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atheistbydefault by rhythmichysteria atheistbydefault by rhythmichysteria
religion is not a prerequisite for morality.
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Arospades Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
I agree with you...
Religions want to privatize everything that is considered "good" and to brainwash people into thinking that humans are born "evil" and that all "goodness" comes from religion so they can justify their existence and promulgation in a very hypocritical way...
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Epic-Leather Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I agree completely, I think children should be raised being taught things we know to be true. Not a "knowing" of a truth like "I know there is a god because...", but actual facts: science, history, tangible evidence. This way they will grow up looking at things from a realistic and rational point of view, not a brainwashed narrow-minded mindset (I can say this from first hand experience). Teaching any religion or false doctrines to a child whose mind is a sponge and susceptible to all incoming information is abuse. Especially when its from parents, to paraphrase Silent Hill: In the eyes of a child, parents are god. They look for guidance and understanding from the source of everything form their point of view: mother and father. To teach them “facts” based upon nothing but “feelings” is wrong and irresponsible.
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rhythmichysteria Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Eloquently put, my friend!
People like you reinforce my hope for the future of mankind, Nathan.
Pleasure to meet you. :hug:
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Epic-Leather Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
lol thank you very much, and I you. I must say it is refreshing to see logic and the gray matter being used... because more and more I see things becoming like Idiocracy and its hilarious yet pathetically scary o.O
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Netufi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno if they're born an atheist though... I know I started thinking and really classifying myself as an atheist like, a year or two ago (I'm 17 now). Before then, I didn't care much, didn't think about it. Atheism is still a belief, keep that in mind. Babies don't tend to think about how life works. Instead, they like to poop themselves and cry. They just lack any belief in the matter. Babies have no idea about these concepts when they're born, so how could they be an atheist?
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rhythmichysteria Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi Oskar, how every new-born child is an a-theist is because, by default, he/she is not a theist. theism is taught. simple as that. should you feel the need for elaboration plz lemme know ;)

Yes, Atheism is a belief. So is everything that we know of. Even when someone says they don't believe in something(concept), what they are doing is believing in not believing in something. Knowing is not imagining. The point is... imagining (making things up in our mind) is not a belief(how much soever real it may seem to oneself). More importantly, to shove one's beliefs down others throats is immoral, hence not the right thing to do.
You make an excellent point when you mention babies not having the tendency to think. WHICH IS EXACTLY why those who are grown up and have a rational mind to know better have the responsibility towards them in guiding them the right way, the reasonable way... instead of imparting them misinformation that they themselves don't KNOW but REGARD to be true. If someone categorizes dragons & fairies to be real then they are contradicting themselves and have failed to understand the crucial difference between reality & imagination. I'm sure you fully understand what I'm talking about! :)
Cheers!
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Netufi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Atheism is the rejection of a deity, not the lack of belief in a deity.
But everything else you've said, I agree with.
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rhythmichysteria Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hmmm thought I'd replied back earlier.. sorry for the delay.
my premise is... non-believers are also believers in the sense that they believe in not believing in something. if we dont know what we believe/dont believe in then that simply means we dont know. & It's OKAY to not know something. That's exactly why I find the question - "Are you a 'non-believer'?" wrong. Surely we've come across people with bad morality.. we dont believe in bad morality but we believe an idea called bad morality exists. We can't believe/not believe in something we are not yet aware of. [google SCHRODINGER'S CAT] believing AND not believing is an acceptance of a certain ideology... in other words, rejection is also a form of acceptance (accepting to reject). the stance we choose to take are different of course. fun stuff ;)
my apologies if I failed to get my point across. =]
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Netufi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's all good. And yeah, being a "non-believer" is believing, I agree.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
The christians, of course, will rationalize that it is "all part of god's plan", down to five-year old african children who are born with aids, child soldiers, poverty, genital mutilation, ethnic cleansing, starvation, child molestation, slavery- all of it, part of his plan that everything will magically work out in the end.

No matter how bad it looks, no matter how irrational it is, the power of delusion is depressingly real.

Nice poster by the way, I've been looking for that quote.
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