It feels like only yesterday that I was wearing acid-wash jeans, life was all about the weekend and my collection of mix tapes was growing by leaps and bounds. I’m turning how old??
Suddenly you see so clearly how the world is filled, every single square inch of it, with tiny blossoms.
As another new year begins, the need to strike a balance between past and present emerges once again.
So we don’t help, we forget, we let things be. We ignore the children.
She told me all the things I needed to know and hear. A dying man needed to know he’d be remembered.
Before I start this, I should probably get a few things out on the table. I am a man. I am white. I am heterosexual; in the current vernacular I am cisgender. And I don’t believe in a god. I tell you these things up front because in some corners of the Internet these things […]
For years, I fought the urge to cry. Thankfully, I’ve recently discovered what I’ve been missing.
It’s remarkable how little the term “atheist” tells you about someone. The one thing it does tell you is that we are not convinced of the existence of a god. But we believe in lots of things. It might be worth having a conversation to learn more about each other. Perhaps a dance with “the devil you don’t know” and you might find we have a lot in common.
Our personal beliefs are just that – personal. Humans are social creatures and we are concerned for the welfare and well being of those around us. The personal can become very public if we try to “save” each other from ideas we believe are “wrong” or “untrue.” Many religions “salvation” built into them but apparently many atheists and non-believers have their own version too!
It seems to be fashionable in certain segments of society to claim that those who do not believe in a god are also amoral, evil, or worse. That is certainly not how I have lived my own life and it is not how I was taught to approach life by the people who shaped my world view when I was young. Neither promise of “heaven” nor threat of “hell” are necessary to motivate me to do right by my fellow humans. I have found that the doing is reward enough in itself.