Atheism from the perspective of a life long atheist.

I don’t have the anger or disappointment that lays behind the words and arguments of former theists. I also had very little in depth knowledge of doctrine before religion came bothering me and my family. I had the mad aunt who mad us go to church and had in younger days and the many people insisting quite crudely that I will burn for eternity. Considered the proposition of god was something I did, it is not easy to avoid people who believe and need you to believe, but nothing about religion seemed important in my life and in the long run not worth consideration. I never once believed or saw the need.

So what is atheism? Atheism is quite simply a lack of belief in gods, any gods.

Hug an atheist and feel the love :)

Hug an atheist and feel the love 🙂

The only thing missing from the definition of atheist, and a big part of the reason for there being atheists in the first place, is a definition of god. It is a fact that in trying to define god the many religious doctrines of man become contradictory, demand of authority, they guess at things they cant hope to know and are scientifically and historically inaccurate. For someone like me it is hard to understand why anyone would ever believe.

To clarify my position before starting, I do not regard religion, church or the doctrines to be the only measure of god. Mind you, to clarify the importance of doctrine in defining religion, if you believe in a god or more a jesus, that is in any way like the biblical, and claim not to be christian or religious, you are an idiot. I personally hold the position that ALL spiritual, psychic and untestable woo claims that define themselves as supernatural or outside our natural world (another way of saying supernatural) are by nature god claims. As any claim of jesus is christian, any claim of supernatural is godlike. As our theist counterparts can not define god, I take it upon myself to do so and equally, I do not accept redefining of existing terms. Of the 3000-6000 gods know to man most were not creator gods (though several were, it was a busy time), the one defining quality of god is being supernatural.

Returning to my initial point, atheism is a lack of belief, in fact more a denial of proposition, of god. God being anything or any claim of a supernatural nature.

Ask, really, ask. There are not many questions I wont answer to the best of my ability or openly admit I don't know the answer.

Ask, really, ask. There are not many questions I wont answer to the best of my ability or openly admit I don’t know the answer.

Without clarification on the term god atheism is often claimed by people who are far from atheist. Buddhists often claim atheism (until it comes time to get tax breaks, then they are a religion) insisting enlightenment is not the same as god, yet, the stories within buddhist doctrine insist buddha is higher that the heavens, in effects a super-god. Some jewish people claim atheism but like a christian who denies he is religious, you have to pick and choose your doctrine carefully to redefine your religion that way. These people are not atheist, their beliefs still center on a raft of supernatural claims and stories. What value does any religion have if it doesn’t have a god? To clearly define atheism all supernatural claims must be pooled together as god.

I have been atheist by this definition all my life.

As a child my parents went through the Santa game with me (as I have with mine in turn, it proved to be a great tool for teaching critical thinking) but I as all kids must, always wondered at the chimney story. I believed in Santa, what option was there, I was a child and my parents were my authority figures (the same as religious indoctrination, but, less harmful), I did however think of Santa as a real living person (elves and workshops were a great story). I got chills from the shadows in my room as all kids (and some adults) do but on coming fully awake I don’t ever recall believing there were actually monsters or ghosts. I had a long running dream of my younger brother falling from Ayers Rock in central Australia. Though the dream was vivid and scared me I never remember thinking it prophetic.

I never remember thinking people who bent spoons and did tricks I didn’t understand were in fact supernatural, it was just tricks, magic, illusion. Not believing in the mystical or magical never took the joy from things in life, if anything it added to my love of it. Knowing people could be so clever and trick me, knowing if I studied I could learn to do it too. Knowing there were explanations to be found and things still to be learned. Today I still have things that excite me like this, I love rocket science and love history. I still know I could learn these things and do the work but given my life’s finite nature it is enough to know other people understand it and I in turn do things they don’t. If I live to be 300 I will try it all but now I have other things to do and learn.

As an adult I ran a cinema in a building more than 100 years old. I had many people tell me the story of how a woman may have died there and still to this day haunted the building (I know of no evidence for the death story) The cinema room proper is a converted dance hall with the cinema seating built over the original dance floors. It is a quite beautiful building for it’s location in central Australia and its history as a dance hall is clearly defined in the building for anyone looking. Fact is and I will credit this point, the room is quite creepy, something that set my fact seeking mind running. When you walk in to the dark hall the shadows dance, odd reflections on the darkened room that give the sensation of movement. Not believing in the supernatural and having time in the building to search for the reason I did just that. The original windows were boarded up but never completely sealed, the brickwork also leaks some light due to the mortar turning to sand over 100 years. Originally a dance hall it was not constructed to be light proof. The building leaks light, nothing more, still people tell stories of seeing ghostly images but I will never understand jumping to the conclusion anything is ghostly. Because I saw something I looked for the cause and each and every one of the shadowy regions led to at least one sometimes pinhole sized light leak, sometimes more. Knowing full well what the effect was caused by, I still occasionally thought as I walking into the room that someone was there before me and felt the tingle up my spine. These evolutionary responses to things in my environment are not evidence of ghosts and yes, I love it. It’s amazing that a very natural effect on a darkened space and with full understanding of it, I could still get that tingle. Even as a fully reasoning human I am still the culmination of millions of years of evolution, beautiful.

