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Difficulties in being atheist?

Difficulties in being atheist?
« on: May 07, 2007, 01:51:12 AM »
Aside from me always spelling it wrong...???

Anything that sucks about disbelieving? Heh, yeah I have a few. Relationships with others for a start.

I think it would be much easier to just believe lol.
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2007, 02:36:38 AM »
I am sure it is 'easier'. Go along with the popular crowd, fit in, all that. "You must do what you feel is right, of course.."

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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2007, 03:49:00 AM »
Yeah, I agree with your relationship comment. My wife is a Lutheran and it was hard at first.
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« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2007, 10:52:32 PM »
"Niceties".  In other words, people think nothing of telling me "I'll pray for you", or "God has blessed you", but I can't really say anything in return, right?  In fact, I think I would be widely considered to be a jerk for saying "please don't pray for me", or "What god?" in answer to these things.

Also: public opinion.  People may think you're an immoral monster because you don't believe in god.

In the end, I think the positives outweigh the negatives!  It sure makes me happy to be an atheist - I just feel right with the world.  (shrugs).
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2007, 08:43:55 AM »
"Niceties" too. My wife's family live in the catholic south (in Bayern). where people greet you with a "Grüß, Gott (Greet, God). If I then answer back with a proper guten Morgen, -Mittag or -Abend the result is that I'm immediately labeled as a non-catholic outsider.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2007, 06:41:02 PM »
Quote from: "cheddamash"
Yeah, I agree with your relationship comment. My wife is a Lutheran and it was hard at first.


That would suck.  I can't imagine being married to someone who's core beliefs were fundamentally different.  (Not that I'm saying your marriage sucks!  I'm just saying I wouldn't like it.)
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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007, 05:12:20 AM »
Nah, it's not that bad. It was a little at first, because she didn't know anything else. She was pretty sheltered.  She's come to realize that there's a lot of ways to think other than her own. As long as both people have an open mind all is well. Now how to raise our kids... this is troubling. This is why I joined the forum actually... to see if anyone else is in my situation.
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« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2007, 07:37:12 AM »
I find the hardest thing about being an atheist is dealing with the pedestal that mainstream religions are given in Western society.  Having to tiptoe around various topics and groups because you are worried about offending their religion.  Having to pretend to have respect for a religion or be labelled as an intollerant.
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« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2007, 07:56:11 AM »
Hi Piemaster, great post! You really hit the hammer on the head!
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Re: Difficulties in being atheist?
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2007, 10:54:29 PM »
Quote from: "tacoma_kyle"

I think it would be much easier to just believe lol.


Nope, I tried that...not easy!  Being true to your own thoughts is easier than trying to swallow the one's forced on you by others.
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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2007, 10:46:45 AM »
Yeah but honestly, do you really think that the distant majority of religious people out here actually try to think for themselves?

Probably everyone out there has a sort of subconcious view of themselves. Not appearance, but role and standing in the sosciety of the highest importance to them. Now whatever that sosciety throws at them, many will take in info and act according to some of it if it can benefit them in the long run. Does anyone conciously think about it in the same manner that the subconcious thinks about it? Probably not many...very very very few...

Ok did you get anything outta my attempt at an intellectual? lol. Not really but I do like to think about human behavior...which obviously doesnt make it true, but I like to think it does! I'll just stick with my sub-concious imaginary self! haha, but somewhat true.
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Re: Difficulties in being atheist?
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2007, 01:39:24 PM »
Quote from: "MommaSquid"
Quote from: "tacoma_kyle"

I think it would be much easier to just believe lol.

Nope, I tried that...not easy!  Being true to your own thoughts is easier than trying to swallow the one's forced on you by others.


Actually I disagree.  I think that in the vast majority of cases it is easier to believe what you are told rather than try and think things out for yourself.
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Re: Difficulties in being atheist?
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2007, 06:48:57 PM »
Quote from: "Piemaster"
Actually I disagree.  I think that in the vast majority of cases it is easier to believe what you are told rather than try and think things out for yourself.


I don't know what goes on in other people's heads, only my own.  The vast majority can believe what they want about religion...as long as they don't try to force it on me.
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2007, 07:47:45 PM »
Ya know that movie, The Matrix?

Think of it that way maybe. Except the real reality probably doesnt suck as bad lol, but there are more complications in it.
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« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2007, 06:29:36 AM »
Just about everyone of my age group is an atheist were I'm from, and when you meet someone that isn't you don't think twice about it. I didn't realize people go through hardship for being an atheist in a predominately theistic environment. Theists certainly don't get put though hardship in the atheistic environment I'm in.
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