|the Dao of Atheism :||: the Shaman Atheist 5/81|
The earth and the universe
have no attachments.
Everything is dust
to them, within them.
So, too, the wise
have no permanent attachments.
To them also
people are dust, ideas are dust.
Still, the earth is like a fan:
The more one speaks
Belief is very different from experience, yet some people treat them
the same. Religious faith for some is a belief unsubstantiated by
experience. Lacking experience, they still feel that a god exists.
But with a spiritual experience, there is no need for belief or faith
because the experience is declarative.|
The lack of experience is also declarative. It does not say that no
experience is possible in the future, only that such an experience
has not happened yet. Without experience there is no reason for belief.
Agnosticism is a softer word, yet is still a form of atheism. No claim
on either side of the god question is made, so ignorance reigns supreme.
Arguing the non-existence of god is flattering oneself with the ability to reason through the combined forces of utter ignorance, inexperience and mystery. A clever blind person may be able to convince other blind people that light does not exist based on their common experience, but that argument will not endure the experience of those who see light and color.
The goal should never be to convince others that one's own experience is universal, rather to accept the experience that one has and to grow from it.