Atheists see life in its reality
4:15pm Thursday 1st November 2012 in Letters
I GROW tired of the insinuation in some letters that the ‘godless’ population is uncaring or cold. Quite the opposite is often evident.
Why don’t atheists protest such memes? Being an atheist only describes a very small and insignificant part about a person, the controversy lies with spiritual types thinking that we can’t really mean it. I’m a humanist, free thinker, charity worker, and an atheist. Life to me is all the more precious because I know that it’s the only one we get. The truth isn’t always easy or agreeable. However, with open eyes, it can have wonderful effects on a person. I have no desire to crush religious beliefs but, free from religion, I take responsibility for my own thoughts and actions, using empathy and reason to make pragmatic decisions in life. Arguments and ideas stand or fall on their own merits and if justifiable I’ll accept them, regardless of their origin. My reasons for being ‘good’ are not driven by reward or judgement and I believe in education not legislation. When considering my personal desires, I apply this maxim. ‘My right to swing my fist ends at your nose’.
P C Neilson, Dorset Crescent, Newport
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