(NOTHING) Is Bad About Being An Atheist

The title, "I Know What Is Bad About Being An Atheist," and the logo, "(NOTHING)" really undermine the concept of this group, but maybe that was intentional.

The only thing bad about being an Atheist is the lack of a support structure.  I think having some kind of moral practice is very good for mental health, regardless of your religion.  It's true that religion also drives people insane, but to quote one of my favorite movies "religion is a fine thing, lad, take it in moderation."

I actually think it's true that being religious is a sign of mental weakness, but religion is designed to deal with mental and moral weakness.  Atheists who have mental weakness don't have that additional level of stability.  Anyone who would rather be miserable and intelligent than simple minded and content needs help, whether it comes from religion or not.

 

 

Honir Honir
26-30, M
7 Responses Nov 27, 2008

I would rather be alone and miserable with the truth, than with a group and happy with a lie. This is not a sickness, but a reaction to a very troubled culture. It is no sign of mental health to be well adjusted to a sick society.

.... religion never provides true happiness

People may find support that is not based on religion, with people that apreciate them, regardless of their (non)beliefs; but it's true religious folks love to show how united they are, they will mainly send each other prayers though, which I don't miss, I prefer informed advice.

"You are implying that Atheists that, for any circumstance, are going trough hard times should turn into religion and give up their ability to reason."<br />
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Yes, but I don't believe that.<br />
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Anyone going through hard times should take up some kind of spiritual practice, a physical way of expressing their mental state. For some, basketball might qualify. Nobody needs organized religion.<br />
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Trying to reason your way out of that struggle is usually meaningless, because most rational thought is caused by emotions, not the other way around.

"Anyone who would rather be miserable and intelligent than simple minded and content needs help"<br />
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Terrible analogy. Intelligence does not lead anyone to be miserable, nor being simple mind always leads to happiness. You could be simple minded and miserable, and content while being intelligent. You are implying that Atheists that, for any circumstance, are going trough hard times should turn into religion and give up their ability to reason.<br />
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There are many support groups that are not tied to religions. So, yes, Atheists may find that extra level of support.<br />
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Lastly, religion is not the only source of morality.

Well, self-love is like a muscle, if you stop using it, it won't work very well when you need it. If you have a personal trainer (therapist) that can help you, use them, but it's also effective to find a work out buddy to do meditation or other mental exercises with, if that is an option.

Meditation first of all (I think I already gave you some links on that), since mindfulness is helpful for every type of spiritual practice.<BR><br />
People's mental tendencies will lead them towards different kinds of practice, so I encourage shopping around. Most churches are happy to see a new face, but churches mainly provide a social support structure, internal support has to be built up on your own.<BR><br />
Most spiritual practice breaks down into <B>meditation, prayer,</B> and <B>magic</B>, however all religions I have studied include some form of <B>blessing</B> or well-wishing practice, so that is a great place to start. <BR><br />
You can do a Affirmation meditation to make yourself believe an encouraging statement (it's also very easy, just say "I am Love" 500 times and see if you notice the effects). You can do Metta meditation to feel better about yourself and your relationships. You can pray to God and give thanks for everything you appreciate (make it a long list), which psychologists have found is beneficial, no matter who it is you're thanking (some Buddhists will thank their tea cup for holding their tea). You can also go to Barnes and Noble's New Age section and find many ways of doing magical protection spells. Most magic requires a protection spell before any other work, and "protection" as a psychological primer may help small things from getting to you.<BR><br />
Depending on your cultural heritige and who you've met, some of these practices may strike you as wrong, and that's fine. The important thing is finding something that makes you happier.

Meditation isn't a spiritual practice (well, it could be, since spiritual is undefined in it's most common usage, by which I mean that it is an utterly meaningless term), but a mental practice. Then again, my problem is I like to actually understand things, so here's one bit that I always like to pass on. There is no place for the soul, nor has any such thing been shown to exist. There is no function of human thought or understanding that cannot be explained through the processes of the brain, which are utterly physical in nature.

You are right. We are moral creatures. Personkind instinctively knows right from wrong. Even a sociopath grasps this intellectually.

Yes, and we observer moral behavior in other primates.