I was a Sophomore in high school when I met Richard. He was quiet, introverted, and incredibly intriguing. A year my senior, we only had a few classes together. About five months after our introduction, he confessed to me he was homosexual. We weren't fast friends exactly, but we did feel a bond that kept us challenging each other and opening our hearts.

   Richard and I had many things in common including that we were Atheist. He was the first  Atheist I ever met. I was thrilled, even though our beliefs differed in many ways. Richard, for instance, did not believe in the soul. I to this day am foggy on that point.  He also does not believe in love as anything beyond chemical. 

   Richard gave me a friend in whom I could confide and a sort of sanctuary from my home life. For this, I am ever thankful to him. Since this first realization that I was not alone, I felt comfort. 

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Comment by James Cox on April 22, 2013 at 6:34pm

I had to get to college before I met an atheist. I met humanists before an atheist, they can be very similar.

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