The Two Penny Collection
A Series of Essays about Atheism and Humanism
3 Dec 2017
So…, I had a conversation not too long ago. I’ve had this particular conversation more than once actually. Basically, the conversation centers around the concept of what if “God” was real? Hands down, “God” is real it’s been proven and “God” is walking the Earth today and it’s all real, would you still be an atheist? Could you still be an Atheist?
My answer is, “Yes. And, Yes.”
This is where people start saying, “What!?! How is that possible?”
You see, to me, Atheism isn’t just about denying that a “God” exists. And, a Theist isn’t just a person who believes that there is a “God.” A Theist is also a person who follows, and adheres too, a “God’s” teachings/doctrines. As it stands, I find some value in teachings from many religions, and mythologies. But, I can not buy in fully to any one of them as far as models of behavior go. I also see fundamental flaws that defy logic, and reason as far as why certain behaviors are deemed more favorable than others. So, if a “God” showed up tomorrow, or even today, I would have to reject that “God” and not follow him or her. I would have to not adhere to that “God’s” teachings/doctrine until some explanations were suitably provided. Now, I know that some folks will look up the Definition of Atheist, or Atheism, and say, “But wait! If a ‘God’ showed up in the flesh or some Ecto-plasmic form or some other matter that we haven’t imagined as of yet, you would HAVE to stop being an Atheist! It says right here, Atheists are people who don’t believe there’s a God as there is no Proof that there is a God. Now you have Proof. You can see the ‘God’ right over there with your own eyes. Heck, the ‘God’ even shook your hand. How can you deny that the ‘God’ exists?”
And, that’s the thing. To be an Atheist all you have to be is not A Theist. A Theist has many qualifiers, as they are often fond of pointing out when they condemn their own for not being “Godly” enough. An Atheist has only one qualifier, Not Being a Theist. I’m curious to know the thoughts of others in this regard. What does being an Atheist mean to you? What is the qualifier by which you define your Atheism? Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this. And, Thank you for your replies. I hope you all are having a great day.
6 Nov 2017
Thought for the day: In one scripture we are told to, “…not lean on our own understanding…”
To me this has always been a bogus thing to say. I’ll ask you to lean on what you understand, but take time to verify what others lean on as well. Let there be a methodology to your thoughts. Cultivate your logic and your wisdom.
1 Nov 2017
Many times in my life I’ve been asked, “What made you become an Atheist?” That question has been answered sufficiently enough and often enough that I won’t go into that on this post.
The question that I wish were asked of me, though, is, “What are you doing with your Atheism?” I do what I do, of course, but it’s an important question to ask. At least, I think it is.
One thing to consider, I think, is letting go of whatever baggage that comes from no longer being afflicted with the Delusion of a God Belief: It’s an important thing to do. After all, seeing things clearly is a great gift. Understanding the world in all its reality, and complexity without the limitations imposed by theocratic dogmas: Is probably the greatest freedom I’ve ever known.
So, with this great gift of freedom I ask you this, “What are you doing with your Atheism?”
12 Jan 2018
Entry by Paul
I really enjoy this page. Not so much for the purpose of explaining why Theism Fails in general, but because I think it is a good venue for discussing what does work and why it works.
For a long time Personal Finances were hard to master for me. Truth to tell, I’m not even sure that I have mastered the nuances of this subject.
A maxim that I have aspired to live by in the past is, “For every dollar you spend, save a dollar.” This is a tough one for many to achieve, but some are able to do it.
Lately, I’ve been experiencing some success towards achieving, or living up to, the maxim with the use of gift cards. I buy them for myself when I’m out getting groceries. Planning on investing in some tools for a project, or your own contracting business? Buy a gift card for Lowe’s or Home Depot. You want to save up for plane tickets for a vacation? Southwest Airlines and Delta have gift cards available. You have a favorite restaurant you like to eat out at? They might just be selling a gift card at your grocery store. You need to budget for fuel for the week? Yep, there’s a gift card for that.
