I do not understand Why there is such a grand hullabaloo about being an atheist. Religion has never in my whole life been a part my personality. At times I can get disturbed about the crazies out there in the world that hold extremely unexplainable, contradictory believes but I can always just walk away and not need to deal with another such person for a few years.
During the early years of my life in school it was popular amongst the 1st and 2nd graders to ask each other if they believed in god, most of us laughed at the silly notion and just naturally answered no and was quite shocked when someone said yes.
I was never raised with any religious undertones and I do not hold an identity of atheism, there simply is nothing to hold, being proud or sit on ones high horses for nothing seems equally as silly as a concept as being in others face about believing in Zeus. I do however participate in the traditional seasonal rituals that is custom to participate at in Sweden, some are held in church such as baptising a child as one gives him or her their name, marriage is done in church, burial is done at a church graveyard and in the church, Christmas is celebrated and so is Saint Lucia
and All hallows eve
but also non Christian festivities like Midsummer
and Walpurgis night
. Why would you not? It is a part of ones cultural heritage and community and it is a festivity to have fun and you can have fun, splurge and do whatever you like during a festivity. You do not ever need to think about the roots and meaning of the festivities you participate in, you do not need to imbue the festivities with any religious justification. I may find the history behind the festivities intriguing and let them mean something in that way but there is nothing else that is on my mind when I am having fun.
What is the meaning of not being religious if you can not stop obsessing about being an atheist? Could you just not identify as simply a human? I know, it is hard, as an anarchist I am constantly facing people in my daily life that want to impose themselves on your believes and I am forced by my fellow peers to make anarchism as part of ones identity. But ideally I would want to be around fellow peers that it doesn't need to be a part of my identity. So that one can focus on the rest of my identity, the parts that are important.