the Dao of Atheism :jeffers' petroglyph, pre-dakota, minnesota : the Shaman Atheist 18/81


When nature is forgotten and abandoned,
goodness, justice and morality are created,
and theisms flourish.

When intelligence and knowledge appear,
great advertising campaigns are created,
and religions compete.

When partners and family members are not at peace
they begin talking about relationships and
duties and responsibilities
and spiritual needs.

When there is tension, distrust,
and revolution
in a community,
we hear calls for
loyal followers.

There is much sectarianism and disagreement even among atheists.
In the West there are Stoics, materialists, empiricists, Freudians, Marxists, Objectivists, O'Harans, agnostics, christians and existentialists, to name a few.
In the East there are Charwakans, Jains, Buddhists, and Daoists.
There are also atheists among native peoples in America.

Beliefs differ among them, yet one experience is common to them all.

Which sect is better?
Which one should I join?

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