Atheism asserts the independence of the individual. It denies the existence of a power, natural or supernatural, which determines human life. For a long time, people have been supposing that their lives are determined by god, fate or natural law. But the daily experience of free will, disproves the existence of any determining factor.
Yet people have believed in the existence of a god etc., on account of their slave-mindedness. Slave-mind seeks a prop, and an early prop it took to was a notion of god. Slave-mindedness came to be known as "theism" and its opposite as "atheism". Positively, atheism means the experience of free will which is the opposite of slave-mind.
The belief in the existence of god is followed by the associated beliefs in the existence of soul, of other worlds and of rebirth. Atheism exposes all these beliefs as false.
The old philosophies, politics, economics, ethics and aesthetics were influenced by the slave-mindedness of theism. Now atheism reinterprets them in the light of free wil