"Why do we care?" - from Atheist Climber blog

From Atheist Climber blog

Logic. Reason. Rationality.

These are the 3 tools I use on a daily basis to make sense of the world. Without these tools, the world decays into a mess of suppositions and superstitions.

This means that whenever I look at the world, I have a lifetime's worth of knowledge by which I can make assessments on what is good, right, real and tangible. For me, every moment, every event, every second that passes, all have come to pass because of past events leading up to it. Nothing just "happens". The laws of physics, chemical processes, gravity and thermodynamics are the rules by which the universe functions, and these laws are unbreakable. Admittedly, none of these laws of processes are understood 100%, but they are a pretty solid basis for me, as a human being, to make this assessment. Add to that, that I am not a scientist, and my understanding of these processes is rudimentary at best. I am no expert, just a human using my resources as best I can.

When faced with a situation I don't fully understand, it's with these processes that I can decipher it, and come up with a rational explanation. Logic. Reason. Rationality.

It makes me comfortable to know my place in this universe. I know that as a species, we are highly isolated, surrounded on all sides by the unfathomable reaches of space. It brings me comfort to know that the universe will continue to exist long after I'm gone. But for some this is exactly why they fall the other direction, into mysticism and fancy. If it's too hard to explain or understand, then it must be the work of mystical beings.

But why do I care? What motivates me to write about religion, and about my vantage point on life, the universe and everything?

The universe we live in is amazing. Our understanding of the universe shows us an incredible history, our history, without bias toward one or another. Our history makes sense from a rational standpoint, and is the one thing we ALL have in common. Without exception. Denial of this leads to division of people into "us and them". It leads to unfounded justifications and irrational thought. It leads to mania, exclusion and delusion. Denial of this is denial of humanity's oneness with the universe, and places us above nature, above all else. This is a destructive and delusional way to be.

This is why I care enough to write about religion.

Why do you care?

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Tags: Astronomy, Atheism, Atheist, Humanitarian, Kindness, Philosophy, Religion, Science, Secular

Comment by Doug Reardon on January 2, 2010 at 7:56pm
I have a neurotic need to make sense of the universe. Once I disposed of gods and magic, the universe became quite manageable. I also have a "fly paper" memory, or did, and all the data I have accumulated has to jibe with my understanding of the universe or I have to reanalyze to make either the universe or the data fit. Now, there are still some pretty big unknowns out there, but there is insufficient data to make a determination and I am ok with that. What I have noted it that when the questions we ask give contradictory or confusing answers, we are asking the wrong question because there is something we just haven't go a clue about at the moment, or one of our basic concepts is wrong.
Comment by Gaytor on January 3, 2010 at 1:36am
I was thinking about writing about this tonight. I get tired of the question "Why does an Atheist care about religion?" Not in the way that you ask it, but the no fault condescending way a religionist asks us. They seem to assume that it has no effect on our daily life.
The invasion of Iraq was justified by Bush through Religion. 'I am driven with a mission from God'. God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did." - George Bush (Source) As a result of the devout following what he believed was, or justified as the word god, 1,366,350 people are dead. (Source)
This is religion in action. It relegates reason and thought to the back burner. It emboldens the religionist to move forward even when they started the lie. You tell it often enough and you'll forget what is true and what is BS.
To those whom would ask the question of why would an atheist care... If you can point to Secularism leading to over a million deaths in the last 10 years, I'll stand with you. We Atheists value life. For us it isn't a slogan because god won't be "sorting us out" at the end of it.

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