Thursday, December 14, 2006

Why Atheism Always Loses

No affiliation, no iconography, no language.

It's more than just not having a club; atheism is wholly not an organization. While atheists may be referred to as a group, no real group exists, nor will ever form. Small collectives of determined intellectuals, no doubt, may give lie to that statement, but not in sufficient numbers to be of concern, numbers theism can muster with ease. Groups form around beliefs, and atheism is emphatically not about belief. It's about disbelief, and that is very different.

What's your next tattoo going to be? Piece of jewelry? How will you decorate your home? What will be the central theme of the greatest examples of architecture in your town? Utilitarian? Yeah, right. For the big time bang-for-your-buck oh-gosh effect, it's hard to beat religious and mystical imagery. We want to see the symbols and glyphs of magical other-worlds. We want to imagine the suffering of our savior. We want our hearts filled with the hope of unfulfillable promises. We love that kind of stuff. We really do. The more ridiculous it is, the better we like it.

Dogma charges the images initially, then we attach our own meanings and associations. In this way the icons take on a life of their own: starting out as nothing more than a few squiggles carved by savages millennia ago and ultimately forming the perfect imaginary vessel in which to preserve all our imaginary notions.

OMG! Even the ruthless and unstoppable destruction of language that is the Internet can't lessen the value of invoking a deity as an exclamation! The reptilian appeal of the god concept satisfies on a gut level during moments of passion that no amount of logic or factual evidence will ever be able to touch.

And the books are important, too. All the theisms have their central text and it goes without saying that no central text for atheism exists, nor will one ever.

Atheism is indefensible. Saying that no war will ever be fought in atheism's name, though perfectly true, implies a false predicate: that atheism has a name. It doesn't. Atheism will never assuage our fears of the unknown, never tell us that we're special, never justify our over-zealous love/abject hatred of ourselves and one another. It's a concept as difficult to understand as the zero must have been for the ancient Greeks. And the popular intellect will never, ever be able to grasp it; nor will they want to.

Atheism is dead.


Blogger factory_peasant said...

hey thanks for the updated link if i haven't mentioned it already.

another excellent post. whenever i read your stuff i'm thinking to myself man why can't i write as well as Wad does. i guess i'm just not that creative or eloquent.

everyone has a choice to make in life. worry about what happens after you die or just get down to it and find out when it happens. some people have an unhealthy need to have answers to questions no one can actually provide. religion can't either, it's more of a manipulative dreamworld than anything else. but hey, lots of people like to pull the wool over their own eyes. might as well let them.

12:26 PM  
Blogger fugginWad said...

Thanks, FP. Praise from someone whose writing I admire as much as yours is great praise indeed.

Yeah, it really is ridiculous to even wonder what happens after we die. On a list of important topics, that should come pretty close to dead last.

But whatever, most folks want to know that, and whether Brittney Spears is wearing panties. It's all about priorities.

6:39 PM  
Blogger factory_peasant said...

i started hitting christian web blogs and leaving God is for suckers in their comments. wordpress is cool, i can tell instantly when the beady eyed bible thumpers have seen the comment and flipped out. they usually nuke the link and pretend it never happened. oh and as an added bonus they drop by bill and dave. neato huh?

8:44 PM  
Blogger fugginWad said...

Very clever. I think I may need to follow your lead. Wordpress sounds like too much fun.

9:15 AM  
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