What’s going on within atheism? Why does it seem that every time it looks like there’s some sort of truce or at least cease fire, that something else (more than one thing?) pops up and starts another seemingly never-ending argument, over nothing much as it often turns out to be. I recently read this piece from Atheist Revolution that had me wondering what in the heck the problem is now? I’m glad Jack didn’t go into it, whatever it is, but just stated for the record that there always seems to be something that offends one group of atheists or another.
I honestly do not want to know as it only leads to exhaustion attempting to discern why what someone has said, or written, is so terrible that that person, or group, must be denounced. I know I written on the Atheist Schism in the past, in fact in years past, quite a lot, but there was an influential faction at that time that were attempting to co-opt atheism, in my opinion. Many of us wrote against these same people, although they believed they were doing what was best for all atheists. That’s one place I’ve often disagreed. No one speaks for me. I appreciate some of the high profile people that are atheists, but their opinions are just that: their opinions. I feel certain these same high profile people may dislike some of my opinions. So what?
It’s not as if atheists are the only ones that have anysort of division. Lot’s of groups do, but when we have an internal disagreement, it seems to become very public and of course just reinforces what those that already have a poor opinion of atheists believe. I’m not saying we should keep all disagreements secret, but think about it; How many are worth the energy people place into them? today is not 6 years go when that same group made all sorts of accusations against their fellow atheists, even criminal activity. Today it may be the slightest of comments, on social media especially, that draws the ire of some. I have one comment about that: If you don’t like what that person says or comments on, you’re not required to follow them or friend them, or subscribe to any of their content. See how easy that is? Or maybe, and I know this is hard for some people, you could begin a conversation with that same person, without beginning by making any untoward accusations. how refreshing, in society in general, to hold a conversation rather than trying to provoke one another.
It may be too late for many of us, if you’ve noticed, instead of attempting to discuss anything, we’d rather double-down on stupid. It’s also why I’ve always said there is no single atheist community, as some would like to refer to us. We’re diverse and there’s nothing wrong with that. We may view our atheism differently than others. That’s fine. Atheism, at least to me, is personal and not the same as being a religious believer where, whatever sect you belong to, you have to adhere to certain precepts in order to belong.
And we’re no different in believers in that we’re human, and make mistakes in our lives. No one has a special key to morality and no one could be viewed as more moral than another. We need to get past the idea that some atheists are better than others. when you stop and think about that, it really does sound dumb, doesn’t it?
We each make ourselves what we are, over time, based on different variables of our singular lives. Do we have any more authority to condemn another person, another atheist, simply because that person holds a different view than some others?
Maybe it’s time to stop acting like children and realize that atheism has nothing to do with anything else about a person. Maybe then, just maybe, we can stop attacking one another.