Each one of you, Loren, Pat, Bertold, and Daniel, and others on this Atheist Nexus site are such decent men and women, full of experiences from life, and a healthy quality of skepticism. You see the cons of religious dogma and the terrible things people do in the name of their gods. We all know the good that religion has done, however, that does not mitigate the injury that is made possible through dogma. I feel distress when moderate religious remain silent in the face of atrocities done in the name of that which they call god, or allah or whatever.
A well is drilled into the ground to reach an aquifer and bring forth water for many uses. The commonality is the water. Each well is separate, drawing from a common source.
A well drilled into the atmosphere is a symbol of each human life, reaching for identity, health, community, work, and reason. Each person reaches into a common atmosphere. If we take away the national borders, the religious influences, the us-vs.-them mentality, we might be able to see each one as a person. If we got rid of the notion of dominion and all that it implies, perhaps we could see with different understanding.
I know, just dreams, only as likely as walking on clouds or water. If we don't dream, imagine, reach for something better, we walk the same paths ahead of us as those who worked and healed and built the path in the past.
I see good things happening on Atheist Nexus site. I observe people learning how to build arguments, how to confront even in the face of strong opposition, of seeing opportunity that comes only when there is conflict. The only place I feel positive is reading Atheist Nexus. There is hope for a better future and it isn't going to come from some superhuman energy, it will come from people such as you. By thinking clearly, communicating effectively, acting responsibly, we can ... and will ... make a difference.
Holly Near and emma's revolution "I Ain't Afraid"