That guy who said,

That guy who said, “are you sure?”.

I am also a great fan of fiction, escapism is a great form of relaxation and sometimes clever writing tests or minds and expands our thinking. Nothing is more satisfying than loosing yourself in a fiction story, visualizing the characters and events as you read them. I appreciate not only the story but the writing skill and find great pleasure in it. This is one if my life’s little pleasures but at the end I never believe in fairies because someone wrote about fairies.

My other pleasures (of which I have many) include landscape and wildlife photography. I am no less in awe of the life and function of a lizard in nature than I am knowing the sun is a ball of burning gas and not a god. Knowing the truth of something is something I can not imagine swapping for a guess such as “because god did it”. I want to know the blood flowing in the lizard keeps it alive as mine keeps me alive and the air I breath is the same air it breaths. I find no shortage of joy or wonder in these things. Even the fact life ends and everything breaks down to become something else’s nutrient is beautiful.

The idea that atheist have no joy is simply a way to justify belief and enhance hate. This idea and the other ridiculous and abusive claims made against atheists will be my next blog. At this time it is enough to know that I am a life long atheist and that my atheism has always extended to all supernatural claims.

I hope I have explained my basic position well enough but I may return to this another day as my life long atheism and never having been a theist is the thing that has driven my writing. I have no issue with ex-theists or their expression, I simply want to address the fact that knowing a religion from the inside is not the only way to be atheist. Addressing religion and the nature of belief I did early in life, addressing specific doctrine came much later and is the least important part of my being atheist.

Until next time I write stay well and enjoy life. I am open to questions (but not preaching, had that shit all my life) so feel free if you have any.

May your gods remain fictional.

The Antitheocrat.

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Well it’s the last day of burning yellow envelopes at a Chinese funeral and to assist the family with closure I did the unthinkable, i recorded a reading from the bible as a form of burial right. I did it without being critical which is unheard of showing the depths even I’ll dive to for people I care about. The person in question did pray to a jesus even if she didn’t understand what it was and the Chinese being who they are, i thought any additional effort towards closure is worth the effort.
 
I tell you one thing for certain, we atheists would make bloody excellent preachers if we were less honest. I guess I did learn one other thing, we atheists can be compassionate people and overlook other peoples beliefs.

Okay so I already knew those things, but this was an interesting first for me. I’ve never written an actual service and performed it (even if it was in a microphone and sent to China for replay, it’s not even as if anyone but the person I sent it to will understand it).

This was posted as evidence that the straight pride march is radical right. I almost died laughing reading this shit, so much free from evidence association but the first cited link “Happy Fun America” had me literally doubled up 😀

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/straight-pride-parade-boston-far-right-mark-sahady-john-hugo-chris-bartley-a8950836.html

I did a breakdown for the person who posted it to me, here it is.

“Sorry, I almost died laughing. Okay this will take time but I’m going to break this one down.

