Enjoyed! Pushing the old dogma aside after so many years bathed in it day and night still effects me and still almost makes it hard to understand the simplicity of this post. While I feel there is still relevance in the old writings, they are still dated from a time long gone. That kind of intellect that could understand is no more.
Well, I am sure my opinion will draw ire from a lot of people. This is not the intent.
I personally feel I am in a position with my beliefs that the religious faithful consider me an atheist and the atheist consider me a religious faithful. In my endeavor to understand this I see a big difference in being religious and being spiritual. I see similarities if not the same attributes of spirituality and religions within atheism. This is what leads me to answer the question in the title of this blog post with a resounding YES.
Yes, atheism is not only a belief but a spirituality and to some almost religious. Sacrilege! I can here the towns folk gathering their pitchforks and lighting their torches!
Now you might question the definition of atheist or atheism that I am basing my opinion on. You know, dictionary meaning verses what I have seen in my short life. So here is how I am defining “Atheism”.
Atheism is an absence of belief in a person/creator/god and their holy books claiming they created ALL and those that accept this deities holy book a good afterlife awaits and a bad afterlife for those that don’t. Scientific fact is their proof of what they do believe. Contrary to the religious faithful’s assumption that no belief in god = no morals, atheist seem to have a very HIGH regard for human life.
The interesting thing about my definition of an atheist is that it does not truly fit all atheist because we are all individual and life is subjective. This is one of the attributes that atheism shares with spirituality and religion.
Science I do consider a religion. It’s adherents I would call “materialist fundamentalists” which can be gathered from all types of atheism, spirituality and religions. That term “materialist fundamentalist” comes from author Robert Anton Wilson in “The New Inquisition: Irrational Rationalism and the Citadel of Science”.
I have met some Atheist that say they have no belief, however no belief is still a belief.
Look at blogs and forums where atheist and the faithful post. Many of the post I find share the same obstinate behavior and ridicule towards the religious faithful that the religious faithful dish out upon the atheists. (Did I hear someone say “eye for an eye”. Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21)
Besides the above similarities, which don’t really indicate a spirituality, there was still something else more meaningful that was missing that makes me feel atheism is a spirituality. I could not put my finger on it let alone put it into any kind of words till one morning about 2 weeks ago.
One morning I was sitting at my computer like I am now, I had a feeling of fear and frustration come over me, but it was not my own fears and frustrations. This caused me to think that I might have just felt something from a global consciousness. So I went to my favorite site regarding this subject, The Global Consciousness Project. While clicking around their website I found a quote from Albert Schweitzer.
Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life.
This sentence hit me! It is so simple. How did I ever miss this? This line of thinking turns out to be a missing piece in my path.
Now for the whole quote:
Ethics is nothing other than Reverence for Life. Reverence for Life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil. — Albert Schweitzer
This is why I believe atheism is a spirituality, it is their reverence for life.
What I find odd is that the religious that makes claims for their reverence for life because of their god’s holy book don’t always display this reverence. It is easily ignored if they can justify destruction, harm or hindrance of life because their god told them so in it’s holy book. The atheist however, on their own accord, can display reverence for life….because it is just the right thing to do as a human.
If this life is all there is, why not make it an enjoyable life for all? If nothing really matters then whats wrong with making it so?
Now, should I click the “Publish” button or not?
Thank you for stopping by! Peace, Love and Light
I can’t stop looking at this picture. The little blue dot is earth. This isn’t even taken from outside our solar system…and we look so small and even … alone.
When I look at this picture I think about my faithful religious days and how this would strengthen my faith…”Look how small and yet God and Jesus care so much for us”.
Now, besides the wondrous beauty of this picture, I say “Really? I think my personal problems are so great…but, Really? Are they?” Just how small are my problems? This actually makes me smile and see my problems in a different light and importance.
I could see an atheist or a materialist fundamentalist say “look how small we really are in the universe and millions actually think their God would make so much a fuss over us?”
This picture puts humanity into an interesting perspective. Our size and place in the universe. That is OUR HOME we are looking at. Far as I can tell, we are stuck here. Why so much hate for one another? Why misuse our resources and pollute our ONLY home?
If you think about it, most of our hate comes from inherent and subjective differences. These are things we should not hate each other for. Religious, governmental and business entities in our society have been allowed so much power over humanity that we are kept at odds with each other over “boarders” if you will. Physical and metal boarders of location, religion, spirituality or lack of, color, creed, social status, wealth, health, age, education, sex, sexual preference, height, weight, skill, likes and dislikes, etc. This list goes on and on and on. I am on one side, you on the other and for some reason we have been condition to hate each other for something that is natural. It is time for humanity to recognize this and begin to change. Letting go of something that has been ingrained into us for centuries…I am trying. I still find it creeping into my life, but this is the way the system works.
Pollution. Whether you believe in the global warming stuff or not, fact is, we have pollution that we are causing. I personally see this as an indication that we are not using our resources wisely. It seems as long as someone or some corporation needs to “profit”, I don’t see us fixing our pollution problem very soon. Unfortunately it seems the best we can do is to work with what we have been allowed with in our own finances.
See that little blue dot in the picture? Where else are we going to go? Lets start getting along with each other and lets start using our resources wisely.
I hope you enjoy this picture as much as I do.
Peace, Love and Light!
I found an interesting blog post about Belief by DONALD MICHAEL KRAIG.
Check it out: I Wouldn’t Have Seen It If I Hadn’t Believed It
He quotes from several people. The quotes I think say so much. Here is the quotes to ponder:
The materialist fundamentalists are funnier than the Christian fundamentalists, because they think they’re rational! …They’re never skeptical about anything except the things they have a prejudice against. None of them ever says anything skeptical about the AMA, or about anything in establishment science or any entrenched dogma. They’re only skeptical about new ideas that frighten them. – Robert Anton Wilson
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapt in awe, is as good as dead.—Albert Einstein
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.—Henry Ford
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.—George Bernard Shaw
This applies to many areas of our lives. Donald M. Kraig also give an interesting mental exercise to shelve or remove the doubt and disbelief. While the blog is about magick, this exercise is pretty nondenominational and open to all regardless of your spirituality.