As I have said previously, I am an Atheist. I have been an Atheist since, approximately, 1990.
The reason I say “approximately” is because it was not an instant decision. I had looked into several religions, including, but not limited to:
- Buddhism, specifically Theravada Buddhism.
and several other belief systems, and I found them all lacking in any real explanation.
Now, in my opinion, and in my experience, there are generally three broad categories of Atheism.
The first category is probably the most common, I call it “Atheistic Humanism“. This is essentially a form of humanism that does not believe in the existence of a deity. The Atheistic Humanists generally agree with some version of “The Humanist Manifesto“, from either 1933, 1973, or 2003.
Now, I am not, nor ever was, an atheistic humanist. I could never agree with all of the points on the Humanist manifesto. And if I do not subscribe to all the points on an issue, I want nothing to do with it.
Now, the least common category of Atheism is “Atheistic Satanism“. OK, I will ask you to consider what I have said. I need you to think about it. If there is no deity, then there can be no “Devil”. Really. REALLY! However, although I am not an Atheistic Satanist, I do respect their position.
These are the guys, and gals, that will cause a shitstorm when the Christians want their “Ten Commandments” obelisk on the city hall, and the Satanists will come in and demand equal time for a satanic statue of Baphomet right next to the ten commandments. And, by using the first amendment to the constitution to insist that they have the right to be represented equally, the Christians generally go apoplectic.
That is why I respect the Satanists. They get things done.
Now, the third type of Atheism I will call the “Rational Atheist“. This group of Atheism was promoted by Ayn Rand. Yes, Ayn Rand, the woman that was hated my many. However, when I decided that I was an Atheist, I had gravitated to the rational arguments. Thus, I am a Rational Atheist.
Now, in my current situation, due to my stroke in 2011, I am somewhat conflicted.
First off, I am probably less rational than I was pre-stroke. And my loss of rationality has caused me some concern. While I keep trying to act in a rational manner, since the partial loss of my executive functions, it is difficult for me to act rationally all the time.
But I try.
But, nevertheless, I am an atheist, and I think I will always be an atheist. That single fact is certain for me. And I know that I am not a Humanist Atheist, and I am not a Satanic Atheist.
Additionally, since my stroke, I have become somewhat dependent on some social services. And for that, I am not sure that I can live entirely rationally. Because a rational person can stand on his own.
I cannot stand on my own, currently.