abitnotgood said: everyone is born atheist. religion, like language, is culturally learned. most people just stick with what they were raised in, some people change all together and some people go multilingual or study all languages. No reason to judge anyone. <3
As someone who speaks four languages I feel like that comparison rubbed me on the inside of my thigh and called me a whore
NO idea why you took it that way. Apologies if it came off rude or gross for some odd reason but the fact remains. No one is “born” religious. Religion is taught, in the same exact way language is. I am not judging people for how they were raised, but to say religion “isn’t a choice” is odd. I was raised in a fairly strict Catholic household. My father later became hardline Evangelical and I later became Atheist. Both through choices we made to learn a “new language”.
I think it’s wonderful when people explore new cultures and languages and religions. I honestly mean it when I say I have no problem with theists so long as their faith is not being used as an excuse to perpetrate crimes. I too often see cruelty hiding behind the shield of religion. But I still believe the vast majority of humanity is kind hearted and means well.
It’s only a problem when cruel men manipulate good people to do bad things by convincing them that “god” commanded it. That’s when I have to speak up. Against sexism, homophobia, genocide etc.
The most dangerous phrase in the language is, “we’ve always done it this way.”
"Come on, let’s mix it up!" The heart surgeon says.
"B-but we’ve always done it this way!" The other replies, "this is how you replace a heart valve."
"That’s the most dangerous phrase in the human language!" The first surgeon replies haughtily as he inputs a fruit loop into the patient’s heart. "This will be his valve. He will be a fruit loop in a world of Cheerios."
Inaccurate argument. Heart surgery HAS evolved. If we were still doing things with the attitude of “we’ve always done it this way” then heart surgery and medicine as a whole would still be killing people because it would still be based on outdated science with deadly tools.
Change needs to happen. Always. In every field of study.
Change does not equate to childish or idiotic ideas. Change is fresh perspectives and advancements based on NEW information and NEW technology.
If you look at the ingredients list and it’s a bunch of words you don’t even know… neither does your body (x)
Just like if you break apples and grapefruit down into their chemical components, I’m willing to bet that most people wouldn’t recognize the “ingredients” either. It’s a bunch of words you don’t even know:
Don’t use these scare tactics - Chemicals aren’t inherently bad. Literally everything is made up chemicals. Trust me, your body knows what niacin is. It knows how to digest fructose and calcium sulfate. Even if you only consume the most basic and “real” foods that are pulled directly off the vine, you’re still ingesting a series of chemical compounds that you probably can’t pronounce. That’s okay.
If you have suffered a tragedy and someone says, “you’re in my prayers” with sincerity, and you respond with some egotistical shit about being atheist you are an emotionally inept moron.
For real though, like think about it. If someone is religious, there’s really no kinder sentiment they can express than appealing to the highest power they know for your recovery. Whether or not you think it “works” is irrelevant— the kindness is absolutely real.
You know what? NO. If YOU have suffered a tragedy and prayer works for YOU to bring you joy, then good for you, I won’t say anything. But if, as OP suggests, it is MY tragedy, then no. NO. I do not owe YOU coddling.
How selfish is that?
I find out I have a terminal illness or I lost a loved one and ON TOP of grieving you expect me to play babysitter to your feelings too?
Fuck you OP.
Just like you, I will grieve how I grieve. And if that means I lash out in anger at people who offer me empty promises then I am not going to feel sorry if you are inconvenienced by my very REAL pain.
Your prayer is for you, to bring YOU peace. And when you offer it as some sort of bandaid for non religious people it is not “kindness” it’s you patting yourself on the back for doing nothing. And now you want to get some sort of friendship credit for doing nothing? Again, fuck. you.
When a friend is grieving, and you cannot help in any way at all, what you can say is “I have you in my thoughts” which is really all your praying is. It means you are thinking about me and that’s honest. And I won’t fight you on it. But don’t sit here on your high horse trying to act like you called up the Universe CEO to get me free tickets into super secret double Paradise. You didn’t.
Men’s rights activists don’t organize marches; they don’t build shelters or raise funds for abused men; they don’t organize prostate cancer-awareness events or campaign against prison rape. What they actually do, when they’re not simply carping in comments online, is target and harass women—from feminist writers and professors to activists—in an attempt to silence them.
Ah yes.. much like “prolife” activists who do nothing for orphanages, children’s shelters, underprivileged schools, single parents, birth control or sex education. You would think, if their primary concern was preventing more abortions and providing every child the OPPORTUNITY to a healthy life, they would spend more time preventing unwanted pregnancies and taking care of the unwanted children we already have. But of course, as with MRAs, it is a misnomer. The primary directive is hatred and silence of the opposition.
Hate is not a political stance. It is not a cause. And it helps no one. It is just hate.
Found a paper I wrote in 5th grade that I got an ‘f’ on.
My prompt was “Imagine you are sitting on a cloud, what would you do or see”
"I would see the ground as I fell because I would fall through it because in science you told us that clouds were just water mists."
That actually deserves an A instead of an F man.
Reminds me of the assignment I had in English (after we read Dante’s Paradiso) to write what I imagine Heaven would look like. I simply wrote “Nothingness. You are dead. There is no Heaven.” I got an F for not completing the assignment.