Being an atheist AND a loving person . . .
I was going to write about all the stupid speculations going around about the Malaysian flight, but i'd be saying so many of the same things. I'd comment on how psychic powers are not a real thing, about how the tv series "LOST" is fiction, how black hole scares are stupid, how the bermuda triangle scares are nonsense . . . these are all scares that people like to speculate about when they don't know or can't understand the real story. Anyways, I was getting so annoyed that these are grown adults on CNN and FOX and wherever that I decided to write about something else thats been annoying me.
I hear many times, not only in my own life, but also in interviews that atheists' cannot possibly love because "god is love" and that that would be antithetical to our nature . . . being opposed to said god. If this makes sense to you, then by all means, I am open to your "proof" and wise and loving "truth". I know Muslims argue this point as well, but I don't know the origin of their argument off hand. The Christian argument comes mostly from:
Saying that I cannot love without a god because that is antithetical to my nature is as ridiculous as me saying that you cannot own a slave with god because that is antithetical to gods nature. It is in a human beings best nature to love and seek pleasure in life, not only for ourselves, but for everyone. To cause pain or sorrow is antithetical to demonstrating love and care and empathy. We know this through shear observation. It is not observed through a god, but through human interactions and a developed history. Antithetical to this observation is the enslavement and ownership of other human beings. Through our observations we were able to discern that this is not a profitable nor a humane practice for humanity and yet, the bible does not condemn it once.
This is where the apologetic talks about love and says that slavery was an ancient practice. Well, according to you, love is also an ancient practice . . . so is rape and genocide and baby bashing and she-bears mauling children.
I like to believe myself to be a very loving person and I think this shows. No one gets it completely right. We all fuck up and hurt one another at many points in time. Sometimes we are really wrong about this and do it intentionally. Most times, I would argue, we do it through a learning process and a selfish process. What sets us aside from god is our desire to do and be better and to love everyone equally. I don't think i'm saying this coming from a rare bread of human thought.
So, I say this. It is antithetical for a Christian to say that they love the way in which we have enveloped that word and, simultaneously, believe that they have learned such love by any god . . . especially of the bible. It is altogether mutually incompatible to believe in love and also in something, that we claim as the founder of love, that would tear through humanity like a child with its doll collection . . . when upset that they didn't dress them right.