The Art of Nothing

Imagining there is something out there

Is seems religion has an edge on atheism. How does one continue to embellish on unbelief? What new ideas can we pull out of thin air to aggrandize a negative? There are no assumptions to defend, no miracles to fantasize, no mythical beasts or gods to rewrite, revise, conjecture, or expand.

Religion is science fiction with a penalty, where believing the right fiction is coupled with an unlimited license to caricature your wildest dreams into a human right—where making god more better and more powerful than anyone can imagine—right up until someone reimagines it.

God has evolved in my lifetime to incorporate the ontology of science and atheist philosophers. They get it all. Every idea of existence can be attributed to this mythology. You win. I have no deity to defend.

Even the best argument for nothing is laid waist by belief and tradition. Never failing to take credit for solving your existential anxieties—which tend to solve themselves anyway. All bleeding eventually stops. But give god his due. It is you who solves the crisis and always has been. It’s too bad the men of words cannot give credit to you for your own course corrections.

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Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

22 thoughts on “The Art of Nothing”

  1. Yeah, except . . .

    Religion is a massive source of ill feeling. Christianity, of the fundamentalist/evangelical sort, insists that each of us is a fallen, doomed being, that we are wicked and prone to sin, the worst kind.

    Why did they have to make that shit up? Oh, so they would have a solution to “our” problem, hmmm. And from that situation be able to exert power over us. Evil is as evil does.

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    1. Agreed Steve. There again it is the claim that has the upper hand, not some bloke minding his own business living happily in his ignorance of such things.

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  2. “It seems religion has an edge on atheism.” Once the realm of the immaterial is created by a child’s imagination the door is open for any cockamamie character to enter. Religion’s “edge” is belief in heaven. Without the realm of the supernatural the faithful have nothing. Nonbelievers can imagine there is no heaven, the faithful cannot. GROG

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    1. The mere fact that they make a claim puts them at an advantage. The other great tool is the almighty question — do you believe in God? It puts the those who never before contemplated their existence at a disadvantage to the masses.

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      1. My ex-wife was an astrologer on the side, and she went back through old hospital records to find out what time I was born, and then did my chart. She was as dumbfounded as any Tarot Card reader who ever read my cards. I don’t remember what card it was, that was 40 and more years ago, but it seemed the “outcome” or destiny card always turned up the same card. My chart came to the same conclusion, which translated as either “no destiny” or “total mystery.” It always made me wonder, how weird were these fortune teller things.
        But that aside, the whole thing, for most atheists, is that we need no comeback to the question “Do you believe in God,” or to pull “new embellishments out of the air.” Isn’t that the whole point of atheism, we don’t change our stories at the drop of a hat, because there is nothing to change to.
        As I said, that is for most atheists. And then there is me. I have not changed my story since the days I had my acid experiences. But, over the years, I have come to understand some things better, which has only made me more confidant in who I am.
        Oh, oh! I just put my foot in my mouth, again. Will I never learn?
        Nope!

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  3. Whilst nature doesn’t necessarily abhor a vacuum (despite advertisements to the contrary), humans do. And if you don’t supply the filler, someone else invariably will be more than happy to. Although I am of the mindset that religious belief is a mental illness, statistically, religion does serve some beneficial social functions in spite of this—and it certainly serves a Foucauldian power and control role. Of course, it has many downsides as well.

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  4. “Course corrections” Good one Jim! Like there is some prescribed course which, I assume, includes a measure of meaning and pleasure. See? 😂 Your fantasies are still in tact.

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  5. Well, i am not into organized religion. Organized religion is largely based on techniques, money, and hierarchies… none of which deals with true wisdom. When i was in college, i had what i feel was a true religious experience. But “experience” isn’t the right word, since it did not have much to do with the five senses whatsoever. I’m not trying to convince you of anything, but if it happened to you, you wouldn’t be an atheist. And, really, atheism is a belief just like the other beliefs are (predominantly). The best thing to do would be to say, “I don’t know,” and to investigate from there. Then no doors are closed. Then there is real inquiry and unblemished perception.

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    1. Well, my blog started as the CommonAtheist but it has evolved quite a bit. I would say I am in agreement with Jiddu Krishnamurti. – “To be a theist or an atheist, to me, are both absurd. If you knew what truth is, what God is, you would neither be a theist nor an atheist, because in that awareness belief is unnecessary. It is the man who is not aware, who only hopes and supposes, who looks to belief or to disbelief to support him, and to lead him to act in a particular way.

      Now, if you approach it quite differently, you will find out for yourselves, as individuals, something real that is beyond all the limitations of beliefs, beyond the illusion of words. But that—the discovery of truth, or God—demands great intelligence, which is not assertion of belief or disbelief, but the recognition of the hindrances created by lack of intelligence.

      So to discover God or truth—and I say such a thing does exist, I have realized it—to recognize that, to realize that, the mind must be free of all the hindrances which have been created throughout the ages, based on self-protection and security.
      You cannot be free of security by merely saying that you are free. To penetrate the walls of these hindrances, you need to have a great deal of intelligence, not mere intellect. Intelligence, to me, is mind and heart in full harmony; and then you will find out for yourself, without asking anyone, what that reality is.”

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      1. Jim, I don’t doubt your perspective at all, but this phrase: “and I say such a thing does exist, I have realized it” smacks of exactly what everyone else says about their experiences.

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        1. Wait … I just read the comment online (I originally read it in my email) and apparently, it was a QUOTE … not your words. Sorry. But the premise is still true.

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          1. Sure it’s true. Nobody can experience my experience, nor I theirs. I would think after some time it would be apparent that either none of it is genuine or all of it is. For what it’s worth, if it were genuine, belief in it would not be necessary.

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    1. Somewhere K stated belief and unbelief are to sides of the same coin. A negative and positive pole of the same faulty notion. His writings really resonate with me. I wrote on this a few years back but he says it a lot clearer than I.

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