Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Negative Labels

The older I get the more terms like ‘atheist” and ‘non-believer’ are starting to grate on my nerves. They imply that having theist beliefs is the normal state of affairs and that people like me are somehow lacking something because we don’t believe in supernatural mumbo-jumbo. As far as I am concerned the opposite is true, I HAVE something that the theists lack. Namely the ability to think for myself and formulate my own values in accordance with my own needs, rather than being enslaved by someone else’s values. I look forward to the day when we revaluate our terms – those who are now called ‘atheists’ and ‘non-believers’ will merely be labelled ‘rational’ or ‘logical’ while the god-believers will bear negative labels like ‘irrational’ and ‘non-logical’!

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