My Christmas Message from "An Atheist's Perspective" - Via Atheist Climber Blog

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

Every year at around this time I feel the need to reflect on the year passed, and be thankful. While this may be trite, I do see the end of years celebrations as an important time, a time for reflection. We all feel it to some degree.

Why is it that we feel the need to reflect and be thankful? It's a weird sensation, because I don't have a God to thank for my existence. I don't believe in a creator, or a benevolent overseer, so I can't thank The Almighty. But what I can do, as a human and a social being, is be thankful to the real, the tangible, and the sentient in my life. The people I call mine, and who accept me as theirs. The teachers, the thinkers, the lovers and the visionaries. These are the real influences in my life, like gravity and sunlight. These things affect me, these things give me hope, these things keep me motivated to live, and try, and do.

When I think about it, the end of the year doesn't really mean anything. Being that the calendar is a human construct devised to help us keep track of our lives, the end of year is really just a celebration of one more rotation of our humble little planet around our star. The earth will continue to circle the sun, as it has done for billions of years, until our long after humans have disappeared. We spin and spin through space, coming from nowhere in particular, and heading to who knows where. My purist self sees the end of year as merely a marker.

But I still get caught up in the reverie, and the end of year becomes an opportunity to hope for a better future and reminisce about the past, about the people and places that make my life special. It's a time when I can be with those I love and celebrate their existences, a time to gather with those who love me unconditionally and whom I love in the same way. Thanking those who matter in my life is a way for me to put my life in perspective, and perspective drives me, keeps me moving and keeps me motivated. This is an important thing for us all to do, no matter what we choose to believe.

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Comment by Reggie on December 15, 2009 at 12:30am
I find the many reasons posted here at T|A for celebrating the season to be quite heartwarming, yours included. Much better than "Jesus is the reason for the season" tripe.
Comment by Martin Pribble on December 15, 2009 at 12:38am
Thank you Reggie, appreciate the kind feedback! :D
Comment by Chris H on December 15, 2009 at 8:29am
Stunning words Martin, would you mind if I used some of it? Not for publishing purposes but privately?
Comment by Martin Pribble on December 15, 2009 at 4:49pm
Thank you Chris H. Feel free to quote me however you see fit, but if you do it publicly, just site me and pimp my blog if you see fir to do so. :)
Comment by George Sterpka on January 3, 2010 at 1:42pm
You don't have a God to thank for life, but you do have a mother and father.
Especially your mother. She carried you, she probably raised you, and she made the ultimate decision to have you.
So you have someone to thank.
Feeling thankful for all that we have is practicing humility.
Some of our life we can control, but much we can't.
We should be thankful that the part that we can't control has been so good to us.
And practice compassion too.
Comment by Katharine Grate on January 3, 2010 at 10:05pm
I liked your Christmas message. Nicely written, simple, thoughtful and honest.
Comment by Robert Wort on January 5, 2010 at 11:21pm
I’m an atheist but I still love Christmas Carols in the traditional style; not because I believe in god, but simply because I like nice music.
Christmas was originally a Pagan tradition which was pinched by the Christians to ‘keep the heathen natives, happy.
We all need an excuse to celebrate and exchange gifts and pleasantries and like all childhood myths, Santa Claus is enjoyed by the kids.
I see no harm in celebrating Christmas; just as long as one doesn’t get caught up in the hype.
You don't have to believe to enjoy this time of year. I enjoyed your posting as it encapsulates it all.
Happy New Year to all.


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