I was raised a christian (even admitting that makes me cringe). When I was 11, I started to have my doubts. I can remember exactly how old I was because it really bothered me how I was only 11 yet the things that my parents, teachers, and people I respected believed in were beginning to seem ridiculous to me. Time went on and come 16 I had become quite firmly an atheist (and somewhat of a modern Marxist, but that's another story). I explored much of philosophy from modern times going back; both religious philosophies and other varieties. I tried to keep an open mind; to be tolerant. If people want to be delusional, it's their loss.
Today, I can't tolerate it anymore. I've always seemed to have a talent for figuring things out... how they work, even people. I can pick up on people's motivations and from there, I have a pretty detailed understanding of how they think. I've had this theory that burning within the psyche of every person that believes in a higher power and/or an afterlife is a fearful knowledge of the truth. It seems to be the only way to explain their behavior. Essentially, faith is cowardice. The results of a study on the brain structure of liberals and conservatives was published a few months ago that only seems to confirm this. They found that conservatives and religious people tend to have an enlarged fear center. People who tend to be liberal on the other hand have an enlarged structure associated with complex reasoning. This only falls in line with the many objective (and attempted biased) studies that found an inverse relationship between religiousness and intelligence. So many people are retarded, what is the harm? Much actually...
I'm not the sort to tout the cliche poorly detailed reasons of the crusades and the crazy militant Muslim groups. No, I will say though that it seriously impacts how we think as individuals and how we act as a society. How seriously can someone really take life if they believe in an afterlife, or if they believe in a benevolent higher power looking after them? There is no shortage to the number of religious people that like to see "signs" in their life. And when they find themselves in a terrible position in life, what is that a sign of? And as though it came from one of the crazy people surrounding Brian, "A Test!" This makes religious people victims of circumstance. When an atheist finds themself in a bad position, they take control of their circumstances and change their life. This still may seem innocent enough until you consider the fact that the universe IS NOT hospitable. There have been many hominids before us and we are the last. The only reason why we've come to dominate the planet is because of our ancestors who took responsibility for their own lives and used their curiosity to take control of their environment.
Despite our numbers, the universe is still inhospitable and we can easily still become nothing more than a footnote in the archaeological record. The environment, not just on this planet but on the larger scale of the cosmos still has many threats in store for us, and we even create our own troubles that seriously threaten the well being of our offspring, but the severity of these threats is lost on theists. They may say "ohh that is important to me too. And yes, we need to address that." but how many are really involved in changing anything for themselves or for future generations? Just living our lives in leisure is wonderful, but I just can't do it. I've been exploring ways of drastically changing my life's plans in order to fight to try to mitigate these problems. Still, with the existing powers that be being largely theists, actually addressing the threats to our future just isn't a high enough priority to do anything.
These people are more than just delusional, they are destructive. I just can't lie and stay diplomatic; "tolerant". It is just intolerable how they slowly steer us into nature's bulls-eye. These people actually take it upon themselves to vote and organize and they do so with the same skewed priorities that mess up their own lives. Atheism is not a "belief" it is the true state of being of the universe. I am just clear headed. I will not use the euphemism "religion". It is mythology, and those that believe it are delusional and if it were feasible, they require psychiatric help.