atheist or agnostic?
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I used to consider myself atheist because once upon a time I did believe with 100% certainty that there is no god nor gods.
Now, though? I feel more agnostic because there really isn’t any way to tell. There is no way to prove or disprove a god. You can disprove the myths in religions, but you can’t actually say that there’s nothing out there. Religion is just man’s best guess at God when, in reality, chances are no one knows whether or not there is a higher power.
I now look back at my younger self (once theist, then atheist) and realize I was so arrogant to think I had the answer. I now realize literally know nothing, and knowing this leaves me open to the possibility of my opinion changing again in the future.
@zalk, So you are saying that being a subject of cause and effect is superior to one who simply observes cause and effect? Because action is participation in this cycle, an observer is not subject to it and understands its influence.
@trek79, you have to ask yourself, you see one person being robbed by a burglar and think to yourself, i could help this person and both of us could tackle down the burglar and call the police and he would be jailed for sometime and would not commit anymore crimes for sometime, or should i avoid this situation because i don’t want to bother or try to judge anyone. In this case the passiveness situation puts you in a situation that makes another person be robbed and lets the burglar stay free to keep on his criminal activity, where you might be the next victim, which situation would you prefer?
@beyond, Yes, in my case, exploring Nihilism has resulted in me being able to see the “good” things in life as a product of love, a metaphysical manifestation of something divine, but it also allows me to see the “bad” things as scientifically explainable by cause and effect. That is something that no one can reasonably argue against except for their own value system which, as I have stated and can point out in Nihilism, is artificial.