The day I became an atheist…

2 Grants done. Submitted. Finished. Outta here. I’M TOTALLY fucking fried. In that spirit…and because I’m too exhausted to do anything that involves actual thinking, I will oblige Comrade Physioprof, who has tagged me with the following meme

Can You Remember The Day That You Officially Became An Atheist?

Nope. I suppose its not been all that long ago as I considered myself agnostic for quite some time. I was happy with that ‘I don’t know what’s out there’ feeling… although I’ve never have any particular liking for organized religion. Then a few things happened….

1.  I started just thinking of religion as a belief in the supernatural… which frankly, seems like kind of a silly thing to believe in- or even not to be sure that this didn’t exist (if I’m not making sense its the grant writing).

2.  I became all about looking at the evidence.

3.  I didn’t like feeling like I’m living at the mercy of a supernatural power…or of anyone or anything else, for that matter.

Do you remember the day you officially became an agnostic?

Not the day- but I have been certainly since I was a child. When I was in high school many of my classmates became born-again Christians because of what seemed to me at the time to be peer pressure and the wish to be in some sort of ‘in’ crowd, or part of a community. Which seemed like an odd reason to start believing in god. I had a group of ultra-nerdy friends that were much more into math, foreign movies, music… and other non-religious type pursuits…

I love religious holidays though- I just use them as an opportunity to cook/eat/ and be with family.  I think that’s probably what many ‘religious’ people do too…

How about the last time you spoke or prayed to God with actual thought that someone was listening?

I don’t think I ever thought someone was listening.

Did anger towards God or religion help cause you to be an atheist or agnostic?

No, not at all. I’m not angry towards anyone.

Here is a good one: Were you agnostic towards ghosts, even after you became an atheist?

What, ghosts??? No such thing.

Do you want to be wrong?

Not particularly. I’m not sure how it would change my life if I was wrong. I would continue to live as I do now- trying to be a decent person, live a moral life, treat people as I want to be treated, love my family, take care of the people around me, fight for the things I believe in, and enjoy each and every day as though it could be my last.

I’m sure I’m supposed to tag someone… but at the moment I’m fresh out of people to tag as C PP started this darn meme and he seems to have tagged about all the blogging athiests I know!… oh how about anonymoustache… and perhaps bikemonkey….


9 thoughts on “The day I became an atheist…

  1. Cath-

    Are you done as well?? If you are hurray and have a shot of ______ (insert your favorite poison here, yes C PP-… Jameson, I know!)… on me!

  2. WOOO HOO! Congrats on making it through! Treat yourself to.. something. Something good. You are superduperscientista

  3. Dr. A.-

    Cleaning the rotor in the microfuge was about all I could muster this afternoon… superduperscientista… I like that, perhaps I’ll have to morph from drdrA into superduperscientista…!

  4. microbiologist xx, and JaneB-

    Thanks I’m so trashed I almost don’t know what to do next. I’ll think of something though!

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  6. Yay, grants done!! Congratulations! My teaching responsibilities (lecture-wise) finished this week too, and I am having that ennui that gets leftover when big, energy-consuming stuff ends. I have to find something to DO with myself this weekend!

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