Obligations of Atheism

I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and haven’t been able to focus on anything for long, before my mind starts to wander. This has resulted in me wanting to write, but not being able to hear myself think in order to do so. Anyone else have that problem sometimes? I’m sure everyone does. We’re all only human, after all.


Anyway. I thought it would help if I asked for some “assignments” from others. What would they like to see me write about? What topics do they want to hear my perspective on? So, here is my first “assignment.” Thanks for these questions, Will.


Obligations of Atheism?


Does atheism have to take on the same issues that religion continually screws up?


Well, the simple answer is: No. Atheism doesn’t have to do anything.


Does it have an obligation to try and mediate or cure those ills?


Again, no. Atheism isn’t bound by any obligations to do anything.


Where does this obligation (if it exists) come from?


As I already covered: there isn’t an obligation. Not an obligation bound to atheism, itself, anyway.



To elaborate:


Atheism is nothing more than a disbelief in deities. That’s all atheism is. By this definition, it’s not possible for atheism to hold any obligations.


With that said, atheists are humans. The same way Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. are humans, as well. We all share the responsibility of shaping society for future generations.


Because of this, yes, I feel atheists share an obligation to correct wrongs, when we can. Not because we are atheist, and dogma of some sort dictates we do so, but simply due to the nature of the human condition.


Each other is all we have. No outside force is going to fix the problems facing the world we live in. It is up to us to stand up to injustice and make this a better world to live in. We don’t have to do anything. However, if we don’t, nothing will change.


Is there a specific subject you’d like to hear my perspective on? Tell me about it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThatAtheistLady


One Reply to “Obligations of Atheism”

  1. John Lennon was playing in my mind as I read this article, “Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too, Imagine all the people living life in peace… Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people sharing all the world.” This set of lyrics paints a beautiful picture in my mind. It would be nice if we could focus on healing our world instead of continually dividing it. All it takes is being a human and showing human kindnesses to the Earth and all those living in our world. To many people with to much power are pushing for a change and promising a change with the stipulation that the whole world conform to their opinions of what is right. But right to them is the ability to dominate the Earth, force subjugation through fear and retain their positions as leaders. The change we need to look for begins within our own selves. A man who is given power seldom relinquishes his power, and those who never learn to control themselves control others.


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