Assholes and the Umbrella of Safety

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Retired NBA star Charles Barkley said something recently, something probably reported with the intention of shocking readers, but actually fairly tame, all things considered. Here: When asked about a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his teammates, the NBA Hall of Famer went on a rant about how “unintelligent” black people believe they have to hold successful African-Americans back.“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if … [Read more...]

Processing Atheist Grief: Some Thoughts

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I continue to think about death and grieving, coming up on three years after the passing of my Cowboy Dad (not a blood relative, but someone more special in my life than any of my real relatives). I occasionally have new ideas about the subject. Here's a couple:1) If you lose someone to age or illness ... Ask Yourself 'What If?' Consider the pain you're in, the magnitude of it. Now imagine that you could go back in time and change the events of your life so that you'd never met that … [Read more...]

Reimagining the Conceptual Foundation of Atheism

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Inevitably, in any discussion with those critical of atheism, you'll hear "You can't prove there's no God, therefore atheism is not logically supportable."Here's the counter: There's this thought experiment we've been conducting for the past three centuries or so, the thought experiment of "What if everything works by completely natural laws and forces, with no capricious supernatural superbeings involved?"It doesn't matter whether or not the supernatural superbeings exist! We just … [Read more...]

The Club Nobody Wants to Join

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I'm an avid supporter of Grief Beyond Belief. Grappling with the death of a loved one -- human or animal -- is monstrously difficult, easily the most jarring event a person can ever undergo. Throwing religion into it, for someone who is NOT religious, only adds to the suffering. Having a support network for grieving unbelievers is an absolute necessity, in my view. Anything less is, simply, cruel. But it's a cruelty that's gone unrecognized, unlamented by society at large. The goddy majority … [Read more...]

Atheism at the Bedside of the Dying

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When I took my canine buddy Ranger the Valiant Warrior for that last trip to the vet, the doctor asked me to leave the room while he gave him the shot. I looked at him like he was crazy, told him flatly, "I'm not leaving." I also asked him to give Ranger a shot of painkiller before the real killer. As Ranger died, I was there talking to him, stroking him, holding him, "You were the best, buddy! I'll never forget you! I love you, handsome beast!"When Tito the Mighty Hunter died, I was right … [Read more...]

Goodness and Guilt on the Dark Edge of Life

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I’m thinking about guilt as a driving force of religion.If you treat somebody badly, and they later die before you have a chance to apologize or correct your action, you have no way to make it right with them. If you’re religious, though, you can regain balance both through the ceremonial forgiveness your religion offers and through the “knowledge” that you will either see them again and have the chance to make it right, or that they’re alive-after-death and able to see you, hear you, as you … [Read more...]


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