I am writing this piece because there are millions of people who believe that somehow an organization made of men who crave power will make things better in our world. There are people who believe strongly that there is a supernatural being or beings who either control or exist in their lives. There are people who do not believe there is any supernatural forces outside of what we exert on ourselves out there as well. However, everyone has faith in something.
Faith is commonly defined as, “complete trust or confidence in someone or something.” We all have faith in something and almost all of us will deny the existence of that same faith at some point. Many atheists tend to be quite political, they believe that by exerting their will through lobbying, voting and more they can change the world. They have faith in this process known as government. However, in almost every case these same faithful statists also deny that faith exists. And yet, the facts which they claim to embrace over all else prove that this unrelenting support of government has yet to actually benefit all humanity in any major way. In fact throughout written history government has been the primary mover and instigator in war, famine and much more.
Now, before others make the assumption that I am supporting religion, let me explain using common definitions to do so. I do not support religion, defined as, “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, esp. a personal God or gods.” I do not support government/governing, defined as, “organizations that rule over people through rules and laws and force.” And most important I do not support the religion of state, state being defined as, “a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government.” Yes, there is a religion of state, it exists among those who are most likely to reject any attempt or design meant to avoid or get around the involvement of state in their lives.
As an individual I simply wish to not be told how I must live my life, I wish to make choices and decisions for myself and more importantly I do NOT want to make decisions or choices for any other humans life except those with whose care I am entrusted. My children are my responsibility, this is a natural right and the natural way of things. All other humans are NOT my responsibility, rather I want only to be responsible for that which is mine either through reproduction or direct property. And so I can say, I am an atheist and I have faith. I have faith in myself, for I am responsible only for myself, my life is solely in my hands and all actions that occur that I may be involved in are a direct result of my decisions and my acceptance of personal responsibility.
So who are you and does it even matter?
Not too me, after all, you are an individual and unless you wish to work with me and share responsibilities freely (voluntarily) there is no reason why we should be forced to do so. I would rather work to help others voluntarily without coercion or force than be forced to do what others deem best for me.
I am free what are you?
Free the mind and the body will follow
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