I grew up in a pretty religious family, but even though I participated in some of the rituals, I had always been sceptical about them. In high school I became a firm Atheist, and stood out like a sore thumb, being the only one in the entire school I think. After college, in my early twenties, I moved up to Johannesburg from Durban and became quite involved with a religious organization. Perhaps it was the the feeling of community or the family I missed, that got me attracted, but I stayed involved for about fifteen years thereafter.
Then, for some reason the doubts started. Perhaps it was the religious teachers or priests who couldn’t answer valid questions satisfactorily, logically or rationally, but my disenchantment with religion grew stronger. Eventually I just dropped out. Stopped believing. Confirmation of my disbelief came through intense reading, the Internet, etc. Knowledge freed the mind from belief in the supernatural, the absurd. There was a time after this that I called myself a born-again Atheist. I’m through with the militant phase. Now I’m just a secular humanist. Even sounds more pleasant.
I’m now a free-thinker, student of the sciences, art, ancient civilizations and history, politics, comparative religion and the human condition, anti-authority, libertarian.
I’m now into amateur photography, videography, blogging.
“Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense” -Chapman Cohen
“Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from its readiness to fit in with our instinctual wishful impulses” -Sigmund Freud
“Religion provides the solace for the turmoil that it creates” -Byron Danelius
“All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher” -Lucretius
“The need for religion will end when man becomes sensible enough to govern himself” – Francisco Ferrer Gaurdia
“Men become civilized, not in proportion to their willingness to believe, but in proportion to their readiness to doubt” – H L Mencken
“Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool”- Voltaire
“Religion, a daughter of Hope and Fear, explaining to Ignorance the nature of the Unknowable” – Ambrose Bierce
“So many gods, so many creeds
So many paths that wind and wind
While just the art of being kind
Is all the sad world needs” – Ella WheelerWilcox