A few weeks back I posted a blog
on how theists fear of the unknown is what causes them to oppose science. The author I pulled the source material from, Paddy Shannon, points out that reason and logic are pushing superstition out the window, but leaving behind an empty room. "What we need to do … is recognize the emotional vacuum this is creating, and strive to fill it, before something infinitely worse does."
Today I Stumbled Upon
an article on The Humanist by Meera Nanda
; its an older article, from June 2006, but it hits specifically on this same line of thought.
Meera points out that people leaving religion are turning to a "varieties of do-it-yourself spirituality and esoteric practice (belief in reincarnation and astrology, yoga, transcendental meditation, 'vibration therapies')." She also points out that mysticism and holistic practices are on the rise, filling that empty space.
She is critical of Sam Harris, specifically his book The End of Faith
; but provides and interesting take on his views (I haven't read the book, so can't verify or argue her review of it). All-in-all an interesting read if you have the time (and this kind article interests you).
Personally, after my deconversion I filled my void with enjoying life and spending time with friends and family. I felt freed and liberated, and found myself seeking more knowledge about dozens of topics.
- What did you fill your void with?
- What thoughts or advice would you give to someone recently deconverted, to help them fill that void?