Please don't take this literally, it is intended to be somewhat poetic. An illustration. I suspect many of you may think like this already, I hope you enjoy the thoughts, and understand the meaning inside.

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Reality, the universe and everything in it, except for one thing, doesn't give a fuck about your feelings.

You know what does give a fuck about your feelings? Me. You know what does give a fuck about my feelings (Hopefully)? You.

Humans are the only ones right now truly capable of real understanding, compassion, and love of other humans (though many animals come damn close). We're all we got right now. We need each other, and we have an ethical responsibility to care about each other. Because no one else will. 

I write these words knowing that I am human waste, human trash. That the only two living beings that even try to show me love and affection are a cat and a dog. Imagine waking up in a world, or being born into a world where all of humanity has decided to throw you away. I am sure I probably deserve it, if I didn't deserve it I would be loved and wanted by other humans, right?

But for me the most painful thought is knowing that there are people who have been abandoned by humanity, who are unwanted, unloved and unlovable. Human trash. I'm not calling them human trash, or myself. This what all of humanity calls people when they turn their backs on them. It's the thought and feeling people know with every rejection.

As atheists, we're quite possibly the most hated group of people on the planet, if we can't learn to love ourselves, each other, and those thrown away by society what hope does the rest of society have.

Because of this we are able to know human trash, their feelings, their self-loathing, their struggles. We should understand the reality that they are not trash, that no society has the right to try and make them into trash. That despite what society say's they matter and deserve love just like everybody else. We can do this because we can know real empathy, a gift taken from those who only express a fake empathy based on forced submission and rules. A gift taken from many religious people through their twisted dogmatic teachings.

We're all we got. Let’s be there for each other.

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Comment by BenGee on February 16, 2017 at 2:08pm

@Sigh

Sorry for the late response, study's show that Atheists are distrusted more than rapists. I don't know where you're from but here in most the US there is a lot of open hatred and hostility directed towards Atheists.

Comment by BenGee on February 13, 2017 at 6:25am

I realized I've been remiss in keeping up with all the comments on my blog posts. Going back through them though, I think the comments you all left here make me the happiest. Thank you all for your words. and thank you Joan and John for opening my eye's a bit recently. I may have been missing out on some important feedback.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 23, 2016 at 11:10am

John, I completely agree about intentional families, families by choice! (Sincere rather than a "family obligation")

Comment by Sigh on November 23, 2016 at 10:20am
"As atheists we're quite possibly the most hated group of people on the planet"
Most hated? I thought that label was reserved for like, child molesters and mass murderers? I mean sure, a lot of people might think we're these dark moralless beings...idk I just woke up like 5 minutes ago maybe I'm wrong.

Anyway I don't know, people are not reliable enough to trust with all my emotions. At the end of the day, all I really have...is myself. And I'm not even out yet!

But then again you said don't take it literally...
Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2016 at 3:25am

Donald, I agree. Stand tall, with head held high, shoulders back, hands ready to meet any challenge, feet planted firmly on the ground, and speak with a calm, confident voice, "I am an atheist!". Of what use is timidity, or helplessness, or hopelessness when we know that we are alone in the world, standing with others who are alone, and thus we find our strength. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 23, 2016 at 3:19am

BenGee, I read a lot of pain as well as a lot of hope. Sometimes, a dog, a cat, or a canary seem all there are that loves, unconditionally. 

The spark of hope that rings in your writings reveals a pathway toward which you can travel. We exist in an incredibly full-of-wonder world. Feeling alone and unloved blinds us to the fabric of life that is truly amazing. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on November 23, 2016 at 1:18am

I don't know about the rest of you, but I openly admit to being an Atheist to all my friends, and when giving an opinion on Facebook, and other social sites.  There might be people who don't respond to me anymore, but I'm not aware of it.  I think the more often we state it, the faster religion will drop away.  As soon as we show them we aren't afraid of them, the faster the ones in the closet will come out.

Comment by BenGee on November 22, 2016 at 11:47pm

Agreed Lauren, thank you for your thoughts! and thanks for all the other comments too

Comment by tom sarbeck on November 22, 2016 at 11:43pm
Who among our ancestors, since their time as blue-green algae, first cared enough about unrelated others to initiate a morality of caring?
Comment by Loren Miller on November 17, 2016 at 8:03am

I would love to hear how the universe could give a rotten dump about anything or anyone, without superimposing a superfluous deity onto it.  All the universe has working for it are the laws of physics and nature ... and like the man says:

Natural laws have no pity.
-- Robert A. Heinlein

If we don't have us, we haven't got much else to fall back on.  The real trick, of course, is getting the believers to recognize that.

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