satisfied with the bliss of ignorance.