the Dao of Atheism :jeffers' petroglyph, pre-dakota, minnesota : the Shaman Atheist 13/81


Both favor and disgrace are disruptive.
Fortune and privilege cause physical pain.

What does it mean: favor and disgrace are both disruptive?
Favor impresses and disgrace depresses. Trying to get favor makes one anxious, losing it makes one anxious.

What does it mean: fortune and privilege cause physical pain?
The reason we feel pain is because we have material bodies.
If we didn't have bodies, how could we feel pain?
Fortune and privilege have material realities, too.
Without class rank or privilege, how could we feel loss?

Thus, persons who deal with the world and others
as they deal with their own bodies,
living simply,
accepting both joy and pain equally,
are the best people to be entrusted with leadership.
The persons who love and care for the earth
as they do their own bodies,
living simply,
are the best people to entrust with the care of the earth.

Atheism in the past five centuries has focused almost exclusively on rationalism to destabilize organized religious forces.
Atheists have sought to overturn the power of organized religion because organized religion proposed to eliminate the atheist. Tic for tac. Force opposing force, unbeliefs counter beliefs, yin against yang, ... this is not the way.

For the natural atheist, there is no case against god to be made. Where there is no experience, there is nothing to say, no case to be made, no battle to be fought, no advantage to be gained. If, as some atheists believe, the term god is meaningless, even more so should be its refutation. No god, therefore no antagonism.

Giving up the fight against god-beliefs does not mean giving up the development of atheism as a way of being. In Daoism as in Buddhism, in existentialism as in Marxism, positive thought and ways of being have been generated that offer the atheist positive models of living.

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