What atheism feels like

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Comment by William C. Walker on November 29, 2011 at 11:29am

It 's just a matter of growing up - not just out.  Putting behind all of those bible fairy tales, in the 'same box, with Little Red Riding Hood, & Goldilocks & the Three Bears. I began this process at around ten years of age, but didn't formally 'kick it' until I was about nineteen.

Comment by Stephen Morris on November 29, 2011 at 12:04pm
I can see the point this is trying to make, but drawing from my own experiences, I felt this way back when I was a Christian, too.
Comment by amit parmar on November 29, 2011 at 1:13pm

The most important thing in our lives is the relationships we have with other people. There isn't really a community for atheists so I agree to an extent. You do lose acceptance when people know you're an atheist, but the fault doesn't lie on us. 

Comment by Stephen Morris on November 29, 2011 at 3:55pm
@Greg ...and it tastes like chicken.
Comment by Joe g on November 29, 2011 at 5:30pm

I don't know what this means. It looks like a clone sticking his head out of a box. I cannot connect this imagery with anything.

I would say atheism feels like being not guilty, meaning there is no feeling until someone accuses you of something.

Comment by Stephen Morris on November 29, 2011 at 5:49pm
I interpreted it to be more isolationist, and lonely. This picture could be taken many different ways, though.
Comment by Joshua Chastain on November 29, 2011 at 10:41pm

The people minus the man peeking out represent those who "believe". The man peeking represents a free thinker. He's saying, "Fuck this! I'm out!". 

Comment by Darrell Johnson on November 30, 2011 at 12:14am

@Kir, I’d love some of that strawberry smoothie! 

@Greg, I’d also love some of that apple pie!

So far, atheism “feels” to me like moving *out* of a cozy, old, rambling farmhouse full of tapestries and photos and paintings and a big fireplace with a roaring fire and a mug of hot chocolate beside it . . . to a cold, stark, ultramodern house, all blacks and whites, sharp edges, and high-tech but uncomfortable furniture. I hope it doesn’t stay this way.

When I used to watch the film “The Matrix”, nonbelievers were the “copper tops” and Neo represented the first of the believers, to wake up out of a materialistic universe and become aware of the invisible spiritual world all around us—(“the hills were full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elijah”). Now I’m trying to flip things around and see nonbelievers as Neo. 

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on November 30, 2011 at 6:36am

The smart women are already out of the boxes, up ahead, drinking marguaritas - the men just have to catch up.

Comment by Geektheist (Rocky Oliver) on December 1, 2011 at 2:46pm

OK, I feel like an idiot. I didn't see the other people laying in the box. I thought it was one guy standing in a box, and a ton of empty boxes around him - and I was pretty confused. NOW I see the other people in the box, and I do get it, to an extent. To me it is saying you're "awakening" and "thinking outside the box" (pun intended) as an atheist. The rest of society is happy being sheep, and living within their box, no matter how restrictive (or silly) it is.


Of course, that's my interpretation. I could be wrong.


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