The journey to unbelief, revisited

I spent some time last night going through a manuscript on atheism and unbelief, sent to me by a work colleague. Reading through it reminded me of my own personal journey from credulity to skepticism.

I could see the same mistakes in the manuscript that I had made when I first ventured out into the world of unbelief, trying to make sense of this bewildering, yet deliciously liberated frame of mind… no being. It was like deja vu.

I remember grabbing eagerly at any book I could find, any resource that would explain this new world to me. And most of the time I was led astray by utter nonsense. Believe me, there is a lot of it out there. From the cunningly sublime, to the outrageously ridiculous. There’s all kinds – from conspiracy theorists to pushers of woo of every hue.

It is amazingly easy to be lulled into accepting bullshit, because it is comforting. Yes, bullshit is comforting. Which is probably why the world is full of it. Generally people want to be comforted. Who can blame them? Being or feeling challenged is not a natural desire.

This is for my colleague. I hope you are reading this. DO NOT ACCEPT ANYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR. EVEN YOUR EYES MAY DECEIVE YOU. DOUBT IS YOUR BEST FRIEND…

For he who is without a book

Were I to come across a burning house,

and not stopping, the abode to douse

I would rush in to save as many books as I could lug.

Finding no books, I’d return with a big jug

of gasoline, and bone dry wood

To end the wretch’s life for good.

My first attempt at poetry.

And what if the poor soul loves his reading on Kindle only?

Too bad I say, man cannot live on Kindle alone…

Blame it on kindle

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My sister has just reminded me that I haven’t posted anything on the blog for a while.

It’s not because I haven’t got anything to write about; it’s just that I’ve been doing a lot of reading recently on my new chic toy – the kindle…

Well, that’s not entirely the whole truth – Facebook and Season’s One and Two of True Blood have also been the main culprits keeping me away from blogging. Oh yes, nearly forgot about the new Photoshop software that I’ve been trying to feel my way around. But it’s mainly the reading.

With absorbing titles like those below, can you blame me?

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams [I’ll start reading The Restaurant at the End of the Universe as soon as I’m done with H2G2]
  • The Choice of Hercules by A C Grayling

I hope to be back soon sustained by and armed with some awesome new knowledge.