A Humbling Journey: Theist to Atheist

From video, around 1:01:14 mark, Quote :

In psychology the theory of self affirmation proposes that we are fundamentally motivated to maintain the perceived integrity of the self, with two of the most important component of this integrity being morality and adequacy .Information that threatens this perception such as evidence that our beliefs are misguided or our behaviour is harmful to ourselves or others, impels defensive biases which cause us to dismiss  deny or distort the information in such a way so that our feelings of  self integrity can be sustained. Research demonstrates that [defensive] biases are attenuated [weakened] by affirmation of alternative sources of self worth. If  the motivation to maintain self integrity is thus satisfied, individuals are more likely to accept information they would otherwise view as threatening, and subsequently to change their beliefs and even their behaviour

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This explain why religion would choose to create building with walls, of what will then help to divide people? . Those walls help to segregate so as to blockade against alternative sources,  therefore maintaining bias

It also explains reasons for why believers will affirm unto mind of other believers, that non believers are “not good people” ?

Around 1:48 mark ,the video begin to go into discussing about the issue of how people spend most of their lives forgetting repudiating about the truth of the matter,  in regard to how fleeting the moments of ALL of our lives really are. Human minds are constantly acting in all manner of ways, as if refusing to accept the truth of it

I feel i noticed this phenomena even among members of my own family. Even my own children. Everyone constantly lives out their lives as if loss of contact really doesn’t need to matter one bit. I have a feeling, that the first moment they’ll become aware of being completely wrong about that, will be very the moment they begin to understand that there are certain people they know, that are now laying there dead

People who hang around believers , spend time around believers, are then prone to become blind to fleeting nature of human lifespan .

Belief in an eternity is the root cause of this mindless phenomena.

On the day when finality of death dawns on them and they begin to realize how its now too late to spend time together. Those whom remain alive with then gather together, to pretend as if this loss had in fact actually mattered to them

If they could be honest with themselves. They’d need to admit they were only gathering together at that particular time when a family member had died and passed away, so as to make themselves feel a little better, upon accepting how they hadn’t bothered to be doing so , far more often beforehand 

Personally I would far rather that these people would stay away from my death bed. Carry on with their CHARADE STYLE of living their way of life. I want absolutely no part in being in anyway associated with this lousy low life way of living. Not even in death do I want any part in it.. Much of my whole life has been spent while ive been agonizing over, and feeling deeply depressed in regard of the disgracefulness manner in which this is been constantly occurring.

Our own family ancestor, once upon a time had lived their lives in a way of what was completely opposite to this disgraceful manner in which our modern-day family’s are living today. Those were the days when tribe and loyalty, and so forth, were still valued. My allegiance remains staunchly among them folk . They were at least far more down to earth, and honest. When they came and stood by your death-bed, you could be certain that they were standing there beside you, due to their honest feeling of loss . As their action of what you had observed within life ,would easily attest to this reality 

Honesty really matters, a whole lot, to my own way of thinking

People manage to succeed in denying that life’s moment are in fact very fleeting. This acknowledgement both angers me, and deeply saddens me and then sends me into a sense of depression at the same time. For one thing, in dark moments i’ll think about one of my brothers two children named Hayley and Stacy, and i’ll automatically feel sense of regret and deeply saddened to think about how we have gotten to spend hardly any time together.

Whether we were from tribes of First Nation people. Or else are from other tribal background . Religion has come into invaded  ALL of our lives . In every single situation it has diluted our sense of togetherness . Caused our offspring to ALL lose touch with the reality of how fleeting the moments of ALL of our lives really are

What’s far worse

Religion has managed to achieve this . While posing under the pretence of being about things that should be considered as being good .

Under pretence of righteousness and justice

Evil disguised as good

The trade off with becoming mindfully aware of the moment, like how atheist are more inclined to be like, is that we are naturally bound to inherit a deeper sense existential angst as well too.

A situation like what most theist will be far less likely to ever feel

This is not necessarily a bad thing. Specially when we consider the dire state of affairs that our whole world is faced with today. With things like nuclear war, global warming and environmental destruction and so on looming up FAST on our horizon

Obvious existential angst should be a counteractive measure to help human cope against ever falling into this type of trap

Theist are less likely to worry about facing this situation. Which of course, also help to explain how this situation might have been able to DEVELOP in the first place. Because generally speaking, theist in the main part were not even paying it all that much attention . For instance, it is only fairly recently that the Pope has now finally taken it upon himself, to become proactive in helping warn his congregation to begin to be more environmentally minded 

Those congregation members, being that their minds have been focused steadfastly on eternity,  have therefore failed to retain their mind within the present moment of time. Therefore have also failed to foresee reason for caution in regard of environmental issues as well

Few of them would have even blinked an eyelid ,in regard of the dire state of affairs that OUR world is now faced with. Unless their Pope had of taken it upon himself , to help prompt them to begin think about it more

Why not?

