the Dao of Atheism :jeffers' petroglyph, pre-dakota, minnesota : the Shaman Atheist 15/81


Wise people
are so very subtle, deep, penetrating and mysterious
that they are
too profound to be understood.
Because they cannot be understood
one can only try to describe them.

They are
cautious, like a cat entering a strange house
alert, like a person walking through a strange city at midnight
reserved, like an invited guest
yielding, like lake ice in the spring
simple, like a block of wood
spacious, like night on the plains
obscure, like a muddied stream.

Can you wait quietly
or the muddy to become clear?
Can you calm yourself
in order to later become active?

Following the path of natural atheism
one has no desire for heaven or to believe.
When a person is not swayed by desire or belief,
one is able to remain one with the universe
without changing.

There is a certain kind of pride a rational atheist has in being skeptical of uncommon events. A sense of superiority of reason over emotion, empiricism over desire, of objectivity over subjectivity. But there is another feeling that i, as an atheist, experience. A sense of loss for mystery, an envy for greater experience.

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