I am not sure how would my religious followers would take it,but I have been longing to share this piece of thought on my blog
Becoming an atheist has been a transformative experience for me.It was like I have been sleeping throughout my life and it came as an eye-opener.
Having been raised in a deeply religious Hindu family,I was indoctrinated(unconsciously) to believe in God.I accepted the existence of God in my psyche.Though never religious,I never questioned the existence of God.I was least interested in this question.But I always questioned religious bigotry.I always took a stand against superstitious beliefs for which I always got rebuked by my semi-orthodox brahmin family.Basically I was never exposed to a rational way of thinking at my home.
It was when I moved out my family,I started questioning my own beliefs.It was actually my inclination towards feminist ideologies that pushed me hard to question religion.I came in touch with an online group of rationalists.Their talks really made sense to me.Gradually I started realizing the lies behind the religious doctrines and began to ponder upon the words of some atheist philosophers.
Since then it has been a liberating experience for me.My rational way of thinking has brought about a clarity in my thinking.I am free from the fear of some unknown force that controls my life.I don’t have to follow a rigid morality just out of fear or to please some unknown imperceptible higher power.I still want to be a good person but for the betterment of humankind.
I feel more carefree now.
Some people might think how can my life be so carefree without having a somebody invisible to take care of everything.Well that is the beauty of being emotionally an atheist.
Now I don’t have any God to blame upon if anything goes wrong.I don’t ask ,’why me’? I have accepted the fact”This is life and shit happens”.Neither is my life special nor is anybody else’s.We all have some here by sheer chance when one particular sperm fertilized one particular egg. Doesn’t it give us a reason to feel gratitude for our life?
The most dreadful thing for a human is to face death.Religion offers some consolation(that may or may not be genuine) in this matter.A religious person finds some solace in the idea of life after death or re-incarnation.But for an atheist it must be the end of the dark tunnel.
Well not quite so.
I don’t believe in re-incarnation so I have got only one life to live.So I will live it to the full without any compromise.
Now death is just a natural event for me that will happen for sure.When ,where,how…I don’t know.But it is not important.The important thing is to live fully.Death is nothing more than an eternal sleep.There is no pain and suffering after death.So how can anybody be afraid of dying?But what people are actually afraid of is losing life.Those who live life fully are actually not afraid of dying.
With so much liberty and clarity of thought how can atheism be dark as it is often labelled as.In fact,on the contrary it connects you more with the real life rather than life based on some unproven(or unprovable) beliefs.
Who says atheism brings despair?