Reminder to self and to anyone else within reach of humanity's global communication network - we are equipped with a tool that made all this possible.
Brain image by sinisamaric1 / Pixabay. Words added by Entangled Life. Point inspired by all who say that religion stops the conversation – Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennet, Sam Harris.
Our branch in the vast family tree of species has been equipped with perhaps the greatest adaptation to arise in our common descent. The evolutionary pressure for our ancestors' survival in the cruel environments of the past has given rise to our intelligence.
Our intelligence has given us so much. It has ensured the survival of our species ... At least for a while.
It has enabled us to explore every corner of our world and to launch ourselves and our creations beyond the atmosphere and into space. Whatever we achieved, we owe it to our intelligence.
We should always think. Think about everything. Love, live, eternity, space, science, art, poetry, philosophy. There is so much to think about.
The best thing we can do for ourselves is to try to always keep this process running in our own minds. If we want to really be kind to ourselves, we will use this potential that we have. We need to remain vigilant enough to notice when we are being seduced by ideas that prevent us from reaching our potential. And when something is technically beyond our expertise or understanding, we should be careful enough to recognize credible sources. This is how we move forward. We owe this to ourselves and the rest of humanity.
As all atheists know, there are a lot of preconceived notions what atheism is and what atheism isn’t, what it means, what it doesn’t mean. There are jokes and stories about how theists (religious people) think that atheists eat babies, worship Satan or something similarly absurd. In reality, these stories are shown only to be a slight exaggeration.
Sometimes it’s almost impossible to believe the comments you can read under atheist posts, how much misunderstanding is there. So, we created a few memes to try to convey as much information as possible in a compact form. The intention of these memes s to show that atheism is not “a monster” like some comments on Entangled Life’s Facebook page say.
First up: What atheism is and what it isn’t.
Atheism is lack of belief in gods
It is NOT:
To be fair, some atheists do have a problem with a definition “lack of belief” and this can be understood because it seems to imply that if we had the capacity or willingness to believe, we would be as smart or whatever as religious people. However, in the interests of brevity, this definition will suffice for now.
Next meme tries, to sum up, what desires we have. Obviously, from the definition that atheism is a non-belief in gods it follows that we cannot be satisfied with the tales about the world. So, we use reason, logic, evidence and we think for ourselves.
Atheism: The desire to know the Real World.
From this lack of belief also follows that we have the notion that anyone who doesn’t solve his or her own problems, but instead prays for a solution is not really taking control of their life. But this is not what the next meme is all about. Being an atheist means acknowledging responsibility for your own life.
In short, being an atheist means to stop hoping for a rescue or punishment from heaven and start taking responsibility.
Atheism: Being responsible for your own life
In my opinion, a lot can be achieved by using Memes. A simple short message can often make people stop and think, even if it's for a brief moment. So with this idea, a new blog Category is created, aptly named "Atheist Memes". In here you will be able to find all the memes Entangled Life shares on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all social media.
For the first entry in this category, this ancient question of Epicurus is appropriate:
Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?
Things Religious fundamentalists tend to say about these and similar questions is: "well, you cannot apply human-made logic to God, which is eternal and outside our space...". And one certainly valid reply to this would be "Yes, you might say God is immune to logic. But if you say that, then really anything goes. Golden unicorns, Invisible dragons in your garage, orbiting teapots ...".