I Am An Atheist, First Time Articulating ItI have had these thoughts in my head for decades, the feelings and ideas. This is the first time I have ever articulated them in word or writing.
I do not believe in any god. I believe that life is what it is: life on earth is at once good and bad, happy and sad, beautiful and ugly. Life is amazingly diverse and seemingly miraculous. Where others see intelligent design, I see billions upon billions of years of change, evolution and adaptation. We are conceived, born and die upon a natural timeline. While we are here, we have the capability and intelligence to create with free will. We do our best, one would hope, to make our time on earth meaningful and loving, to connect with other people in humane ways, to raise the next generation to do their best and improve the world they're given and to treat other people with care.
I do not believe in heaven or eternal life. Think about it. What on earth are you going to do for eternity? E-t-e-r-n-i-t-y. "It won't seem that way to you," a true believer told me at work. She also told me that she believes that there is only one true religion (hers, naturally). SO...
I believe that organized religion has done more harm and hurt more people than any other force on our planet. It divides people along too many lines of hatred. I also believe that most organized religions began as a way of controlling women and the inherent strength and power they have to create life. Men who couldn't control their natural urges upon looking at women demonized them and founded ideological templates that make natural behavior evil and control women in often violent ways to punish them for being who they are. Religion makes people angry, irrational and often murdurous.
Life can be scary and bewildering. The idea of nothingness after death can be depressing. But imposing mythology and fairy tales to make it bearable just doesn't make any sense to me. Life can also be wonderful and joyful. Enjoy it while you're here and don't worry about the end. It comes to us all, it is a natural part of our life cycle and life will go on without you. It's ok.