Saturday, November 6, 2010

Atheism is... (A poem by Richard Coughlan)

Atheism offers nothing to me,
It never has and never will,
It doesn't make me feel good or comfort me,
It's not there for me when I'm sick or ill,
It can't intervene in my times of need
It won't protect me from hate,
It doesn't care if I fail or succeed,
It won't wipe the tears from my eyes,
It does nothing when I have got no where to run,
It won't give me wise words or advice,
It has no teachings for me to learn,
It can't show me what's bad or nice,
It's never inspired or excited anyone,
It won't help me fulfill all my goals,
It won't tell me to stop when I'm having fun,
It's never saved one single soul,
It doesn't take credit for antyhing I achieve,
It won't make me get down on bended knee,
It doesn't demand that I have to believe,
It won't torture me for eternity,
It won't teach me to hate or despise others,
It can't tell me what's right or wrong,
It won't tell anybody that they can't be lovers,
It's told nobody where they don't belong,
It won't make you think life is worth living,
It has nothing to offer me, yeah, that's true,
But the reason Atheism offers me nothing is because I've never asked it to,
Atheism offers nothing because it doesn't need to,
Religion promises everything because you want it to,
You don't need a religion or to have faith,
You just want it because you need to feel safe,
I want to feel reality and nothing more,
So atheism offers me everything,
That religion has stolen before.


Hugo said...

Beautiful and inspiring, an though I do not consider myself as an atheist, because I do not like stamps, those words said it all.
Nice one.

La Plume said...

It sums it all up ^^

You can debate during hours about Evolution, the big bang and whatnot, ultimately all the debates over religion always comes down to this: Those who need religion and would argue anything and everything because they feel more comfortable with the idea of a God who would save them in Paradise for all their sufferings and wrongdoings , and the others who understand that the only certainty about life is the one you're currently living and therefore that if you've suffered from injustices and illness, it's now you've got to fight, not tomorrow, and if you've hurt another it's that person you've got to ask for forgiveness even if you're not sure you're gonna get it. It's certainly more easy to wait for an invisible God who's supposed to forgive everything including murder than confront a person in the flesh, who might be angry, resentful and full of hatred and who might not want to do anything but curse you.

But that's the beauty of it, Atheists take full responsibility for their actions, believers hope to lift some of it off their shoulders onto their God's.

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