I DOUBT that genuine fervent atheism can exist in a God-free vacuum. If no God exists, the question would be a matter of indifference. No one would think of saying in the dogmatic tone, “God does not exist,” if indeed, God really did not exist. There would be no encounters with the divine to fight against
Some people believe the world revolves around them. They see themselves as the centre of the universe and bristle when the evidence suggest otherwise.
As Thoreau once said, as a young person we dream of building a bridge to the moon and sometime in mid-life we pick up the materials we’ve gathered and build a woodshed.
And it’s not easy to be satisfied with a woodshed, especially when we think this is all there is just one shot at glory and no end of the rainbow in sight.
When we stop believing in a heaven beyond this life, we too easily demand that we have a taste of heaven right now. That can lead to compulsion, addiction, anger, bitterness, envy, restlessness, confusion, and moral compromise.
We can find ourselves adrift, unsure of ourselves, with most of what’s best in us still frustrated, buried, waiting for a better day.
Charlie Chaplin once said: “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy in long shot.” A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way,