Because theist minds are not mindfully aware of the “here and now” moment of time ,of which we are in fact actually living within

Theist minds are always focused on some futuristic dream-world, named eternity. A future of what there is also absolutely no evidence

This lack of ability to feel a sense of existential angst.

Also effect the exclusive brethren cult members ability to live in the present moment of time too, so that they might then also become more inclined themselves too, to feel existential angst in regard of the dire situation that ACTUALLY faces them RIGHT NOW ,with regard of excommunication and lost contact with ex exclusive brethren family members

Theist forget about this double edged sword

For in fact they are far less mindfully aware of it, than what atheist often are. This is all part and parcel of the theist system what has created flocks of sheeple minded work horses, who’d all CHOOSE to refrain from ever allowing themselves to become so mindfully aware, of the present moment in time

No way would our world have any hope to survive, for future generation ahead, unless FAR MORE human are to first learn how to remain more mindfully aware of all situations facing us within the present moment

This will never occur unless human are more willing to cope with elements of existential angst

Sadly elite members of our government, have far prefer to have a work force made up of majority of human who wouldn’t care to bother to be mindfully aware (mindfully aware people are more inclined to think environmentally aware) . Religion made the perfect bed partner, to help enable our governments to achieve this

This paved the way for capitalism to exploit the environment .

Believers, being less mindfully aware type people, would therefore then also be far less likely to ever BE ABLE to see through this evil practice

Which brings us to this moment in time what we are now ALL faced with today. A time when pollution is now become widespread problem what is about to begin effecting us all. And environmental destruction caused through GREED is now even leading humanity toward catastrophe created  by fast-tracked climate change

ALL these situation have only been able to have occurred due to severe lack of existential angst

Humanity has preferred to feel irresponsible . Each generation has bypassed their own generations need for responsibility, by allowing developing environmental catastrophe be left up to future generations ahead to need to worry about

This allowed those past generation to forgo certain experience of existential angst

Religion became the perfect tool to help human find a way in which to bypass these feelings.Today the tool is now becoming less effective. Partly due to highly vivid nature of climatic catastrophe that we are ALL now being faced with. For instance , it is now become far less possible for human being to forgo feeling of existential angst themselves,while humans are now personally experiencing effect of hell fires and floods and massively high wind of what are now in fact causing harm and damage unto themselves

Similar way to how it was once also fairly near impossible for Holocaust survivors to forgo their own feeling of existential angst either .

Because its by then become a feeling far less possible for anyone to train oneself to be able to forget about anymore. Simply because the harshness of the situation being personally experienced then brings us ALL back to a state of living within the moment of time

We have only to observe the dire situation now faced by America today. To understand that the American population might have remained fairly highly populated by religious believers most of whom are also blessed with ability to circumnavigate and forgo element of existential angst . As it seem like, perhaps they may have relied on idea of ability of God taking care of business for them?

About ExEB

I'm a agnostic/atheist . Interested in learning more about science. I also am an "ex-member" of a group most publicly known within modern times, as the Exclusive Brethren. Whom are an off-shoot of the original Plymouth Brethren group. I'd say it likely my personality could possibly be described as quirky.You know ,as in being , unconventional , unorthodox , unusual, off-centre, strange, bizarre, weird, peculiar, odd, freakish, outlandish, offbeat, out of the ordinary, bohemian, alternative, zany I'm sure iv'e been classed as "crazy" . Many times But then, being born into a group like the exclusive brethren. Doesn't lend itself ? to tend to produce things considered as being "very normal" .Does it I escaped the Exclusive Brethren cult as a 15 year old teenager. Even since that time iv'e been trying to adjust to living life outside the cult. With much of my life being lived within the genre of "wild colonial boy" style. In the general sense of a church-rebel picking and choosing from role models who appeared within-life along the way. But as the exclusive brethren cult had traditionally maintained a general church-rule , of need to shun and totally excommunicate any ex member of their group.Treating such people as if they were dead. Thus this situation developed more to do with my need of following traditionally enforced church-rule , as apposed to it being so much about "life-choices". Certain emotional experiences, and parts of life in general, have led to me adopting a sense of low self esteem. Which is a situation i still deal with from time to time. Through my ongoing interest in science. I find i am able to gather more information to help me better understand my situation. Much about life for me, has often seemed like a massive puzzle.With many missing pieces.
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