Category: humanism

What are some ways that you personally find inner peace? And what kind(s) of beauty are you most drawn to in the world?

The honest answer is that I often fail to find inner peace. My inner life, as philosophers would put it, is chaotic. Getting my thoughts to stop racing isn’t easy and is only amplified by anxiety and occasional bouts with depression. When I do manage to find inner peace, it’s through meditation, mindfulness, and deep breathing techniques; working out also helps alleviate my crowded mind.

As for beauty in the world, I’m most drawn to nature and sad music. I really like the A# major scale and its corresponding chords in any song. “Breathe Me” by Sia and “Hometown Glory” by Adele are two examples of songs in that scale. The occasional hike or drive up a mountain is therapeutic. I recently went to Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Arizona. It was an amazing experience. It’s always nice seeing different species of birds from the ones that are common here in New York City. I’m always keeping my eye out for birds I haven’t seen before. In that same vein, I watch nature shows like “Our Planet” on Netflix. That show, in particular, is shot with top of the line cameras, so I can get immersed and feel like I’m at the locations featured on the show. I’m also big on the cosmos, so any photos of nebulae and galaxies are awe inspiring. 

That said, the unfortunate thing is that I don’t allow the beauty in the universe distract me from the ugliness there is; sometimes it feels as though the ugly vastly outweighs the beautiful. With a political circus here in the US, the Amazon burning, homeless people getting beat to death with metal rods, children dying for various reasons, victims of rape committing suicide, ongoing human sex trafficking, and all the other Earth-bound issues we face, it’s hard to focus for too long on what’s beautiful. And that’s ignoring all the death and destruction we are oblivious to in the universe at large; the universe, as we well know, can be hostile: a gamma ray burst close enough to Earth will dissipate our atmosphere and we would all suffocate to death. 

The weight of my own mortality, the recognition that them who are closest to me will die (I have already effectively lost both my parents), and the recognition that a lot of so-called evil exists in the world have always shaped my personality; anyone who has gotten close enough to me knows that I can be quite macabre. I spend most of day pretending that this is all a comedy, but deep down I know that all life is a tragedy. Unlike my Christian counterparts, I don’t hold on to the false hope of an eternity in a place of no tears and suffering; there’s no happy ending to be had. Happiness, like much of everything else, comes and goes; it’s fleeting and we should enjoy it whenever we have the privilege of briefly apprehending it. I guess I’m always at peace though I’m always at war; I find order in my personal chaos. I am, after all, the universe made conscious, just like you and anyone reading this. I think we cheat ourselves and don’t fully actualize as individuals when we allow ourselves to be overly positive, optimistic, and enraptured by beauty. We must embrace turmoil, war, and chaos as well, so that we can realize, it toto, what it means to be human.

Subsuming The Irenaean Theodicy Into Atheism: undefined

Hi 😊 I’ve just recently started getting kinda comfortable with calling myself an atheist. Do you have any advice for someone who wasn’t necessarily raised religious, but still has some anxiety and guilt about being atheist?

Look for the positives in atheism.

We have so much power to change our own lives, to change other peoples lives, to change the world, to change the future.

We have all this power, and its in our choices. We can quite literally just choose to be good.

You can choose to be a good listener, and if you struggle you can choose to develop better habits that help you be a good listener. And you can choose to do all you can with what you learn by listening to empower other people. To do more good.

Plus we have all this responsibility, and yeah it can be daunting, but also, when you take responsibility for the bad stuff you do you’re making a choice to make the world a little better. And when you take responsibility for changing that bad, or for doing good youre making the world better.

Plus, the fact that our lives on this earth are limited makes it special. Right now, in this very moment YOU are alive. And its not going to last forever, its not going to happen again at some other place when its over. Right now you exist. “Once in a lifetime” is how we describe things that are rare but great, life is the once.

There is so much wonder and awe to being an atheist. So much relief that you are special simply for being you. That you have evidence of your strength simply by looking back on what all youve done. Your power doesn’t come from some other unearthly being, it comes from you and your community.

Dont feel guilty. You are able to make the choice to live your life to the best of the ability instead of following the mostlikely false word of one most likely non existance, out of the many most likely non existance gods/goddesses.

You are going to do your best. Even if your best isnt always the same, todays best may be higher or better than tomorrows, but you can still do your best.

You are going to take every situation and get the chance to evaluate it independently and if new info comes you can use that to change your perspectives.

Youre allowing yourself so many opportunities and so much positivity.

I hope it all works out for you💚

Hi 😊 I’ve just recently started getting kinda comfortable with calling myself an atheist. Do you have any advice for someone who wasn’t necessarily raised religious, but still has some anxiety and guilt about being atheist?

Look for the positives in atheism.

We have so much power to change our own lives, to change other peoples lives, to change the world, to change the future.

We have all this power, and its in our choices. We can quite literally just choose to be good.

You can choose to be a good listener, and if you struggle you can choose to develop better habits that help you be a good listener. And you can choose to do all you can with what you learn by listening to empower other people. To do more good.

Plus we have all this responsibility, and yeah it can be daunting, but also, when you take responsibility for the bad stuff you do you’re making a choice to make the world a little better. And when you take responsibility for changing that bad, or for doing good youre making the world better.

Plus, the fact that our lives on this earth are limited makes it special. Right now, in this very moment YOU are alive. And its not going to last forever, its not going to happen again at some other place when its over. Right now you exist. “Once in a lifetime” is how we describe things that are rare but great, life is the once.

There is so much wonder and awe to being an atheist. So much relief that you are special simply for being you. That you have evidence of your strength simply by looking back on what all youve done. Your power doesn’t come from some other unearthly being, it comes from you and your community.

Dont feel guilty. You are able to make the choice to live your life to the best of the ability instead of following the mostlikely false word of one most likely non existance, out of the many most likely non existance gods/goddesses.

You are going to do your best. Even if your best isnt always the same, todays best may be higher or better than tomorrows, but you can still do your best.

You are going to take every situation and get the chance to evaluate it independently and if new info comes you can use that to change your perspectives.

Youre allowing yourself so many opportunities and so much positivity.

I hope it all works out for you💚

If youre not AMPED about MA the way I am, we cant be friends.

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Dear Theists,

I am not here to be saved.

I am not here to be granted your pity.

I am not here to be “enlightened” by your beliefs.

I am not here for you to attack.

I am not here for you at all.

I am here because I choose my beliefs after YEARS of research and exploration on them individually. I am here because I chose what I believe is the best for me and those my life will affect.

If you want to learn about my beliefs or discuss them peacefully I am all about it, but I am not here for you.

I am not broken. I am a whole, loving, respectful atheist. I am here just because I am.

Dear Theists,

I am not here to be saved.

I am not here to be granted your pity.

I am not here to be “enlightened” by your beliefs.

I am not here for you to attack.

I am not here for you at all.

I am here because I choose my beliefs after YEARS of research and exploration on them individually. I am here because I chose what I believe is the best for me and those my life will affect.

If you want to learn about my beliefs or discuss them peacefully I am all about it, but I am not here for you.

I am not broken. I am a whole, loving, respectful atheist. I am here just because I am.

New goal!

I want to be back, but not to everyday posts again. My goal is going to be one post a week! Lets see how this goes 💚

Atheist Parenting Tips by Karen @ http://taytayhser.blogspot.com/

Guys Im taking a break!

There might be the occasional post on here, but its not going to be as often as normal.

Hopefully I will come back to it reenergized, but four years in Im feeling a little drained by it.

See you soon?