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Old 25th November 2015, 06:35 PM
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...beyond that belief as a child, just like you believe in fairies and Santa Clause. As a kid you are shrouded in the sense that someone is watching somewhere, all the time, whether it be a benevolent force or just your parents.

I was christened Catholic, but in the 1970s it was kind of just what people did. It was just a right-of-passage tradition that everyone went through, without much thought given to it beyond that you had joined a club and that it was an excuse to throw a party and be...well...generally godless at said party

My parents never went to church and god was never discussed in our household. The only time I went to church was for weddings, christenings and funerals, and every time I went I was bored senseless and found the traditions weird and arbitrary (boredom was the main thing I felt though).

I never gave too much thought to my belief systems, as I never really saw them as important.

It wasn't until I hit my 20's that I started to take more notice of how much religion affected my life. I started noticing that every time I had to attend church for some traditional celebration, that the subjects of the celebration hardly figured in the ceremony, and that it was largely about god and god's 'blessing' of the event...which really took away from any level of emotion I would feel for what was actually happening between people that I loved and cherished and was generally very happy for.

I started to notice how sombre and negative everything about religion is, and that the reason for this was because it focused so much on death and punishment, rather than life and love. Essentially, how uplifting can something be when it focuses on the single most terrifying concept for most people on Earth?

Regardless of all of this, I still never really gave too much thought to religion beyond that it was just this kind of annoying thing that was to be endured as part of what appeared to be civilized society (the ol' "oh well, it's not doing any harm" approach). I was also not so keen to upset people that did believe in a god, and what that meant for people who had lost loved ones, or who just needed faith to get through their lives.

I can honestly say that it was 9/11 that really made me start to focus on how I really felt about religion. 9/11 woke me out of my mental slumber and made me realise just how destructive religion really is for every society on Earth; but more positively, it lead me to realise the freedom and power of non-belief, and how atheism (and the relinquishing of outdated concepts of morality), seemed to be the answer to many of the world's problems.

To put it simply, I came to understand the destructive impact focusing on death and an afterlife, rather than living for the now, was having on the world.

Of course, when you start to embrace your atheism it takes you on the most amazing journey of self discovery (both inner and outer), it opens up so many wonders to you, and you really do start to see it as a life changing experience that gives you a completely new (and improved), perspective on life; it challenges you to live your life differently and make everything in your life count. Atheism has helped me to purge many of the insecurities and worries I once had and to focus solely on who, and what actually counts in my life.

It was precisely this concept that I wanted to help spread around the world "life is now! So live it and forget all the other BS!".

As Sam Harris said; when you acknowledge that you are an atheist "life becomes an emergency", and you soon realise how much time you've wasted and how much living you still need to do before the gift of consciousness is taken away from you, whether in death or in a comatose state.

I believe atheism IS the light at the end of the tunnel for humanity.

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Old 25th November 2015, 07:12 PM
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I believe atheism IS the light at the end of the tunnel for humanity.
This quote right here, fucking majestic. Beautifully said. Welcome.
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Meh. Atheists are just scientists pretending that science didn't teach them that we do not live in a magical world. And scientists are just people who pretend they are not atheists!

BTW Hello and welcome! Good intro!
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Old 25th November 2015, 10:12 PM
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Thanks! It feels good to be among like minded souls.
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Old 25th November 2015, 10:15 PM
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Hmmmm, it wasn't really science per se that convinced me there is no god. I guess I kind of always knew there wasn't a god...I just never really gave it a lot of thought until 9/11 and the ensuing terror attacks and wars.
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Mortal souls of course. We don't do the disembodied type here!
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