There have been many new blurbs and articles by individuals I respect regarding atheism and its apparent (to them) incongruity with the ideals of “anarchy.” While I no longer see myself as an anarchist for previously explained reasons, I do believe that the mantra, “no god no masters” is appropriate when utilized by individuals.
By definition religion is, “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.” The only issue I see with this is that any controlling power regarding myself as an individual is inherently evil unless it is myself alone. I believe this applies to all individuals should they decide to accept it as reality. Each individual must do what they believe is best for themselves, alone. No one and no being regardless name should ever have a say in that. Government is as commonly defined, “the governing body of a nation, state, or community.” And governing is defined as, “conduct of an organziation, ruling over a body of people.”
Individuals cannot be individuals freely if they are governed in all aspects of their lives. Government desires to rule over all aspects of ones life that apply to that which affects the money stolen by that same government. Over time laws will be made in all governments and states that begin to affect even those aspects of a persons life that should never have another’s hand in it. Religion is almost always used by governments to control those aspects of life that fall outside the normal initial boundaries of that government. Rome first realized the effectiveness of this as a separate and easily manipulated source of control when they instituted mythraic beliefs and principles originally. Eventually the newest religion on the block, christianity was placed instead of others and this approach has continued through the centuries following by every major government. Egypt, Greece, Persia and others utilized the approach that those who were in power were also gods themselves. This approach has been lost to antiquity until recently.
Recent evolutions in religious and state approaches have once again combined the two with the exception that these same individuals are promoting the idea that the state itself is god and is all that is necessary. Through the past decades much has been done to ensure this worship of fallible man made entities occurs. It has been successful and can easily be seen with simple questions to almost anyone around you today. Pick a stranger at random, ask them if they trust the government, many will answer with a, NO. However, if you then tell them that we do not need government any more and that we can each of us rule ourselves with less crime and more prosperity these same individuals will repeat the worn but ready response, “But what about the…” You can easily fill in the blank with whatever you desire should it be roads, police or some other very real yet equally unneeded item of current state supply.
So here is my stance regarding atheism and the individual. We have no need for gods nor masters, for as individuals we should be our only point of control. We can control ourselves, our minds are our minds and no one else’s. Obviously this does not affect faith, for it is through faith that we each of us remains an individual once we have recovered that in ourselves. Only you as an individual can decide to be an individual and only you as an individual knows what is best for yourself. All other terms, labels and approaches have no worth when one realizes they are an individual and promotes that regularly.
free the mind and the body will follow
- Atheist Me pt. 1: Meaning and Clarity (coupleofatheists.com)
- Does Atheism and Agnosticism Indicate Intelligence or Superiority? (firstcapricorn.wordpress.com)
- Atheism and the Burden of Proof (nostopministries.wordpress.com)
- How to Live in Accordance with Your Atheistic Belief (lifedia.wordpress.com)
- A Bad Reason for Thinking that Atheism is not a Religion (maverickphilosopher.typepad.com)