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Atheists are the Worlds True Optimists
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Atheists are the worlds True Optimists!


Sounds strange doesn't it?
Atheism and Optimism.

Question is why should it sound strange at all?

Optimism as explained in Wikipedia:

"Optimism is a mental attitude or world view that interprets situations and events as being best (optimized), meaning that in some way for factors that may not be fully comprehended, the present moment is in an optimum state. The concept is typically extended to include the attitude of hope for future conditions unfolding as optimal as well. A common idiom used to illustrate optimism versus pessimism is a glass with water at the halfway point, where the optimist is said to see the glass as half full, but the pessimist sees the glass as half empty."

Atheists are very often presumed to be "Angry" people who shy away from the world.
This may have been once very true. In times past Atheists did indeed have to hide away....
because they were considered Heretics, and would be tortured or put to death unless
agreeing to believing in a god.

I am here to say that this image is today a mis-conception.
This is the time of the happy good neighbor Atheist. As a matter of fact,
I bet you have some in every neighborhood in the USA. You just can't
always tell who they are....because they are so "normal".

I can tell you from my own personal experience, I am a very happy Atheist.
I look forward to all there is to learn and the countless ways to stretch my mind
in trying to answer the questions I feel so very free to ask, now that the whole
useless concept of a god has been removed from my ability to reason with intellect.

I say it is the believer in a vengeful and ever merciless god that is angry and pessimistic.
They so dislike this life, that they can do nothing but think of a made up place called heaven.
That is dourly pessimistic to me, living but not living...like this life is some kind of waiting room
till they step thru that door to the divine hereafter! Please.....!

The Atheist is in awe at the majestic wonder of an entire universe!

It is the questions we do not yet know the answers to, that most compels us to venture
into the darkness of the unknown, to push harder than before, to peel back the curtain,
all for the purpose of learning today, what we did not know yesterday.


This to me is true optimism

Atheists are the Worlds true Optimists!

Be Atheist Proud and let yourself be a happy Atheist!
You have an entire Universe of Wonder right outside your door.
Explore it!
Ask questions!
Let your ability to think critically revel in it's Freedom!


Capt'n A!

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The magic word you mentioned here; is "worldview."

What people don't understand, is that everyone has the ability to construct their own worldview & to generalize others, as if to make them more easily understood. There are a lot of angry christians, muslims, non-believers etc. - but it should be understood that they are only angry, because that's how they've decided to construct their worldview. Count me in as "a happy atheist" - Life is so amazing, because it's all I'll ever have. There is no hereafter, only the here & now.

Thanks for this post Cap.

Your Friend.

Sec.

My emotional state varies wildly, but is irrelevant with respect to my optimism, which is, rather than a feeling, simply a dispassionate assessment of the social realities we find ourselves in, and an advanced grasp of the biological, historical, psychological, and social processes that inform our transition to a more peaceful, harmonious, intelligent, scientific, sustainable, and necessarily religion free existence. There is nothing in my understanding that precludes the POSSIBILITY of achieving that reality, nor is there anyway I, as presently constituted, could do anything but endeavor towards it.

Further, it is only those with the most simplistic, unsophisticated, and essentially childish appreciation of historical and social realities that presume with smug satisfaction what the limits of future social evolution are. Those who become enamored and jealous of the facts they believe they hold, who assert them pridefully as their own, who insinuate them as massive codpieces, communicate clearly to those capable of measured, cautious, and quiet contemplation, that nothing of substance lies beneath. Humility is a NECESSARY virtue for intelligent thought, as much as it is a desired one in the greater society.


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