Hello All!! Sorry I had to be away. It appears Tim has been chewing the bit waiting for me. I'm afraid as the holidays approach, I won't be online much. Sorry again.
Okay, so, I suppose I'll start with this idea that everyone worships something. I find this ridiculous. Believe it or not, christians, not everyone thinks like you. Some people are quite happy NOT worshiping anything. That is not to say I worship nothing. That is to say I do not worship anything. I'd like to flip this around.
Everyone is skeptical of something. Unlike Tim's assertion about worship, I know that everyone reading this blog is skeptical about something. Let's take the dragon in my pants, for example. Anyone actually believe there is a dragon in my pants? I didn't think so. Do you apply the same level of skepticism to your belief in your god? Do you?
My point is that the questions I've been asked about my dragon have been very disappointing. I've been asked for evidence, and I've supplied it. Remember the sound of the roar and the stinky breath? Scientifically reproducible, verifiable, measurable evidence. When you rejected this evidence, did you come closer to understanding why I reject your assertion the placement of the earth from the sun is evidence for god? Why not? And I think that was it. I was really hoping I'd get some kind of argument against the dragon, but I've nothing.
If we are not skeptical of one thing, that leaves us vulnerable to getting suckered by another. For example, if I were a believer, more specifically a christian, more specifically a biblical literalist, I would have a hard time understanding science. My gullibility in believing there is a god has lead to me not understanding properly the world around me. I might think the world was only a few thousand years old. I'd have to have wild fantasies about why science did not coincide with my religion.
I could think that women should not be permitted to speak. I might think that flying planes into buildings is a good idea. I think you get my point. When we are not skeptical about supernatural claims, we become vulnerable to being gullible to frauds. The supernatural IS a fraud, after all.
Now, on to Hitch's sad passing.
Yes, Hitch was flipping awesome. Yes, it is sad he is gone. But atheism is not sad. It is inspirational.
It is your beliefs I find depressing. If all my work is for naught, and all I have to do is believe, then why do anything? My beliefs, not my works, are important. God's got it all in his hands; he's got some plan. Why interfere? Why make things better? If god wanted to, he'd fix it. Might as well just wait to die and go to heaven. There, I won't do anything either. I'll be happy all the time without a care at all. Nothing I did in life would matter, and my existence would no longer matter either, as nothing would matter. I'd just be happy.
No, I find atheism much more inspirational. Perhaps it is not atheism. Perhaps it is Humanism.
The atheist does not look to the next life to find reward or consequence. We look to this one. We find cause to do good and avoid evil here, now, in this life. WE are the ones who are responsible for our lives. WE share this existence and have an obligation to make it the best we can. We need no carrot and stick routine. We find joy and satisfaction that our actions have real value in this life, no other. THIS is the life we look to improve, not some fantasy in some other realm. Why does this life so fail to hold our attention that we have to cheapen it with man-made myths and monsters? This is the life we look to live and impact. God isn't here; we are.