Children and their belief system

I have found myself in a pickle.  I have a strong belief in free thinking.  I believe that I should have the right to think how I wish and believe in what makes me a happy person.  I don’t believe in being pushed into a belief system.  As an Atheist, how can you justify raising your child to be an Atheist and hold their hand into that lifestyle without feeling the slightest bit hypocritical?

That being said, i do not want to have my child brought up with the mind set that his grandparents and various other relatives have along with their belief system.  I don’t want to keep family from seeing my son, but I also don’t want my child to be imposed upon with the idea that they surround their life’s entirety around their religion.  This I have a problem with because although the intent isn’t negative, the impact and overall outlook on the situation is that they will push their beliefs upon him without my consent and that is what scares me.

How do we draw the line and say where parenting comes before grand-parenting?  How do we preach a free mind to our children whilst restricting them from relatives with radical views?  I guess the true test is to live and let live….When the question arises as to why we do things differently, I can explain, however until then, it’s family as usual.

Kids are brought into this world with no pre-conceived notion to believe one way or another…It is their parent’s up-bringing and foundation provided that makes for their life story and ultimate choice in their faith based decisions.  I guess I am leaving this post without a clever summary, or even any sense of closure.  I don’t know the answer to my own question.  Sad day!

-AtheisD

Dogs…Man’s Best Friend?

“Dogs are a man’s best friend”  I don’t think that quote is picked apart near as much as it should be.  You see…Dogs have the ability to brighten your day with a simple lick of the cheek.  They have the power to destroy anything in their path with their sharp teeth and strong jowls.  They are the epiphany of strength, endurance, and simple mindedness.  Something moves, I chase it and kill it for my owner.  My owner asks me to do something and I do it.  My owner hits me and scolds me for doing something wrong, but it’s OK  I still love them with all the heart I have just like I did when I was a puppy.

Dogs forgive, but they don’t forget.  They look past the negative and always try to make you happy, regardless of the situation.  They serve and protect you when needed, with and without any training.  They have the ability to change your life in such a positive way and all they ask for in return is for you to love them.

I get annoyed when I hear people say they want to be more like God.  I’m not going to try to be more like a mythical person in a book written in a time when literacy was at an all time low.  I would much rather to be more like my dogs than any form of divine power.  I wish all my friends were as loyal and trustworthy as my dogs are.  Dogs may be man’s best friend, but how good of a friend have you been to your dog?

Atheists aren’t animal sacrificing, rape and pillaging, hoarding, cheating, death provoking heathens.  They are People who trust in facts and knowledge.  They like the proof in the pudding so to speak.  I’ll wrap up with a good night everyone.  I have a couple dogs that need a trip outside before bed.  Time well spent with my best friends.

-AtheisD-

 

Doctors and Doctrine

So…I like most people enjoy watching a little TV to relax.  It’s hard these days not to be sucked into the drama that spews from hospital shows.  The question came up in one show this evening that puzzled me.  How can Doctors who trust their living in medicine derived from science and technology, still believe in anything other than pure science?

The irony is close to the cousin of Gun Laws.  We try to ban guns, but when an attacker hits your house, you call the people with guns and hope they arrive before its too late.  This is another story entirely, however puzzling just the same the more I think about it.

I don’t try to be someone different at work then I do at home.  Why would my beliefs change depending on the location and surroundings I am placed in?  They shouldn’t…  Excuse the pun that follows.  God Forbid something were to happen to my family and surgery or medical advice be needed to save one of us, I would want to know that the person completing the procedure on my family’s behalf is someone like minded and who has the medical facts, scientific knowledge, and technology advances at their disposal to do the job.  The last thing a person should hear after a procedure or prognosis is “It’s in God’s hands now”.   That tells me someone gave up and doctors don’t just give up.  They shouldn’t!

I think background checks are in order from now on regarding the physicians my family sees.  Does anyone think this is too much?  Pushing the bar a little too far?  Comments are welcome!

-AtheisD-

To Be…or Not To Be…A Good Person

You will read in books, hear on movies, and see in life that people believe that their faith and various other compensating notions make them good people.  I feel differently…You see, I can care less the book you tote around claiming to be the words of God and how so much like him you strive to be.  I don’t care that you spent $3,000.00 on charitable donations this year.  I don’t think that because you pray at night, your sins are forgiven and you should be able to cast that burden away forever.

What do I believe in?  I don’t believe in shooting someone for the fun of it….i don’t believe in raping innocent women and children…I don’t believe in tossing your child in a closet rolled into a chain linked fence giving him little to no chance for survival.

I do believe in holding the door for others.  I do believe that the occasional good deed of buying a homeless man lunch without claiming it on my taxes is not a “bad” thing.  I do believe in cleaning up after myself.  I do believe that you should treat others as you wish to be treated, with respect and dignity.  I believe that one’s actions absent of surveillance dictate the truth behind their true being.  And I also believe that being the person you want to be should not be hindered by the thoughts and judgments of others.  With that, I will leave off with….I believe in being a good person, not a good servant.  Religion doesn’t encompass me, and I see clearly because of it.

-AtheisD-

Welcome Post

Hello All,

This is my first post to the site, so bare with me.  I am not a hardcore Atheist or bible bashing hateful soul who has been touched inappropriately by a priest.  I haven’t been beaten senseless in the name of Jesus Christ, Allah, or any other Deity possessing those with the competence inadequate to uphold any reason or common sense.  I am simply a guy that enjoys asking the why’s and I don’t stop until satisfied.  “Because I said so” is not a valid reason and is ignorant to the harm that is religious Dogma

Why did I create this site?  Great question….I don’t know…. I think it might be the dirty feeling I get in my gut that says this is super taboo and you should be ashamed of yourself.  The constant beckoning of whispers you would hear among family gatherings if everyone else knew your beliefs.  The utter slap in the face to the US government that imposes the slogans of “In God We Trust” and “One nation, under God” is rather intriguing.  Maybe it’s all the times I was told I can’t do something and that revolution from within that says, fuck you, I’ll do what I want…I am not sure what the reason is, but regardless the audience…it feels good to put thoughts to screen and mind at ease.

To That, I will raise a toast to those that may stumble upon my site.  I toast to you and only ask that you find it in yourself to ask questions.  Do not be satisfied based on what you have been told.  Do the research, uncover the mysteries that lie beneath the dogma that is religion and spiritual beliefs alike.  Rid yourself of the unknown and fear not the known.  Embrace life for it’s glory and the time you have to live it.  Put your mind into the now and soak in what is before you.  Nobody really knows what happens after our life on earth is over.  I would rather live in the now than tip toe through life to arrive safely at death.

-AtheisD-