October 30, 2013
For my whole life i've been an atheist, due to a rigorous upbringing by two atheist parents. I'm well aware of the damages that religion has done, and continues to do, to the progress of humanity. Lately i've taken a more spiritual interest, such as the concepts talked about in Tibetan and Zen Buddhism that well articulate the need for wisdom and compassion in our contemporary world, however I still stand by my doubtless conviction that self-centered, ignorance and control based religions are a cancer to our social-evolution.
Atheists need to be more proactive, in my opinion. Spouting out words quoted in books by Dawkins, Harris, or Hitchens won't do anything - especially when the public isn't eager to listen. Religion is a huge problem, to state the obvious, and it's the root of a lot of the big evils we face today. Why are we sitting around doing nothing? Keeping our progressive ideas to ourselves won't change anything. I hear too much talk, but i don't see enough walk, and one would think there'd be more walking based on the blatant devastation that comes with religion. Personally, i'm sick of being a passive observer, sick of waiting for things to be different. I want to help promote, peacefully, the understanding brought along through atheism so that people will begin to unite under wisdom, skepticism, justice, compassion, and above all - Reason.
Yes, absolutely. It's one of the main reasons why I want to join this group.
Issues that bother me the most are corporate irresponsibility, political self-interest, environmental degradation, and economic disparity. However, if the idea is to promote rationalism, wisdom, skepticism, freedom of speech, progressive ideas, and reason - well there's no place for those things in a world governed by religion. The very mindset that allows people to fall into religion is the same that allows the exploitation of the people of this world. In essence, that's what religion does. To tackle these issues, the ones i've mentioned or the issue of religion, a shift in consciousness MUST occur. With my experience working for Greenpeace, it's the humourous/cheeky sort of activism that gets the most attention and exposure. I'm up for that.
I'm sick of being a slacktivist...sharing articles and youtube videos only go so far with a complacent public. Awareness isn't the issue, its the lack of action. I want to be part of the change that benefits humanity by actively participating in it.