Gaps of the Godless, Part 1: When you are weary

Mon, 30 Apr 2012 | robert

Until Atheism can cater for the psychological requirements of man, it will remain unpopular

Atheism makes perfect sense. It is simple, and elegant, and beautiful. It really is.

It's just not very nice. It doesn't listen to you when you're troubled. It is not in control, like Allah. You cannot give it your burden when you are weary, as you can Jesus. It will not show you how to be at peace, as the Buddha does.

But I can. Many people can. And I'm not going to try to convince you that my imaginary friend is real, or tell you incredible stories of miracles to convince you that I am right and the next guy is wrong. I am going to tell you some genuinely useful stuff.

And, what's more, you don't even need to be an Atheist to do this stuff.

When you are weary, and heavy-laden ...

... Trust someone. Choose carefully, of course. And question your own motives -- don't go and spill your beans to someone just because you kind of like them. It's best to choose family. And if you don't have family you can trust, choose a friend. And if you don't have a friend, choose a stranger. And if you don't have a stranger, choose a website (but make sure you are anonymous). And if you don't have a website, make an imaginary friend. Seriously. Even a diary is a kind of imaginary friend.

And then tell them everything that's on your mind. Start with the big stuff, and then work your way into the back story. And then talk about all the other things, because there are usually other things too. Don't stop talking until it has all been said.

Sometimes you need someone just to listen. Sometimes you could use some advice, but most often you just need to say it aloud in order to clarify the problems. So when you choose someone to trust, it's often best to choose someone who will not have advice. The ideal person just needs to be able to listen, without judging.

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