I’m not saying I’m going to get rich buying gift cards. But, the peace of mind of knowing that there is a reserve for specific needs and wants is very helpful.
A goal that I hope to achieve using gift cards is to be able to have three months of expenses covered in case things hit the skids.
I’m curious, what do you do that helps with Personal Finances? What maxims and goals help you to achieve peace of mind and confidence for the future?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I look forward to hearing your point of view on the subject.
2 Nov 2017
Atheism is hard. As an Atheist, you often have to stand alone. You also have to deal with the certainty that you don’t know something. You have to rely upon the knowledge of others, and yourself, but be ready to disregard that knowledge when it is demonstrated to not be true.
What we can know, as Atheists, is that we have only this one life to live. Then we have to ask ourselves: For ourselves, and others, how do we make this life better? How do we make this life count for something as being a worthwhile life?
The answers aren’t always easy to come by, but when we find them, when we arrive upon them, when the solutions to the problems have finally been figured out, It’s a truly sweet joy.
What are some of your answers? What have you discovered that makes this life just a little bit more worthwhile? What solutions have given you the greatest joys?
26 Mar 2018
I consistently hear the argument from Theists that Atheists cannot, and do not, have a sense of “Objective Morality.”
Not only do I think this argument is, in addition to being Bonkers, Compete B.S. on an epic scale that is rooted in nothing but pure Arrogance.
Let’s look at the word “Objective.”
As an Adjective the word means: to not be influenced by personal feelings or opinions in considering and representing facts.
As a Noun the word means: a thing aimed at or sought; a goal.
In both meanings of the word, I think that Atheists are far more capable of Being Objective. By not being constrained with Religious Dogmas that dictate where we would ostensibly go when we are no longer present with the living, we do not have the conflict of interest that forces people to lie about our own behavior, and the behavior of others. We are free to actually argue for what is best for the people of this world. We are free to agree, and disagree, but more importantly, we are free to work in partnership with those who are like minded in our pursuits. We are able to all of this because we Decide what is best for us, not because an invisible thing with no voice but somehow is heard by those who I wouldn’t trust to do any actual work whether it was; watching, and caring for kids, or build a house, or fly an airplane, or build rocket systems.
Yet, these imbeciles have the audacity of saying that THEY know and understand “Objective Morality” better than any Atheist possibly could?!? Seriously, where do these guys get off? Somebody, please explain to me why this argument by Theists is being given the credence that it is apparently getting. I think this needs to get nipped in the bud, with a serious quickness.
That’s my two cents.
As always, thank you for reading me.
4 Nov 2017
Re: Atheism and Emotions,
Emotions, I think, can be the enemy of Atheism. That’s not to say that emotions are bad. Emotions help to define our mental health and when in check they can help to understand the plight of others through the processes of Sympathy and Empathy. That said, emotions can be dangerous when they run amok. They usually do so when issues that cause Cognitive Dissonance remain unresolved for overly long periods of time. Taking a moment to examine the things we both love, and hate can help us to keep emotions in check. But, taking the time to look at why others are angry, or sad, or simply dispirited, and depressed can also be helpful.
Atheists are considered by some to be angry malcontents as far as emotions go. In the cases when and where this is true, Atheism is weakened in the eyes of others who are not Atheists. This is where Emotional Well Being is important for all of us who are Atheists. This is where “Success breeds Success.”
Stay close to your friends when they are in trouble, but not so close that their emotional troubles become your own. I’m not saying, ‘don’t help them,’ by all means, “Please do help them.” Just don’t compromise your own health in the process. For the most part, in the Post Industrial Nations of the world, we are no longer living in a world of extremes. It’s still a dangerous world of course, but we are at a point now where we can lift each other up and help to remove our fellow Atheists from dangerous places. We need only demonstrate the resolve and the compassion to do so. We can do this without the zealotries that emotions tend to bring forth. So, Keep Calm and Carry On.