This is in a certain respect a reply to a recently published article titled “To all atheists, give me your best shot.”
I do not want to insult, belittle or reprimand you. I do not wish ill nor harm. I want to enlighten you. I want you to stand on the same platform as I do. I want you there next to me, holding my hand - looking up. I want to show you what I have discovered and seen, thought of and embraced. I can promise you it is so far beyond what you imagined, that it becomes empowering – maybe even mystical. For you see, I cannot disprove your God, I cannot show you that it is a fairy-tale for grownups; I cannot convince you that it is a farce. I could show you all of mankind's known masterpieces and discoveries across the different fields of study and you'd still hang onto your faith. I could argue until the new moon becomes full and appeal to logic as much as I want. It still won't get me what it is I want from my path in life.
So now the question becomes, what is it that I want? I want you to firstly – just for a few seconds – let go of everything you've heard, studied or experienced in any religious form whatsoever and just read what is to come with as open a mind as you can muster.
I believe the Egyptians had it right; the answers to mankind's questions lie within the stars. Just imagine for a second that where we are in our journey of life is the point where it has blossomed into absolutely astounding and amazing potential, making us capable of actually thinking about it, appreciating it and loving it. We are the product of time. And time has through the ages eventually put forth its most incredible creation. A creation so wonderful that it can look at the foundations of life and find it beautiful. Whenever I look up, there are only stars looking back and recently it was there that I found my answer. We are life. The only known form of it that is capable of thought. When I stare at the stars, I know that I am one of them and they are one of me. I know that as I stare out at them, they are staring back – unknowingly being admired by their own child.
We are the gods we so eagerly seek in the night sky. Why would I say this? How can I? I'll tell you how and why. Because, having someone “up there” is too easy. It's the easy way out. If someone above us is looking out for us, there is no reason for us to worry about the big problems. As far as I can see this is the single most important role that religion serves. It passes the blame. We don't have to care for the planet, our people or children because "we aren't in control". Well I’m telling you that we are the control. We are what you refer to as “Gods”. We can create and destroy. We can love and hate. We might not make the world go around but we do make our world go around. For now, we are all there is. Until something else physically presents itself, we need to remember that.
I believe in us because that is all I have evidence of believing in. Maybe I don't assign a name or feeling of being to the words, “God”, “Him”, “Creator” or any of the others but it doesn't make me less human. It only makes me less gullible. I'd hate to think that “the creator” intended for things to go the way they do with all the injustices and hurt that comes with life. I enjoy blaming the idea of chance and randomness much more. It makes sense. It ensures that we survive as we realise our own mortality is on a path of chaos and unforeseen futures; it ultimately makes us appreciate the fragile state of life. You see, I do not believe in a higher power - and if I did, I'd unequivocally hate the fact that we, “the image of God” could be so imperfect and non-divine. We are the furthest things from a heavenly entity. If we truly are the image of someone's divine creation then I can honestly say we've defined the word in a completely inaccurate way.
The only way for me - to get to the point where we are capable of making the world a better place - is to take care of it, not only for our own sake, but also for every future generation to come. Our role without religion becomes so much more graceful and significant, it becomes magical without all the smoke and mirrors. We become the caretakers, not someone greater, divine or holy. Wouldn't it make more sense to stop believing in a caretaker and to start care-taking? We stop believing in a book and start believing in ourselves. This way we can stop blaming our problems on a snake, red man or other silly man-made notions and start implementing solutions to them - ourselves. The world is so fragile, life even more so. We don't need to pass the blame anymore. We do not need to accept that we are here at someone or something's will. Accept responsibility damnit. Accept it - for if you do not, I'm afraid for the future. The world faces it's worst demons yet, and all we have to fight them with is what we can find solutions to. I need your help finding solutions. Everybody needs your help.
Religion divides us. It separates and confuses. It makes you right and everyone else wrong. We are concerned with such trivial things it sometimes begs laughter. It is tearing us apart. I want us to unite. As humans, not sub-humans - inferior and sinned from birth, but as a sentient being, capable of whatever we limit ourselves to. Stop seeing the differences in people and notice the similarities. We all smile, we all laugh and we all cry. It doesn't need to be this way. We can make it right. We can because we have to. We can because you are the answer, it does not lie with anyone or anywhere else. Hold my hand and I will hold yours. Leave everything else at the door – we have business to do.
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