• Christopher Tanner

Obligations of Atheism

I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and haven’t been able to focus on anything for long, before my mind starts to wander. This has resulted in me wanting to write, but not being able to hear myself think in order to do so. Anyone else have that problem sometimes? I’m sure everyone does. We’re all only human, after all.

Anyway. I thought it would help if I asked for some “assignments” from others. What would they like to see me write about? What topics do they want to hear my perspective on? So, here is my first “assignment.” Thanks for these questions, Will.

Obligations of Atheism?

Does atheism have to take on the same issues that religion continually screws up?

Well, the simple answer is: No. Atheism doesn’t have to do anything.

Does it have an obligation to try and mediate or cure those ills?

Again, no. Atheism isn’t bound by any obligations to do anything.

Where does this obligation (if it exists) come from?

As I already covered: there isn’t an obligation. Not an obligation bound to atheism, itself, anyway.

To elaborate:

Atheism is nothing more than a disbelief in deities. That’s all atheism is. By this definition, it’s not possible for atheism to hold any obligations.

With that said, atheists are humans. The same way Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, etc. are humans, as well. We all share the responsibility of shaping society for future generations.

Because of this, yes, I feel atheists share an obligation to correct wrongs, when we can. Not because we are atheist, and dogma of some sort dictates we do so, but simply due to the nature of the human condition.

Each other is all we have. No outside force is going to fix the problems facing the world we live in. It is up to us to stand up to injustice and make this a better world to live in. We don’t have to do anything. However, if we don’t, nothing will change.

Is there a specific subject you’d like to hear my perspective on? Tell me about it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThatAtheistLady

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