It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
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08-04-2012, 10:39 PM
It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
I remember when I finally found this place. At first I was hesitant to post. I wasn't sure how my viewpoints would be seen by others. As time progressed in my short time being here thus far I've found that while we do indeed share atheism as a common ground, I have found that many of our views on politics, morality, politics, ethics and many other subjects do vary. While a large majority of the time many of us can come to agreement on things, we're not all the same, and that makes me happy.

I don't feel at this time that I can clump all atheists in the same group. I thought for sure that in coming here that I would understand that most atheists all think the same. To my surprise and my amazement and my pure joy, I found we are indeed not all the same and I think that's fantastic. Some might say - "But don't you think that you should all think the same? Otherwise maybe something is wrong with atheism?" But to me it means that free thought, freedom from religion, the idea that someone can come to their own conclusion on it and end up with the same assertion but have a varied idea on life, however fasinating... is natural and possible in every culture all over the world.

I've learned that other places in the world accept atheism as normal. so common that to say it is just as normal in the USA as it would to say you're a Christian. That others are indifferent, but not condemning and I've learned that there are places in the world that have a long way to go when it comes to understanding tolerance. Some places I feel bad for those who deep down don't believe, but can't share it, can't talk about it for fear of their lives.

To be able to come here, to confide in others who are like minded, even if the minor details differ... I think it's fantastic.

But now... that begs an interesting question:

HOW would you feel if you lived in a world.. a world that was 99.9999% religious and you were the .0001%, you were the only atheist. Deep down you knew that you didn't believe in the god or gods, you felt it was ridiculous. Let's say hypothetically it was a god that didn't exist, let's say it was zeus, but none of the mythology of today's time was the same, everyone believed it. You woke up and one day realized it was all ridiculous and a lie. There were laws and people who said that anyone who thought otherwise was a heretic and would be punished and killed.

- Would you find a way to speak up anonymously? Try and cast that seed of doubt to hope others may see the actual truth?
- Would you convert out of fear?
- Would you speak up to simply "get it over with" so you weren't in that world?
- Would you keep quiet and enjoy the revelation of knowing you're the only person to see the truth, hoping one day humanity might see the truth?

How would you feel? Would you feel you're crazy? Mentally wrong? Do you think perhaps you might question your sanity?

If you were the only atheist... how would you feel?

I was wondering this the other day. Because sometimes, where I live, there are not many atheists. We seem to be a small number here. While my wife is greatly supportive of me in my worldview and she loves me regardless, not everyone is as understanding. Not everyone is tolerant. Sometimes I think - "What if I was the only one who felt free and could experience this.... how would I feel?"

I wonder how it is for other atheists to ponder the same.
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09-04-2012, 03:12 AM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
(08-04-2012 10:39 PM)Logisch Wrote:  HOW would you feel if you lived in a world.. a world that was 99.9999% religious and you were the .0001%,
Like the only intelligent person on Earth.

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09-04-2012, 05:36 AM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
Interesting...but totally hypothetical

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09-04-2012, 05:44 AM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
Very hypothetical, and it's nothing more than that. Just one of those early morning strange thoughts.
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09-04-2012, 06:00 AM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
Here in North Florida it doesn't feel very 'hypothetical'; I haven't found any atheists anywhere around here yet.....
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09-04-2012, 07:20 AM (This post was last modified: 09-04-2012 07:32 AM by houseofcantor.)
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
Gotta buncha theists of omni god in the hood; gotta be polyatheist. The less god in the environment, the more one gotta understand the environment; that or get eaten. Tell you about my Gwynnies, I cannot be alone. Yet both Johnny and Gwynnies are variables you do not need to solve your equation. "Atheist" is one of the first steps out of the Void, anything else you're gonna call yourself is going to have more meaning to the environment.
The more meaning you have in the environment, the less meaning in the I. I have a map. Tongue

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09-04-2012, 07:33 AM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
(08-04-2012 10:39 PM)Logisch Wrote:  How would you feel? Would you feel you're crazy? Mentally wrong? Do you think perhaps you might question your sanity?
No. I'd have even more reason to question everyone else's sanity.
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09-04-2012, 09:55 AM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
It took me awhile to find my way to the Atheists camp. I always was looking for a place just to kick it with people. I wasn't really interested in politics or religion and I always, went for what I thought was more wholesome sounding forums. I tried some family based forums but always found a certain undercurrent of faith and then there were the few and far between, blow outs.

The one thing that turned me around, in my thinking was a good guy that came to the site and started asking many of the questions that I really wanted to ask, but I didn't want to upset the applecart. I never felt I'd gained or lost anything when I discussed religion. The people had it, there, but it wasn't a defining topic. Anyway he immediately got the neck hairs of some there up in arms.

They started getting snotty and I started sending this guy pm's and we had an excellent discussion under the eyes of the other members and he sent me the link to some sites that I found more appealing than the place we were at then.
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09-04-2012, 06:11 PM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
Well, if every single person on earth except me, was religious, then it would probably be for a damn good reason! So I would look into why I was the ONLY person on the entire planet to not believe in a god, and why everyone else did. Then I would probably convert.
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09-04-2012, 06:28 PM
RE: It feels good knowing you aren't alone... but what if you were?
Try to contact President Camacho.

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