Friday, September 14, 2012
An Atheist can give in Life what a Monotheist expects to gain in Death
The Religious may fear Atheism's influence most for it is the greatest defense against the most powerful weapon Religion holds over it's current Believers: fear of a punishment in life and in death. Atheism punishes no one in life, and so in turn, there is no need to feel frightened by the punishment their Believing counterparts may face when pondering death. Because there is no hierarchical-head-of-power in Atheism, it is by nature, rooted in the notion that human beings (as a species) are equals, and without a higher power to justify the existence of inequality and human suffering, Atheism must hold only itself accountable for human equality and/or the lack thereof. On the other hand, Monotheistic faiths do rely on a supreme hierarchical-head-of-power, it creates by nature, a root sense of inequality between humans and their God; Yes, the monotheistic God may preach about the goodness of creating equality among humans, however, He ultimately dictates that humans are powerless to stop the inequality among their fellow man; instead holding only the power to stop their own inequality they may suffer on judgment day and for eternity thereafter. This gives Believers a reason to justify not only the existence of inequality among their species - but an ability to reconcile inequality's most extreme consequence, human suffering- by accepting it as "part of God's plan" - a part not even a prayer can stop them from being a part of. To a Believer, God is supremely responsible for allowing the death of every human below Him, whereas because an Atheist recognizes only the living beings around them, they feel wholly and selflessly responsible for the life of every human being around them. For this reason, it seems that Atheists have the ability to get closer one another, and thus feel naturally more accountable and empowered to creating more equality and less suffering among their species. Unlike Monotheism, Atheism does not feel obligated to share its love or time honoring a God it is powerless over. There is much love and understanding in a human being's living existence, and so when an Atheist ceases to exist, they can find much comfort in knowing that during their life, they were able to give it all to those around them, because they expected nothing from death in return.