Thursday, January 18, 2007

Are Atheists Asking Too Much?

I'm having yet another "Cypher day". This is what I'm calling these days where I long for "The Matrix" and wax nostalgic about how good the steak tasted before I took the red pill.

Having just read "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris and recently finished Dawkins' "The God Delusion" I can't help but wonder if they're asking too much. The idea of the majority of the planet giving up God, in most of its current forms, may be a bit ambitious. I understand it may be necessary to the survival of our species to give up God, but I'm not really sure we (as in human beings) are up for the challenge.

On these days, my "Cypher days", I have great difficulty in dealing with what I've lost in giving up the God delusion. I've lost my parents, my friends, hope and certainty. Reality isn't pretty. It just isn't. And sometimes, it's much more than I bargained for when I left God behind.

The search for truth although lofty and noble is often painful and lonely. "Truthiness" (I love you Stephen Colbert) is a group activity, a global activity, one that gives people a sense of belonging, albeit illusory. I just don't know if you can really sell atheism to the believers without offering something comparable. Have you ever seen a child who's lost their favorite teddy bear?

Perhaps Morpheus was right: "We never free a mind once it reaches a certain age. It's dangerous, and the mind has trouble letting go."

tall penguin

1 comment:

freedomlover said...

ahh yes. the elusive *replacement* that we humanoids feel we need when we give up something so large as our belief system.

I wonder about this also TP. the vast majority of humans *need* the addiction of *god* so therefore where will our future take us?