Atheists have their beliefs as well

Reporter to George H. W. Bush : ” Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheist.

Bush : No, I don’t think that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor do I think they should be considered Patriots. This is one nation under God.”

I am an atheist. Let me start by saying I won’t be killing anyone or stealing or lying because I don’t believe in God and no one is watching, anyway. There are only two ways I could see myself killing or harming another: 1) in defense of my loved ones or myself or 2) if I have a psychotic episode and the voices in my head tell me to.

Who does that anyway?

Oh, yeah.

Religious fanatics, jihadists, and other fanatics.

“My Imaginary Friend is badder than your Imaginary Friend and we’ll kill you to prove it!”

I don’t hate your God(s). I also don’t hate Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, Mother Goose, and the Brothers Grimm. And, for the same reasons. It makes no sense to me to have feelings for Someone or Something that just isn’t there. To quote George Carlin, “There’s no ‘there’ there, folks!”

I don’t need a Big Daddy in the sky telling me that, not only do I have to obey, but He/She/It also knows if I’m even thinking about disobeying! And will torture me forever! In fire! Because He/She/It loves me!

I believe in doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. Do I always succeed? By no means. Will I always keep trying? To the best of my ability. How do I know what’s right? Where do I get my morals? Fact: We humans are social animals that evolved on the savannahs of Africa and we also evolved behaviors that were (and are) conducive to our survival as a species. For instance, just as our dogs wag their tails to show that they are glad to see us, so do we reflexively smile at those we consider our friends and allies. And we instinctively know killing others of our own species is innately wrong. It’s self-evident. Killing/Dying is the opposite of Living/Survival. Common sense. No God required.

I could (and probably will at some point) go on and on about what I don’t believe and why. However, right now I’m going to shift gears and focus more on the positive, i.e., what I do believe and how I think I should conduct my life. This one and only life I’m sure of.

I believe that the only meaning one’s life has is the meaning one gives it. I find transcendence, beauty and meaning in such things as music, art, philosophy, poetry and science. Life itself is sacred to me. Consciousness is beyond amazing. Where did life and consciousness come from? How did they originate? I don’t know, nor will I pretend to. I do know that we should always strive to find the answers to our questions and not, when we come to an impasse, throw up our hands and say “God did it!” That’s the cheap and lazy way out.

Why would I rather believe in and spend my precious time studying the ancient fables of Middle Eastern goat-herders when I could be holding my great-grandson and look into the Eyes of Eons of Evolution and behold as he discovers the World? Such an awesome little primate, he is.

Like we all are.

In no way, form or fashion would I presume to speak for all atheists and agnostics. There are so many misconceptions about us. But, as for me, and speaking only for myself, I will always choose rationality and reason over faith, superstition and Fairy Tales. Not only is the emperor wearing no clothes, he’s not even there.

Kevin Scott