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Author Topic: This I Believe - NPR - Great Essay Series and one essay that caused quite a stir  (Read 1150 times)

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I believe that there is no God. I'm beyond atheism. Atheism is not believing in God. Not believing in God is easy -- you can't prove a negative, so there's no work to do. You can't prove that there isn't an elephant inside the trunk of my car. You sure? How about now? Maybe he was just hiding before. Check again. Did I mention that my personal heartfelt definition of the word ''elephant'' includes mystery, order, goodness, love and a spare tire?

So, anyone with a love for truth outside of herself has to start with no belief in God and then look for evidence of God. She needs to search for some objective evidence of a supernatural power. All the people I write e-mails to often are still stuck at this searching stage. The atheism part is easy.

But, this ''This I Believe'' thing seems to demand something more personal, some leap of faith that helps one see life's big picture, some rules to live by. So, I'm saying, ''This I believe: I believe there is no God.''

Having taken that step, it informs every moment of my life. I'm not greedy. I have love, blue skies, rainbows and Hallmark cards, and that has to be enough. It has to be enough, but it's everything in the world and everything in the world is plenty for me. It seems just rude to beg the invisible for more. Just the love of my family that raised me and the family I'm raising now is enough that I don't need heaven. I won the huge genetic lottery and I get joy every day.

Believing there's no God means I can't really be forgiven except by kindness and faulty memories. That's good; it makes me want to be more thoughtful. I have to try to treat people right the first time around.

Believing there's no God stops me from being solipsistic. I can read ideas from all different people from all different cultures. Without God, we can agree on reality, and I can keep learning where I'm wrong. We can all keep adjusting, so we can really communicate. I don't travel in circles where people say, ''I have faith, I believe this in my heart and nothing you can say or do can shake my faith.'' That's just a long-winded religious way to say, ''shut up,'' or another two words that the FCC likes less. But all obscenity is less insulting than, ''How I was brought up and my imaginary friend means more to me than anything you can ever say or do.'' So, believing there is no God lets me be proven wrong and that's always fun. It means I'm learning something.

Believing there is no God means the suffering I've seen in my family, and indeed all the suffering in the world, isn't caused by an omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent force that isn't bothered to help or is just testing us, but rather something we all may be able to help others with in the future. No God means the possibility of less suffering in the future.

Believing there is no God gives me more room for belief in family, people, love, truth, beauty, sex, Jell-O and all the other things I can prove and that make this life the best life I will ever have.
"I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me. "
-Bette Midler

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HERE HERE!!!  BRAVO!!!

Most times when I see shit go so wrong (ala, religous fanatacism et al.) I think WOW if there IS a god he sure can be a DICK.
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

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there in lies my own opinion! But my jewish upbringing brings me to a battlefeild between the unfailing belief in G-d and the belief that indeed a G-d does not even exist. Gzah! It's a hard fight but I have all the time in the world to figure it out for myself.
"I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me. "
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I have a catholic upbringing including a 3 year stint in a Catholic School.  They took me out before 3rd grade because a SHOWDOWN was coming between me and the head mother.  They kept FORCE FEEDING me this shit and I finally said "LOOK i KNOW how it works and Mary CANT be a virgin no matter WHAT you think!!" 

Wait, maybe thats why I got HIV, little punishment from the Head Virgin Herself!
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

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HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH That's funny because I went to a Catholic School all my  school career...minus college...The only Jew in catholic school was a tough role....hahahaha i just imagined you and a head mother on seperate chariots....ready to duel....

"I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me. "
-Bette Midler

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I got one of these in honor of those memories... it shoots sparks out the mouth!!!

LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

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I HAVE THAT!! on the dash of my auto!
"I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me. "
-Bette Midler

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I have it on my desk at work!!!  TOO FUNNY
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

 


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