For those who have no choice but to tolerate religion and have little or no atheist friends.
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Started by Loop Johnny. Last reply by Milly Jul 11, 2012.
Tags: feel, life, minority, lonely, atheist
Sadly there are few of us, but I do find other folks that frequent some of the same haunts.
Its generally ok, I don't normally let on that I am 'not in that way'. It is not always comfortable with a few family members, but I do have a nephew that thinks he is an atheist, without the deep needed study to crystalize his position, he just dislikes christians and spanish folks..;p(. My nephew is a small disapointment, but he does read, and is still young, maybe I should buy him a collection of atheist books to prime his pump?
I recently gave an Environmental/Earth Stewardship presentation before our local Lutherian fellowship. I used Sagan's 'Pale Blue Dot' and other nature pixs from my collection, with additional commentary concerning the present information/study about extra-solar planets.
Sadly it was clear that my presentaion was not warmly received, but one older minister did talk to me that next following Sunday, asking the question, 'What was that all about?' I gave him a generalization about my presentation, suggesting that we have no where to go anytime soon, we need to be good stewards of this planet, and act reponsibly toward it. The minister blessed me, and walked on. I expect he will stick his head in a local sand pile, and never be the wiser.
I expect theists started this way, few opportunities for advancement, ugly public opinion, an entrenched rationalized ignorance, and a social context where even a word out of place might get you stoned(old form).
When I was little, I didn't really care that my friends were all christians. We had fun and were best friends and it didn't matter. As I got older, (and they all turned into annoying, brainless teenagers who can't think for themselves, but think that they can) It really started to annoy me. Why do they need some big invisible person that they've never actually met in real life? Why couldn't they rely on themselves, like me, or their friends? Now that I barely talk to my old friends, I find myself lonely. My best atheist friend moved to Georgia, and now I barely ever talk to him. So here I am, looking for a friend to kick up my feet and eat Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream with. Who wants to explore human psychology with me?! (I was joking about the ice cream thing, by the way ;p)
My story: I am an atheist (being a closet atheist for years because I didn't know about atheism yet), and recently my boyfriend lost his faith. It's rather difficult for me since my family is conservative Catholic and they view atheists to be in the same boat as satanists. I am lucky though to have friends who respect me and my lack of faith. They have faith, but we just choose not to discuss religion, and that keeps us together.
It is quite lonely being the only rational person among my friends. Some are far more rational than others, but some are deep in the theological mudpie.
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