An Apatheist's Response to a Gnostic Atheist - me ( "Sam" stolen)
Personally, I'm going to get off this site awhile and get back to being like Sam. I came to this site to avoid theists of all types.
Now, I'd much prefer them to the gnostic atheists and political conservatives this site's administration is demanding we coddle. No thanks, none for me.
I'll continue my search for a site which actually caters to freethinkers. A "bucket list" item if I come into another fortune will be to spend my tax deductible dollars (maybe more) seeing one is created.
What I am seeing more and more is this is not that site.
I've basically been an apatheist since cognizance.
I remember my childhood comparisons of the Santa and Geebus "personifications", from the standpoint of a youngster growing up in a poorest of the poor fundie southern baptist families in my community. "Santa" made people happy one day out of the year, "Geebus" made them miserable for the rest of it.
I was "apatheistic" to both though. I got toys on Xmas and the occasional SB goodies at pot lucks and SS (Sunday School) classes. Yet when I was coloring Jeebus, I was far more concerned with staying in the lines than any consideration if he was real or not.
Still, I would no more want an "atheist epiphany" than a theist one. I am no more concerned with the existence of dieties as the non and feel anyone so inclined to believe they know either way to be a special kind of...misguided.
One thing I've gained from this site is to use the term "paranormal" over "supernatural". Paranormal suggests manifestations and occurrences as a part of nature; supernatural suggests something superlative to nature, as if it is something apart from an all encompassing whole.
At least that makes more sense to me. What I do know is there is a "spiritual" realm and, with our current understanding and techniques of analysis, any generalized statements fall far short of actually explaining them.
For example, with my rudimentary understanding of music theory, psychology, form and analysis I can tell you what keys, key changes, tempos, harmonies, counterpoint...was used by Mozart that conjured a specific "feeling" of one of his compositions, but it is one thing to know this and utilize it.
In fact, the very attempt (at least on my part) creates a very "mechanical" piece. Yet, when that "paranormal" inspiration comes I've used many of the same techniques to create such a moving piece long before I began any serious study of music.
There is far more to it than that, but here I want to limit my discussion of the spiritual to terms even a gnostic atheist can understand.
And again, if any who have read this thus far and understood what I've said, you must understand the name of this site is agnostic.com. I just take a few steps less as an apatheist: not only do I do not know, I could care less.