Here’s the thing. I don’t really fancy most things that people make great efforts to show that they fancy. Why? Merely due to the fact that most people fancy them. My last opinion article, if you recall, was a short attempt at debunking the popularity of Sarah Palin.
I hope you have at least done a Google search to corroborate some of the claims I made. I don’t like Sarah Palin, as you would have gathered and because I figure you cannot trust the opinion of the crowd. Further, you have to go against the crowd, especially in this country.
I do t like professional football for the same reason I do not like Palin. I do not like football simply because most people do. And I do not trust decisions about things without rational discussion beforehand. And that’s the way this country has done business for a long time.
The conservative faction of our society has assumed rightful ownership over the interpretation not only of our constitution but also of our general ideological perspective. Normality is the key to success. Money first, happiness later.
I’m not, as you may be gathering from the above paragraph, talking about football or Palin, really.
I don’t like religion for the same reason I don’t like football or Palin. And not because I’m an atheist. I don’t like religion and professional football because the fans of football teams and the congregations of churches have the same worn-out justifications for believing in their respective beliefs. They all seem to be very defensive. And I always ask what is being so strongly defended?
I have been developing the view that people usually defend their beliefs this way because they are subconsciously aware of how inconsequential those beliefs are, orare merely aware of the fact that believing in something itself is the purpose, as opposed to the validity of the belief. I think people are fearful of asking themselves why they believe what they do—and not because they are scared that they will lose faith in their football team or a vice presidential candidate.
Asking implies answering.
And I think we are a nation of answers to questions that have not been asked.
Atheism means to consider the world a question waiting to be asked, and having the fortitude to seek the answers. Atheism means to let go of your favorite football team if it is not a morally justified expenditure of your time, or if you are doing so, simply because you want to fit in. Atheism means to not support a vice presidential candidate who shows no other expertise but that of exceptional expressions.
And Atheism means to look at your religious leanings and ask why you have them. If you do that and you still believe, you’re still doing the work of an atheist.
Except now, you realize your beliefs are merely beliefs, and are for the sake of believing, and not for the sake of the truth.