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Perspective

Today I’m going to talk about perspective. I read a thread on Cittagàzze which originally was meant to talk about the controversy of HDM, however, the subject quickly changed to the beliefs of the posters and their idea of religion (Christianity, in particular). Most were Atheists, but one did not know what an Atheist was, so I went to Dictionary.com, typed Atheïst and got the following explanation:

a•the•ist
n.

  • One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods.

Now this is very interesting, and got me thinking. See, even though my parents are Mennonites, I myself am not a religious man, but this is personal and not the subject. My reply to the said thread on Cittàgazze:

a•the•ist
n.

  • One who disbelieves or denies the existence of God or gods.

So it's all about what you think a god is. What if we were ants in an antfarm, fed by a 6 year old child and his mother, would they be our gods? Now picture this in greater scale, what if we, as an experiment made life on Mars, would we be gods? What if an asteroid hits mars, changing the ecosystem enough (by impact) to result in life, would the asteroid be a god? What if we made life on Mars (again) and abandoned it, would we be gods (again)?“

So, what is a god? Is it the subject of a religion? Is it a creator of life? Let’s see what Dictionary.com has to say:

God
n.

  1. God
    1. A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.
    2. The force, effect, or a manifestation or aspect of this being.
  2. A being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people, especially a male deity thought to control some part of nature or reality.
  3. An image of a supernatural being; an idol.
  4. One that is worshiped, idealized, or followed: Money was their god.
  5. A very handsome man.
  6. A powerful ruler or despot.”

There are many explainations, so it’s all about perspective. So what does it mean to be an atheist? You don’t have a god, however, many say they’re atheists because they don’t believe in the first explaination of a god. However, when looking at the fourth explaination, you can interpret it several ways. First you can take it literally, somethin gyou worship, idealize or follow. However you can also read it differently. Don’t we all persue happiness? Isn’t that a god to be followed, and worth following? So in this perspective, does being an atheist equal being faithless, undriven in life? If so, are the people saying they’re atheists untrue, or are they misinterpreting the meaning of the word ‘atheist’? Or am I wrong, and thinking too much about this? Or is it all personal, and just a matter if perspective? I believe it is the last. I’m writing this to make you think about this, the perspective of things. I believe that if people would’ve been more openminded to other people’s perspectives there would be less war and suffering. However, that is all speculation. If one person, one would be enough, would email me, or tell me in some other way I made them look at things through another persons eyes, to be a little more openminded, then I’d be happy.

So what is my personal view on things? In the past I used to say I was an atheist, because this was known as not following a certain believe or religion. However, I do believe in something. I believe in the value of humans, of human lives and welfare. I remembered a test I took, a long while ago, it made me make some choices, and would figure out the most logical religion for me. Ofcourse these tests are bullshit, but it may have been the foundation of this article, of my perspective on things. The result was humanitarianism. Let’s see what Dictionary.com says about that:

hu•man•i•tar•i•an•ism
n.

  1. Concern for human welfare, especially as manifested through philanthropy.
  2. The belief that the sole moral obligation of humankind is the improvement of human welfare.
  3. Theology. The doctrine holding that Jesus was human only and not divine.

Now this was very interesting. In those days I had read the book “De wereld van Sofie.” Which is Dutch for “Sofie’s world.”. It was a book about philosophy, in which the famous Socrates was mentioned. The test said Humanitarianism was created by Socrates, but I don’t know if this is true or not. The book is very interesting by the way, a very good read. However, back on topic, I would much rather say I’m a humanist. I strive for my own happiness. I haven’t really found any purpose life yet, besides making myself happy and ensuring my own future. For now this is enough, and I think most people saying they are atheist would agree with me.

To all you atheists out there, do some background research on your ideas and perspectives, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll even find a religion you might agree with.

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