All right, I haven’t yet delved too directly into the atheism topic in this “Month Without God.” Let me start by saying that (like the most rational of atheists) I do not have any special grievance against religion that I do not have against all the other irrational and fanciful beliefs that plague humanity. Like the Enlightenment philosophers, I want all the illusions and sentimental fantasies that come between human perception and reality dispensed with. (Unlike the Enlightenment philosophers — who did not have the benefit of two centuries of Edmund Burke-influenced conservative thought — I do not want to replace those illusions with the first intuitively-appealing deductions and social blueprints out of my own head.)
I just want, though, a world where we admit the potentially unpleasant things at the outset instead of spending lifetimes and vast mental energy trying to run from them — admit that there is no evidence for a God and thus in all likelihood no God, that government doesn’t help anything, that most work is not fun, that most countries are savage hellholes, that members of the opposite sex often aren’t very nice to you, that children are ignorant and tedious, that sports is barbarous and pointless, that fashion is shallow and imbecilic, that animals are mostly mindless and remorseless killing machines upon whom moral concern is largely wasted, and that most of culture is juvenile trash. There, was that really so hard? Can we not go on with a smile from there?
These things should go without saying, and then a sane culture could be built in a piecemeal fashion upon this more honest foundation (not from scratch, mind you — again, I am not entirely radical), devoid of most of the political and spiritual creeds that currently plague us.
But, alas, people are stubborn, irrational, and frightened, and so things are not that simple…