I like thinking about the “big questions”, things like “does big-G-God-or-little-g-god exist” or “why do so many people accept that Naruto is a ninja when hiding is difficult in his orange MC Hammer pants” and the rest of what plagues the mental capacities of humankind. And one topic that consistently arises in a “big questions” discussion (which is does often enough in both faithful and secular circles, even more so when those two circles go all Venn Diagram on each other) is that of morality.
There’s a big misconception about morality and atheism/non-believers, and I think I’ve found a possible way of explaining my particular stance. That being, the discussion of my wife’s ass.
Once in a blue moon I find myself stumbling through the rabbit hole that is YouTube and watching a smattering of videos on a particular topic, all in a row, sometimes for hours at a clip – professional wrestling matches, music videos, and most recently, videos of atheists/humanists debunking creationist videos. Usually having fun at their expense, but still pointing out my favorite method of debate: “you are wrong, and here is why”. I don’t do it to affirm my own lack of belief – I’ve been open enough throughout the years about my never actually being a believer – but as a reminder that bad arguments exist everywhere, and deserve to be approached.
Those videos can be highly entertaining, but this last go-round they actually have made me a bit sad as well. Not empathetic so much for the attempts at converting me or other non-believers (that still feels “dirty” to me, trying to “save” a person from themselves when they can be perfectly happy and healthy as they are) but disappointed at some of the ways even my fellow atheists approach the aggressive proselytizing of the faithful with a nearly-equal fervor. And it’s made me really try to break down, both for myself and for anyone who might not understand, why so many atheists can come off either angry or frustrated in the face of the one trying to convert them.
It’s a pretty simple, straight-forward answer even.