“Super Happy Fun America” that’s the first cited example of their right wing connections. That was fucking funny. Seriously the article on the most unbiased news outlet you could find ( 😀 ) accused a plenty and the first cited group was that. I almost died. I know they’re trolling you, don’t you get an sense of that? Anyway the next citation is “Resist Marxism” and against here is an accusation of “connection” but no evidence of such. Fuck, I’m anti Marxist if you’re talking of using his writings to create socialist states, he just wasn’t that smart and his idea collapse when individualism come in to play, and it always will. It sounds nice on paper but in practice no pure socio-economic system works and having lived in China I can tell you democratic capitalism with unionism did us more good than good than communism did 1.5billion Chinese over the same period of time. And no, unionism is not socialist nor are social protections, socialists love to claim them but you wont find unions in socialist states, those are an achievement of our system and the social freedoms it allows us. Moving on we do have one more smear, and it is little more than a smear, someone organised the “right-wing Free Speech Rally and Rally for the Republic”. What the fuck is right wing about free speech, as a left leaning atheist all my life and defending and discussing my atheism for 40 of those years the entire battle was for our freedom to speak and the end of blasphemy laws, laws that defend against people getting a little upset at having their doctrines questioned. Free speech is and was ours, we lost it to the right because of idiots on the radical fringe, and worst of all you all seem to accept it, you ever demand free speech is right wing hate. You’re all clowns honking your way through la la land. Shit the arguments and methods you use are word for word the ones I was debating 10 years and more ago with theists. You are the peal clutching right wing old ladies demanding people stop having sex you don’t approve of. As a left leaning atheist I do not accept free speech is right wing, I only accept they certainly have reason to think you’re attaching it and it will harm us all. I lived in the years where it was best to remain silent and not discuss your atheism, I do not need atheists returning us to that point in time. Next. “Patriot Prayer and Proud Boys”, I know the shit people say about these groups but in reality, and having known people in these groups personally though my wide ranging social circle, know them to be poorly directed nationalist groups, and we’re not talking nazi here, we’re talking “they see you attacking the nation and they think it worth saving”. See there is something I learned in my years about people, most of them are good and mean well, being right wing does not automatically mean you want to commit evil acts, it means you see things from a different perspective, and you’re not always wrong. Things like self determination are important and social services do diminish the need for self determination, now from the left I think we can’t just force everyone to succeed, some people will fail. Thing is I don’t know anyone on the the right who 100% believes in doing away with some protections. This nationalism is not the sort you want it to be, it is just a response to your self hate, your wanting to rewrite history to take out the victors and creators, your want to destroy everything and remake it in your image, that is how they see you, it’s how I see you, you’re not the left I’ve always know and loved. I have to tell you this shit is tedious, did you really think this through because all it tells me is you’re listening to radicals. So he participated in a counter march to the “Women’s March”, big deal, I also think feminists are full of shit and having seen events discussing men’s issues – and I don’t know if you’ve heard this “feminism is for men too” – shut down, alarms pulled and any method of trying to wash out discussion with noise enacted if you think I believe that statement of give a flying fuck about what feminist think, you have something else coming. Before you go nuts at me for saying so, you’d best do your homework on what men’s issues are and how feminists have helped of hindered “equality”, because I do not have any feminist women in my life, most are anti feminist, a few are non feminist because feminism hates more women than it speaks for. I have followed some of the counter protests in Australia and I can tell you with certainty, they were not exactly nazi brown shirt events, they seem more interested in starting conversations, brown shirting is more the ANTIFA line of action. At this point I see no connection to overtly white supremacist groups. There are a few of those out there, we know who they are and they call themselves the Alt-right without vague associations written in publications like the Independent. Actually if you were to ask me I’d say the far left and alt-right are almost on the same page, they both call for racial distinctive groups and representation. It has always been a problem fro me that we suddenly forgot a man named King who wanted there to be one people, and suddenly we needed black humanists and gay humanists, all who wanted to cite that man as their hero. Poor bloke is rolling in his grave. There are actual articles calling for white people to sit at the back of buses from the radical left and that believe it or not is how the alt-right see things, it’s a laugh, you’re all insane.

Now I know that was a lot to read and like the article you may not read it and give it consideration, but I enjoyed it, I haven’t bothered breaking down a hit piece in a while now. Doing so I always wonder why you’re not all just on the religious right, you may as well follow that doctrine s this one.

You may now call me names, that’s how these discussions normally go :D”

I’ll be laughing for a while now, if you walk over a grassy knoll and hear it chuckling, it’s me 6 foot down.


May your gods remain fictional

The Antitheocrat.

What’s wrong with these people? Time and again the feminists, SJWs and bullshit journalists work at proving everything they’ve said about us when we’ve refuted their narrative is pure unadulterated projection. You’re a nazi and it turns out the person is am ANTIFA member. Any sexual causation against you and it turns out to be a predator making the claim. It doesn’t matter what he accusation, they prove the point eventually.
 
“Working in the field of what is now called “intimate partner violence,” Lysova’s initial hope was to encourage better support for female victims of domestic violence in Russia, which is far behind most Western countries in offering services and shelters.
 
But Lysova soon discovered many Russian men were also on the receiving end of a wide range of violence and abuse, often linked to alcohol. Her work eventually attracted a Fulbright Scholarship, which took her to New York University, followed by the University of Toronto and the past four years at SFU”.
 
This is so fucking funny, the entire setup, the legal issues and now this. Loving the way this is going down.
 
It’s interesting enough that we’re hearing of this when gay men getting bashed rarely make world news. But more interesting again is that we get to know where the girls are from but nothing about where the boys are from or what they have in common, and it’s world news just how homophobic “men” are. Do I put my money on subcontinental and religion of peace? I don’t think hiding significant factors is a good thing if people want to remain safe. I understand youth are given legal protections but surely identifying factors are not. I don’t think we’d have this much silence if they were wearing swastikas.

Thank you, that’s the stupid I needed to know today was not an internet day 😀 photo_2019-06-07_23-05-30