I feel a need to join yet another community of like-minded folk, and for that reason I have added the Atheist Blogroll to my sidebar. I feel you should understand why... and we should revisit the issue of atheism one more time. I discuss religion and morality frequently here... and secular humanism. But it's been a while since I have hit atheism head-on. So here it is. I am laying it open for you. Bear with me.
As many of you know, I have been an atheist for most, if not all of my life. I have chosen to follow the path of a secular humanist and have found it incredibly fulfilling, both in a moral and spiritual way. I *do* feel spirituality; I feel love and compassion and passion and caring. I feel anger and I feel sadness... all these things... and I attach them to the ways in which I deal with others.
This path is one in which I have been able to have control of my moral compass; it is not in the hands of a deity or a spiritual "other," but is entirely governed by the laws of nature and common sense. In this, I feel I have a duty to be upright and strong in my beliefs and dealings with my fellow man, and with the environment around me.
I also feel at peace that when I die I will simply become part of the earth - if I am not embalmed into some sort of crazy, impossibly insoluble thing. I haven't been able to reconcile myself with the idea of donating my body to science, though... I would rather sink into the earth and nourish the soil.
So, please, do not deal with me as an alien creature. I am simply another person. I have a strong sense of morality and beliefs just as you...
I am simply coming at it from a different perspective. That is all.